iPhone and iPad users running the latest version of the iOS shall be glad to know that a tethered jailbreaking solution from the Chronic Dev Team should be up and running very shortly. GreenPois0n, as it is called, is based on the Limera1n exploit that was uncovered by George Hotz and is capable of jailbreaking all the iOS-based devices in the market.
One problem however is that this shall be a tethered jailbreak. This means that you should tether your iDevice to a computer every time you need to reboot in order to keep the jailbreak active. If you think that is a pain you can live without, then you should probably wait for some more time before an untethered jailbreak solution is made available.
But again, there is no need to wait if you have an iPhone 3G or a 3GS running the older bootrom. The RedSn0w 0.9.6b3 update that was released last week for the GM build of iOS 4.2 is good enough for these devices.
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.
If you have been attempting to update your iPad to the latest iOS 4.2.1 version, chances are that you will find yourself stuck for an hour or so while the iPad seems to freeze or stuck at recovery. A number of users are now complaining on the Apple support forums about this problem. Here are some excerpts from what people are experiencing
“Download and install worked fine but iPad won’t restart. It shows the black screen with the progress bar with @95% complete but will never move beyond that point. Tried to restore and after an hour of backing up got a message that the backup couldn’t be saved to disk. Have tried to restart multiple times, but it always hangs before finishing.”
“Froze at about 90%. After waiting for 20 min, I force quit itunes, and now it freezes at 40%..cannot be updated or even restored by itunes as it cant get that far.”
“Frozen solid here as well. iTunes says “Not Responding” in Task Manager and my iPad which I froze at 90% a few times, finally put it in restore mode and updated it that way. NOW iTunes is stuck on “Preparing to Sync” and my iPad is stuck at about 40% for about 45 minutes now.”
So is there a fix? Some users have noted that it may merely be a question of being patient and waiting for long enough will get the iPad to get responsive and finish the installation. A few others continued to do a few hard resets until the installation got complete. But one solution that appears to be working for a lot of users is simply uninstalling and reinstalling iTunes once again.
“Re installing iTunes works! I tried about 10 times and it froze every time until I re downloaded iTunes and installed it again.”
It looks like a weird fix for the bug but it seems to be working. Do check it out and let me know if it fixes the problem at your end.
Unless you slept through the whole of yesterday, you may have definitely heard that the new iOS 4.2 update for Apple devices is already available for download over iTunes. The update introduces users to a number of new features. But as several users have been noticing, this update seems to be causing all music on your iPod app to vanish. Users launching the iPod app on their iPhone or iPod Touch may find that their music library no longer exists.
Apparently, this is a bug and it doesn’t actually deletes your music library. Instead, it only stops from showing them. To fix this, carry out these following steps
Step 1 : Connect your iPhone to the computer and launch iTunes
Step 2 : The iPhone will now be listed on the iTunes sidebar. Click on the arrow besides it and select Music. Playing a song on iPhone via iTunes should play the music on your computer.
Step 3 : Now, sync the phone again
You are done. Disconnecting iPhone and relaunching the iPod app should bring back all the lost music. Did it work?
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.
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.
The iPhone Dev team has announced the release of a new update to the Redsn0w jailbreak software that is squarely aimed at developers. This new jailbreak application has been built to recognize the recently launched iOS 4.2.1 GM update and consequently to help jailbreak app developers get their applications ready for the next public release of iOS.
What this application can do is to let users who run this software to install jailbreak apps without having to run Cydia – the popular jailbreak app store. The Dev Team writes,
“We’ve made some updates to redsn0w to make it easier for jailbreak developers (and tinkerers) to get their programs ready for 4.2.1. As noted above, the public version of Cydia (and MobileSubstrate too!) is not 4.2.1-compatible. redsn0w will now let you install your own custom bundles independent of Cydia (the bundle can actually be Cydia if you’ve compiled it on your own). These bundles can be up to 15MB in size, and should be in the form of a gzip-compressed tar file.”
Unfortunately, if you are looking at unlocking your iPhone as well, you should stay away from this for now. Otherwise, if you are curious to see how to go about it, click here to read all the instructions from the horse’s mouth.
Apple is all set to launch their new version of the iOS later this week. But the launch might see Apple clipping down most of the functionalities that their AirPrint wireless technology was supposed to originally offer. According to reports, Apple may have cancelled their plans to offer AirPrint for printers connected to a Mac or a PC.
AirPrint, as you may already know, is an easy to use wireless printing technology for iOS devices that lets users to wirelessly send documents to print from their iDevice to an HP ePrint Printer or any other printer connected to a Mac or a PC. Now, according to modified ReadMe files as well as literature on the company’s website, this functionality may now be limited to the HP ePrint Printer.
The reason behind this move is not known though it is believed that bugs detected in the system in the eleventh hour could have prompted this decision. Anyway, we will wait for an official statement in this regard. That is unlikely however considering the way Apple has sneakily modified the related documents.
Sn0wbreeze, the popular jailbreak tool that lets Windows users jailbreak their iDevices will now be capable of jailbreaking an iPad running the upcoming iOS 4.2 platform. If you are not aware, Sn0wbreeze is the Windows jailbreak tool that is similar to the PwnageTool that works on Mac computers. The latest update makes use of the […]
Sn0wbreeze, the popular jailbreak tool that lets Windows users jailbreak their iDevices will now be capable of jailbreaking an iPad running the upcoming iOS 4.2 platform. If you are not aware, Sn0wbreeze is the Windows jailbreak tool that is similar to the PwnageTool that works on Mac computers. The latest update makes use of the exploit that was unearthed by George Hotz; the popular jailbreaker who is known better as GeoHot, in his Limera1n exploit that was released as a jailbreak tool earlier this month. This is an untethered bootrom level jailbreak which means you don’t have to redo the jailbreak each time the iPad reboots.
But before you get excited, do note that we only have the confirmation of the rooting as of now and a public download is not out yet. In any case, most of you may not need it until the new iOS is out for public download. So expect a solution in place by then.
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 […]
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.