By iDB Staff on Jun 8, 2011
So I’ve been playing with iOS 5 beta 1 on my iPhone 3GS for a couple of days now and my first impression is that it looks really good. Good enough to make me consider giving up my jailbreak and unlock to install iOS 5 on my iPhone 4 – don’t worry, I won’t.
One thing I’ve noticed about Apple’s latest beta is that it is a little sluggish. I know an iPhone 3GS isn’t the ideal device to test a new OS on, so I thought I’d put it to the test against the same device, but on the current iOS 4.3.3… Read More
By Alex Heath on Jun 7, 2011
The mega-retail chain, Wal-Mart, is currently offering Apple’s iPhone 4 for a reduced price of $147. The 16GB iPhone 4 is originally priced at $197, but Wal-Mart’s promotion offers the device in white and black at a $50 discount.
This sale goes through June 30, and requires an accompanying contract with either AT&T or Verizon. Read More
By Alex Heath on Jun 7, 2011
Despite concerns, the iPhone 3GS will be supported in iOS 5. This means that 3GS owners will be able to download and install Apple’s next version of iOS when it goes live for the public this fall.
Although most parts of iOS 5 will work on the 3GS, certain features will not. This includes parts of the new Camera app. Overall, the iPhone 3GS works pretty well with the iOS 5 developer beta that people have already been testing… Read More
By Guest Author on Jun 3, 2011
While your iPhone may be way ahead of rival devices in terms of technical specifications and software, it’s severely trailing behind others when it comes to radiation. A study by the Environmental Working Group found that Apple’s popular smartphone only gives off an “average” amount of radiation, whereas Motorola handsets come with significantly more.
This CNN report comes after the World Health Organization announced on Tuesday that there was sufficient evidence to categorize exposure to cell phone radiation as “possibly carcinogenic to humans.” Read More
By Cody Lee on May 9, 2011
While the iPhone continues to be widely popular, each new device launch seems to come with a large amount of criticism. The original iPhone didn’t have a cut and paste feature, the 3G didn’t have video recording, and the 3GS only had a 3.2 MP camera without a flash.
Although its specs aren’t always cutting edge compared to its Android counterparts, the iPhone has been a handheld favorite since its inception. This fact is reiterated by a recent report that not only is the iPhone 4 the top selling smartphone for Verizon and AT&T, the 3GS is outselling top Android phones… Read More
By Guest Author on May 8, 2011
The iPhone Dev Team has just pushed out an update to its Redsn0w and PwnageTool jailbreak utilities for iOS 4.3.3. Redsn0w rc16 and PwnageTool 22.214.171.124 address the side vibration/ringer switch issue for iPhone 4 and iPhone 3GS owners. The bug is only present on iOS 4.3.3 jailbroken devices.
The bug fix was found by famous iPhone hacker @i0n1c and he doesn’t even have an iPhone. For those of you that have already updated to iOS 4.3.3 and jailbroken your iDevice using redsn0w rc15 or PwnageTool 4.3.3, you can install this fix simply by running redsn0w rc16 over your existing 4.3.3 jailbreak. Just uncheck the “Install Cydia” option and check any other options you want. Simple as that… Read More
By Guest Author on May 6, 2011
It has been less than three days since iOS 4.3.3 was released by Apple and the iPhone Dev Team has already released an untethered jailbreak for the latest iOS firmware.
As we stated earlier this week, for some odd reason Apple still has not patched hacker i0n1c’s untethered exploit in iOS 4.3.3. Redsn0w 0.9.6rc15 provides an untethered jailbreak on iOS 4.3.3 for the iPhone 4 (GSM), iPhone 3GS, iPod Touch 4G, iPod Touch 3G, iPad 1, and Apple TV 2G. This jailbreak does not support iPad 2 users. Read More
By Alex Heath on Mar 30, 2011
The Windows jailbreak tool, Sn0wbreeze, was recently updated to perform a tethered jailbreak on iOS 4.3.1. We told you about the newest beta release a couple days ago, and many of you have successfully been able to jailbreak your iPhone on 4.3.1.
The biggest downer with the current Sn0wbreeze beta is that it’s a tethered jailbreak, and we’ve recommended holding off on iOS 4.3.1 until an untethered solution is released from the Dev Team.
To our surprise, an iDB reader sent us a video of his iPhone 3GS running an untethered jailbreak after using the latest Sn0wbreeze 2.4b1… Read More
By Guest Author on Mar 21, 2011
The folks over at Boy Genius Report have just received word that Apple’s next iOS release is coming within the next two weeks.
According to BGR’s sources, iOS 4.3.1 will contain several minor bug fixes, including a patch to the iPad 2 jailbreak vulnerability and baseband updates to the iPhone 3GS and iPad…
By Alex Heath on Mar 5, 2011
We’ve gotten questions from readers asking if iOS 4.3 will be compatible with all iDevices. Sadly, the answer is no. The public release of iOS 4.3 that Apple announced at their iPad 2 event will only work on certain iDevice generations.
Most notably, 4.3 will not be installable on the Verizon iPhone. Because the Verizon iPhone runs on a different baseband and has different bugs to fix, Apple has to release a separate 4.3 build for that device. (Which they haven’t announced yet.)
Hopefully your iDevice isn’t on the 4.3 incompatibility list…
By Cody Lee on Jan 17, 2011
It’s official. If you have an iPhone 3G on baseband 06.15.00 and you are unlocked , you better get comfortable. MuscleNerd confirmed in a recent tweet that since the iPhone 3G will not be receiving the 4.3 firmware upgrade, your iPhone 3G will remain unlocked indefinitely.
Now let’s not all panic, this only affects iPhone 3G users on the above mentioned baseband. If you are unsure of your baseband version, you can go to settings -> general -> about -> modem firmware. For most of us this isn’t a huge deal, but to iPhone 3G users who unlocked using the 06.15 UltraSnow unlock, and have been experiencing GPS issues, this is devastating… Read More
By Sébastien Page on Jan 10, 2011
4 days after AT&T slashed the price of the iPhone 3GS, it’s now Apple who’s discounting the previous iPhone model to the same $49 price tag. I think this move isn’t so much related to the Verizon iPhone being announced tomorrow, but rather to getting rid off their old inventory.
If you don’t care about owning the latest and bestest, then the iPhone 3GS at $49 is a hell of a deal. If like me you do like to get the latest gadget, you may want to wait until June/July, when the iPhone 5 will be released… Read More
By Jeff Benjamin on Jan 6, 2011
A brand new iPhone 3GS for less that $50 bucks? It looks like somebody is trying to lock up some new customers with two-year contracts, and get rid of some inventory at the same time.
Just why in the world would they want to do such a thing? It looks like AT&T is gearing up for some major changes in the mobile phone landscape, and as customers, you reap the benefits with a sub $50 phone…
By Jeff Benjamin on Dec 24, 2010
Either the guys at Skype got the memo, or this was in the works all along, and they’re just a bit slow going about their business. Better late than never, right?
Just as Apple is gaining steam with its relatively new FaceTime video chat, here comes the blue elephant in the room. While I didn’t hesitate to give Skype a needed shellacking in a previous article, one thing’s for sure, if they get on the ball with mobile video chat, it could be a hard ball to stop.
Even with FaceTime continuing to gain footprint in various other areas with the upcoming iPad, and the recent desktop Beta release; all it would take is for Skype to release a decent competitor to make things interesting… Read More
By Alex Heath on Dec 22, 2010
Sam’s Club is selling AT&T-locked iPhone 4′s for $147 with a two-year contract. This offer runs through Christmas day, and is the cheapest retail sale of an iPhone 4 that you will find this holiday season.
The Sam’s Club “iPhone Christmas” is part of a growing trend. Retailers everywhere seem to be discounting smartphones around this time of the year, but there hasn’t been much discount activity on Apple’s coveted iPhone.
While this Sam’s Club promotion is short, it’s still a killer deal if you’re eligible for an iPhone 4 upgrade…
By Jeff Benjamin on Dec 10, 2010
Have you ever wanted to know the file size of an App Store app update? Me neither, but apparently, some people do.
Introducing the methodically named AppStore Update Size, a jailbreak tweak for all of you app weight watchers out there.
By Jeff Benjamin on Dec 9, 2010
New to the iPhone arena? What better way to start out then by scoring a free iPhone 3GS from Best Buy on Friday, December 10th. That’s right free, zero, nada, ziltch.
That’s $99 dollars cheaper than the current going rate for the least expensive iPhone, and a pretty rare find for an Apple product. Check inside for the full scoop…
By Jeff Benjamin on Dec 9, 2010
At this years annual Pwn2Own hacking contest, where contestants are challenged to exploit specific software and computing platforms, an iPhone 3GS was successfully hacked in about 20 seconds.
Fortunately, one hacker is making plans to release a jailbreak tool — aptly entitled Antid0te – that makes your iPhone more secure. Just how is this accomplished? We divulge the details inside…
By Sébastien Page on Nov 29, 2010
We’ve seen yesterday that we the release of the updated UtraSn0w unlock, there are a few to be met to unlock iPhone 4.2.1. This unlock will work for the iPhone 3G or iPhone 3GS with baseband 04.26.08, 05.11.07, 05.12.01, or 05.13.04. It will also work with iPhone 4 with baseband 01.59.00.
But what happens if you’re not on one of those basebands? Depending on your phone model and configuration, you might have to update the baseband to 06.15.00, which is fully unlockable, then unlock using UltraSn0w.
In this tutorial, I will show you how to use RedSn0w to update your baseband to 06.15.00 so you can unlock your iPhone 3G/3GS 4.1.2… Read More
By Sébastien Page on Nov 28, 2010
Not even a week after iOS 4.2.1 was released, and following the update of the RedSn0w jailbreak, the Dev Team delivered today an update to their UltraSn0w unlock for iOS 4.2.1.
This unlock will work for the iPhone 3G or iPhone 3GS with baseband 04.26.08, 05.11.07, 05.12.01, or 05.13.04. It will also work with iPhone 4 with baseband 01.59.00… Read More