iPhone 5 With a 4″ Display?

We had the news on Go Rumors yesterday that Apple is planning to buy Samsung PLS displays in order to improve the viewing angles on the iPhones. Rumor has it that these displays are going to be four inches in measurement, which would mean Apple would be bidding it’s usual 3.5″ touchscreen adieu. Guess this is Apple’s answer and an attempt to stay amidst all the Google Android devices which are now coming with bigger and better displays when compared to Apple. According to a buzz from upstream component suppliers of Taiwan, Apple would also be using 1 GHz dual core Cortex A9 processors.

Now, if the 4″ display would enable a retina display or something that is going to be better than that is still unknown. But if the rumors and the buzz from the Taiwanese company were to come true, Android devices would be left behind for sure.

How to Transfer Address Book Contacts To Verizon iPhone 4

We all know how irritating and frustrating it is when it comes to transferring your contacts to a new phone. This post is for all those who have purchased a new Verizon iPhone and are looking for a hassle free method to transfer their phone book from the old phone to the new Verizon iPhone 4.

Here is a short 10 minute tutorial briefing you with instructions on obtaining your address book. This guide is applicable for phones that are supported by 4 American carriers namely AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile and Verizon and are having an active service on their present phone along with a gmail account (not required for Verizon wireless subscribers.)

Verizon Wireless Phones :

Transferring from an existing Verizon to a Verizon iPhone 4 is almost effortless. Verizon has a free program called Backup Assistant, so just register on Verzion`s website, install and run the application on your old phone first followed by the iPhone 4

Step 1 :

Register for the Backup Assistant application.

Step 2 :

Install it on your phone through the Get It Now store which is for feature phones or the App store for smartphones.

Step 3 :

Now load the software, log in and start backing up your contacts.

Step 4 :

Next, turn off the Wi-Fi radio on your iPhone 4 first as the application works only over a cell connection. Open the app store and install VZ Contact Manager. Now run this program and keep following the onscreen instructions.

Sprint Phones:

To transfer contacts from a Sprint feature phone, you will require a Sprint Mobile Sync and a gmail account. For a Sprint smartphone, only Google Sync is enough.

For Sprint Feature Phones :

Step 1 :

Register for Sprint Mobile Sync.

Step 2 :

Activate the software on your phone by navigating to Main Menu>Settings>Contacts>Mobile Sync>Activate.

Step 3 :

Now log in to Sprint Mobile Sync from your desktop computer and export all your contacts as .CSV file

Step 4 :

Log in to your gmail account and import the .CSV file

Step 5 :

Now install and run Google Sync on your iPhone 4.

For Sprint Smartphones :

All you need to do is just install and run Google Sync on your old phone first followed by installing and running it later on your iPhone 4.

AT&T  Phones :

For phones serviced by AT&T, if its a smartphone, the entire transfer process is free whereas a feature phone will be costing you around $1.99 for AT&T Mobile Backup.

For AT&T Feature Phones :

Step 1 :

Navigate to AT&T`s Mobile Backup Web Site which will be sending a link to your phone for installing the software.

Step 2 :

Load Mobile Backup from your phone and backup all your contacts.

Step 3 :

Log on to AT&T Mobile Backup from your desktop computer and export the contacts as  a .CSV file.

Step 4 :

Now log in to your gmail account and import the .CSV file.

Step 5 :

Lastly, install and run Google Sync on your iPhone 4.

For AT&T Smartphones :

Step 1 :

Install and run Google Sync on your old phone followed by the iPhone 4.

T – Mobile Phones :

Once again, transferring contacts from a smartphone is simpler whereas the same procedure becomes a bit more complex for a feature phone. The companies free contact backing software restricts you from exporting your contacts, but there is still a way to tackle this situation.

For T – Mobile Feature Phones :

Step 1 :

There is a preloaded application called Mobile Backup. Just load it and select “One Time Sync”.

Step 2 :

From your desktop computer, log on to the Mobile Backup Website and follow these instructions for exporting your contacts to a .CSV file.

Step 3 :

Log in to your gmail account and import the .CSV file.

Step 4 :

Now install and run Google Sync on your iPhone 4.

For T – Mobile Smartphones :

Just install and run Google Sync on your smartphone followed by the iPhone 4.

Apple Softwares To Be Sold In Digital Only Format?

As of now, this is only a rumor – Apple is planning to get rid of all its boxed softwares from the shelves in their stores. MacRumors has reported that the move can come quicker than expected as Apple plans to make space for its most earning products rather than the softwares, which earn very less when compared to other Mac products. Apple is planning to sell these softwares off their online stores, in the same way, they sell Apps off the App store on various touchscreen iDevices.

To be honest, Apple actually does not make much on these softwares when compared to their other products, although they get a 30 percent share of the profits. Ironically, they only made 786 million dollars on the Apple software front during the first fiscal quarter of 2011 while iPad has made a whopping 4 billion dollars.

So, it is better to bring down these softwares from the racks and make room for iPad 2 and iPhone 5.

Android Overtakes Symbian To Become The Most Popular Phone OS in The World

Google’s phone OS – Android which overtook Apple to become the second largest used phone OS in the world some time back has now overtaken even Nokia‘s Symbian to become the most used phone OS in the world. Canalys, a global market researcher that conducted the research has revealed that 32.9 million Android handsets were shipped in the last quarter of 2010 compared to Nokia’s 31 million. Apple had a shipment of only 16 million units leaving it third on the list and RIM Blackberry OS had shipments of 14.6 million units which puts it at the fourth place.

If we compare the figures, it is easily understood that Android’s popularity is increasing rapidly considering that the OS was launched only three years ago. But, all’s not gloom for Apple yet. With the Verizon iPhone 4 coming out soon, there is every chance that customers would want to lay their hands on iPhones rather than Verizon androids.

iOS 4.2.1 Untethered Jailbreak In The Making?

With Jailbreakme being prevented by Apple through a software update, the Dev Team is working hard to bring out an untethered jailbreak not only for iOS 4.2.1, but also for all the future iDevices like iPad 2 and the iPhone 5. An untethered jailbreak would help users to hack into iDevices without the need of a PC.

While the iPhone Dev team is working on a RedsnOw untethered jailbreak, the Chronic Dev team is working on a GreenpoisOn jailbreak. A teaser that showed the successful working of the GreenpoisOn hack on an iPad and iPhone 4 was also recently posted. The best part about these untethered hacks is the easy to use interface that is going to be offered to the users.

With the legalization of these jailbreaks, Apple is finding it tough to keep a lid on these hacks.

iOS 4.3 Firmware to Pose A Challenge to Hackers?

Apparently, Apple is strengthening its upcoming iOS 4.3 firmware with the addition of ASLR (Address Space Layout Randomization). ASLR is a computer security and a hacker’s nightmare. With the introduction of this security measure, jailbreakers would find it difficult to locate the target addresses as the virtual memory area is increased. While this new move from Apple would pose a stiff challenge to jailbreakers , it has been welcomed by many of them as there have been several tweets about the same saying, “this would be some fun.”

With the untethered iOS 4.2.1 jailbreak yet to be released, the news about a much secured 4.3 could be daunting to all the jailbreakers across the world. The beta version of iOS 4.3 was launched two weeks ago and the firmware version is going to be made available to the public very soon.

New Sn0wBreeze iPhone Unlock Tool To Restore iPhone Without Baseband Upgrade

Popular iPhone developer and hacker, iH8Sn0w has spilled the beans on his upcoming project – Sn0wBreeze 2.2. The new software application, that is still in development mode will let users unlock their iPhone 4, 3GS or 3G running iOS 4.2.1 with the help of the UltraSn0w unlocking tool. In a tweet posted recently, iH8Sn0w has posted the following teaser image of the upcoming tool.

Sn0wBreeze 2.2

The new version of Sn0wBreeze is expected to come with a new option called ‘Basedband Preservation Mode’ that will  let users restore their iDevices to iOS 4.2.1 without having to upgrade their baseband. There are also other modes like Simple Mode and Expert mode that the user may employ to create custom firmwares without the need for upgraded baseband.

There is no news on when the new Sn0wbreeze version will release. But we will let you know as and when that happens.

Untethered Jailbreak For iPod Touch 4 & iPhone 4 With RedSn0w Released

So as we had expected, the iPhone Dev Team is out with their ‘back up plan‘ version of the RedSn0w untethered jailbreak solution this Christmas weekend. But before you proceed, the iPhone Dev team have warned that this is a “beta tester” program that could potentially go wrong if you are not careful. The team has come up with some nuggets of advice that you can use to decide whether you really want to go ahead and jailbreak

  • This is a beta tester program. It’s not a general release!  Things can go very wrong, so please don’t even consider testing if you have pictures or other media on your device that you haven’t backed up!
  • For the same reason, please don’t participate if you rely on the ultrasn0w carrier unlock.  Wait for the final version!
  • Until we fix some sandbox issues with bluetooth, the bluetooth functionality is disabled.
  • Cydia must have your 4.2b3 SHSH blobs saved on file.  (As we approach a general release, we’ll provide a way to let you use locally saved hashes too).
  • You must already have the usbmuxd software installed and running on your Mac (this requirement will eventually go away too). The correct invocation of the relay is just as that page says: “./tcprelay.py -t 22:2222”.  If the relay isn’t installed or running correctly by the time the redsn0w ramdisk has started, you’ll need to restore to stock FW again to try it again. Please test it beforehand to save yourself some time!

This tester program is apparently limited to just the iPhone 4, iPad and iPod Touch 4th generation. You can check out the RedSn0w download link here. Have some trouble or questions? Post them here.

How To Stream Videos From iPhone To Mac Using AirPlay

If you are an Apple TV owner, you may have already checked out the AirPlay feature that lets users to stream videos and other media content from an iOS-based device to your television over Apple TV. Now, Erica Sadun – a hacker and a writer for TUAW has come up with a custom version of AirPlay that brings the nifty wireless streaming service to Macs.

Called AirPlayer, this software basically lets a Mac to camouflage itself as an Apple TV thereby letting you stream videos to your computer. AirPlayer does not require you to jailbreak your device and is currently available only for Macs. Erica says that a variant of AirPlayer can be easily created for Windows and Linux platforms as well though she is unlikely to release one soon.

So, if you are a Mac user, then head over to Erica’s website here to download an alpha-stage ad-supported version of AirPlayer.

How To Watch Flash Videos On iPhone Safari Browser Without Jailbreak

We had recently written about a new browser app for the iPhone called Skyfire. The browser let users access Adobe Flash content on the iPhone without having to jailbreak the iDevice. As you may know already, Skyfire makes use of a server-side technology to render Flash content in iPhone-supported formats. The popularity of Skyfire has also been its bane since the load on Skyfire’s servers is learned to have slowed down the processing in some cases.

Now if you are one who likes to watch a lot of video content, here is an alternative to look at. iOSFlashVideo is a Javascript bookmarklet that enables iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch users to watch Adobe Flash videos from websites like MetaCafe, Vimeo and DailyMotion from the comfort of the native iOS browser without having to jailbreak your device.

To get started, visit  http://iosflashvideo.fw.hu/ from your iPhone browser and hit the + button at the bottom of the screen to bookmark the link. Now, tap on the Bookmarks icon on the Mobile Safari window to edit this link. You may notice a few characters before the javascript code so that the bookmark page looks something like this.

iOS Flash Video

Now hit ‘Done‘ to save. Next time you want to watch a Flash video on your browser, simply tap on the bookmarks button and select iOSFlashVideo to start watching these videos.