Jailbreak Your iPhone/iPad Permanently With New SHAtter Exploit

Getting tired of having to jailbreak your iDevice everytime a new iOS update comes about? A new bootrom exploit has been discovered that will help you keep your device jailbroken for life and will work on the iPhone, iPod Touch as well as the iPad – including the most recent versions. The reason is because this exploit is related to the hardware and hence Apple cannot fix the issue with their software updates.

The jailbreaking application is still not publicly available and the iPhone Dev team and Chronic Dev team are learned to be still working on using the exploit to develop a jailbreak tool. While this is definitely something to be excited about, do note that this jailbreak is tethered. This would imply, users will have to tether their iPhone or iPad to a computer while rebooting in order to keep the device jailbroken. Otherwise, it’s only the risks with warranty and performance that you have to be aware of, which I am sure, you may have already mulled over.

“iPhone Stuck On ‘Searching’ Cell Signal Mode”

It may have sometimes happened to you that your iPhone may have a problem reconnecting to a cellphone tower. In such cases, you would normally see a message that reads “Searching” that never really goes away even when you are actually close enough to a cell phone tower. In such cases, the only recourse that […]

It may have sometimes happened to you that your iPhone may have a problem reconnecting to a cellphone tower. In such cases, you would normally see a message that reads “Searching” that never really goes away even when you are actually close enough to a cell phone tower. In such cases, the only recourse that many resort to is to reboot the iPhone. While this trick works, it is often laborious since you have to go through the entire ordeal of rebooting that takes at least a few few minutes.

Do you have an alternative? Yes. Next time your iPhone is stuck on a “Searching” mode, simply go to Settings and turn on the Airplane mode. Once done, you may swipe off the airplane mode and shall notice that the iPhone will now be able to connect to the cellphone tower.

[via LifeHacker]

iPhone Not Charging From Wall Charger? Try These Fixes

There is one long running thread on the MacRumors forums (since 2007) where several users have complained that they have not been able to charge their iPhones from a wall charger. Apparently, there is no issue when the same cable is used to charge from a computer or while using a charger to power an […]

There is one long running thread on the MacRumors forums (since 2007) where several users have complained that they have not been able to charge their iPhones from a wall charger. Apparently, there is no issue when the same cable is used to charge from a computer or while using a charger to power an iPod from the wall.

This is not a very prevalent case since not many users appear to have come across such a bug, but in case you are facing such an issue, there is a likelihood for the problem to lie with your software. Apparently, the iPhone does not indicate that it’s getting charged though the battery indeed is being powered. In such a case, simply try a soft reset – hold the Home button and Power button down together for a few seconds and perform a reset. This should fix the problem.

To some users, merely charging on a second wall socket seems to have worked.

“I tried charging it using a different wall socket and it worked. When i switched back to the original wall socket, it worked again. Wierd.”

And then, there’s this third alternative that seems to fix the issue, though it sounds more like finger gymnastics

1. switch the mute switch 4 times (up, down, up down)
2. now press home and power for 6-10 seconds
3. wait 30 seconds and turn back on

Are you one of those facing this issue? Does any of these solutions work on your iPhone? Write down in the comments.

Improve Battery Life Of iPhone With Rechargeable Battery Case

Do you perennially fear about dropping your iPhone and cracking the glass case? Does your iPhone suffer from poor battery life? Now here is a battery case that will not just protect your iPhone from drops, but can also give the much needed power boost so that your iPhone can stay alive for a little […]

Do you perennially fear about dropping your iPhone and cracking the glass case? Does your iPhone suffer from poor battery life? Now here is a battery case that will not just protect your iPhone from drops, but can also give the much needed power boost so that your iPhone can stay alive for a little longer.

ExoLife rechargeable battery casing for iPhone

ExoLife is an iPhone casing that offers a protective shield over your iPhone. Additionally, the casing also doubles up as an external battery that can apparently double the life of your iPhone battery. Here is what the manufacturers say about the new ExoLife.

“The exolife iPhone battery case is a sleek, protective exoskeleton for the iPhone 4, iPhone 3G and 3GS. The exolife is outfitted with a rechargeable external battery to give your iPhone the extra power that you need. The exolife serves two functions: Power and Protection. The lithium-ion polymer battery inside the exolife, virtually doubles the battery life of your iPhone so you can talk, surf, watch and play longer. And there is no need to sacrifice the beauty of your iPhone with some clumsy looking case – the hardshell casing of the exolife wraps snugly around your iPhone to give it maximum protection while enhancing the look and feel of the iPhone itself.”

As you would realize, this casing is compatible with all the iPhone models in the market today (no word on the original iPhone though). But the casing can be a little pricey at $90. The device shall be shipped starting July 30. But you can also pre-order right-away from the ExoGear website here.

How To Fix Signal Reception Issue On iPhone 4

Okay. So you are one of those poor souls who braved the weather and queued outside the Apple Store for hours before you could get hold of your prized possession only to realize that this thing does not make a call.

It looks like there are several hundreds of users out in the wild complaining about the signal reception issues that seem to be plaguing the recently launched iPhone 4.

Apple has not announced an official fix. Steve Jobs has pronounced his verdict – Users are holding their device the wrong way. Apple is also learned to be sending manuals to their retail staff instructing them about how to counter complaints from iPhone users experiencing these issues. Effectively, there has been little support from Apple about this so far.

Surprisingly, there seems to be a minor workaround that has helped several users get over the signal reception issue. Get ready and note the steps carefully

1. Use the paperclip-like pin that was provided with your iPhone to remove the SIM card from the tray

2. Now, with the tray open, reseat the SIM on the tray so that it is properly centered

3. Reinsert the tray into the iPhone

Looks too absurd a fix for an issue as important as signal reception, right? But it seems to be working for a lot of users. One user on the MacRumors forum offers a reason

“The metal part of the sim card is not centered and is contacting the sim tray. The sim tray is steel and the sim tray is contacting the outer antenna band. Once you touch the phone, this could be causing a sim issue. If when you touch the antenna line on the lower left it changes the state of frequency, power or what ever, it might actually be messing with the sim card. The metal on the sim is connected to the sim tray, the sim tray is connected to the antenae and the antenae is connected to your hand when you touch the phone. Take a look at your sim card and see if the metal is just off center enough to touch the tray.”

So there you go. Try it – It costs nothing. And don’t forget to post in here about how it goes.

How To Play DVD On iPod Touch/iPhone/iPad

Everyone understands that DRM and copyrights are to be protected and adhered to. But every now and then, there arises a case when you already have purchased a movie in a particular format that wouldn’t play in another format. Converting them to another format may be illegal in some countries and I wouldn’t advocate users in these countries to follow these steps. Others may check the steps below.

Apple’s iPod Touch (or iPhone and iPad for that matter) obviously do not contain a DVD drive nor do they support the format. So, the basic job involves converting the media to an iPad compatible format and transferring them to your iDevice via iTunes to start playing the video files.

Step 1 : You will first need the appropriate software. HandBrake is an open source platform that works across multiple platforms. Perian is another that works on Mac.  Alternately, you may just search for DVD Ripper software on Google and may come across other alternatives for your platform

Step 2 : Once you have installed the software on your system, insert the DVD into the drive

Step 3 : Launch HandBrake (or any of the alternatives). Click on ‘Source’ to select the source file from your hard drive. You may also be asked for the destination folder and format depending on the software you are using.

Play DVD On iPad iPod touch iPhone

Step 4 : Once done, click on ‘Start‘ (or ‘Rip‘). There are other options to choose from, but you may not bother. This process may take a few minutes and will consume a lot of system resources. If need be, close other open applications for the process to continue.

Step 5 : Once converted, close the application and launch iTunes

Step 6 : Connect iPad or iPod Touch to your computer and transfer the converted file via iTunes.

You are done. You may now watch the movie from your favorite iDevice.

How To Jailbreak iPhone OS 4.0 [Developers Beta]

If you are a developer with a beta version of iPhone OS 4.0, here is a step by step guide to jailbreak your operating system. Please note that you will need

1) iPhone 3G (not 3GS),
2) Mac OS X running the latest iTunes version
3) Apple UDID

Step 1 : Visit Apple.com to download the new iPhone OS 4.0 to your iPhone 3G. You can also download the leaked OS from the web.

Step 2 : Install iPhone OS 4.0 on your iPhone 3G

Step 3 : The jailbreaking can be done with the help of the new RedSn0w 0.9.5 software. Download it from here (ZIP file)

Step 4 : Launch RedSn0w 0.9.5 on your iPhone. You shall be prompted to point to the firmware. Choose iPhone1,2_4.0_8A230m_Restore.ipsw

Step 5 : Follow the instructions and select ‘Install Cydia‘ and tap ‘Next‘. If you are prompted for the mode of installation, choose ‘DFU mode‘.

Step 6 : You will now need to point to a repo to install Cydia. Go to the Sources panel and enter http://apt.saurik.com/cydia-3.7

Step 7 : Follow through the installation. Cydia will now reboot your iPhone.

Step 8 : You’re done. If you see the Cydia icon on your Home Screen, you have successfully jailbroken iPhone OS 4.0 on your iPhone 3G