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Apr 15, 2012
Anand Srinivasan

How To Fix iPad Slow Download Speed

A lot of users on the Apple Support forum have recently been complaining that their iPads (including the newer models like iPad 2 and the new iPad are showing incredibly slow download speeds. The problem that these users complain of is not with respect to the network itself – users speedtesting their networks say it is upwards of 10mbps. Rather, it appears specific to the device.

One fix that seems to be working for a few users has got to do with the Radio Mode settings on Airport Express. To explore this fix, follow these steps below. You can also check the original thread here.

1. Launch ‘Airport Utility’. You will see one or more Express units.

2. Tap the first Express unit

3. Scroll down to the bottom of the screen. You will have an option that reads ‘Manual Setup’. Tap to open this.

4. In this window, find out the tab that reads ‘Wireless’.

5. Under ‘Radio Mode’, change the settings to 802.11g ONLY

6. You are done. Get back and repeat the process for all your stations.

You are done. It appears to fix the issue. Does this work? Tell us your experience as well as alternate fixes in the comments below.

May 6, 2011

iPad Jailbreak Tutorial For Mac Users

Mac users, here is a jailbreak tutorial for you for jailbreaking the Apple iPad using the PwnageTool 4.3.2.  Just follow these instructions given below in a step by step order to achieve success.

Step 1 :

  • Create a folder called Pwnage on your desktop. This folder will be containing two things, the Pwnage tool 4.3.2 and the iPad firmware version 4.3.2
  • The Pwnage tool can be downloaded from here.
  • The iPad firmware can be downloaded from here.

Note : It is recommended to download the IPSW file with firefox as safari will often auto extract it.

Step 2 :

  • To mount the PwnageTool, simply double click it and then drag the icon into the Pwnage folder.
  • Now from the folder, double click to launch the PwnageTool application.
  • Click on OK if a warning message pops up.

Step 3 :

  • From the top menu bar, select Expert Mode.

Step 4 :

  • Now select your iPad.
  • A Check mark will appear over the image of the phone.
  • Click on the blue arrow button at the bottom right to continue.

Step 5 :

  • A Browse for IPSW page appears.
  • Click on the Browse for IPSW… button.
  • Now select your firmware from the Pwnage folder that you created and click on the Open button.

Step 6 :

  • A menu with multiple choices appears.
  • Click on General followed by the blue arrow button at the bottom right.
  • The General settings will allow you to decide the partition size. Here you can choose either Activate the phone which will be a non official activation or Enable baseband update that will allow you to modify the baseband.
  • Once done with the settings , click on the blue arrow button to proceed.
  • A Cydia settings menu appears that allows you to create custom packages so that you do not have to install them manually later on.
  • Click on the Download packages tab.
  • Click the Refresh button to display the list of all the available packages.
  • Double click the package you wish to download which will then be made available in Select packages tab.
  • Under the Select packages tab,  just checkmark the ones you want and click the blue arrow button.
  • The Custom packages settings menu appears that displays the listed packages for your custom IPSW.
  • Just leave these settings uninterrupted and click on the blue arrow button to continue.

Step 7 :

  • The Pwnage process is now ready to start.
  • Click on the Build button followed by the blue arrow button to start the process.

Step 8 :

  • You will be prompted to save your custom .ipsw file, so save it to the Pwnage folder you created on the desktop.
  • Your IPSW is being built, so please allow upto 10 minutes for the process to finish.
  • Now you will be asked to enter your administrator password, so do that and click on the OK button.

Step 9 :

  • You will now be asked to connect your iPad to the computer.
  • Once your device gets detected, PwnageTool will guide you through the rest of the procedure for putting your iPad into DFU mode.
  • Press and hold the Power and Home buttons for 10 seconds.
  • Now release the Power button but continue holding the Home button for another 10 seconds.
  • On entering successfully into DFU mode, PwnageTool will prompt you to launch iTunes.

Step 10 :

  • On entering iTunes, hold the Alt/Option key and then click on Restore.

Step 11 :

  • Now go to the Pwnage folder on your desktop using the dialog window and select the custom IPSW file that was created followed by clicking on the Choose button.

Step 12 :

  • iTunes now restores the firmware on your iPad.
  • This procedure may consume upto 10 minutes, but once you are done, you`ll be rebooted into a jailbroken iPad OS 4.3.2.

Happy Jailbreaking… !!

Mar 15, 2011

Sn0wBreeze iOS 4.3 Jailbreak Tutorial For iPhone 4, iPod Touch & iPad [Windows].

Windows users can now jailbreak the iOS 4.3 on their iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS, iPad and the iPod Touch with the help of this nice little tool called Sn0wBreeze 2.3b1. As was the case with PwnageTool for Mac, the Sn0wBreeze jailbreak will also be for tethered devices only thus making you boot into a jailbroken state everytime you reboot the device.

This jailbreak tutorial is meant for windows users, if you want it for MAC then please refer to the previous posts on jailbreaking in this blog.

Point to note : No unlock is available for the iOS 4.3 as yet, so if your phone is dependent on a unlock, then please do not update to iOS 4.3.

Step 1 :

Step 2 :

  • Launch Sn0wBreeze followed by clicking on the blue colored arrow button.

Step 3 :

  • Browse and select the required .ipsw firmware file for the iOS device.

Step 4 :

  • Sn0wBreeze now identifies the selected .ipsw file.
  • Once it is done, click the blue colored arrow at the bottom left next.

Step 5 :

  • Select “Expert Mode“.
  • After doing this, click on “Build IPSW” to start building your custom firmware.

Important : If your device is relying on an Unlock  then select “Baseband Preservation Mode” instead of the “Expert Mode

Step 6 :

  • When the custom firmware is created, Sn0wBreeze displays the following message “Done!

Step 7 :

  • Start following the onscreen instructions to enter into DFU mode.
  • Hold the Power and the Home buttons for 10 seconds.
  • Now release the Power button and continue holding the Home button for another 10 seconds.
  • Your device will now enter in DFU mode.
  • On following these steps precisely, you get the following message from Sn0wBreeze :

Step 8 :

  • Start iTunes now by clicking on the iOS device icon from the sidebar in iTunes.
  • Press and hold the left “Shift” button followed by clicking on “Restore” button in iTunes and release this button later.
  • iTunes will now ask you to select the location for your custom firmware 4.3 file.
  • Select the custom .ipsw file that you had created and click on “Open“.

Step 9 :

  • iTunes will now carry out the rest of the procedure for you with a series of automated steps. This may take a while, so please wait while iTunes installs the new firmware 4.3 on your device.
  • Once the installation is over, your device will be in a jailbroken state on the iOS 4.3.

Step 10 :

As i mentioned earlier that there is no untethered jailbreak, you will have to boot into a tethered state and for doing this we will be making use of a utility for windows called “iBooty.”

  • Launch iBooty and select your iOS device from the drop down menu.

Please Note : iBooty gets extracted to the desktop the moment you run Sn0wBreeze 2.3.

  • Next, click on the Start button and follow the onscreen instructions to enter your device into DFU mode.
  • Hold the Home and Power buttons for 10 seconds.
  • Release the Power button and continue holding the Home button for another 10 seconds.
  • Your device will now be in DFU mode.

Step 12 :

  • On entering in DFU mode, iBooty will perform its tasks and after that your device will be in a tethered jailbroken state.

Happy Jailbreaking fellows… !!!

Mar 10, 2011

How To Jailbreak iPhone 3GS On iOS 4.3 Using PwnageTool

After successful releases of the PwnageTool bundles for the iPhone 4, iPad and the iPod touch 4G/3G, a new bundle has been released now for the iPhone 3GS which will be able to jailbreak the device on the newly released iOS 4.3. Like all the other previous releases, this one too is meant only for a tethered boot only.

The jailbreaking instructions for this device are entirely similar to the ones seen in iPad, iPhone 4 and iPod Touch 4G. The instructions mentioned here are for both new and old bootrom iPhone 3GS. Just follow them exactly to successfully jailbreak your device.

Things that you will require first :

Points to be noted :

  • Cydia works hassle free on the iOS 4.3 GM.
  • The jailbreak is semi-tethered.
  • Your baseband is not going to be upgraded during the restore process.

Step 1 :

  • Download the PwnageTool bundle for your version of the iOS device over here and extract the .zip file.
  • On extracting you will find a .bundle file.
  • Move this file to your desktop.

Step 2 :

  • Download the PwnageTool 4.2 and copy it to the /Applications directory.
  • Next, right-click and click on “Show Package Contents“.

Step 3 :

  • Now navigate to Contents/Resources/FirmwareBundles/ and paste the .bundle file that you downloaded earlier in this location.

Step 4 :

Step 5 :

  • Download the iOS 4.3 GM firmware and move it to your desktop.

Step 6 :

  • Start the PwnageTool by selecting the Expert mode followed by selecting your device.

Step 7 :

  • Now select the iOS 4.3 GM firmware for your device by browsing for the location.

Step 8 :

  • Click on Build to start creating the custom 4.3 firmware file.

Step 9 :

  • The PwnageTool now creates the custom .ipsw file for the iPhone that will be jailbroken.

Step 10 :

Please follow these steps now to enter into DFU mode :

  • Hold the Power and Home buttons for 10 seconds.
  • Release the Power button but continue holding the Home button for another 10 seconds.
  • Now your device should be in DFU mode.

Step 11 :

  • Now start iTunes by clicking on you iOS device icon from the sidebar in iTunes.
  • Press and hold the left alt (option) button on MAC or the left shift button if you are using the windows based keyboard.
  • Click on Restore and then release the alt button.
  • iTunes now comes up with a prompt to select the location of the custom firmware4.3 file.
  • Select the required .ipsw file created earlier and click on open.

That’s it, the rest of the procedure will be carried out now by iTunes involving a number of automated steps so please be patient while iTunes installs the new firmware 4.3 on your device. Once this is done, your device will be then jailbroken on the iOS 4.3.

Steps to boot in tethered mode :

As of now, no untethered jailbreak solution has arrived yet for the iOS 4.3, you will have to boot in a tethered jailbroken state.

For this, you will be requiring a file named tetheredboot for the MAC OS X which is available here in .zip format.

Follow these steps for the booting procedure :

Step 1 :

  • We will require 2 files from the custom iOS 4.3 GM firmware which are kernelcache.release.n90 and iBSS.n90ap.RELEASE.dfu.
  • In order to get these files, first make a copy of the custom iOS 4.3 firmware that you created earlier and change its extension from .ipsw to .zip
  • Now begin extracting this .zip file.
  • Copy the kernelcache.release.n90 and iBSS.n90ap.RELEASE.dfu files which are located under /Firmware/dfu/
  • Now move these files and the tetheredboot application to a new folder named “tetheredboot” on the desktop.

Step 2 :

  • Turn off your device and start the terminal from the MAC OS X followed by running the following command :

sudo -s

  • Next, enter your administrator password and after that type in :

/Users/Downloads/tetheredboot/tetheredboot

/Users/Downloads/tetheredboot/iBSS.n90ap.RELEASE.dfu

/Users/Downloads/tetheredboot/kernelcache.release.n90

  • Now Press enter.
  • You will be seeing some code running in the terminal window as well as it will be asking you to enter into DFU mode.

Please follow these steps to enter into DFU mode :

  • Hold the Power and Home buttons for 10 seconds.
  • Release the Power button but continue holding the Home button for another 10 seconds.
  • Now your device should be in DFU mode.

Wait for the device to boot now. In the meantime, the terminal will be showing the message “Exiting libpoisOn“.

Your iPhone, iPad or iPod will now boot into a jailbroken tethered mode after a couple of minutes.

Mar 5, 2011

iOS 4.3 GM Jailbreak Instructions For iPhone 4 Using PwnageTool

Even before its official release date of 11th march, the golden master version of the iOS 4.3 has become available and has been jailbroken already. Although this jailbreak solution is for the tethered version meaning you`ll have to boot into the jailbroken state whenever you reboot everytime.

Here is a step by step tutorial helping you go through the jailbreaking process. Just follow the instructions below in order to jailbreak the iOS 4.3 GM on the iPhone 4.

Things that you will need :

  • PwnageTool 4.2
  • Access to iOS 4.3 GM firmware.
  • iTunes 10.2
  • MAC OS X.
  • PwnageTool bundle for the iOS 4.3 GM.
  • Universal Ramdisk Fixer.
  • Tetheredboot utility.

Points to Note :

  • Cydia fully works on the iOS 4.3 GM.
  • The jailbreak is semi-tethered.
  • Your baseband won`t get upgraded during the restore process.

Step 1 :

  • Download the PwnageTool bundle for your version of the iOS device over here and extract the .zip file.
  • On extracting you will find a .bundle file.
  • Move this file to your desktop.

Step 2 :

  • Download the PwnageTool 4.2 and copy it to the /Applications directory.
  • Next, right-click and click on “Show Package Contents“.

Step 3 :

  • Now navigate to Contents/Resources/FirmwareBundles/ and paste the .bundle file that you downloaded earlier in this location.

Step 4 :

Step 5 :

  • Download the iOS 4.3 GM firmware and move it to your desktop.

Step 6 :

  • Start the PwnageTool by selecting the Expert mode followed by selecting your device.

Step 7 :

  • Now select the iOS 4.3 GM firmware for your device by browsing for the location.

Step 8 :

  • Click on Build to start creating the custom 4.3 firmware file.

Step 9 :

  • The PwnageTool now creates the custom .ipsw file for the iPhone that will be jailbroken.

Step 10 :

  • Close the PwnageTool once the custom firmware has been created.

Step 11 :

  • Now start iTunes by clicking on you iOS device icon from the sidebar in iTunes.
  • Press and hold the left alt (option) button on MAC or the left shift button if you are using the windows based keyboard.
  • Click on Restore and then release the alt button.
  • iTunes now comes up with a prompt to select the location of the custom firmware 4.3 file.
  • Select the required .ipsw file created earlier and click on open.

That’s it, the rest of the procedure will be carried out now by iTunes involving a number of automated steps so please be patient while iTunes installs the new firmware 4.3 on your device. Once this is done, your device will be then jailbroken on the iOS 4.3.

Steps to boot in tethered mode :

As i mentioned earlier in this post that no untethered jailbreak solution has arrived yet for the iOS 4.3, you will have to boot in a tethered jailbroken state.

For this, you will be requiring a file named tetheredboot for the MAC OS X which is available here in .zip format.

Follow these steps for the booting procedure :

Step 1 :

  • We will require 2 files from the custom iOS 4.3 GM firmware which are kernelcache.release.n90 and iBSS.n90ap.RELEASE.dfu.
  • In order to get these files, first make a copy of the custom iOS 4.3 firmware that you created earlier and change its extension from .ipsw to .zip
  • Now begin extracting this .zip file.
  • Copy the kernelcache.release.n90 and iBSS.n90ap.RELEASE.dfu files which are located under /Firmware/dfu/
  • Now move these files and the tetheredboot application to a new folder named “tetheredboot” on the desktop.

Step 2 :

  • Turn off your device and start the terminal from the MAC OS X followed by running the following command :

sudo -s

  • Next, enter your administrator password and after that type in :

/Users/Downloads/tetheredboot/tetheredboot

/Users/Downloads/tetheredboot/iBSS.n90ap.RELEASE.dfu

/Users/Downloads/tetheredboot/kernelcache.release.n90

  • Now Press enter.
  • You will be seeing some code running in the terminal window as well as it will be asking you to enter into DFU mode.

Please follow these steps to enter into DFU mode :

  • Hold the Power and Home buttons for 10 seconds.
  • Release the Power button but continue holding the Home button for another 10 seconds.
  • Now your device should be in DFU mode.

Wait for the device to boot now. In the meantime, the terminal will be showing the message “Exiting libpoisOn“.

Your iPhone, iPad or iPod will now boot into a jailbroken tethered mode after a couple of minutes.

Happy jailbreaking once again fellows… !!!

iPad 2 To Be Launched In A Few Hours

The long wait is over. In a few hours from now, Apple is all set to unveil the iPad 2 and unlike its predecessor, this tablet is going to be made available straight away. The media is already at Cupertino as they wait for the second generation tablet to be launched at Apple’s head office. As expected, this one will have a 1.2 GHz processor, high speed connectivity and a slimmer look. Now we will have to wait and see if there are two cameras or only the front camera.

In between all this hype and excitement, there are a few who claim that this second generation would not have any surprises and in fact could turn out to be a dud. However, some sources unknown claim that it is the iPad 3 that is worth waiting for as this surely would take everyone by surprise.

Well for now, let’s concentrate on iPad 2, shall we?

Will iPad 2 Debut With A Lower Price Than Its Predecessor?

It’s now confirmed, the iPad 2 will be unveiled by Apple on Wednesday, which is the day after tomorrow. We have been discussing a lot about the hardware of the iPad 2, what new add-ons it would have etc. But would we be really happy if the iPad 2 were to come out with the expected add-ons and nothing more? Surely, not one tablet I would want to buy if Apple were to do that. But, there is every possibility that Apple would go for a price cut, at least by 100$ on the second generation Apple tablet.

If you are contemplating why, here’s the logic. When Apple first launched the iPad an year ago, it had no idea to what would be the success rate of the tablet. But, Jobs has that Midas Touch and the iPad was an unusual success with Apple selling almost 10 million tablets in 2010. Apple now plans to sell at least 60 million pieces in the next financial year for which to happen, a price slash is inevitable.

Is it iPad 2 or iPad 1.5?

Sources have revealed that Apple would be launching the second generation of its coveted iPad along with the iOS 4.3 on March 2nd. But hang on a second, there is a twist to the tale here as the second generation tablet could after all be only a revived iPad which would be called iPad 1.5 rather than iPad 2. Sources have revealed that the reason for this is issues with production as Apple may not be able to deliver the required add-ons to the tablet yet (the camera to the front might actually be missing in this version).

So, Apple would only be going ahead with a standby version and as John Gruber predicted, we could actually see Apple launching the third generation iPad in September which could actually be the real iPad 2. So for now, let’s just play the guessing game until Wednesday.

iPad 2 And iOS 4.3 on Mar 2?

The latest buzz is that Apple is planning to launch both the second generation iPad and the next version of iOS on March 2 which co-incidentally is a Wednesday. Knowing Apple’s Wednesday sentiment, this could well be true. Also, there have been reports that Steve Jobs‘ health is declining day by day, so Jobs himself would want to see a quicker launch of his babies on which he has worked personally as well. Also, one can expect iOS 4.3 to come out on the same day as Apple definitely would not want to launch the iPad 2 running on iOS 4.2.1.

The beta version of the iOS 4.3 was released on January 12, a week later the iOS 4.3 beta 2 was also released which was followed by the release of beta 3 on February 4 which dealt with a few bugs in the beta 2 version.

Fingers crossed fellas. Let’s hope that this time the rumor about the launch date is true.

Feb 23, 2011

How To Jailbreak iPad On iOS 4.2.1 [Mac]

The jailbreaking season continues with yet another new tutorial this time for jailbreaking your iPad using the PwnageTool. Just follow these 12 step by step instructions precisely and you`ll get the job done.

Step 1 : Download these softwares first.

  • The PwnageTool for the Mac can be found here.
  • The iPad 4.2.1 firmware that can be downloaded from here.
  • It is recommended to download the firmware using Firefox since Safari will often auto extract it.

Step 2 :

  • Mount the PwnageTool by double clicking it and then drag it to your Pwnage folder.
  • Once it is dragged into the folder, double click it to launch the application and click on OK if a warning window pops up.

Step 3 :

  • Now select Expert Mode by clicking it from the top menu bar.

Step 4 :

  • From the list of devices, select your iPad.
  • A check-mark appears over the image indicating your selection.
  • Now click on the blue arrow button to continue.

Step 5 :

  • A new menu for selecting the IPSW comes. Click on the “Browse for IPSW….” button.
  • Now select your firmware from the Pwnage folder and click on Open.

Step 6 :

  • Select General from the multiple choice menu followed by clicking the blue arrow button.
  • These general settings will allow you to decide the partition size.
  • Next, is the Cydia settings menu which allows you to create custom packages so as to avoid the hassles of manual installation later.
  • Click on the Download packages tab followed by the refresh button to display the list of available packages.
  • Double clicking the packages you want will download them and add them to the Select packages tab.
  • Put a check-mark on the packages you want and click on the blue arrow button.
  • The Custom Packages Settings menu displays the listed package settings for your custom IPSW. Please leave these settings uninterrupted for now and proceed further by clicking the blue arrow button.

Step 7 :

  • The Pwnage process is ready to start.
  • Click to select the Build button followed by the blue arrow button to begin the procedure.

Step 8 :

  • Save your custom .ipsw file to the Pwnage folder you created on your desktop.
  • Your IPSW is now building so please allow up to 10 minutes to get complete.
  • You are later on prompted to enter your administrator password, so do it and click on the OK button.

Step 9 :

  • Now you will be asked to connect your iPad to the computer once the building procedure is complete.
  • On detecting your device, the Pwnage tool will be guiding you through the rest of the procedure to put your iPad into DFU mode.
  • Press and hold the Home and Power buttons for 10 seconds.
  • Next, release the power button but continue holding the Home button for another 10 seconds.
  • On entering in DFU mode, the PwnageTool prompts you to launch the iTunes.

Step 10 :

  • On launching iTunes, hold the Alt/Options key and click on Restore.

Step 11 :

  • Now navigate to your Pwnage desktop folder from the dialog window and select the custom IPSW that was created followed by clicking the Choose button.

Step 12 :

  • iTunes now restores the firmware on your iPad which might consume up to 10 minutes.
  • Once this is done, you will be rebooted into the jailbroken iPad OS 4.2.1

Happy jailbreaking once again fellows…!!!

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