By Cody Lee on Feb 24, 2012
We’ve been talking about Foxconn’s new Brazilian factory for several months now. The plant is not only expected to help the manufacturer meet overwhelming demand for iPads and iPhones, but also make the devices cheaper for Latin American customers.
Due to outrageous import taxes, the two-year old iPhone 4 costs a staggering $1000 in Brazil. And the iPhone 4S is nearly $1500. Apple fans in the country are hoping that those prices will drop substantially, now that Foxconn is making them in Brazil… Read More
By Jake Smith on Feb 24, 2012
The iPhone has seen an enormous amount of success worldwide. Apple announced during its fiscal Q1 2012 earnings report that the iPhone sold a total of 37 million units in one quarter. Ranked the third phone manufacturer in the world, Apple is continuing to sell an abundance of iPhones.
When it comes to iPhone sales in the US, Apple sold the top three smartphones in 2011, according to a new report released by ComScore. The iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS, and iPhone 4S found their way into the most hands of consumers… Read More
By Cody Lee on Feb 24, 2012
Have you been looking for a quirky photography accessory for your iPhone? Perhaps a case that looks like an old-school analog camera and has interchangeable lenses?
Well if you answered yes to either of the above questions, then you’re going to want to check out Photojojo’s new Rangefinder. The accessory gives your iPhone the look and feel of a retro-style camera, while utilizing its cutting-edge picture-taking technology… Read More
By Jake Smith on Feb 21, 2012
Pepper spray is one of the best tools for self defense when being mugged, or worse, by a criminal. However, it’s one of those things that you won’t always have on you, especially if you’re not a female who carries a purse.
Luckily, Swiss manufacturer Piexon has developed the new Smartguard case for the iPhone 4/4S that combines a can of pepper spray right on an iPhone case, leaving it always at your disposal… Read More
By Jake Smith on Feb 21, 2012
Nothing makes a long car ride go by faster than listening to your favorite music, which is obviously played through your iOS device. There are many stereos and FM transmitters that will allow you to play music from your iOS device to your car’s stereo, but nothing that quite lets you integrate it into the dash.
We’re huge fans of Kickstarter and have shown you many projects from there before, and today we’re here to show you a concept called ‘Dash‘ that lets you easily integrate your iOS device into your car’s dashboard… Read More
By Jake Smith on Feb 20, 2012
iOS bugs and security flaws are taken seriously by not only customers, but also by Apple. There have been many that allow others to access your information, including contacts and pictures. Most recently, a bug was found that allows anyone to make a FaceTime call on your iOS device.
Today a new security flaw is brought to light by iPhone Islam, where anyone can make a call out and access your iPhone contacts despite any passcode you might have in place.
As shown on video: Read More
By Jake Smith on Feb 18, 2012
Yesterday, it was reported that a settlement was reached in the ‘antennagate’ lawsuit against Apple. The settlement includes Apple issuing a free iPhone bumper case or $15 to each US customer who purchased the iPhone 4. Apple has until April 30, 2012 to send an email out to every customer.
Responding to the settlement, Apple has issued a statement to The Loop… Read More
By Jake Smith on Feb 18, 2012
After the iPhone 4 was first launched, many users began to notice 3G reception issues when placing their palm over the antenna part of their iPhone 4. The issue was quickly dubbed the “antennagate” by bloggers.
While also receiving many complaints from customers and a few lawsuits, Apple quickly made free iPhone bumper cases available to everyone, which they said remedied the issue. The issue was fixed in iPhone 4s manufactured later.
One of those US class-action lawsuits is finally seeing a settlement, reports Cnet… Read More
By Cody Lee on Feb 13, 2012
We’ve written about a number of “durable” iPhone cases here on iDB, including the Case-Mate Tank and the RainBallet. And in the comment threads of every one of those posts, readers kept bringing up the LifeProof case. So we figured we would mention it.
For those who haven’t heard of the LifeProof, it’s an ultra-durable iPhone case that’s thinner than the popular Otterbox Defender, and can handle much more punishment… Read More
By Jeff Benjamin on Feb 11, 2012
MirrorWidget is a jailbreak tweak that places a mirror in iOS 5′s Notification Center. The “mirror” is just an image from either the front or rear facing camera; you can switch between the two, and you have the ability to snap a photo in the process.
Making sure you look dapper has never been easier. Check out our video walkthrough straight ahead… Read More
By Cody Lee on Feb 10, 2012
Unlocking is not nearly as important to iPhone users as it once was. Over the last couple of years, Apple has opened up its popular handset to hundreds of new carriers, and has even started selling its own factory unlocked models.
But if you don’t want to spend $650 buying the unlocked version of Apple’s new iPhone 4S, you have a few other options. One, you could wait for the iPhone Dev team to release its unlock for the new handset. Or you can pre-order one of these… Read More
By Jeff Benjamin on Feb 9, 2012
Ever since the possibility of a Siri Proxy server was first unveiled, it’s been all the rage. The promise of being able to run Siri on older devices? Count me and about a million other people in.
Now you can hardly look around without seeing some blurb about a 3rd party Siri server, and although security (or lack thereof) is still a big concern, it’s apparently not concerning enough to keep the masses of pre-iPhone 4S owners away.
Andrew Sheridan, one of the primary folks behind the i4Siri project reached out to me about a month ago asking me to try his Siri server. Here are some of the results of that trial… Read More
By Jake Smith on Feb 9, 2012
Canadian tech blogger Ade Barkah has discovered a new security loophole in Apple’s most recent iOS update, iOS 5.0.1. It involves FaceTime, and lets anyone make a call out, even with the highest security settings in place.
The loophole has been confirmed to work on both the iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S, and hopefully is addressed by Apple soon. Barkah details the bug on his blog… Read More
By Cody Lee on Feb 7, 2012
As noted by MacRumors, Apple has notified its iOS developers that future app updates and submissions are now required to include screenshots that meet Retina resolution specifications.
The requirement applies to both iPhone and iPod touch developers, and it looks like Apple won’t be approving apps that don’t qualify… Read More
By Guest Author on Feb 6, 2012
According to research firm NPD Group, Apple has passed up Samsung and LG to become the #1 selling US handset brand in the fourth quarter of 2011. Between the iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S, the iPhone accounted for 43% of the US smartphone market, even though Android’s market share increased to 48%.
Combined, iOS and Android devices accounted for over 90% of US sales, leaving Blackberry, Windows Phone and other mobile OSs under 10%.
The NPD went on to say that 57% of first time US smartphone buyers go with an Android device, while only 34% of first time buyers purchased iPhones… Read More
By Jeff Benjamin on Feb 2, 2012
Okay, so we’ve been debating running this story for quite some time now, but we figured since this involves Siri, that ultimately we should do so.
You’re probably all aware of the so-called Siri port that runs on some Russian server hosted who-knows-where. Well, apparently it technically works, although many have had very mixed success in getting it to work.
Inside, we’ll show you what you need to do to go about obtaining this “port” for yourself, although it’s not without some disclaimers… Read More
By Cody Lee on Jan 30, 2012
Earlier this month, Apple released its popular iPhone 4S handset to long lines in mainland China. But launch day didn’t last very long, as riots broke out in front of multiple Apple Stores around Beijing, forcing them to close.
Scalpers were believed to be a major factor in the riots — they buy iPhones and other gadgets and sell them for a profit on the grey market. But it looks like Apple has found a way to keep them from causing any more problems… Read More
By Cody Lee on Jan 27, 2012
Have you ever wondered what the letters stand for in an iPhone’s serial number? Whether you answered yes or no, the truth is that the code actually contains some pretty interesting information about the handset.
The folks over at OSXDaily have just published a legend of sorts that breaks down what each set of letters in an iPhone’s serial number mean. You can tell what size the device’s hard drive is, and even when it was made… Read More
By Sebastien Page on Jan 26, 2012
When Apple announced its financial results for last quarter a couple days ago, the company said they sold 37 million iPhones within the last three months. What Apple failed to do was breaking down those sales number by device.
But that’s exactly what research firm Consumer Intelligence Research Partners (CIRP) did, and without much surprise, they found out that the iPhone 4S is the top dog in the iPhone family of devices… Read More
By Oliver Haslam on Jan 25, 2012
Apple yesterday announced its sales numbers for the latest quarter, and what results they were. 37 million iPhones sold is not a number to be sniffed at, and it’s one that was enough to see Apple overtake Samsung once more as the top dog in smartphone sales.
The huge number of iPhones sold has also seen Apple’s smartphone overtake Android handsets, with the competition – HTC, Motorola – reporting less than stellar figures themselves… Read More