iOS 4.3 Rolling Out On Thursday?

When exactly is the new iOS 4.3 releasing? We had been expecting the upcoming iOS version to initially roll out in “mid-December“. However, reports published at the fag end November suggested that this release may have been delayed until next year.

Now reports from new sources seem to be indicating that the release may actually happen this month. This week rather. According to a recent article on CNET, Apple’s new iOS 4.3 update may happen as early as Thursday, December 9.

The consensus on the possible new features however stays. iOS 4.3 is expected to add support to subscription-based app pricing. At present, application developers may charge developers during download or in-app. However, there is no means to enable a subscription. The new pricing model will highly benefit magazine and newspaper publications that have been seriously exploring the iPad as a potential new channel to sell content.

Google Nexus S Vs. Apple iPhone 4 – Features & Pricing Compared

Google unveiled their new Nexus S smartphone yesterday. As expected, the phone will come equipped with the new Android 2.3 platform that has been dubbed Gingerbread. Like all other Google products, this one too is quite likely to be pitted against the iPhone 4. So which one is the better deal this season. We’ll take a look.

Nexus S Vs. iPhone 4

Tech Specs and Features

Dimensions : The iPhone 4 measures 4.5″ x 2.31″ x 0.37″ while the Nexus S measures 4.8″ x 2.48″ x 0.42″. So as you can see, while the Nexus S will come with a larger screen, you may also have to contend with a minor increase in thickness

Display : Apple has all along advertised the iPhone 4 for its best-in-the-industry retina display that packs 960×640 pixels. The Nexus S has a smaller display resolution at 800×480 pixels. But if you are talking about display size overall, Nexus S is better with a 4″ display compared to the 3.5″ multitouch display of iPhone 4

Hardware : Not much to choose from. Both the iPhone 4 and Nexus S are equipped with a 1GHz processor along with a 512MB RAM. The iPhone 4 comes with internal storage between 16GB and 32GB while the Nexus S has a built-in internal storage of 16GB. But unlike most other Android phones, the Nexus S does not have an external storage slot. That could quite surely be a deal-breaker for many.

Camera : Again, not much to choose from. Both phones come with a 5-Megapixel rear facing camera along with a VGA camera on the front for video chatting.

Battery : Apple wins here. One of the most advertised features on the iPhone 4 is the battery that is noted to offer up to 7 hours of talk time. While the Nexus One was noted to offer 10 hours of talk time, the new Nexus S on the contrary only gives 6 hours.

There are a lot of miscellaenous features that will be of interest on both phones. Google however has chosen to emphasize the new NFC technology on the Nexus S that will let users interact with RFID tags that you may find on t-shirts, movie posters, stickers, etc. You can quite surely expect a number of new apps and interactive ads that take advantage of this new feature to follow soon.

The Nexus S will be priced at $199 – the same as the 16GB iPhone 4. The device will be available from December 16 from Best Buy and T-Mobile stores in the US and from December 20 at Best Buy and Carphone Warehouse stores in the UK.

Personally, I do not find any big deal of advancement on the Nexus S that will make it my most-wanted phone. But that is not to say that Nexus S is a poorer choice than the iPhone 4 or any of the recent Android and Windows Phone 7 launches.

What are your views on this?

Downgrading From iOS 4.2.1? New App To Save SHSH Blob Directly from iPhone

If you own a jailbroken iPhone or iPad, you may occasionally want to downgrade to an older firmware. Under such circumstances, you will require what is called the SHSH blob for the older firmware. SHSH blobs are like a unique ID for your device at a particular firmware that is used by Apple to authenticate your device when it is connected to iTunes.

Conventionally, applications like TinyUmbrella are used for this purpose. A new app called iSHSHit has now been released that enables this process to happen directly from the iDevice. iSHSHit is a free download from the BigBoss repository on Cydia and by launching the application, you can choose to save the blob over the Cydia servers with just a simple tap of a button.

Once done, users may also choose to send a backup copy of the SHSH blob to their email address with another tap. The application is extremely simple to use and is quite nifty if you have already jailbroken your iDevice.

iPhone App Folders Disappearing After iOS Upgrade?

Folks at TiPb are pointing out to a bug on the new iOS 4.2 that we first mentioned over two months back – app folders on the iPhone or iPad seem to disappear inexplicably bringing all the stored apps back on to the homescreen. Apparently, Apple has not addressed this issue with the several iOS updates that it has issues since June when this issue was first noticed.

While Apple continues to stay mum on the bug, we hear that updating all the apps and then syncing them with iTunes (updated to the latest version) should address the issue. Alternately, you can also try out the fix that we had suggested in our earlier article –

1. Connect your iPhone to iTunes
2. From the left menu on iTunes, right click on your iPhone model and select ‘
Back up‘. Wait for the backup process to complete
3. Now right click on your iPhone device on the left menu once again and select ‘
Settings‘. Here, pick ‘Restore‘. Please remember this is only if you also need a firmware restore (Applicable to those who have unlocked their phones). Otherwise, from the ‘Settings‘, pick ‘Restore from Backup
4. If the system tries to sync files, cancel the process. Wait for the restoration to complete
5. Now perform restoration once again. Remember to pick the backup file created in Step 2. Wait for the process to complete

Does any of this resolve the bug? Don’t forget to tell us in the comments.

New iOS Update Release Date Delayed Till 2011

Sometime last week, there was a rumor that suggested that Apple could be releasing the next version of the iOS – version 4.3 – as early as mid-December. The sources pointed out that the release could bring in-app subscriptions and several bug fixes to the iPhone platform.

Now there is word that this rumor may not be so true after all. Reports now indicate that Apple may have delayed the release of iOS 4.3 until early 2011. Now “delayed” may not be the best word here since it is not clear if the release actually got postponed or whether this rumor was false in the first place.

This is not all. Apparently, we will also not be seeing the release of iPad Magazine anytime soon. It was earlier speculated that since the News Corp iPad magazine was rumored to launch this year, the iOS release too could follow shortly since the magazine will require a software upgrade. Now, with the iOS 4.3 release date being pushed to next year, the News Corp magazine too may not release anytime this year.

Jailbreak App To Enable AirPlay On All iPhone Apps Launched

Apple has introduced the new AirPlay feature that lets users to wirelessly stream audio and video content to compatible devices. However this feature is not enabled on all the iOS applications currently. While this has come as a disappointment to users, it should not really be a big deal if you have already jailbroken your iPhone.

A new application called AirVideoEnabler is now available for download on the Cydia store that brings AirPlay to all the iOS apps including those like Safari and VLC. Apparently, a single line of code in the iOS is responsible for blocking AirPlay over these applications and the new launch fixes this feature.

Interested users may download the AirVideoEnabler app from this repository: http://cydia.zone-mr.net. Also, check out the video below to see the app in action.

iOS 4.3 Release Date & New Features Rumors

After several delays, it was just yesterday, quite literally, that the new iOS 4.2.1 was released to the public. However, the rumor mills have already moved on to the next big update. According to a fresh report, Apple could be releasing its next big update for the iOS platform, the iOS 4.3, as early as next month.

The sources have pointed out to a possible December 13 release date. However, it is not clear whether the update will actually happen on this date. This is because of the delays seen with the recently launched iOS. Apple was scheduled to launch iOS 4.2 as early as October 26. This however got initially delayed due to problems in the display of Japanese characters. There was another major delay early this month due to Wi-Fi connectivity issues observed on iPads. All this meant that Apple had to endure a three week delay in the launch of its iOS platform. It is quite possible that this delay rubs off on the planned release of the next update.

So what can we expect in the next version of iOS? The sources indicate that apart from bug fixes, one major annoucement could be app subscriptions. We have been hearing about an iPad-only newspaper from News Corp in the works. Such a subscription model will require a software update that is expected to come with the iOS 4.3 release.

Of course, it is speculation at this point. Let’s wait for more words to come in.

Free MobileMe Account With iOS 4.2 May Be Rolling Out

Apple may be rolling out free MobileMe accounts to iPhone users with the imminent rollout of iOS 4.2. This possibility has been uncovered by folks at MacRumors who were able to dig into some warnings and notifications hidden in the latest GM build of iOS 4.2. These error messages also give us an indication that the free MobileMe service may be restricted to certain models of iPhone or iPod Touch.

Free MobileMe account

It is further known that Apple has created a new AppleAccounts framework that confirms earlier speculations that the company could be rolling out a consolidated login method moving forward. Additionally, it is also being rumored that the roll-out of a free MobileMe service could be the beginning of over-the-air updates for iOS.

Android users have for long enjoyed the easy OTA update for new OS releases. Apple users, on the other hand, have had to contend with tethered updates over iTunes. The rollout of a free MobileMe account to all iOS devices could mark the onset of OTA iOS updates as well.

iOS Jailbreak Software PwnageTool For Windows Releasing Soon?

If you are a Windows user with a jailbroken iPhone, you may be aware that the popular PwnageTool that is used by several Mac users to jailbreak their iPhones does not work for you. This is because PwnageTool had all along been built just for the Mac platform. Windows users had to rely on an […]

If you are a Windows user with a jailbroken iPhone, you may be aware that the popular PwnageTool that is used by several Mac users to jailbreak their iPhones does not work for you. This is because PwnageTool had all along been built just for the Mac platform. Windows users had to rely on an alternate solution called Sn0wbreeze for jailbreak.

This space could see some fresh developments. According to the Twitter timelines of popular jailbreaker MuscleNerd, a PwnageTool for Windows could be releasing shortly. In a Twitter conversation with @iH8sn0w, he writes,

@iH8sn0w seriously…@chpwn is your age, and about to release a better version of PT for win. Don’t *blame* him for that.

There is another surprise in store. This tweet was in response to a message posted by iH8sn0w that noted that the next version of Sn0wbreeze may not release at all considering that PwnageTool for Windows is coming soon. If you are a fan of Sn0wbreeze, you have your reason to feel bad about it.

Find Out Who’s Spying/Stolen Your iPhone 4 With New App

One thing that is commonplace when an iPhone (or for that matter any gadget) gets stolen or spied upon is that the thief attempts to unlock your device by trial and error with a series of passcodes. iGotYa is a new iPhone application that makes use of this common user behavior to help owners find […]

One thing that is commonplace when an iPhone (or for that matter any gadget) gets stolen or spied upon is that the thief attempts to unlock your device by trial and error with a series of passcodes. iGotYa is a new iPhone application that makes use of this common user behavior to help owners find culprits.

iGotYa is set up in such a way that the application will take a picture as well as tag the location of the iPhone every time a user inputs a wrong passcode. This is assuming the person uses the trial and error method to break into the phone. This picture is taken with the front camera of the iPhone 4 and the picture and location details are sent down to an already specified email address of the owner.  The application also has other options like letting the thief in, but hiding sensitive details like messages, call history, mail,etc.

iGotya Cydia app

Now the sad part is that this application is not available for non-jailbroken iPhones. For those who have already jailbroken their device, you can check the app out on the ModMyi repository on Cydia and can purchase it for $4.99.