iPhone 4S & iPad 2 Untethered iOS 5.0.1 Jailbreak Available

Jailbreakers rejoice, the long awaited and highly anticipated untethered jailbreak for iOS 5.0.1 on the iPhone 4S and iPad 2 is finally available.

It was only a few days ago that the first untethered iOS 5.0.1 jailbreak was shown off on video. It was functional, but declared to still be in testing. Fast forward just 4 days later, and a public release is available for all to download. The Chronic Dev team have announced they have packaged the exploits that allow execution of unsigned code (code named Absinthe A5) into a working untethered jailbreak. Both the iPhone 4S (GSM and CDMA variants), as well as the iPad 2 (GSM, CDMA and Wi-Fi only variants) are targeted and supported in this release.

It took a mass of crash reports, over 10 million, and almost 10 months of work for the team to find an entry point and exploit the new A5 chip. The exploit consists of a series of both userland and kernel level exploits that were dubbed ‘corona’.  The name comes from a vulnerability that was in Apple’s IPSec IKE daemon, named ‘racoon’. Although the app released today, for jailbreaking current iPhone 4S and iPad 2 devices, is only available for Mac OS X users, there is a placeholder for Windows and Linux users. Their respective applications will likely be available soon and will be as simple as a point and click.

In addition to the tools being released, the “iOS Hacking Dream Team” has spawned. It consists of members from the Chronic Dev team (posixninja, pod2g and nikias) and the iPhone-dev team (planetbeing). Both teams have donation pages to thank them for their work and provide funds for hardware upgrades to ensure future devices can be jailbroken.

Apple Releases Smart Cover and HDMI Cable for iPad 2

Along with the iPad 2, Apple also introduced a couple of new accessories for the iPad 2 an HDMI out cable and a cover. The HDMI Out cable will allow users to mirror content from the iPad to their HDTV in full HD resolution, while charging the device!

The cable works with all existing apps and supports rotation as well. The cable will set back users by $39. However, it is the ‘Smart’ cover introduced by Apple for the iPad, which is truly a must have.

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This new cover from Apple covers the front of the iPad, and when users open the cover, the cover automatically wakes up the iPad. The cover puts the iPad back to sleep when users put it back on. The cover is made up entirely from magnets, which automatically grasp the iPad 2 and auto-align themselves.

The inside of the cover features a micro-fiber cloth, which cleans the screen of the tablet, whenever you close it. The new cover will be available in five colors including pink, and will be made up of either polyurethane or leather. The polyurethane cover will set you back by $39, while the leather cover will cost users $69.

As of now, it is unknown whether this new ‘Smart’ cover from Apple will be compatible with the original iPad or not.

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Apple iPad 2 Unveiled; Is Thinner Than An iPhone 4!

Apple just announced the successor to the highly popular iPad the iPad 2. The iPad was the tablet that kick-started this whole tablet wars and with its successor, Apple aims to stay ahead in this war.

The iPad 2 sports a brand new design, a new and faster dual-core processor dubbed as the A5, which is up to twice as fast when compared to the A4. The graphics core of the A5 chip is up to 9x faster than the PowerVR GPU found on the existing iPad.

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The new iPad is only 8.8mm thick! Yes, it’s thinner that the iPhone 4! The tablet also sports a camera at the front (VGA) and at the back. Apple also managed to cut down the weight of the device to 1.3 pounds (Previously, 1.5 pounds).

Unlike the iPhone 4, the iPad 2 will ship in both white and black colors right from day one! The tablet will support both the AT&T and the Verizon network. Even though the iPad 2 sports a faster processor, the battery life remains the same at a whopping 10 hours with over a month on standby.

The iPad 2 will start shipping from March 11 in the U.S, and a bunch of other countries including Australia, Canada and the U.K.   on March 25th.

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The Wi-Fi only iPad 2 will cost $499 while the top-end iPad 2 with Wi-Fi and 3G will cost $829.

Apple To Preview iOS 5 At iPad 2 Event Next Week?

It was just a couple of days ago that Apple sent an invite to the media, inviting them to the unveiling of the iPad 2. The event is scheduled to take place next week on Wednesday i.e. on March 2.

Now, one of the highly reliable sources of Engadget reports that Apple may also preview the next version of iOS (v5, in all probability) and may even release the SDK to developers. At the moment, it is unclear as to what all changes the next ‘major’ version of iOS will include, but hopefully a new notification system will be on-board.

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Apple will release the new iPad with iOS 4.3 which will feature new four or five fingers based multi-touch gestures for easier multi-tasking. Along with the new multi-touch gestures, iOS 4.3 will also bring mobile hotspot to the iPhone and the iPad (hopefully).

Engadget also reports that due to Engineering issuesthe iPad 2 won’t ship with a higher resolution screen. The microSD card slot has also been shelved from the iPad’s successor.

With a slew of Android 3.0 Honeycomb based tablets being released to the public, the iPad 2 sure needs to have more than beefed up specs to attract consumers.

Apple iPad 2 Event To Be Held On March 2

It’s official! It’s finally official! Apple has just made it official that they will be unveiling the successor to the iPad the iPad 2 on March 2 i.e. next Wednesday. It was just yesterday that rumors were floating around the Internet that the iPad 2 will be unveiled on March 2. Apple sent an invite to all the popular bloggers (Sadly, not me  Sad smile ) out there with the image shown below : Apple_iPad_2 Last year, it was the original iPad from Apple that kick-started this whole tablet wars among manufacturers. It was only at the beginning of this year that we some worthy competitors to the iPad like the Motorola XOOM and the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1. It is more or less confirmed that the iPad 2 will feature a front-facing camera for Facetime video calling. A faster processor, more RAM and higher storage capacity will also be on-board. Hopefully, Apple will make the iPad 2 lighter compared to its predecessor. The iPad 2 will be compared to all the upcoming Android 3.0 Honeycomb based tablets from different manufactures, so it better be good!