The Greenpoison RC5 iOS 4.2.1 jailbreak which was earlier available only for Mac users has now a Windows release as well. This update for Windows has been released by the Dev team and is available on the net for download. This new untethered jailbreak can be used for jailbreaking the Apple iPod touch, iPad and the iPhone. This windows release of the jailbreak was an eagerly awaited one by many users and also the steps for jailbreaking are similar to the one that we got to see on MAC. iPhone 3GS, iPad and all iPod touches can be jailbroken with this new untethered update for Windows.
According to the Dev team this new untethered jailbreak is completely safe to use and is also hassle free. The user would not find it complicated as all the steps involved with jailbreaking are inbuilt.
The reports from Patently Apple, an Apple Inc. oriented blog reveal that Apple has patented two unique objects for the iPad and their touch devices. According to the reports, Apple’s R&D department at Cupertino, California has come up with these new ideas and Apple has readily patented them.
There are lots of third party developed stands that are being sold for the iPad. But it seems, Apple have now come up with their own innovative built in stand for their tablet. This stand that can be attached to the tablet’s back can supposedly hold the tablet in two positions – one to make it stand and the other to lay it down while being able to use it as a keyboard. The next patent is for a stylus or a pen for the touch devices. Until now, these devices have only been finger specific. But now, the new pen will give a more precise touch experience.
We are to see though, if these patented devices will ever come out. Fingers crossed.
Apple’s new release of iOS 4.3 Beta apparently has lots more to add to Apple’s merchandise – iPhone, Ipad and iPod touch. The iOS SDK 4.3 which is now available for download has added more features like the HTTP live streaming statistics, fullscreen banners on iAd. Also, Airplay can be used to stream videos on Apple TV. Macnotes.de has also reported (which for now are only rumors) that Apple is going to be conducting a special media event next week to detail the features of iOS 4.3. It is also rumored that iPad 2 will be unveiled at the same event.
With Android Honeycomb now looming, Apple is trying its best to maintain its firm hold on the tablet market. Google’s Android OS has already been named the most popular phone OS in the world overtaking Nokia’s Symbian and leaving Apple’s iOS in the third place.
If you are an iPhone 3G/3GS owner who has just updated to the new iOS 4.2.1 platform, you may have been disappointed to see that the free Find My iPhone feature is not available on your model – by default, that is. Apple has always been known to push the sale of its newer handsets by making certain attractive features unavailable on the older models. This time however, they have simply chosen to make it a much more cumbersome process.
So technically, it is possible to set up the Find My iPhone feature on your phone provided the service is available in your country. This is how you will do it.
II : If you don’t have a MobileMe account yet, launch the application and create a new MobileMe account.
III : Now go to Settings > Mail, Contacts, Calendars > Add a MobileMe account and enter your MobileMe login credentials
IV : Turn the Find My iPhone on the MobileMe account on
V : Launch the recently downloaded application once again and enter your MobileMe account details
VI : Now get hold of your older iPhone or iPod Touch model and download the Find My iPhone app once again from the App Store
VII : Go to Settings > Mail, Contacts, Calendars > Add a MobileMe account and enter your MobileMe login credentials
VIII : Launch the downloaded application and enter the MobileMe login account to set up the functionality
IX : If the newer iPhone/iPad model is not yours, disable the MobileMe account from Settings and delete the application.
You are done. You can now track your iPhone or iPod Touch anytime it gets lost.
Several users on the Apple forum have recently been noticing jitters and random squeaking noises when their iPod Touch 3G is connected to a third party docking station. According to these users, the issue has been primarily occurring ever since the device was updated to the iOS 4.1 platform. Docking stations where the problem has been observed include Wadia 170iTransport, Onkyo ND-S1, Musical Fidelity V-Dac and Musical Fidelity KW DM25 DAC.
According to a Wadia support executive, Apple has worked on this issue for the future versions and that the jitter issue should not affect devices running iOS 4.2 (when that’s released).
Some users have however reported having seen improvements after a full factory restore. A user writes,
I think i have found a solution. What I did was a full factory restore, and when using the dock set ‘Autolock’ in the settings menu to never. It seems to have sorted the problem for me.
Are you one of those who is affected? Did this resolution work for you? Write in the comments.
It has been over two weeks since Apple officially introduced us to their new iOS-based wireless printing technology caleld AirPrint. Back then, the new feature was reported to be supported on iPod Touch 2G and later and iPhone 3GS and later. Bizarrely though, the press release and the AirPrint page on Apple have been silently modified since then to note that the feature is actually supported on iPod Touch 3G and later (and not 2G as was initially proclaimed).
It is not clear whether Apple has merely corrected a typo that existed earlier in their press releases or if this is a technical/business decision to not allow this new technology on the older iPod Touch model.
Nevertheless, this is not an entirely surprising decision. The second generation model of iPod Touch is pretty close in technology to the iPhone 3G unit and considering that AirPrint is not supported on iPhone 3G, it is pretty reasonable to expect Apple to pull the strings this way.
A team of two Chinese brothers have reportedly developed a new accessory that will let you turn your iPod Touch into an iPhone – for just $78. The accessory, named Apple Peel 520, is an iPod Touch case that comes installed with a circuit board and battery that can be secured around the iPod Touch like any other casing. Users will also require to install a software on the iPhone that will make it possible for users to start using their iPod Touch as an iPhone.
Since the procedure also requires you to install a software, it goes without saying that you will need to jailbreak your iPod Touch. Losing warranty doesn’t look like a big deal if you are to factor in the money that you would end up saving. The iPod Touch starts selling from $229 and with the case, the total price to start using your Touch as a phone is just close to $310 – that’s a deal compared to $1060 that you may end up paying for the iPhone through your two year contract.
Quite understandably, Apple is not pleased about the latest accessory and have warned users about the potential harm they could invite in the form of warranties getting voided and devices getting bricked. According to Jonathan Hudis from the American Bar association, the product may not last long – at least in the US. He says,
“The brothers who invented this Apple Peel probably ran down a list of how many ways could they annoy Steve Jobs. I could not see Apple standing by to let this continue, especially if it results in product shipping into the United States.”
Nevertheless, the product is shipping as on date and is available on the popular Chinese eCommerce website, Taobao.
A new exploit has been discovered on the second generation model of iPod Touch that can help developers to create new jailbreak tools in future. The exploit discovered is different from the one that is being used in the SHAtter jailbreak that reportedly can help users to permanently jailbreak their iOS devices.
Explaining the new hack, the iPhone Wiki website explains,
“A heap overflow exists in the iPod touch 2G (both old and new) bootrom’s DFU Mode when sending a USB control message of request type 0xA1, request 0×1.
On newer devices, the same USB message triggers a double free() when the image upload is marked as finished, also rebooting the device (but that’s not exploitable because the double free() happens in a row). posixninja analyzed and explained this one.”
The exploit can be used to jailbreak both MC and non-MC versions of iPod Touch 2G devices – that’s models using the older as well as newer bootroms. We will see if jailbreakers make use of this newly discovered exploit in future jailbreak tools.
Google has released a new version 3.1.0 of their Google Earth app for iPhone that brings support to retina display on the recently launched iPhone 4. Besides this, the latest release also brings Ocean content layer and Underwater bathymetry and ocean surface information to the iPhone user.
The latest release brings the iOS app on par with the Android counterpart. Google had only last month introduced the ocean discovery feature to their Android app. Not surprisingly, the new iOS app is free to download and is compatible over iOS 3.0 and higher and support the iPhone, iPod Touch as well as the iPad.
The Google Earth app for iOS is a pretty nifty tool providing satellite as as informational content from Wikipedia by making use of the users’ location. You can check out the latest version of the Google Earth app by clicking here.
Napster – the popular music streaming service has finally arrived on the iPhone. The new Napster app is available for download on the iPhone and iPod Touch and will give users access to close to 10 million songs on demand. The application itself is free to download though you will have to be a paid subscriber to receive access to the music files. The subscription costs amount to $10 a month.
The application does a lot of things besides simply streaming music. Users can save songs and albums on the local storage in order to access them offline later. Additionally, users may also create playlists, bookmark and play favorites, automix songs, etc.