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Apple poised for iPhone 5 launch

Technology giant Apple has fuelled rumours it will launch a new version of its best-selling iPhone by announcing a “special event” only hours before two of its competitors unveiled two new devices.

The secretive firm sent out invitations for the event next week ahead of Wednesday’s announcement in New York by Nokia and Microsoft where they revealed details of two new phones which will run on Microsoft’s Windows operating system.

The Nokia Lumia 920 and Nokia Lumia 820 are the Finnish company’s attempt to claw back lost ground since it lost its position as the world’s biggest phonemaker to Samsung.

The firm described the 920 as its “flagship” product and it boasts a high powered camera described as the equivalent of “a standalone SLR camera” and can be recharged without being plugged in.

The Apple emails, sent on Tuesday to selected journalists, invite them to an event on Wednesday September 12 and includes the line “it’s almost here”.

It also features a figure 12 with a shadow that appears to be the number 5 – seemingly confirming the company will announce the arrival of the iPhone 5.

The events typically involve Apple executives unveiling new products at their California base – which are carried by videolink live to a central London location.

It is around a year since the firm unveiled the iPhone 4S complete with voice recognition software and an A5 chip allowing it to use much faster graphics for gameplay and to download data twice as fast.

The 4S also has an eight megapixel camera with five lenses, one more than the iPhone4, which results in sharper pictures and allows users to take HD video.

The new phone is expected to sell well. Thousands of gadget fans queued to get their hands on the iPhone 4S when it first went on sale.

Source: The Press Association

Jailbroken iOS 5 devices: No OTA updates for you

The iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad crowd got understandably excited with the word that the next version of iOS, iOS 5, will finally usher in over-the-air (OTA) updates for the platform. Android device owners have been enjoying OTA updates from the beginning, and finally Apple is cutting the cord for device updates. Folks are already using beta versions of iOS 5 even though it won’t officially appear until later this year, and the early adopters discovered that the first iOS 5 beta update just released OTA will not work on jailbroken devices.

Android device owners are already familiar with the lack of OTA updates on rooted devices, the equivalent to the jailbroken iOS device. Rooting or jailbreaking is the process owners go through to allow unofficial software to be installed to serve functions the official OS doesn’t support. It has long been understood that rooting an Android device ends OTA updating, and it is now clear the same will apply on the iOS front for jailbroken devices.

Those using beta iOS 5 report you can still apply Apple updates by connecting to a computer via USB cable, so all is not lost. Getting OS updates OTA is a much better alternative to cabling up a device, so those with jailbroken iPhones may need to rethink that once iOS 5 is officially released.

Ryan:  I say disable Automatic Updates in iTunes (Apple only seems to be updating iOS when new Jailbreaks are released), and stop tethering completely!

Source: ZDNet

Untethered Jailbreak for iOS 4.3.3 Now Available

If you recently upgraded to iOS 4.3.3 that fixed Locationgate woes, you’ll be delighted to know that untethered jailbreak and unlock for iOS 4.3.3 is now available. The iPhone Dev-team have updated their PwnageTool and redsn0w programs so it’s now possible to jailbreak iOS 4.3.3 using Mac and Windows in a way that doesn’t require connecting the device to a computer each time it’s rebooted.

The iOS 4.3.3 untethered jailbreak is based on the exploit created by @i0nic for iOS 4.3.1. The updated redsn0w tool also allows you to turn on multitasking gestures, the team noted in a blog post. If you wish to unlock your device for use with any carrier, there’s an app for that.

To unlock an iOS 4.3.3 device, use the ultrasn0w tool. Remember that ultrasn0w at the time of this writing only worked with iPhone 4 baseband 1.59.00 and iPhone 3G/3GS basebands 4.26.08, 5.11.07, 5.12.01, 5.13.04 and 6.15.00. Use a custom IPSW to update to 4.3.3 in order to avoid updating your baseband. You may wanna use excellent ipswDownloader for Mac to easily find and download any iOS firmware build. This app also figures out your baseband version and tells you whether your iOS version can be jailbroken and unlocked. If you’re on Windows, download the f0recast app that checks whether your device is unlockable or tethered with a USB connect.

If you just want to perform an untethered iOS 4.3.3 jailbreak, I recommend handy step-by-step guides for redsn0w or PwnageTool. The below video shows how easy it is to perform an untethered jailbreak of iOS 4.3.3 via redsn0w 0.9.6rc15. For newbies, iClarified.com provides a wealth of jailbreaking and unlocking guides. And if you need a reason to jailbreak, Cydia creator Saurik has a few.

As for the iPad 2 jailbreak, it’s still pending per a note over at the iPhone Dev-team blog.

The iPad2 jailbreak remains under development. As you may know, the original exploit @comex developed in the first week of the iPad2 release was mysteriously fixed by Apple within days of its development. Partly because of this, don’t expect much public discussion of the iPad2 jailbreak until it’s actually finished and ready for release (and please avoid asking about it). In all liklihood, it will be a userland exploit like the first (unreleased) one, not dependent on bootrom dumps. The first one can’t be released even for those with the original 4.3 firmware due to legal (distribution) reasons.

 

Download the Untethered Jailbreak for iOS 4.3.3 Mac OS X version, here.

Download the Untethered Jailbreak for iOS 4.3.3 for Windows XP/Vista/7 here.

The PwnageTool Official BitTorrent Release, via BitTorrent, here.

Source: 9 to 5 Mac

BlackBerry Messenger will launch on Android and iOS

Research In Motion is planning to bring its beloved BlackBerry Messenger app and service to Android, and eventually to iOS as well. According to our sources, RIM has not yet finalized details surrounding timing or pricing, but we have heard that the company might make the software free to all users. We’re also told strategy is still being developed, however, and RIM may end up charging users a one-time fee or even a recurring fee for access to its BBM service on third-party platforms.

It might seem a bit strange for RIM to want to bring the software that is responsible for keeping BlackBerry devices in the hands of countless potential defectors, but in the big picture, we think it could make sense. The company is getting very frustrated with applications like WhatsApp and Kik offering third-party experiences based on a concept RIM invented, and RIM apparently wants to own the space.

As far as what Android and iOS users can look forward to, we’ve been told RIM will offer stripped down versions of the BBM experience BlackBerry owners know and love. That way, Android and iOS users can communicate with practically anyone who has a smartphone using BBM, but they might not be able to share photos, location, or videos (when RIM crosses that bridge). Users who want the full BlackBerry Messenger experience will still need a BlackBerry smartphone to get it. At the same time, RIM could own the entire messaging app category on every major smartphone OS platform and could potentially draw new users in because it has given them a taste of what BlackBerry Messenger is all about.

Right now, we have heard that Android is definitely a go. But again, we’re not sure on timing, though our sources are confident that it will launch some time this year. RIM chose Android first because of the fact that it could develop and integrate something like this much easier with an open platform, but the plan is to build and deploy an iOS version at some point as well.

Source: BGR

Android Handsets Outsell Apple’s iPhone in Third Quarter

Apple’s iPhone was the top-selling smartphone in the United States during the third quarter, according to a survey released Monday. However, the Android operating system running on multiple devices dominated U.S. smartphone sales overall, the NPD Group said.

Google’s Android OS was installed on 44 percent of all smartphones purchased by U.S. consumers in the quarter — an increase of 11 percentage points from three months earlier. By contrast, purchases of iPhones running Apples iOS’ grew only slightly to 23 percent — just one percentage point higher than in the prior quarter, the research firm observed.

Much of Android’s quarterly growth came at the expense of BlackBerry maker Research In Motion rather than Apple, noted NPD Executive Director Ross Rubin. “The HTC EVO 4G, Motorola Droid X, and other new high-end Android devices have been gaining momentum at carriers that traditionally have been strong RIM distributors,” Rubin said. “And the recent introduction of the BlackBerry Torch has done little to stem the tide.”

Apple Rises Overseas

NPD reports that four out of the top five mobile handsets purchased in the U.S. during the quarter were smartphones: Apple’s iPhone 4, RIM’s BlackBerry Curve 8500, Motorola’s Droid X (Android) and HTC’s EVO 4G (Android). However, the purchase of smartphones running RIM’s BlackBerry OS declined six percentage points on a sequential basis to 22 percent, and RIM’s OS unit share of the U.S. market fell 53 percent in comparison with the same quarter last year.

Based on the same year-on-year comparison, Apple’s iOS U.S. market share declined 21 percent. “The iPhone has held its own at AT&T, but Apple faces challenges in further expanding its domestic market share while still retaining exclusivity,” Rubin said.

Still, IDC reports that Apple claimed a 14.1 percent share of the global handset market overall during the third quarter, with the iPhone maker now ranking fourth among all mobile-device makers — ahead of number-five RIM’s 12.4 percent share. Even better, Apple and RIM posted the highest growth rates among the top five vendors worldwide in the third quarter, noted IDC Senior Research Analyst Kevin Restivo.

“The entrance of Apple to the top-five vendor ranking underscores the increased importance of smartphones to the overall market,” Restivo said. “Moreover, the mobile-phone makers that are delivering popular smartphone models are among the fastest-growing firms.”

Android To Challenge Symbian

Gartner expects the mobile OS market worldwide to be dominated by Nokia’s Symbian OS and Google’s Android platform through 2014, when the research firm believes the two operating systems will account for 59.8 percent of mobile OS sales. What’s more, Gartner believes Android will be in a strong position by 2014 to challenge Symbian for the top worldwide position.

Gartner analysts believe smartphones will continue to dominate mobile-device sales in the United States and other mature markets for the foreseeable future. However, it expects feature phones without an identifiable OS to continue to be the dominant device type on a global basis.

By contrast, IDC believes the worldwide mobile-phone market will be driven largely by smartphone growth to the end of 2014. “The smartphone is becoming the focal point of the personal communications experience,” Restivo explained. “As a result, new market growth will be increasingly generated by smartphones. This year, we are expecting the smartphone sub-market to grow 55 percent year over year.”

Source: Yahoo! News

iPhone 4 close to being hacked, says iPhone Dev Team

The hacker group known as iPhone Dev-Team apparently is close to unlocking iPhone 4 in order to run unofficial apps and to use other GSM cellular networks. Unlocking the operating system, usually termed jailbreaking, lets the user further customise the phone and load and run applications apart from Apple’s iTunes/App Store website.

Unlocking the cellular baseband, sometimes called either a carrier unlock or a SIM (Subscriber Identity Module) unlock, means the phone can accept a different SIM card to work on other GSM networks.

Wikipedia has an exhaustive account of iPhone/iOS jailbreaking attempts and tools. Some bloggers, such as Mic Wright at ElectricPic.com, are already making their wish lists of jailbroken applications, which need a custom installer such as Cydia. Wright listed five:

  • Allowing Apple’s FaceTime video chat to work on 3G cellular connections.
  • Support for 720p high definition video uploads, not just downloads.
  • Installing custom wallpapers and themes, changing iPhone icons, and so on, similar to the capabilities in Winterboard (iPhoneHeat.com has a Winterboard tutorial).
  • And an application to turn the iPhone 4 WiFi adapter into a local hotspot, letting other devices attach to the iPhone and share its 3G connection to the Internet.
  • Wireless gaming controller to work with the Wii, Xbox 360 or PS3, exploiting the iPhone 4’s new gyroscope.

Early on July 5, one of the developers, Planetbeing tweeted (@planetbeing) that he had accessed the baseband bootrom: “The baseband bootrom: c43b30a4ae92571338d93cc42c4050a40dce1e2a. However, @musclenerd and I have run into a speed-bump.” A little later MuscleNerd tweeted: “Now that we have iPhone4 baseband bootrom, we can compare it to earlier 3G/3GS bootroms to see if any bug-fixes pop out.”

Apple’s iOS4 is a major upgrade, including a new baseband, as CNET.com noted. To complete the carrier unlock, the team has to rewrite the baseband code.

Apple has apparently included new code to frustrate the efforts of unlockers and jailbreakers. On July 4, Planetbeing tweeted: “Apple added an anti-blacksn0w trick this time around. 😉 i have an ever-growing bag of tricks though, wrapped in a nice python script.”

Blacksn0w is an unlocking application for iPhone 3G and 3GS, created by George Hotz, known as GeoHot. It was released in fall 2009, able to unlock the then-latest version of the baseband. It was subsequently included in Hotz’s blackra1n jailbreaking application. Hotz himself apparently is not working on a iOS4 jailbreak application. In response to speculative tweet by a third Dev-Team member, @comex, @geohot tweeted: “@comex not sure why you wrote I am about to release. like you, I don’t even own an iphone 4.”

According to MuscleNerd, in a July 6 tweet, Comex is advancing a jailbreak similar to his Spirit application: “the next jailbreak from @comex is like first Spirit… all devices, all bootroms, latest FW, painless install.” Spirit was released in March 2010, allowing a user to jailbreak a wide range of iOS 3-based devices, including the new iPad tablet. One big change, according to the Wikipedia entry, is that the iOS device no longer must be plugged into (“tethered”) to a computer.

The Dev-Team has already released a jailbreaking tool, PwnageTool 4.01, for iOS devices that can support iOS4 – iPhone 3G and 3GS, and iPod touch 2G. The application, which runs on Mac OS X, can create custom iOS firmware images.

Source: TechWorld