If you are one of those iPhone 3G or iPhone 3GS users who have been experiencing problems with GPS signal connectivity since unlocking your iDevice with the latest version of RedSn0w or PwnageTool, then some fix to the problem may be coming soon.
Folks at the iPhone Dev Team have indicated that they have been working on a solution that will let these iPhone 3G and 3GS users to downgrade their iPhone baseband from the new 06.15.00 back to 05.15.04. While there is no clear indication on how this works, we do assume that the baseband downgrade will still keep these iPhones unlocked.
You may recall that the latest iPhone unlock solution works by upgrading the baseband of the iPhones to the original iPad firmware that was seen to be vulnerable to an exploit. Now if the baseband is downgraded, there is also a likelihood for the phone to get locked back.
There is no clarity on this as yet. We will get you some more info when we get it.
Yet another bug with the new iOS, people. If you are an iPhone 3G user who has officially unlocked your handset to migrate to another carrier that Apple has not partnered with, you may be better off holding back on your iOS 4.2.1 update. This is because a number of users, primarily from Europe, who have made the upgrade have noticed that the update has caused the Internet tethering options on their phone to disappear!
This could be annoying because many of these users pay for the tethering option. Apparently, the bug is because the new iOS does not carry forward the carrier settings when making the update. If you are on a carrier that is contracted with Apple, this should happen seamlessly and you may not be affected. However, iPhone users on other carriers lose the tethering options on their handset completely. The issue does not seem to have affected iPhone 3GS and iPhone 4 users.
Apple has not acknowledged the issue so far and the only fix right now appears to be downgrading your iPhone to the older iOS 4.1 firmware. In case that is not a process you are comfortable with, you do not have an option but to wait for an official fix to come your way.
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.
We have been hearing from the iPhone Dev team that the UltraSn0w unlock for iPhone 3G and iPhone 3GS users should be out by this weekend. Earlier this week, we had speculated that this solution could be released as early as Friday – that’s tomorrow. Now, jailbreaker MuscleNerd has confirmed that the development work is indeed on track and the unlock should be released by the weekend. But unlike our earlier speculation, the release could take until Sunday. In a tweet, he posted,
“Good progress today…everything is on track for updated ultrasn0w by Sunday/Funday at the latest (longer for iPhone4!)”
That is still not a long time to wait and we look forward to its release. But if you are an iPhone 4 user, you may not be amused at all. But that was quite expected all along, wasn’t it?
The latest iPhone 4 may offer you a lot of features that are not available on the older iPhone models. But if there is one area where owning an older iPhone can be a blessing, it is with respect to jailbreaking and unlocking. Yesterday, we wrote about the RedSn0w untethered jailbreak solution already available for iPhone 3G and iPhone 3GS users. While iPhone 4 users too shall be able to jailbreak their iDevices soon, it is still a tethered solution which is not exactly ideal.
Now popular jailbreaker, MuscleNerd, has revealed that a new UltraSn0w unlock for iPhone 3G/3GS should be out as early as by the end of this week. In a tweet, he wrote,
“now that redsn0w is out, can focus back on the unlock. The 3G/3GS version should be out this week. i4 will be longer.”
Yet again, if you own an older iPhone, the unlock should be out soon. If you are an iPhone 4 user, good luck with waiting for some more time till your phone becomes capable once again.
There is some good news if you are the owner of one of the older iDevices like the iPhone 3G and iPod Touch 2G or iPhone 3GS (running the older bootrom). The iPhone Dev Team has noted that iOS 4.2.1 jailbreak for these devices is already ready for download.
This is thanks to the updated RedSn0w 0.9.6b3 that was released last week to jailbreak the GM build of the iOS. The Dev team says that the recently launched iOS 4.2.1 is primarily a public version of the GM build and so the same RedSn0w tool should work on these devices as well.
A word of note if you are also looking to unlock your devices. A new updated version of Ultrasn0w that will work on these devices (with the older bootrom) is expected to be released later this week. So unless you have an iPhone 4 or a 3GS with new bootrom, your device should be good to use by the end of this week.
Last month, the iPhone Dev Team released the latest version of the Redsn0w jailbreak tool that would enable users of iPhone 3G and iPod Touch 2G to jailbreak iOS 4.1 on their devices. Unfortunately though, the release was only compatible with the Mac system which meant Windows users had to wait for some more time.
The wait is now officially over. The latest Redsn0w 0.9.6 for iOS 4.1 on iPhone 3G and iPod Touch 2G is now available for Windows users. If you are a seasoned jailbreaker, you can go ahead and click this link to get started on the jailbreaking process.
If you are wondering about the SHAtter exploit, let’s clarify that this jailbreak uses the age-old DFU-mode exploit and does not make use of the recent exploit. Just so you know, the Greenpois0n jailbreak tool built with the SHAtter exploit is scheduled to be released on 10/10/10 at 10:10:10 AM. Not a long time away, either.
When Steve Jobs unveiled the new Game Center on iOS 4.1, he was quick to point out that the gaming features will not be available for older iPhone models like the iPhone 3G. Now as disappointing as that sounds, here is some good news if you own a jailbroken iPhone 3G. Apple’s new Game Center for iOS 4.1 has just been ported to the iPhone 3G model.
“The process involves modification of some .plist files found in the original GameCenter.ipa file for iPhone 3GS, and then SSH’ing this modified file on to jailbroken iPhone 3G running iOS 4.1. Since modifying .ipa files breaks Apple’s DRM, I cant share the exact instructions, or the modified file with you.”
We hear that the Game Center works seamlessly on the older iPhone model as well and hence it is surprising why Apple decided to not include this functionality on iPhone 3G. Well, on second thoughts and to be honest, it’s not very surprising considering that Apple is known to disincentivize people owning older iPhone models to retain their handsets in favor of newer handsets.
[via RedmondPie ]
If you are reading this, you will be aware that Apple’s new iOS 4.1 brings HDR photo capability to the iPhone. HDR photography captures a quick sequence of three photos in over-exposed, normal and underexposed environments that are super-imposed with complex algorithms to create one pretty picture. Unfortunately though, the feature is only available on iPhone 4 and so iPhone 3G and 3GS users do not have the privilege by default.
That is if you do not have a jailbroken iPhone running iOS 4.1. In case you already have the latest OS installed and have jailbroken your iPhone, you can proceed to Cydia and download the iPhone application named ‘HDR Camera Enabler‘. The app uses a hack to enable the feature on iOS 4.1 to users of these older iPhone models as well. And what’s more the application is free to download. Do check out the app under the ModMyi repository.
Apple released the new iOS 4.1 version of its operating system earlier this week. One of the new features that this new iOS version comes with is the support for HDR photography. The new High-Definition-Range photography tool will allow users bring extra detail out of high contrast scenes so that there is a greater dynamic range of luminance between the lighter and darker areas. This is done on iOS 4.1 by capturing two photos – one that is over exposed and another that is under-exposed. These two pictures are combined to produce the final picture that offers effective contrasts.
Now however,as you guessed it right, this feature is not available for users with the older iPhone models with Apple having restricted the feature to work only on iPhone 4 models. No longer. iPhone jailbreaker Will Strafach has announced that a hack to make this feature available to iPhone 3G and 3GS users is already underway and should soon be made available over Cydia. There is no word on how long that should take. Anyway, as long as you get it, that’s happy news right?