Users report major issues with latest Apple TV update

By Cody Lee on Nov 20, 2012

Back in September, Apple pushed out a significant update for the Apple TV. Labeled iOS 5.1, it included a number of new features and improvements, including support for Shared Photo Streams.

But apparently, the new firmware contained more than just refinements. According to a lengthy ongoing thread in Apple’s support forums, the update also brought along some crippling bugs… Read More


Apple launches new Podcasts app

By Cody Lee on Jun 26, 2012

There has been some speculation over the past few weeks that Apple was looking to debut a standalone podcasts app alongside iOS 6 this fall. But it looks like they couldn’t wait.

Apple just rolled out an all-new Podcasts application, universal for all iOS 5.1+ devices. And we have to admit, it looks fantastic. Keep reading for more details and screenshots… Read More


NoCameraGrabber eliminates Lock screen camera shortcuts

By Jeff Benjamin on Jun 2, 2012

I’ve never been particularly fond of the new Lock screen camera “grabber” feature on iOS 5.1 and above, and frankly, I never find myself using it. In fact, I never used the camera shortcut that appeared with a double press of the Home button on firmware below iOS 5.1. Call me crazy, but I’m just not a big fan of using the camera directly from the Lock screen.

NoCameraGrabber is a jailbreak tweak designed with people like me in mind. It completely removed the camera grabber feature from your iPhone’s Lock screen, and it doesn’t even bring up the camera button with a double press of the Home button. NoCameraGrabber is a great way to completely eliminate camera shortcut functionality from the Lock screen. Take a look at our video preview for more info… Read More


Pod2g confirms untethered jailbreak works on iPads 1 and 2

By Cody Lee on May 14, 2012

We’ve got some more good news on the iOS 5.1(.1) jailbreak front this afternoon. Pod2g just announced that his untethered exploit works on both first and second generation iPads, in addition to the newer model.

Earlier today, the hacker noted that the jailbreak should be available within the next couple of weeks. And that certainly seems to be the case, as he’s bound to be running out of devices to test it on… Read More


How to downgrade your iPhone 4S, iPad 2, or new iPad with RedSn0w 0.9.11b1 [Video]

By Jeff Benjamin on May 11, 2012

It’s finally here folks, the official downgrade tool for A5 devices!

Indeed, you can now downgrade your iPhone 4S, iPad 2, or new iPad (iPad 3) with the latest version of RedSn0w 0.9.11b1. Downgrading will allow you to perform an untethered jailbreak on your iPhone 4S, or iPad 2 running iOS 5.0.1 firmware.

Check out our tutorial for the step-by-step downgrade instructions inside… Read More


Pod2g now running iOS 5.1 untethered jailbreak on new iPad

By Cody Lee on May 10, 2012

Pod2g has just made another big announcement regarding his progress on the iOS 5.1 jailbreak. A few moments ago, the hacker tweeted that he had jailbroken [untethered] a third-generation iPad running iOS 5.1.

The news comes just one week after we received word that pod2g’s iPhone 4 had received the untethered jailbreak treatment on iOS 5.1, as the iOS expert seems to really be hitting his stride… Read More


Love him or hate him, i0n1c has skills

By Jeff Benjamin on May 7, 2012

Love him or hate him, i0n1c has skills. Want proof? A little over a half an hour ago he showcased his new iPad (iPad 3) running Cydia on iOS 5.1.1. Said firmware was just released. I understand that this is a result of being able to jailbreak 5.1, but the fact still stands that he has the talent that the jailbreak community could benefit from.

As you’re probably well aware of, i0n1c has an interesting relationship with the jailbreak community. On one hand, he’s a clearly talented hacker that can solve some of the most perplexing issues regarding iOS jailbreaking.

On the other hand, he continues to spite the community with rants about piracy, money, and an overall disdain towards jailbreaking in general… Read More


iOS 5.1 jailbreak update: two big vulnerabilities found

By Cody Lee on Apr 30, 2012

We’ve just received a major update on the status of the iOS 5.1 jailbreak. Pod2g just tweeted that he had “a productive weekend,” reportedly finding “2 big vulnerabilities. 1 kernel land and 1 root land.”

The news comes just 5 days after the hacker posted a poll on his personal website, asking jailbreakers if hackers should continue work on an iOS 5.1 jailbreak or hold off until Apple seeds iOS 6… Read More


Status update on the iOS 5.1 jailbreak

By Cody Lee on Apr 24, 2012

We’ve had a lot of folks asking us what the status is on the iOS 5.1 jailbreak, so we figured we’d give you guys an update with the latest info. As usual, pod2g has given us some insight into the progress of the hackers via a recent string of tweets.

The good news is that they have managed to bypass the ASLR (Address Space layout randomization) already. The complicated security measure could’ve taken much longer. The bad news is that a public jailbreak still seems to be a ways out… Read More


How to unlock any jailbroken iPhone on iOS 5.0 or later on any baseband [Video]

By Jeff Benjamin on Apr 22, 2012

Unlocking the iPhone 4S, and the iPhone 4 just got a whole lot easier thanks to the SAM package unlock revealed earlier this morning.

After alerting you guys to the news, we went into out labs and started testing this for ourselves. After a few failures, we were finally able to come up with a reliable method for making this work every time.

The good news is that this will likely become even easier as time goes on, and needless steps are eliminated. We’re already to the point where we can switch back and forth between our AT&T SIM card and our T-Mobile SIM card without having to reconfigure anything. It’s pretty awesome.

Check inside for our full tutorial that shows how to unlock any iPhone on iOS 5 or higher (running any baseband) using the SAM jailbreak package… Read More


Hackers starting to make progress with iOS 5.1 jailbreak

By Cody Lee on Apr 18, 2012

We haven’t really heard much on the jailbreak front since iOS 5.1 came out. The software update patched all previous exploits, meaning anyone who upgraded, lost their ability to jailbreak (well, A4 devices can still be jailbroken).

But we have good news today for the folks that have updated their devices to 5.1. Pod2g, who was largely responsible for Absinthe and Corona, says that he now has all of the exploits necessary to start working on a new jailbreak… Read More


pod2g gives us a status update on iOS 5.1 jailbreak

By Cody Lee on Mar 30, 2012

When iOS 5.1 launched alongside Apple’s new iPad earlier this month, we saw three different jailbreak methods quickly surface. But it seems like the trail has since gone cold, as we haven’t heard any news on the jailbreak front in the past couple of weeks.

That, however, changed this morning, as infamous iOS hacker pod2g finally gave us an update regarding the status of the iOS 5.1 jailbreak. And just as we expected, it looks like it’s going to be a while before we see a public release… Read More


Camera Grabber for iOS 5 video walkthrough

By Jeff Benjamin on Mar 29, 2012

One of the biggest features of iOS 5.1 is the new Lock screen camera functionality. In fact, we dedicated a post and video exclusively to the new Lock screen camera.

The problem is this; if you’re one of the many that wishes to maintain an untethered jailbreak, you can’t enjoy the fruits of Apple’s labor. This is because the 5.1 update kills your untethered jailbreak.

That’s where Camera Grabber for iOS 5 comes into play. This is a jailbreak tweak that allows pre-5.1 devices to enjoy the same Lock screen camera functionality as iOS 5.1 users.

How does it work? Check inside for the answer… Read More


Roughly 80% of iOS users are running on iOS 5 or later

By Cody Lee on Mar 27, 2012

Indie developer David Smith recently published some interesting statistics to his personal blog regarding the adoption rate of iOS versions 5.0 and later. Apple released iOS 5 last October, and has since seeded two incremental updates.

Smith pulled the data from the user base of his popular iOS app, Audiobooks. The app sees about 100 thousand downloads on a weekly basis, so admittedly, its users provide a nice little test market. Now, on to the numbers… Read More


Safari exploit that allows URL spoofing discovered in iOS 5.1

By Cody Lee on Mar 22, 2012

Although iOS is considered to be one of the safest mobile operating systems on the market, it’s not perfect. This is something that those of us in the jailbreak community know all too well.

With that in mind, it’s not terribly surprising that another security bug has recently been discovered in Apple’s software. Reports are surfacing today that an exploit has been found inside mobile Safari… Read More


Siri updated in iOS 5.1 with deeper Yelp integration

By Cody Lee on Mar 21, 2012

Apparently Japanese support wasn’t the only Siri-related enhancement Apple included in its recently-released software update. It looks like iOS 5.1 also brought deeper Yelp integration to the digital assistant.

Siri has always returned Yelp-rated businesses on a number of queries, but tapping those results haven’t always taken you straight to the Yelp application. Well, now it does… Read More


The new iPad has already been jailbroken

By Cody Lee on Mar 16, 2012

Well, that didn’t take long. The new iPad hasn’t even been on sale for a full 12 hours yet, and it’s already been jailbroken. We mentioned yesterday that Apple’s latest tablet might be susceptible to previous jailbreak methods. And it looks like we were right.

MuscleNerd, a trusted member of the Dev Team, just tweeted out pics of his late-generation iPad hacked, and running Cydia 1.1.5. It’s hard to see in the screenshot (above), but the software labels his device as an iPad 3,3, running iOS 5.1… Read More


New in iOS 5.1: geofencing icon in Location Services settings

By Sébastien Page on Mar 14, 2012

We’ve been tracking down new features in iOS 5.1, and besides the obvious addition of Japanese support for Siri, there isn’t much exciting going on.

Earlier this week, we reported about a subtle change in Safari, which now adds a “go to this address” message in the address bar. Today, courtesy of iDB reader Tyler, we found out about a new feature that’s been added to the Location Services settings… Read More


How to install iPhoto and iMovie on iOS 5.0.1

By Jeff Benjamin on Mar 13, 2012

iPhoto was the big new app release that Apple touted at its new iPad media event, but the bad news is that it requires iOS 5.1.

For those of us with jailbroken iPhone 4S’ and iPad 2’s, this places us in an interesting predicament.

Since there is no way to jailbreak iOS 5.1 on these devices, updating now would not only prevent us from jailbreaking, but it would also prevent us from downgrading back to iOS 5.0.1 now that Apple has closed the signing window for that firmware.

So, what to do? Fortunately, there’s an easy workaround to this problem, and we’re going to walk you through the process on video… Read More


How you can help hackers discover vulnerabilities in iOS 5.1

By Cody Lee on Mar 12, 2012

A few days ago we told you that the infamous iOS hacker pod2g had already started working on finding vulnerabilities in iOS 5.1 to use in a new jailbreak. The new software includes patches for the previous jailbreaks for both A4 and A5 devices.

Today, pod2g has come forward with another announcement. He is calling on the jailbreak community, or any iOS user for that matter, to help him find bugs in Apple’s mobile OS by sending him crash reports. Keep reading for details… Read More

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