By Anthony Bouchard on May 6, 2016
Not too long ago, we shared how you can find out what version and build of OS X you’re running on your Mac, but another important piece of information you should know is the model number of the Mac you’re using.
This is an important piece of information that is used by Apple to identify exactly when your computer was launched and what hardware it has inside of it.
In this tutorial, we’ll show you how you can find the model number of your Mac. Read More
By Anthony Bouchard on Apr 30, 2016
A developer for the Apple Watch has found a way to emulate the Windows 95 operating system experience on Apple’s flagship wearable accessory.
Albeit nothing more than a concept, it really does show off how powerful the Apple Watch‘s internal hardware really is. This is just one of those things you have to see to believe.
By Anthony Bouchard on Apr 25, 2016
There come times when you need to know not only what version of OS X that you’re running, but also where you may want to know the actual build number.
This information usually comes mostly in handy when you’re running betas, but sometimes when filing bug reports with Apple, they might ask you to provide them with what version of OS X you are running on your Mac and the build number it shows.
In this tutorial, we’ll show you not only how to find out what version of OS X you’re running, but also where to find the build number of the version of OS X you have installed. Read More
By Anthony Bouchard on Apr 18, 2016
On Monday, Apple has pulled the signing plug on its iOS 9.3 firmware for its lineup of iPhones, iPod touches, and iPads.
As a result, downgrades through iTunes to iOS 9.3 are no longer possible, and there’s no way to upgrade specifically to iOS 9.3 from an earlier firmware.
Instead, users will be directed to install iOS 9.3.1 when restoring or updating their devices through iTunes.
Update: It seems that not all versions of iOS 9.3 have stopped being signed. It appears that iOS 9.3 is not being any longer for newer devices (i.e. iPhone 6s, iPad Air 2), but it is still being signed for older devices (ie. iPhone 5s). Read More
By Anthony Bouchard on Apr 5, 2016
Apple has stopped signing iOS 9.2.x on Tuesday, a move that keeps anyone from downgrading their installation of iOS 9.3 or later to any earlier firmware version on their iPhone, iPod touch or iPad.
The move has been expected for some time, as iOS 9.3 was released nearly two weeks ago, followed by iOS 9.3.1 with some minor bug fixes. Read More
By Anthony Bouchard on Mar 30, 2016
Restoring your iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad can resolve a variety of issues, but sometimes you’ll experience issues even when you try to restore your device(s) with iTunes.
You may have received a “This device cannot be restored Error XXX” message from iTunes before, and unfortunately, you may have been forced to do some research to even begin to understand why you’re getting the error, which can cause tons of frustration.
In this piece, we’ll talk about some of the most common iTunes restore errors and how to fix them so you don’t have to spend hours researching for solutions by yourself. Read More
By Anthony Bouchard on Mar 21, 2016
When you experience problems with an iOS device, you may need to restore it in iTunes, but sometimes, things can go wrong that make it harder to restore your device in a regular fashion as you’d expect.
In this tutorial, we’ll be walking you through how to put your iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad into Recovery Mode so that you can more easily restore it to a fresh copy of the latest iOS firmware in the unlikely chance of an iOS or iTunes malfunction.
By Anthony Bouchard on Mar 8, 2016
Many people sign up with Apple’s public Beta Software Program because they want to be able to install Apple’s latest updates, just like developers can, so they can have the cool new features on their Macs and iOS devices before everyone else does.
These public beta releases are great for not only users, but also for Apple. They benefit users because it helps familiarize them with changes before they go public. They benefit Apple because it gives the company a larger testing pool to help squash bugs that could otherwise go unnoticed by a smaller testing pool.
If you’ve just become bored of betas, or want to go back to just using stable Apple software releases, then you’ve come to the right place. In this tutorial, we’ll show you how to unenroll in the Apple Beta Software Program. Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Feb 24, 2016
Apple has issued its first firmware update for the iPad Pro’s $169 Smart Keyboard accessory. After attaching a Smart Keyboard to their iPad Pro, users will see an iOS prompt informing them of the availability of the new software. They can postpone updating the Smart Keyboard update or select to apply the new firmware immediately.
As reported by AppleInsider, the new firmware software for the accessory is delivered as an over-the-air download and is transferred to the Smart Keyboard through Apple’s new magnetic Smart Connector on the iPad Pro. Read More
By Anthony Bouchard on Feb 4, 2016
Apple stopped signing iOS 9.2 firmware for iPhones, iPads, and iPod touches on Thursday, a move that prevents users from performing downgrades from iOS 9.2.1 to iOS 9.2 via iTunes.
By Jeff Benjamin on Oct 23, 2015
Maybe it was the new emoji that tempted you? Or maybe you just made a mistake? Whatever the reason, you’ve found yourself on iOS 9.1, but wish to go back to iOS 9.0.2—the last jailbreakable firmware that’s currently available for iOS 9. Fortunately, you still have time to downgrade back to iOS 9.0.2.
In this video tutorial, we’ll show you how easy it is to downgrade from iOS 9.1 to iOS 9.0.2. But act quickly, this tutorial certainly has an expiration date, which will occur when Apple closes the 9.0.2 signing window. Read More
By Jeff Benjamin on Sep 16, 2015
iOS 9 is now officially out, and it brings with it a whole slew of new features. If you own an eligible iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, you can download an install iOS 9 right now.
In many cases, especially with the latest iPads, iOS 9 can make you feel like you have a brand new device. In this post, we’ll show you which devices are eligible to be updated, as well as how to update. Read More
By Jeff Benjamin on Aug 13, 2015
Apple just released iOS 8.4.1 to the public. If you’re jailbroken, it’s highly recommended that you stay away from this update. We’ll post an update once we have details of what the iOS 8.4.1 release contains, but rumors have swirled for weeks that it may fix the exploits used for the latest iOS 8.3 and iOS 8.4 jailbreak.
So far, we have not found any indication that this is so, but hold off just in case if you’re interested in jailbreaking. If you’re not interested in jailbreaking, feel free to update. Read More
By Jeff Benjamin on Jul 14, 2015
Apple just seeded iOS 8.4.1 beta 1 to members of its developer program. Seeing that this release is a minor version release, there’s a good chance that it contains bug fixes, and perhaps even a fix for the exploits used in the iOS 8.3 and iOS 8.4 jailbreaks.
While details are currently scarce about what the update contains—there are no release notes at this time—we’ll be sure to update you once we gather more info.
The iOS 8.4.1 beta 1 release comes in with a build number of 12H304, and is available for all devices capable of running iOS 8.4.
By Jeff Benjamin on Jul 7, 2015
Wishing to downgrade (or upgrade) to iOS 8.3? If so, you’re too late, as Apple just stopped signing iOS 8.3.
As has been the trend lately, Apple tends to continue signing older firmware even after new firmware—such as last week’s iOS 8.4—has been out for a while. This time, a full week passed before Apple closed the doors on iOS 8.3.
By Jeff Benjamin on May 19, 2015
The very first Apple Watch software update launched today, bringing Watch OS from version 1.0 to version 1.0.1, this update, as we reported earlier, is a fairly significant upgrade to Watch OS, and every Apple Watch owner should update.
But since no one in the public has ever updated an Apple Watch prior to today, you may be a little hesitant to update due to being unfamiliar with the process. Don’t worry, as we have you covered. In this walkthrough, we’ll show you how to update your Apple Watch from A-Z. Read More
By Jeff Benjamin on May 4, 2015
Today, Apple ceased signing iOS 8.2. Although the closure of this particular signing window has no measurable impact on jailbreakers, it’s still worth nothing any time Apple closes a firmware signing window.
If, for some reason, you didn’t want to upgrade from an earlier iOS version to iOS 8.3, you could, up until today, upgrade to iOS 8.2. Or, if for some strange reason, you wanted to downgrade to iOS 8.2, you could do so up until today as well. That is, of course, no longer the case. Read More
By Jeff Benjamin on Apr 23, 2015
The very first Apple Watch firmware has been released as an OTA update. The firmware, which Apple is branding Watch OS, is actually a modified version of iOS 8.2, similar to how the Apple TV uses iOS firmware as a base.
The 38mm Apple Watch is ID’d as Watch1,1, and the 42mm version is ID’d as Watch1,2. As noted by developer Steve Troughton-Smith, the firmware is heavily based on iOS 8.2 and features a PowerVR SGX543 driver. As yo may recall the SGX543 was integrated on the A5 SoC’s that powered hardware like the iPad 2, and iPhone 4s.
By Jeff Benjamin on Mar 14, 2015
As promised, Semaphore has released a rewrite of his popular TinyUmbrella tool for OS X and Windows. The tool, which has been completely rewritten from the ground up, is currently in beta and requires Java.
Semaphore has alluded to the fact that the new TinyUmbrella may have far-reaching consequences related to downgrading both 32-bit and 64-bit devices. Back in the original TinyUmbrella’s heyday, it was used as a tool to help downgrade to prior versions of iOS. Read More