Last week, the iPhone Dev Team had announced that the PwnageTool that will be used to jailbreak the second generation Apple TV has been developed and shall be releasing soon. Today, Joshua Hill also known as p0sixninja from the Chronic Dev Team has announced that the Greenpois0n jailbreak that will make use of the Limera1n exploit to break into the new Apple TV has been successfully tested. He has posted a picture of the Apple TV with a customized background as proof of the same.
There is no word on when this new Greenpois0n version shall be releasing to the public. Expect it soon. Meanwhile, if you are still wondering if the jailbreak is going to be worth it, be rest assured that it is not at the moment. The new Apple TV still does not run any iOS applications and unless we have more work on making these applications Apple TV compatible, the jailbreak process is going to be more about the thrill than anything else.
As an aside, jailbreaking is risky and can lead you to lose your Apple warranty. So proceed at your own peril.
Apple is reported to be working on a new in-stream ad feature for their mobile advertising platform, iAds, that could enable app developers streaming video content to the iPad and iPhones to monetize via ads. The feature is reported to be working pretty similar to the ads inserted on Flash video clips except that this new feature will be compatible on HTML5 and Quicktime – two video platforms that are compatible on the iOS platform.
Apple is also expected to offer limited targeting functionalities that includes the ability to target the user via their mobile data location and their user behavior that is tracked anonymously. The new feature is expected to get many more video publishers onto the iPad platform. As you know, the absence of Flash compatibility and consequently the lack of proper monetization mechanism has meant that iAds has not been able to impress this segment of developers. The new in-stream ads are expected to become available by the first or second quarter of next year on the iPhone and iPad with possible availability on the new Apple TV moving forward.
George Hotz, known as GeoHot to the jailbreaking community, has announced that a Mac compatible version of the iOS 4.1 jailbreak tool, the Limera1n is now available for download. With this, users of PC as well as Mac computers can now connect their iDevices to a computer to jailbreak the iOS platform.
The past one week has been extremely eventful for the iPhone jailbreakers. Posixninja, another popular jailbreak team was all set to bring their SHAtter exploit based jailbreaking solution to the iPhone before GeoHot one-upped them by launching his own version of jailbreaking software. This has forced the Dev Team to save the exploit for a later date and have modified their jailbreak solution to make use of GeoHot’s exploit. A Mac solution from Posixninja is still awaited.
Nevertheless, if you are a Mac user waiting to jailbreak your iPhone 4 immediately, hit this link to proceed to the Limera1n website. Jailbreaking is dangerous and you know it. So you proceed at your own risk.
The title says it all, doesn’t it. Just days after the Chronic Dev Team announced a modified version of their Windows-only GreenPois0n jailbreak tool that will break into the iOS 4.1 platform on iPhones and other iDevices, they have announced that the jailbreak application variant for the Linux platform too is now available. This makes the OS X as the only platform that is yet to get a solution from the Chronic Dev Team. However, the team of jailbreakers have assured their users that the OS X version too shall be releasing soon. The exact date was not revealed,
“Mac release is being worked on. Some technical difficulties must be resolved. We have no ETA for the Mac release besides “soon”. Bad things seem to happen when we give ETAs.”
We will let you know when that happens.
Apple has released its latest beta version of the upcoming iOS 4.2 platform. The new iOS 4.2 beta 3 software can now be downloaded from the Apple Developer Center website here. Of course, you will need a developers license to visit the download link.
Since the release, developers have been scouring through the software to find out the enhancements made in the latest beta release and from what we hear, the new version of the platform brings with it quite a few minor updates like new SMS tones, new iPad wallpapers, modifications in graphics and the ability to enable or disable features such as Mail, Sent Mail, Calendar Notifications, Lock, and Keyboard sounds and alerts. There are apparently a number of bug fixes and performance enhancements as well.
The new iOS 4.2 is Apple’s first mobile OS version that is compatible on all of the iDevices including the iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad and potentially the Apple TV. The platform is expected to be released for public download early next month.
The iPhone Dev team has announced that the latest version of PwnageTool that will be capable of jailbreaking the new Apple TV as well as iPhone 4 will be releasing by the end of this week. This jailbreak solution will be based on the same exploit that George Hotz had employed in his recently announced Limera1n jailbreak application. Incidentally, Limera1n too is capable of jailbreaking the recently launched Apple TV. You will remember that the iPhone Dev Team has deferred the exposure of the SHAtter exploit following the launch of Limera1n by GeoHot earlier this week. Do note that this jailbreak solution will not change your phone’s baseband.
Jailbreaking is a risky procedure and could brick your device and you could also end up losing your warranty. That means you should be going ahead with the jailbreak; when it launches, at your own peril. And considering that jailbreaking your Apple TV is a futile exercise because of limited app capability, we really it’s a nice idea to jailbreak the iOS-based set top box from Apple.
Amazon is an undisputed leader when it comes to book shopping on the web. But how about taking on competition from the traditional brick and mortar stores? The etailer has just introduced a new barcode scanning feature that will help the company take on these rivals by letting customers scan barcodes of books from these shops to compare prices on Amazon and if required, purchase the book online.
The new version 1.2.8 of the Amazon iPhone app is now available for free from the App Store. However, the barcode scanning feature will only work with the iPhone 3GS and the recently launched iPhone 4 units running an iOS version of 4.0 and above.
Another thing that this new feature in the app will take advantage of is the fact that book shoppers tend to purchase books in a heap. Such purchases are often awarded with free shipping on Amazon which means that users will have a more convenient delivery of books home with Amazon. You can check out this new app on the App Store by clicking here.
Late last month, iPhone users in New Zealand woke up to a false alarm; quite literally. The new iOS 4.1 had a curious bug that caused their alarm clocks to set off an hour early than scheduled. This bug spread to Australia earlier this month when the country started observing the Daylight Savings Time. With many more countries including the United States expected to start DST in a few weeks from now, Apple is clearly on tight deadlines to fix this issue.
We had earlier speculated that an update to fix this issue could come as part of the iOS 4.2 release that is expected early next month. However, in a recent statement Apple Australia has revealed that a fix could come earlier than that,
“We’re aware of this issue and already developed a fix which will be available to customers in an upcoming software update.”
But again, no ETA is revealed. So it should not really surprise us if the update happens alongside the iOS 4.2 release.
More jailbreaking action here. After the iPhone Dev Team announced yesterday that the new Greenpois0n jailbreak with SHAtter exploit will be released on 10/10/10 at 10:10:10AM, George Hotz, known better as GeoHot in the jailbreaking circles has revealed that he is coming up with his own jailbreak solution for iOS 4.1. This jailbreak is apparently done with a newly discovered exploit termed Limera1n.
This is interesting for those of you following the jailbreaking scene considering Hotz had announced earlier this year that he was calling it quits on developing jailbreak tools. Hotz had then said, “It was a cool ride, and i’ve learned a lot about a lot perhaps one of these days i’ll do a more formal goodbye“.
From what we hear, the new Limera1n jailbreak shall be released on October 11. That’s a day after the new Greenpois0n shall be available for public download.
Apple may have been selling their new iPhone 4 like hotcakes. But there is no denying the fact that the launch has brought about several challenges to Apple engineers. The death grip and proximity sensor issues definitely take the lead, but there are several other challenges too that have surfaced time and again.
It seems that these issues fail to die down. We are now hearing that a new issue is brewing up at Cupertino over the possibility of the rear glass pane of the iPhone 4 to crack due to third party cases licensed by Apple. The issue is not exactly with the free bumpers that Apple offered to their iPhone 4 customers, but with other slide-on cases that are popular among iPhone users. Gdgt writes,
“Apple has apparently found that non-bumper style cases — specifically those that slide onto the iPhone 4, which are occasionally prone to particulate matter getting caught between the rear of the phone and the case — can cause unexpected scratching that could quickly develop into full-on cracking or even much larger fracturing of the entire rear pane of glass. To put it another way: Apple is afraid you might buy a standard slide-on iPhone case, put it on your phone, and then discover the next time you take it off that the entire back of your device has been shattered by no fault of your own.”
The report notes that though this issue is yet to see any widespread prevalence, Apple is already working to ensure this issue does not affect future products. That could mean that the next generation iPhone may not be having a glass back.