RedSn0w 0.9.15b2 released to add fixes for 3GS and iPad owners

By Jeff Benjamin on Oct 15, 2012

The iPhone Dev Team has released RedSn0w 0.9.15b2, which fixes a few items for owners of older devices.

The most outstanding fix is for 3GS owners with old bootroms — RedSn0w 0.9.15b2 brings back untethered jailbreak support for end users who fall into that category.

Most of the changes don’t pertain to owners of newer devices, but it’s always a good idea to ensure that you’re running the latest and greatest version anyway. Take a look inside for the full release notes. Read More

 

How to downgrade pre-A5 devices easily with RedSn0w

By Jeff Benjamin on Oct 15, 2012

RedSn0w 0.9.15b1 was a gargantuan update. In fact, we’re still trudging through all of the new features. One new addition that has us really excited is the new direct restore option for pre-A5 devices.

This new restore option allows you to downgrade your device without having to fool with host files, stitching, Pwned DFU, iTunes, or anything else that made downgrading so incredibly cumbersome in the past.

We’ve made a step-by-step tutorial that shows you how to use this new restore feature, along with getting by those pesky Mismatched APTicket errors. Check inside for the full tutorial. Read More

 

How to jailbreak iOS 6 with RedSn0w 0.9.15b1

By Jeff Benjamin on Oct 14, 2012

As we reported a couple of days ago, RedSn0w 0.9.15b1 is now available to jailbreak A4 devices and below running iOS 6. This latest version is a pretty massive update with a lengthy change log, but the most important aspect about the update is the ability to jailbreak iOS 6 and install Cydia.

Previous iOS 6 jailbreaks required users to install Cydia manually, but the latest public version of RedSn0w works just as you might expect it would. Take a look inside for our full tutorial. Read More

 

How to unlock the full iOS 6 Maps app on older devices

By Jeff Benjamin on Sep 28, 2012

iOS 6 Maps is stepped in controversy, but not everyone hates it, including yours truly. I’ve never personally experienced any navigation issues with the iOS 6 Maps app, and for me, it’s a huge upgrade over the stock Google Maps app of yesteryear.

One problem that I do have with iOS 6’s Maps, however, is how dumbed down the feature is on older devices. Devices like the iPhone 4 get left out when it comes to true turn-by-turn navigation and Flyover (3D) support.

As usual, the jailbreak community comes to the rescue with a new tweak that unlocks iOS 6 Maps on older devices. It’s appropriately titled: Unlock iOS 6 Maps, and it’s a free download on Cydia’s Big Boss repo. Take a look inside for a video walkthrough… Read More

 

Ryan Petrich gets Google Maps working on iOS 6

By Cody Lee on Sep 23, 2012

Apple’s new Maps application, which replaces Google Maps in iOS 6, has caused quite a stir in the tech community over the past few days. It’s been described as “inaccurate,” and “glitchy,” and many feel that it’s extremely inferior to its predecessor.

But the good news is, there may be light at the end of the tunnel. At least for jailbreakers anyway. Well-known jailbreak developer Ryan Petrich announced earlier today the he was able to get Google Maps working on iOS 6. And here’s the video… Read More

 

Apple to reportedly drop iPhone 3GS, add 8GB iPhone 4S next week

By Cody Lee on Sep 6, 2012

Apple is all set to unveil its new smartphone next week, and according to the rumor mill, it’s going to be quite the upgrade — larger display, thinner profile, and LTE compatibility are all on the menu.

In addition to the new handset, it’ll be interesting to see what Apple does with the rest of its iPhone lineup. A lot of folks think the 3GS is on the way out, but what about the other models? Read More

 

Reports of low 3GS stock surface ahead of new iPhone event

By Cody Lee on Sep 2, 2012

If previous reports hold true, Apple will unveil its next-generation smartphone at a media event on Wednesday, September 12. It’s expected to feature a larger screen, and a number of other improvements.

In addition to the new handset, it’ll also be interesting to see what Apple does with the rest of its iPhone lineup. According to a new report, Apple Stores are starting to see very low stock of 3GS models… Read More

 

The new iPhone looks really thin compared to the 4S and 3GS

By Cody Lee on Aug 31, 2012

Thanks to new in-cell display panels, a smaller dock connector and other modifications, the new iPhone is going to be thinner than ever before. How thin? The casing for the handset has been measured at 7.6mm.

While that doesn’t sound like a very big difference — just 1.7mm thinner than the 9.3mm 4S — it’s certainly noticeable. Just look at these two comparison photos showing the new iPhone, the 4S and the 3GS… Read More

 

Apple targets Android cheapos, re-prices iPhone 3GS below $200 unsubsidized

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 20, 2012

In case you’ve been wondering, the three-year old iPhone 3GS still has life left in it and should live on through the release of the next iPhone. Matter of fact, the handset has just been slashed on India’s seventh-largest Aircel network to just Rs 9,999, which works out to approximately $180 with an advanced commitment of ~$55 for a year, for a total upfront cost of $235 for an unsubsidized device.

Apple of course recently began offering the iPhone 4/4S through a bunch of regional U.S. carriers, most notably Cricket and Virgin Mobile, on a pre-paid basis with month-to-month plans. But with iOS 6 coming this fall to the iPhone 3GS, Apple’s entry-level iPhone is now working its way down to the low-end of the market dominated by Android cheapos… Read More

 

iOS 6 Beta 3 brings support for VIP inbox, Shared Photo Streams on iPhone 3GS

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 17, 2012

Not all iOS 6 features are supported across every iOS device on Apple’s compatibility list and that has been ticking some people off. Sometimes limited support stems from steep hardware requirements, but (too) often Apple is being accused of intentionally obsoleting older devices by going to great lengths to ensure certain software features are kept exclusive to the latest hardware (Siri, anyone?).

Luckily, with yesterday’s release of iOS 6 Beta 3 to registered developers, Cupertino added two features that previously were not supported on the iPhone 3GS, VIP Mail recipients and Shared Photo StreamsRead More

 

RedSn0w 0.9.14b2 released with improved baseband downgrading

By Cody Lee on Jul 5, 2012

Last month, the Dev Team released a new version of RedSn0w that allowed iPhone 3G (and some 3GS) users to downgrade their basebands. This was a big deal for users who had been stuck on the problematic 06.15 bb.

Today, the Dev Team has pushed out an update to the jailbreak utility that greatly improves on this feature. The downgrading process has been made simpler, and now works on a much wider range of devices. Read More

 

Gruber predicts iPad mini will use the same display as iPhone 3GS

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 4, 2012

Weighing in on a recent resurgence of the old iPad mini rumor, this time corroborated by credible news outlets such as Bloomberg and The Wall Street Journal, Apple pundit John Gruber opined that Apple could use existing manufacturing processes to quickly – and more importantly, cheaply – churn out millions and millions of seven-inch display panels for the iPad mini… Read More

 

How to install Cydia on iOS 6 beta

By Jeff Benjamin on Jun 18, 2012

Last week a tethered jailbreak was released for iOS 6 running on the iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS, and iPod touch 4th generation. While it was great to have a jailbreak so soon, the jailbreak didn’t include any GUI tools like Cydia, only SSH and afc2 support were added.

Fortunately, now that we have SSH access, we can transfer and install pretty much anything on our jailbroken iOS 6 devices, including Cydia.

Check inside for the full video tutorial that shows you how to install Cydia on iOS 6 betaRead More

 

RedSn0w 0.9.14b1 released with the ability to downgrade baseband 06.15

By Cody Lee on Jun 18, 2012

As expected, the Dev Team has released RedSn0w 0.9.14b1 tonight. The new version of the jailbreak tool features the highly-anticipated ability to downgrade the baseband on the iPhone 3G(S).

Unlocked 3G(S) users stuck on baseband 06.15 can now downgrade to 05.13.04. This will restore GPS functionality, as well as allow you to use stock IPSWs again. Full details after the break… Read More

 

How to jailbreak iOS 6 beta with RedSn0w 0.9.13dev1

By Jeff Benjamin on Jun 14, 2012

Earlier today, the iPhone Dev Team released RedSn0w 0.9.13dev1 to jailbreak the iOS 6 beta on certain iOS devices. Because this jailbreak is obviously aimed at developers only, the process and the results are a tad bit different that normal.

If you’re a developer, and you have an iPhone 4, 3GS, or iPod touch 4th generation running iOS 6 beta, then step inside as we showcase how to jailbreak with this development version of RedSn0w. Read More

 

MuscleNerd says “all pieces are there” for 06.15 baseband downgrade

By Cody Lee on Jun 10, 2012

Last year, the Dev Team announced that iPhone 3G/3GS owners unlocked on baseband 06.15.00 would likely be stuck there forever, leaving them to deal with GPS bugs and other issues.

But that may not be the case, as it appears that hackers have been working on a fix. Unlocking expert MuscleNerd has just announced that a baseband downgrade is on the horizon… Read More

 

How to convert an iOS 5.1.1 tethered jailbreak to an untethered jailbreak using Rocky Racoon 5.1.1 Untether

By Jeff Benjamin on May 25, 2012

If you currently have an A4 device or below that’s jailbroken on iOS 5.1.1 using a tethered jailbreak, you can use the new Rocky Racoon 5.1.1 Untether package to convert your tethered jailbreak into an untethered jailbreak.

This is great, because you don’t have to perform any sort of restore on your already jailbroken device just to change it into a jailbreak of the untethered variety. Even better is the fact that you can download Rocky Racoon from Cydia, and install it just like you would any other package to accomplish an untethered jailbreak for iOS 5.1.1.

Inside, we detail the brief steps involved to convert your existing jailbroken device running iOS 5.1.1 into an untethered jailbreak. Join us… Read More

 

How to prepare for the iOS 5.1.1 untethered jailbreak

By Jeff Benjamin on May 21, 2012

The upcoming iOS 5.1.1 untethered jailbreak release is imminent. It’s so close we can almost smell it.

For that reason, it would be wise to go ahead and analyse your current situation, and prepare for the jailbreak.

It has been confirmed that the A5 portion of the jailbreak — the jailbreak for iPhone 4S, iPad 2, and the iPad 3 — will only support iOS 5.1.1.

While nothing has been said about A4 devices, it’s a good chance that iOS 5.1.1 will be required to jailbreak any device with the new Absinthe tool across the board.

So what should you do? Should you update your device now, or wait until the jailbreak has been officially released? Read More

 

Apple allegedly to keep iPhone 3GS, reprice it for emerging markets

By Christian Zibreg on May 21, 2012

Instead of killing off the iPhone 3GS when a sixth-generation model arrives later this year, Apple is allegedly in the process of repricing the handset in order to better attend to its customers in emerging markets, where phones are often sold contract-free and used with pay-as-you-go plans.

According to Jefferies analys Peter Misek, Apple wants to sell its three-year old handset contract-free in developing markets for between $250 and $300 versus its current $375 no-contract asking price… Read More

 

The iOS 5.1.1 untethered jailbreak now supports the iPod 3G and iPhone 3GS

By Jeff Benjamin on May 18, 2012

Great news for those of you who own 3rd generation iPods and/or the iPhone 3GS — both devices have gained support for pod2g’s upcoming untethered jailbreak for iOS 5.1.1.

The reason these devices were initially excluded was because the kernel vulnerability used to accomplish the jailbreak on other devices didn’t appear to work on the iPod 3G and the iPhone 3GS.

Although the hacker hasn’t provided more details on how he was eventually able to verify that the jailbreak will be possible, he says he will update us with more details later.

Check inside for the updated list of devices that will be compatible for the 5.1.1 untethered jailbreak… Read More