HP tested webOS as a web app on the iPad. In HP’s testing, webOS ran up to twice as fast on the iPad than it did on the TouchPad. HP tested webOS on the iPad because it believed that its current hardware was too slow for the webOS platform… Read More
We recently told you about the rumor that Apple won’t unveil iOS 5 until later this fall. Apple announced the details about this year’s WWDC event, and multiple sources are claiming that we won’t see any hardware announcements from Apple this summer.
On the iOS 5 front, rumors suggest that Apple will be heavily integrating voice commands into the next major iteration of iOS. The focus looks to be on voice search, considering Apple bought a little voice search company called Siri one year ago… Read More
A genius jailbreak app called “OSFaker” allows you to replicate the Android and Windows Phone 7 OS on the iPhone. That’s right, now you can easily show off your iPhone’s chameleon abilities to your awestruck friends.
OSFaker isn’t a complete OS simulator by any means, but it still gives you a nice taste of what Android and Windows Phone 7 feel like. Let’s take a closer look…
iOS is a wonderful operating system in my opinion. That doesn’t mean I think that other phones should necessarily run the Apple created software. Apparently a certain HTC owner didn’t think the same because it appears that the OS has been successfully been morphed over another platform.
Have you ever wondered how popular iOS devices are amongst internet plaforms? Well you can stop wondering because Computer World has the details that show Apple’s operating system is currently 3rd amongst all platforms.
iOS devices of course include the iPhone, iPod Touch and the iPad tallied up as 1.1% of all hardware that used the internet. They ousted Linux with that number which fell for the second straight month to 0.85%. Windows took first place with Mac OS coming in 2nd. Read More
A few months ago, I wrote about 28 features I would like to see in OS 4.0 and I’m pretty sure the big news of the event will be around:
- ability to save attachments
- unified inbox
- better iPod library management
- and more…
These are just a few of my predictions. We’ll see how much I’m right/wrong. I’ll be staying up late here in Vietnam so I can give you a run down of the new OS as soon as it is unveiled.
In the meantime, tell us what you would like to see in iPhone OS 4.0.
Apple released iPhone OS 3.1.3 just a few hours ago and it it is now available for download directly from iTunes or from our iPhone downloads page.
This is a very minor update, and to be honest, it’s almost deceiving. If I had to give my opinion on this, I’d say that Apple released firmware 3.1.3 just to piss off the Dev Team, who released RedSn0w 3.1.2 jailbreak just days ago.
The “fixes and improvements” for iPhone OS 3.1.3 are as follow:
- improves accuracy of reported battery level on iPhone 3GS
- resolves issue where 3rd party apps would not launch in some instances
- fixes bug that may cause an app to crash when using the Japanese Kana keyboard
Additionally, Apple has updated the baseband from version 5.11.07 to 5.12.01 on the iPhone.
As usual when a new firmware update is released, it is recommended for jailbreakers and unlockers alike not to update their device. If you update to 3.1.3, you will lose your jailbreak and/or unlock.
More info will follow as it comes. For up-to-date news about jailbreaking, make sure to read our iPhone jailbreak section.
It seems that having an iPhone still running on OS 3.0 is getting more and more complicated. I’ve managed to avoid updating to the latest firmware for several reasons but it’s now catching up with me.
There are several applications I wanted to install from the App Store but it didn’t allow me to because it required at least firmware 3.1.
I haven’t updated since 3.0 because I didn’t want to lose my jailbreak/unlock. I realize that I could just use a custom cooked 3.1.2 firmware or even use BlackRa1n but I won’t for 3 reasons.
- I don’t want to use BlackRa1n. It reportedly sucks. Many were successful with it, but it seems even more people were having issues.
- I don’t want to use a cooked firmware right now because I am currently traveling around the world with a small netbook and I really don’t have the time for that.
- I believe iPhone OS 3.1.3 will be available in a month or so and I might just wait for the Dev Team to come up with a jailbreak/unlock for it and update at this time.
I tried installing FWchanger again to fake my firmware version but it doesn’t work very well, and it even messed up a few things on my iPhone. I guess I’ll have to live without these apps I wanted to install…
What firmware are you on?
A few weeks ago I wrote an article about some of the features the iPhone is still missing. Today I’d like to take this a bit further and come up with a comprehensive list of features we (you and I) want to see in the next iPhone.
Here is my list (note that it is in no specific order). Please share in the comments what features you want in the next iPhone.
- Ability to save attachments
- Running apps in the background
- A physical keyboard
- A better battery
- A removabale battery
- Multiple carriers
- Bluetooth support
- Front facing camera
- A 7MP camera
- Camera flash
- A louder speaker
- OLED screen
- Radio tuner
- iChat support
- IR chip for using it as a remote
- Show SMS character count
- Custom sounds for SMS and email
- Categories or folders
- Unified inbox view
- Hide/delete native apps
- Spell checker
- Quick scroll
- Action Menu
- Better iPod songs management (ie. sorting)
- Built in bottle opener
What other features would you add?
According to what Boy Genius Report found in their logs, it seems that Apple has been field testing 2 new iPhone OS.
The first one is iPhone OS 3.1.3, which should be made available pretty soon. I don’t think any major features will come with 3.1.3 and the usual “bug fixes” are expected.
The second and most important is the discovery of iPhone OS 4.0. We won’t see iPhone OS 4.0 until the new iPhone comes out sometimes in June or July next year but it’s interesting to see that Apple is already working on it. I guess these iPhone 4G rumors are not rumors anymore…
I looked at my logs and couldn’t find any track of an iPhone OS 4.0. I guess Apple engineers aren’t reading this blog
With every new firmware comes a new unlock. Once again, it only took the Dev Team a few days to release an update to their PwnageTool and UltraSn0w to bring a safe and reliable iPhone 3.1.2 unlock.
This article is a summary of the different options you have to unlock your iPhone, iPhone 3G, or iPhone 3GS running 3.1.2. Read More
A few weeks ago, I wrote a step-by-step guide and tutorial that shows you how to jailbreak and unlock your iPhone 2G 3.1 using PwnageTool for Mac OS X. I could very well rewrite this tutorial again and call it “jailbreak and unlock your iPhone 2G 3.1.2 with PwnageTool” but that would be a waste of time as the steps are identical.
I suggest you check out this tutorial and follow the steps over there. The only thing that will change is that instead of using the firmware 3.1, you will have to use firmware 3.1.2 (iPhone1,1_3.1.2_7D11_Restore.ipsw). Everything else is exactly the same.
Late last night, the Dev Team released PwnageTool 3.1.4 jailbreak for Mac OS X. This updated version of PwnageTool now supports the iPhone and iPod Touch OS 3.1.2. PwnageTool 3.1.4 for OS 3.1.2 comes just a couple days after BlackRa1n, a tool labeled as the “easiest and fastest jailbreak ever”, which doesn’t come without its share of issues.
What can PwnageTool for OS 3.1.2 do for you?
- PwnageTool supports the iPhone 3GS OTB. If you recently bought your iPhone with 3.1.2 or if you updated via iTunes, you will now be able to jailbreak your iPhone
- PwnageTool will not update your baseband, so if you want to unlock, you have to use PwnageTool. In contrast, BlackRa1n will update your baseband
- If you jailbroke your iPhone using BlackRa1n, you may install a custom IPSW cooked with PwnageTool (this will fix many issues you may have with BlackRa1n)
- Updating to a custom 3.1.2 IPSW will kill the tethering hack. If you need tethering, do not update
- You can jailbreak your iPod Touch 2G only if it was jailbroken before
- PwnageTool doesn’t support the iPod Touch 3G yet
- PwnageTool is Mac only but you can use a custom firmware cooked with PwnageTool on a windows machine (just make sure you can trust the source)
- There is no ETA for a Windows tool
- There is no ETA for a software unlock for the latest baseband
PwnageTool 3.1.4 is available for download from our downloads section.
For more detailed information about the release of PwnageTool 3.1.4 for iPhone OS 3.1.2, please visit the Dev Team blog.
Not even a month after 3.1 was released, Apple has just released an update to the iPhone OS firmware by upgrading it to 3.1.2.
According to TUAW (see image above):
This update fixes the widely reported issue where the iPhone would not wake from sleep, and also fixes an issue involving video playback and cellular service. This update is available for the original iPhone, iPhone 3G and iPhone 3GS, and the iPod touch.
As usual when there is a firmware update, jailbreakers and unlockers should stay away from it!
Damn you, Apple! GeoHot was very close to releasing his new BlackRa1n jailbreak for iPhone and iPod Touch. I guess GeoHot will be back to the drawing board.
More info will be added to the site as we learn more about this situation.
This step-by-step guide and tutorial will show you how to unlock your iPhone 3GS running OS 3.1 using UltraSn0w. This is a very simple method that requires only a few steps.
Step 2: Once jailbroken, follow these steps:
- Launch Cydia.
- Add the following source to Cydia repo666.ultrasn0w.com (note there is a “0″ in sn0w, not an “o”).
- After installing this source in Cydia, search for “ultraSn0w”.
- Install UltraSn0w and reboot your iPhone.
Tha’ts as simple as that!
It seems that the Dev Team finally managed to jailbreak OS 3.1 for the iPhone 3GS! Dev Team member cpich3g tweeted the following info earlier today:
3gs 3.0 pwned->3.1 pwned. Props to Musclenerd, Wizdaz and thanks Bumble-Bee & ToddJG for testing. tinyurl.com/y8sr4p3 tinyurl.com/y8z277l
The 2 links take you to screenshots (see image above) showing firmware 3.1 running along with baseband 04.26.08. In other words, it means that they managed to jailbreak 3.1 without updating the baseband, which means that the iPhone 3GS can also be unlocked using UltraSn0w.
So what’s next? I guess the Dev Team will write an official post on their blog soon to announce the iPhone 3GS jailbreak for OS 3.1. Then they will most likely release an update of PwnageTool and UltraSn0w.
Of course, I will post more info as it becomes available.
Since the delivery of the new OS 3.1, many people have been emailing me or asking me on Twitter if it is possible to jailbreak iPhone 3.1. The disappointing answer is that, no, there is no jailbreak yet for firmware 3.1 but I am confident the Dev Team is working overtime to deliver to us a jailbreak (and maybe an unlock) for 3.1.
As I mentioned earlier this week, if you are running 3.0.1 or 3.0 and that you want to keep your jailbreak and/or unlock, do not update to 3.1. It will wipe out everything and may make it impossible for you to jailbreak or unlock again in the future.
I will update the blog as soon as I have more information. For the latest news on jailbreaking and unlocking, please refer to the jailbreak page and the unlock page on the site. These pages are up to date with the latest jailbreak and unlock guides and tutorials.
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As I predicted, Apple unveiled today iPhone OS 3.1, and you know what? There is not much to it! It seems to me all this event was actually kinda disappointing but that’s what happens when you expect too much…
If you’re a jailbreaker, do not update your iPhone to 3.1 as it will wipe out everything and worst of all, you may not be able to jailbreak or unlock in the future.
Apple also announced the release of iTunes 9 and it is nice to notice that it is safe to update iTunes to 9.0. It won’t affect jailbreakers or unlockers in any way.
Now if you used the tethering hack to tether your iPhone for free, you may not want to update your iPhone to 3.1 as we’ve seen mixed results. Some people report that the tethering hack is working fine after updating to 3.1. Some other report that it breaks the hack. Let’s wait and see.
Here is the list of features that come with iPhone OS 3.1:
- Improved syncing for music, movies, TV shows, podcasts, and photos
- iTunes U content organization
- Redeem iTunes Gift Cards, codes, and certificates in the App Store
- Display available iTunes account credits in the App Store and iTunes Store
- Save video from Mail and MMS into Camera Roll
- Option to Save as new clip when trimming a video on iPhone 3GS
- Better iPhone 3G Wi-Fi performance when Bluetooth is turned on
- Remotely lock iPhone with passcode via MobileMe
- Use Voice COntrol on iPhone 3GS with Bluetooth headsets
- Paste phone numbers into the keypad
- Option to use Home button to turn on accessibility features on iPhone 3GS
- Warn when visiting fraudulent websites in Safari (anti-phishing)
- Improved Exchange calendar syncing and invitation handling
- Fixes issue that cause some app icons to display incorrectly
As you can see, there is no word about battery improvement. I guess Apple didn’t deem consider this as an issue.
All the 3.1 firmwares as well as iTunes 9 are available from our downloads page.
Needless to say that there is no jailbreak yet for iPhone 3.1. I will keep you updated and write tutorials on how to jailbreak iPhone 3.1 as it becomes available.
If you have noticed anything new in 3.1, please feel free to report it by leaving a comment below.
The firmware 3.0.1 update is available through iTunes. However, as usual when the iPhone OS is updated, jailbreakers (and unlockers) should stay away from it should they want to keep their jailbreak. Updating to 3.0.1 will remove the jailbreak!
In a hypocritical statement about the fix, an Apple rep said:
We appreciate the information provided to us about SMS vulnerabilities which affect several mobile phone platforms. This morning, less than 24 hours after a demonstration of this exploit, we’ve issued a free software update that eliminates the vulnerability from the iPhone. Contrary to what’s been reported, no one has been able to take control of the iPhone to gain access to personal information using this exploit.
I say it’s hypocritical because Apple had been warned about this for over a month.
So again, if you want to keep your jailbreak or unlock, do not update. Let’s wait to see what the Dev Team has to say about this update.
I will update the iPhone downloads page with the latest firmwares as soon as I get a hold of them.
Well, the world didn’t come to an end after the demo of the SMS bug in the iPhone yesterday by a bunch of hackers. Actually, nothing seems to have happened at all. My guess is that the hackers demoed the bug to a small audience instead of hacking hundreds of iPhones, which would have probably led to legal issues.
The good thing about this is that Apple is said to release a patch for the bug sometimes this weekend, according to the UK network operator 02.
An O2 spokesperson said the patch would be available Saturday through iTunes.
The hackers had tried to warn Apple of the consequences, and as usual, Apple had completely ignored them. Put on the spot, Apple didn’t have much choice but react and release a patch…
What’s this patch going to be? 3.1 or 3.0.1? If it is true that Apple will release a patch tomorrow, I bet that it’s going to be version 3.0.1 as I think it’s still a little early for Apple to release version 3.1. But hey, I might be totally way off.
As usual, in the event that a software update would be available this weekend, jailbreakers and unlockers should NOT update as it will remove the jailbreak/unlock.
Thank you Twitter follower @lambsypie for the tip.