Bootlace is a new app on the Cydia store that will enable iPhone users to run their Apple devices on an Android operating system. The best part of this process is that it is simply tap-and-go and does not require you to connect to a computer. There are a few points to note though. Bootlace 2.1 app is compatible with only iPhone 2G and 3G devices and require these handsets to run one of iOS 3.1.2, 3.1.3, 4.0, 4.0.1, 4.0.2 and 4.1. It goes without saying that your iPhone also needs to be jailbroken but do ensure that they are done with either PwnageTool, Redsn0w or Blackra1n. Other jailbreak methods would not work.
So to get started, you need to add the repo at http://repo.neonkoala.co.uk/ to your Cydia store and then search and install the Bootlace app. Once done, launch the Bootlace app, tap to install OpeniBoot and from the bottom of the screen, choose to run iDroid. You are almost done. Simply tap on the QuickBoot icon from the bottom of the screen and follow the instructions to complete the process of installing Android 2.2.1 on your iPhone.
This is quite a simple process to do. Do let me know how the process goes in the comments below.
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Apple has been pretty well expanding the retail presence of the iDevices in the past few weeks. After retailers like the Wal-Mart and Best Buy started to sell the iPhones on their retail shelves, it is now the turn of another popular American retailer, Target, to join them. Starting November 7, Target customers shall be able to purchase iPhone 4 and iPhone 3GS from 846 of the Target stores from across the United States.
This launch could be particularly a good deal if you also have old electronic items like MP3 players, cell phones and video games to dispose. Target is currently offering credits for such trade-ins that could be used to fund your iPhone purchase. The opening up of the Target shelves to iPhone is also significant in that the company is expanding focus on its mobile services offerings across all their retail stores which it expects to complete by mid-2011.
Apple is notorious for building hardware capable of handling advanced technology and yet disabling them with their software. Now if you are with an iPhone 3GS, you may not have HD video recording enabled even though the ARM Cortex processor is perfectly capable of handling them. So how do you get it enabled then?
Firstly, you will need to jailbreak your iPhone. You do know the risks involved right? Jailbreaking can void your warranty and can even brick your device. So the risk is all yours. Once done, you need to install OpenSSH for iPhone. Go to the Cydia App Store and install this application. You can use Cyberduck to SSH with a Mac or if you are on Windows, use WinSCP. The connection settings are
- IP address: available from the Settings —>WiFi —> Network Name (the name of your WiFi network which, hopefully for security sake, is not the default “linksys”)
- Username: root
- Password: alpine
- Protocol: SFTP for Cyberduck and SCP for WinSCP
Done? Now download HDVideo3GS.zip and extract it. The folder has 4 files. Of these, copy the N88AP.list file to /System/Library/CoreServices/SpringBoard.app/ and the other 3 files (AVCapture.plist, CameraRollValidator.plist, MediaValidator.plist) to /System/Library/PrivateFrameworks/Celestial.framework/N88/
That is it. Reboot your iPhone 3GS and you should be done.
Apple is always known to intentionally block features on older devices in order to push people to graduate to newer devices. One such functionality that is available on iPhone 4 but is not provided on the older iPhones is the HDR capability. As you may already know, this functionality delivers effective contrasts on pictures by […]
Apple is always known to intentionally block features on older devices in order to push people to graduate to newer devices. One such functionality that is available on iPhone 4 but is not provided on the older iPhones is the HDR capability. As you may already know, this functionality delivers effective contrasts on pictures by superimposing three pictures that are taken in normal, under-exposed and over-exposed modes.
Now, there are jailbreak apps that will let you enable this functionality on the older iPhones. From what we’ve heard in the past, the functionality works perfectly on the older models and there is no reason why Apple shouldn’t have offered the feature to the older iPhones as well. Nevertheless, if ever Apple had decided to block this feature on older models, it appears that this could have been a last-minute decision. Folks at 9to5Mac have uncovered a couple of HDR icons from the iPhone SDK that reference to iPhones with retina display and those that do not have this display. The difference can be noted in the nomenclature that usually contain a @2x in case of documents pertaining to the retina display.
If you were to stay an optimist, what this could mean is that Apple could bring the HDR functionality to the older iPhone; iPhone 3GS primarily, via a future software update. The question is however whether Apple would want to.
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 […]
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?
Those who are on T-Mobile USA could soon be seeing an iPhone hitting their carrier stores. But this could be the older iPhone 3GS and not iPhone 4. According to a tweet posted by Chris Anderson from the Wired.com magazine, this news was leaked to him courtesy a manager at T-Mobile. And it goes without saying that this is speculation at its best and needs to be taken with a grain of salt at the moment.
While it is unlikely for Apple to launch an older model iPhone on T-Mobile, there are reasons why this could still be possible. For one, Apple’s iPhone 4 has seen a lot of negative reviews thanks to its issues with antenna reception, proximity sensor,etc. It is likely that the company is working on a solution to the antenna band issue. Considering that Apple’s negotiations with T-Mobile (and Verizon as rumored) have been happening for quite some time now, we assume the companies may have decided to venture out with the launch rather than wait for the issues to be sorted out.
Do you think that’s a likely scenario?
If you are still some time away from fulfilling your carrier contracts, then you would be looking at carrier unlocking options for your iPhone 3GS. Now, your iPhone cannot be unlocked without jailbreaking the device, which in turn is risky considering that you could be voiding your warranty. But if you are determined enough, go […]
If you are still some time away from fulfilling your carrier contracts, then you would be looking at carrier unlocking options for your iPhone 3GS. Now, your iPhone cannot be unlocked without jailbreaking the device, which in turn is risky considering that you could be voiding your warranty. But if you are determined enough, go ahead. Here are the steps.
- From the iPhone springboard, launch Cydia and then navigate to Manage -> Sources -> Edit -> Add. Enter http://repo666.ultrasn0w.com and tap on ‘Add Source‘
- Once this repo is installed, search for ultrasn0w 1.0-1 on Cydia and install the application. The application will unlock your iPhone so that it can be used with any carrier.
- Restart your iPhone. The unlocking procedure is complete.
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Several iPhone 3GS users seem to be facing a peculiar OS reboot issue ever since their handset was upgraded to the new iOS 4. A thread on the Apple support forum presently houses close to 934 responses from users who seem to be suffering from this issue. Here are some reported cases, “After about 4 […]
Several iPhone 3GS users seem to be facing a peculiar OS reboot issue ever since their handset was upgraded to the new iOS 4. A thread on the Apple support forum presently houses close to 934 responses from users who seem to be suffering from this issue. Here are some reported cases,
“After about 4 or 5 mins in a phone call my iPhone 3GS reboots itself for no apparent reason. this did not happen before I put the iOS4 update on it. “
“Mine can do it twice in a call and so the second time, having rebooted, with no apps on the device the memory should have cleared therefore I would imagine it’s something in the hardware”
“I appear to be having a similar problem since I updated to Os4 on my iPhone 3GS 32 gig. However my problem is when I make a call and I end the call.. My screen locks up in the sense that the touch screen is deactivated. My home button still works.. But I am forced to force a reboot to get it to work again. “
“Upgraded to iOS4 on my 16gb 3gs with O2 in the UK, get rebooting during phone calls and have lost all my emails, work account and private account, though I get them all downloaded again luckily. Also Bluetooth to car was perfect for the last year, but now get intermittant pairing isues. Then this week migrated to Vodaphone, again rebooted in a phone call, lost all my emails, but again they have all downloaded again. last thing I’ve noticd a few of the apps I have just stop and drop back out to the main icon screen.”
If you are one of those suffering from the issue, one thing is to approach the Apple Genius support to get it fixed or at least get a replacement. If that doesn’t sound feasible, it appears that reformatting your iPhone 3GS (after backing up all data, of course) apparently helps according to this user,
“I have now fixed this problem. Went to Apple Store and “Genius” knew the problem. She said that during the upgrade something interfered with the update and corrupted a file (probably the anti-virus). She said she would “reformat” the phone and restore operating system. Problem has now disappeared. “
Are you seeing this rebooting problem on your iPhone 3GS? Write down your experience in the comments below.
Magellan GPS has announced the launch of a new waterproof GPS casing for the iPhone and iPod Touch. The new Magellan ToughCase GPS case will come with a high sensitive SiRFstar III GPS chipset built into the casing that will provide location accuracy of up to 3 meters. Also, the device is completely waterproof and can be submerged at a depth of 1 meter for up to 30 minutes. Magellan has said that the 1840 mAh battery on the device can virtually double the battery life of the iPhone.
The Magellan ToughCase is expected to offer improved location based service systems to iPhone and iPod touch users. The device is launching worldwide via MagellanGPS.com and through Apple Stores at a price of $199.99.
The GPS casing is compatible with iPhone 3G, and iPhone 3GS though its compatibility with iOS 4 or iPhone 4 is not known at the moment. Stay tuned.