Apple releases OS X El Capitan 10.11.1 update with improved stability and more

By Sébastien Page on Oct 21, 2015

Following the release of iOS 9.1 and watchOS 2.0.1, Apple has also updated OS X El Capitan, bringing to software to version 10.11.1. This update doesn’t bring much to the table in terms of new features, besides the addition of 150 new emoji characters. Read More


Apple releases iOS 9.1 with 150 new emoji, Live Photos improvements, and more

By Sébastien Page on Oct 21, 2015

Apple just released iOS 9.1 for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. The software includes new emoji characters, Live Photos improvements, and the usual round of bug fixes.

One of the most notable addition to iOS 9.1 is the new set of 150 emoji, bringing the middle finger and a ton of other characters to iOS devices. Read More


OS X 10.9.4 released with Wi-Fi fix, improved wake from sleep and Safari 7.0.5

By Joe Rossignol on Jun 30, 2014

Apple has followed up on its iOS 7.1.2 software update with a public release of OS X 10.9.4 on the Mac App Store. The latest version of OS X Mavericks fixes an issue where some Macs would automatically connect to known Wi-Fi networks, improves the reliability of wake from sleep and includes Safari 7.0.5. The full changelog has been posted ahead… Read More


iOS 7.1.2 released with improved iBeacon connectivity and bug fixes

By Joe Rossignol on Jun 30, 2014

Apple has seeded iOS 7.1.2 as an over-the-air update and through iTunes for compatible iPhone, iPad and iPod touch models. The latest software version includes improved iBeacon connectivity and stability, fixes a bug with data transfer for certain third-party accessories and corrects a major Mail attachment privacy issue. The full changelog has been posted ahead.

If you are currently jailbroken on iOS 7.1.1 or below, you will be happy to hear that the Chinese jailbreak tool Pangu is compatible with iOS 7.1.2. You are safe to update to the latest software version, at which point you can follow Jeff’s guide on how to jailbreak iOS 7.1.2 using Pangu. Just like on iOS 7.1.1 and below, it remains an untethered jailbreak.
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Apple seeds OS X 10.9.4 build 13E25 to developers

By Joe Rossignol on Jun 25, 2014

Apple has seeded the fourth beta of OS X 10.9.4 to registered Mac developers for testing. This latest OS X Mavericks beta has the build number 13E25 and arrives just six days following the third OS X 10.9.4 beta release. As with most of these minor build releases, it is unknown exactly what changes that Apple has made, but we should be nearing a public release soon…  Read More


Good deal: name your own price on this Mac software bundle

By Cody Lee on Jan 23, 2014

Good news Mac owners, Stack Social is running another one of its popular “name your own price” software promotions. There are 11 apps in the bundle, worth some $400, and like the name suggests you can literally pay whatever you want.

Is there a catch? A small one. The deal site keeps a running average of what people are paying for the package, which is currently at $8.95. Pay below the average, and you’ll only get 4 of the apps; you must pay $8.96 or higher to get all 11… Read More


Good deal: 91% off Mac software bundle

By Cody Lee on Dec 7, 2013

Whether you’re planning on getting a new Mac for the holidays, or you’re just looking for some new apps to increase productivity on your current one, you’ll want to check out this big Mac software bundle from Stack Social.

The deal site is currently offering a suite of 10 Apple computer applications, which includes AfterShot Pro, Vitamin-R, skEdit and Compartments, at a steep discount. More details and a full rundown of the apps after the fold… Read More


Good deal: 88% off Mac software bundle

By Cody Lee on Nov 21, 2013

A little over a week from now, retailers everywhere are going to open their doors to hordes of holiday shoppers as they rush towards their must-have items. Everything from TVs to iPads will be heavily discounted for what is known as Black Friday.

But these holiday sales aren’t just limited to consumer electronics—take this new Black Friday Mac Bundle from Stack Social, for example. The deal site is offering up a package of 11 popular Mac apps (well 10 apps and 1 game) at an 88% discount… Read More


HTC targets iPhone users with new data migration software

By Cody Lee on Feb 26, 2013

If you’re HTC, I’d imagine you’d try anything at this point to drum up buyers for your new flagship handset. After suffering steep losses over the last several quarters, the Taiwanese electronics giant desperately needs the HTC One to be a hit.

And it’s latest effort isn’t a half-bad one. In an attempt to make it easier for iPhone users to make the switch to the One, HTC has enabled it to extract data from backup files. This will allow for automatic transfers of photos, videos and more… Read More


Hands on with the new Apple TV interface [Video]

By Jeff Benjamin on Mar 7, 2012

The Apple TV received an update to its interface, shortly after today’s iPad media event.

The interface, while nice at first glance, does little more than spiffy up the Apple TV’s Home screen. Underneath the friendly bubble based interface, you’ll find the same text-based menus of old.

It’s basically just a shiny coat of new paint on top of the Apple TV’s plain jane UI. It’s certainly not a sole reason to purchase an Apple TV, or negate your jailbreak just to enjoy the new UI… Read More


CopyTrans Manager: iTunes for People Who Don’t Like iTunes [Sponsored]

By Oliver Haslam on Dec 24, 2011

Let’s face it, iTunes is a bit of a bloated mess. What started out as a handy jukebox has somehow turned into the music-selling, app-syncing behemoth that we are all so beholden to if we want to own an iOS device.

That means iPhones, iPads, and iPod touches all rely on iTunes as their way of keeping things in check – syncing songs, videos, apps, and playlists is all done via iTunes and one of those white USB sync cables. It’s how we’ve always done it, and it is how Apple wants you to do it.

Now yes, Apple has been keen to bring its ‘PC-free’ world to the iOS devices we all carry around. But what if you want to keep all your media on a computer and then sync it across to an iOS device without having to deal with all this cloud stuff? If iTunes is not your bag, then you might want to give CopyTrans Manager a try. Read More


Apple TV Software 4.4.2 Now Available for Download

By Cody Lee on Oct 24, 2011

The Cupertino company has had a rough time sorting out its Apple TV updates over the past few weeks. It seems that all the trouble started when Scott Forstall’s team released iOS 5 to the public earlier this month.

Last week Apple released a software update for its media hub (4.4.1), but it was immediately pulled due to customer complaints. Apparently re-releasing it still didn’t do the trick, because tonight Apple seeded 4.4.2 to Apple TV owners… Read More


Hurry and Get Your Free iPhone Transfer Software

By Cody Lee on Mar 31, 2011

Mac OS X Software company Digiarty is well known for its MacX software lineup. Their software has a reputation for being extremely easy to use for the not-so-tech-savvy. Well, it appears they are trying to make that same name for themselves in the iPhone transfer app industry.

We’ve seen several iPhone transfer software titles in the last few years. i-Funbox is a popular one, so is iPhone Explorer. Heck, a lot of folks even use the SSH method to transfer files back and forth to their iPhone. What does Digiarty’s MacX iPhone Mounter have that the others don’t? Read More


iPhone 5 Probably Won’t Be Seen at WWDC This Summer

By Alex Heath on Mar 28, 2011

A series of new developments has shed some light on Apple’s product roadmap for the coming year. First, we thought that Apple would be holding a media event in April for iOS 5 and MobileMe. TechCrunch followed up on those rumors by saying that iOS 5 would be pushed back to the fall, and that the iPhone 5 would be released this summer running a version of iOS 4.

Today, Apple announced the dates and information for their annual World Wide Develepors Conference this June. Apple’s focus for WWDC this year will clearly be on software, and, unless they’ve got a big surprise up their sleeve, we probably won’t see the iPhone 5 launch during the expected time frame… Read More


Camera+ is Back in The App Store

By Alex Heath on Dec 22, 2010

The Camera+ fiasco has been an interesting one to follow. The popular photography app was a sensation when it was first released in the App Store. Then, it was pulled. Just like that. The app was updated with a backdoor to allow a volume button camera shutter, which apparently Apple didn’t like.

At the time of it being pulled, Camera+ was considered the crème de la crème of photography apps. Most felt as though Apple should have lightened up on Camera+ by not pulling the app for simply adding a cool and innovative feature. The problem was that Camera+ violated Apple’s guidelines on how an app can interface with the iPhone’s controls.

We recently reported that Camera+ had announced that its return to the App Store would be very soon. After many months of silence, Camera+ is back and better than ever…

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Tip: How to Quickly Respring your iPhone

By Alex Heath on Nov 19, 2010

Many of us jailbreakers know how frustrating it can be to debug the modifications we make to iOS. When installing an app in Cydia, if the app requires it, Cydia gives you a prompt to restart your springboard.

There are two types of restarts you can have on your iPhone: a hardware restart and a software restart. A hardware restart takes considerably longer, and it is when you see the Apple boot logo (or your own, modded logo). A simple software restart usually does the trick for installing new packages on your iPhone, and it also helps with ironing out the bugs you may be experiencing… Read More


Saurik’s TED Talk, “Even Software Should Have Screws”

By Alex Heath on Nov 9, 2010

Jay Freeman, better known as saurik, recently gave a TED talk on the philosophy of mobile software. He compared the iPhone’s App Store and the jailbreak mentality to how consumers buy and modify cars. He made the case for what he has based his career on: that consumers do not want the software limitations that Apple maintains on iOS.

The first half of saurik’s TED talk explains the state of the car industry, and the consumer approach to buying and modifying cars. His comparison is interesting, and it definitely merits his point about Apple’s App Store philosophy…

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Why Does Apple Lead All Tech Coverage?

By Guest Author on Sep 28, 2010

I can say from first hand experience that there are thousands of tech related stories that come across the wire each day. Sifting through them all to bring you relevant stories for the iPhone allows me to see just how much of a daily media buzz surrounds the Apple world.

The news surrounding Apple is mostly positive and is the most plentiful according to Mashable. Their report shows a study done by the Pew Research Center’s Project for Excellence in Journalism that has Apple leading the news race with just over 15% of all tech stories including Cupertino as the main topic… Read More


Apple’s iOS Gets Cloned onto an HTC Device

By Guest Author on Sep 12, 2010

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.

9 to 5 Mac has the story and it appears the device runs the operating system like an iPhone 3G running 4.0. Read More


iPhone Firmware 2.2 is Out. Jailbreakers Should Not Update!

By Sébastien Page on Nov 21, 2008

The rumor was right… Apple did release firmware 2.2 last night and for once, it seems that we have some useful features added:

Enhancements to Maps:

  • Google Street View
  • public transit and walking directions
  • display address of dropped pins
  • share location via email

Enhancements to Mail

  • resolve isolated issues with scheduled fetching of email
  • improved formatting of wide HTML email

Other Enhancements

  • Improved stability and performance of Safari
  • Podcasts are now available for download in the iTunes application (over Wi-Fi and cellular networks)
  • Decrease in call set-up failures and call drops
  • Improved sound quality of visual voicemail messages
  • Pressing the Home button from any Home screen takes you the first Home screen
  • Preference to turn on/off keyboard auto-correction

Apparently, iPod Touch users don’t get the Google Maps upgrade that includes the addition of Street View as well as public transit and walking directions.

Like they did earlier this week, the Dev Team warns us about updating the iPhone using iTunes.

So, as anticipated our friends the misfits have recently released the long awaited 2.2 update. We can confirm that this update SHOULD NOT be applied using iTunes if you want the chance of a soft-unlock in the near future.

If you want to keep that option of a ‘soft-unlock in the near future’ available but you want the new features of 2.2, you will be able to update to 2.2 using a PwnageTool created custom ipsw file that disables the baseband update. You will be able to do this using an updated version of PwnageTool that will be released sometime soon.

Some facts –

  • The 2.2 firmware for 3G contains a baseband update for the 3G iPhone
  • The 2.2 firmware for 2G (1st gen iPhones) doesn’t contain a baseband update and the baseband is still at 04.05.04
  • We believe that our Pwnage technique (and therefore the Jailbreak) isn’t affected, but PwnageTool and QuickPwn do not support this release as yet, so DO NOT install 2.2 using iTunes as you will lose your jailbreak
  • If you apply this update and you previously relied on PwnageTool or QuickPwn to activate your phone, it may become temporarily deactivated and unusable (until we release the new version of PwnageTool or QuickPwn).
  • PwnageTool and QuickPwn updates will be released as soon as possible that will allow a safe update path to 2.2 the release of these updates is inevitable but not imminent, we are creating the modifications right now and we need to put the new software through the usual testing process.
  • If you apply this update and you have third-party (non AppStore) applications  that you rely on they will stop working.
  • 2G (1st gen) iPhone users who cannot wait for the new PwnageTool or QuickPwn can safely “Update” to 2.2 using iTunes, this will preserve the existing activation. However “restoring” to 2.2 using iTunes will return the iPhone to the unactivated state. If you are in any doubt just wait. NB: This works for 2G ONLY.
  • The use of SIM-Proxies (small circuit boards/chips that sit underneath the SIM card) to provide GSM/UMTS service on your locked iPhone 3G is a method that we have always advised against. Early reports suggest that the 2.2 update disables the functionality of these devices. The techniques used were always unreliable and we are surprised that they have lasted this long.
  • We are not working on the 2nd generation iPod touch at the moment, so we cannot comment on what the the 2.2 software update may do to this specific model

So, as always, if you are in any doubt whatsoever please delay the install of this firmware on any of your devices until we have investigated the release in more detail. Watch this space 😉

Also, iTunes 8.0.2 is out now. I doubt this will make much difference either way, but ask yourself, why bother. Just because a new version is out doesn’t mean you want it. I would hold off on this also.

iPhone Firmware 2.2 and iTunes 8.0.2 are both available from the downloads section of our blog.

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