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Settlement on Apple iPhone 4 Antenna Issue

The launch of the iPhone 4 in 2010 saw it almost immediately besieged with issues regarding its antenna.

A ruling has come about after the 18 separate lawsuits, which were consolidated into one class action suit, that was filed against Apple in the U.S. courts regarding the antenna issues reached a settlement. According the settlement, Apple has to provide a free case to anyone who missed out getting one in 2010 (during the three-month period that they had this offer) or promise to pay $15 to the affected U.S. customers.

The iPhone 4 had issues with its signal strength. When iPhone 4 owners held the lower-left corner of the phone, it caused a fall in signal strength that resulted in dropped calls. This issue affected the more than 25 million iPhone 4 owners. Apple at that time did not immediately address this issue, but instead chose to show that similar issues were faced by other mobile phones as well. Later on, they offered the iPhone 4 owners a full refund or a complementary case from Apple. The iPhone 4S, which was released last October, does not have this issue.

Ira Rothken, a lead attorney in the class-action case, has been quoted saying,

“We believe that the Apple iPhone 4 settlement is fair, adequate, and reasonable, it allows members of the class to choose, and they can get $15 of cash or a bumper, so we believe that type of choice is proportional to the circumstances.”

iPhone4Settlement.com has been set up as the official settlement web site, but has not been activated yet. The customers, who are eligible, should get an e-mail from Apple some time in April, and will have 120 days to apply for the $15.

Here is a look at an iPhone 4 being tested inside one of Apple’s anechoic chambers from a photo released during Apple’s antenna press conference in 2010.

White iPhone 4 To Be Available This Spring!

Apple launched the iPhone 4 at WWDC in 2010. Back then; the company announced the latest generation iPhone in two colors – black and white.

While the black color version of the iPhone 4 was available from day one, the white version was scheduled to release sometime in summer. However, as luck would have it, the white version of the iPhone was again delayed to Spring 2011.

Apple stated that the reason behind the delay of the white iPhone 4 was due to some manufacturing problems. Nevertheless, Apple has finally managed to solve the manufacturing problems, and the white version of the iPhone 4 will be finally available in Spring 2011.

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Philip Schiller, Vice President of Apple’s worldwide product marketing, confirmed that the white iPhone 4 would be hitting the Apple stores this spring, on Twitter.

I do understand that many people were eagerly awaiting the availability of the white iPhone 4. However, it has been nearly a year since the iPhone 4 was launched, and with the iPhone 5 just around the corner, I doubt that the white iPhone 4 will get many takers!

Jailbreak iPhone 3GS/iPhone 4/iPad Running iOS 4.2.1 Using GreenPois0n

Up until now, iOS4.2.1 users could only tether’ jailbreak their iTouch device. A tethered’ jailbreak is a temporary jailbreak and will last only until a reboot. After rebooting, the jailbreak will be lost and the user will again need to jailbreak his iTouch using a PC/Mac. Now, the Chronic Dev. Team has finally released a tethered jailbreak for iTouch devices running iOS4.2.1.

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Today, the Chronic Dev. Team tool GreenPois0n was updated to RC5 which will allow users to jailbreak their iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPod Touch 3G/4G and the iPad running on iOS 4.2.1. Unlike Redsn0w, users don’t need SHSH blobs of any previous iOS version to jailbreak. Users, who already have tethered’ jailbroken their iTouch, can directly use GreenPois0n to jailbreak their device.

iPhone 4 owners who are new to the jailbreaking scene and have unlocked their device are recommended to stay away from this jailbreak. They may accidentally update their baseband while updating to iOS 4.2.1 thus losing their unlock. They are suggested to use TinyUmbrella to preserve their baseband whilst upgrading to iOS 4.2.1.

Sadly, at the moment GreenPois0n is only available for Mac. A PC and Windows version is in the pipeline and should be coming soon. Mac owners simply need to download GreenPois0n from here and follow the on-screen instructions.

iOS 4.3 Brings Mobile Hotspot, New Multi-Touch Gestures And Hardware Rotation Lock

Today, Apple seeded the latest Beta version of iOS 4.3 to developers for the iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS, iPod Touch 3G/4G, iPad and Apple TV 2G. This new version of iOS brings quite a few changes including mobile hotspot. The Personal Hotspot’ feature was first seen in Verizon’s recently announced iPhone 4.

iOS 4.3 also brings in support for AirPlay for third party applications, new multi-touch gestures, a new font Noteworthy’ and iAd Full screen banners.

iOS 4.3 also includes new four or five fingers based multi-touch gestures. A four or five finger swipes left or right will allow users to switch between running apps, while a swipe up or down will bring up the multitasking bar. A pinch on the screen will bring users back to the home screen.

Below is the video showing the new four or five finger gestures on iPad running iOS 4.3 Beta-:

One of the most important changes in iOS 4.3 is the ability to change the Side Switch’ to either mute the device or lock its orientation. Apple had change the side switch orientation lock function to mute the device and was flaked for it. I guess Apple heard all the whining and prayers of their iPad owners and provided users with the mute or lock switch option in the latest version of iOS.

Also with the release of iOS 4.3 Beta 1 and the introduction of new multi-touch gestures, rumors have started floating that the next generation iPad and iPhone won’t sport a Home’ button. In fact, Apple employees are already testing the next generation iPad and iPhone without the Home button.

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Download PwnageTool 4.1 To Jailbreak iPhone 4/iPod Touch

The iPhone Dev Team has finally released PwnageTool 4.1. The application uses Geohot’s boot rom exploit to build custom IPSW/firmware files for most of the iTouch devices out there. By creating custom firmwares, users can update their iTouch device to the latest firmware without upgrading their baseband. This will help them in preserving their unlock and update to the latest iOS as well.Pwnage_Tool

As of now, PwnageTool 4.1 supports the iPhone 3G, 3GS (Old as well as new boot roms) running on iOS 4.1 and the iPhone 4 running on iOS4.1 as well. The Apple iPad running on iOS 3.2.2 and Apple TV 2G running iOS 4.1 are supported as well. The iPod Touch 3G and iPod Touch 4G running iOS 4.1 are supported as well.

At the moment, PwnageTool 4.1 is available only for Mac. Users can read more about PwnageTool 4.1 here.

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Second Generation Apple TV Announced

The surprise of the Apple event in San Francisco has been finally revealed. It’s the second generation Apple TV. The new generation of Apple TV is very very small. In fact it’s so small that you can hold it in yourclip_image001 palm. At the back of this tiny box lies an HDMI port, an Ethernet port and built in Wi-Fi. The Apple TV also has a very nice remote control.

With the second generation of Apple TV, Steve Jobs also introduced a brand new rental model for the device. Users can rent HD content (when available) for very low prices 99 cent for TV shows and $4.99 for first-run movies. The TV shows will be commercial free as well! Netflix subscriber can also stream content to the Apple TV from their Netflix library. Along with this users can watch YouTube videos in HD, and photos from Flickr and MobileMe. Another option the Apple TV provides is to stream content from your Mac or PC.

The new Apple TV does not have any storage management or a storage disc. It does all the above said stuff via streaming only! The AirPlay feature which Apple will be introducing with the iOS 4.2 update for the iPad will support Apple TV as well. AirPlay feature will allow iTouch device owners to stream media for their iTouch to the Apple TV. The UI of the Apple TV is pretty simple and is mainly oriented at what its meant to do.

Sadly, the Apple TV won’t be supporting any applications which many people expected. The second generation Apple TV will be up for sale in four weeks for a retail price of only $99.

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Apple iOS 4.1 Released

Apple has just rolled out the iOS 4.1 update for its iTouch devices. The iOS4.1 updateGame Center fixes tons of bugs present in the iOS4 including the popular Proximity sensor bug on the iPhone 4, Bluetooth bugs and performance issues on the iPhone 3G. Along with this, this update also brings HDR photo to the iPhone.

According to Steve, here is what HDR does :

Let’s start off with HDR photos, what are they? A lot of times when you take a photo, it’s blown out with bright light. Now, when you turn on HDR, it takes 3 photos in rapid succession: one normal, one under exposed, and one under exposed. It combines the three with some pretty sophisticated algorithms…

Another feature which the iOS4.1 update brings onboard is the Game Center. This Center’ is all about playing multiplayer games and challenging your friends to beat your score. The Game Center will also allow users to discover new games.

The Apple iOS 4.1 update will be released for selected iPhone and iPod Touch models next week for free.

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SkyFire Browser iPhone App Store Submission Next Week

After Opera, the folks behind SkyFire have decided to release their browser for the iPhone. SkyFire is a very popular browser on many platforms due to its support for Flash, multiple tabs etcetera. According to MobileCrunch,Apple iPhone 4 the company behind SkyFire is soon going to submit their application for approval to the Apple’s AppStore. According to their sources, they plan to submit the browser for approval as soon as early next week.

As of now, it is unknown what all features SkyFire browser for the iPhone will feature. The company is expected to announce its AppStore submission after the weekend ends. It will be interesting to see whether Apple will approve the SkyFire browser or not. Apple’s AppStore policies clearly state that any application which competes with its own product won’t be allowed on the AppStore. However, Apple had to approve the Opera Mini browser due to the heavy media pressure and because of the limelight the whole thing got.

Rumor: Geohot To Release ra1n?

It was just over a week ago, we had told you that Geohot will be leaving the iPod Touch/iPhone and iPad jailbreak scene. Geohot even wrote a blog post about this on his blog. He had also deleted his twitter account, and hasApple iPhone 4 made his blog an invite only one. Geohot had however said that he will make any major announcement through his friends Mike Cohen twitter account. Now, today mikecohenn tweeted that:

What’s a good time to make it ra1n?

Many of the reputed blogs online are saying that it might be possible that Geohot will return under a new name. It is also possible that he will release a new tool that will work for all iTouch devices and all the different versions of iOS before leaving the modding community, once and for all.

It is too early to speculate anything, and only time will tell us what Geohot is up to. However, many people are still pinning their hope on Geohot to release a new jailbreak application for the iOS4.

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BlackBerry OS6 WebKit Browser Video Preview And Benchmarks

BlackBerry, like Nokia have been unable to catch up with the touchevolution in mobile phones. The BlackBerry Storm and the Storm 2 were a major failure, thanks to the out-dated BlackBerry OS. Now all the BlackBerry fans have pinned their hopes on the next generation BlackBerry OS, and it looks like they won’t be disappointed. Salomondrin have posted a video of the new browser in the upcoming BlackBerry OS in action.

The new browser on the BlackBerry OS 6 is based on the same webkit code used by Apple’s Safari web-browser and the Android web-browser. In the Acid3 benchmark, the new BlackBerry browser outperformed both the iPhone 4 and HTC Incredible. However, users should keep in mind that the HTC Incredible was running on Android 2.1, and not on Android 2.2 (Froyo).

Here is the video I am talking about :

The HTML5 score of the webkit browser is impressive as well. Looks like RIM has been working hard behind the scene to make sure BlackBerry OS 6 and its future devices meet the expectations of the general public. Kudos to RIM for this!

Apple iPhone 4 Unlocked….Again!

Last week, we had told you about Planetbeing unlocking his iPhone 4. Now MuscleNerd of the iPhone Dev Team has managed to unlock his iPhone 4 as well. The method used by MuscleNerd is different than the one used by iPhone 4 unlock Planetbeing. According to this tweet from MuscleNerd, there are apparently 3 ideas/ways to unlock the iPhone 4. The method used by Planetbeing is the first one, while MuscleNerd used the second idea.

Now both the modders will compare their unlocking method to see which method is the fastest and easiest. The fastest and the most efficient method will then be used in the next version of ultrasn0w to unlock the iPhone 4. The 3rd idea will not be used by both the modders for now. It will be saved for the future, in all probability. Hopefully, the next version of ultrasn0w will be released within the next one month by the iPhone Dev team.

Steve Jobs iPhone 4 Conference Details Roundup

The Apple iPhone 4 conference just got over, and Steve Jobs admitted the iPhone 4 Antennagateissue. The conference started in quite a surprising way with the iPhone 4 antenna song. After this Steve boasted about theX spot huge success of the iPhone 4. He said that Apple managed to sell 3,000,000 iPhone 4’s in less than 3 weeks. Along with this, he said that the iPhone 4 has the highest customer satisfaction. Steve then moved on to say that Apple started working on the Antennagateissue when lot of users started complaining about it. He said that Phones aren’t perfectand every phone drops network when gripped in a certain way.

Steve backed up his claim by demonstrating the Death gripon many of the popular handsets like the BlackBerry Bold 9700, HTC Droid Eris, and the Samsung Omnia II. All the phones dropped down the signal level to 0 or 1 bars when the death gripwas applied on them. Steve then said that if the Xspot on the iPhone 4 gets covered then the handset will drop network to a certain extent. He also said that the wrong signal calculation algorithm made things worse.

Steve then boasted that Apple has invested over $100 million on their 17 anechoic chambers/antenna labs. He said that Apple hopes to contribute to this Antennagateissue from which all the smartphones suffer. Steve then moved on to quote some data from the AppleCare. According to AppleCare data, only 0.55% of the total iPhone 4 owners called Apple/AT&T for the poor network reception issue. Also, according to the data the iPhone 4 return rate is 1.7%, which is a less than one-third of the iPhone 3GS’ 6% return rate.

Steve then said, referring to the AppleCare data, that even though the iPhone 4 has a better antenna the phone drops more calls than the iPhone 3GS. How much additional calls does the iPhone 4 drop compared to iPhone 3GS, you ask? Well it’s less than 1 per hundred calls.Apple iPhone 4 Free Case

After giving a quick overview of what he said above, Steve said that only a small portion of the iPhone 4 owners were affected by the iPhone 4 reception issues. To make them happy, Apple is going to offer “A free case for every iPhone 4 buyer.Users who have already got the iPhone 4 case will be given a refund by Apple. Also, Apple will be offering its users a choice of cases, instead of just one case. Sadly, this offer is valid only until September 30.

Steve also said that even after all this, if users are not happy with their iPhone 4, then they can return it back to Apple within 30 days. Steve then moved on to another problem of the iPhone 4 – the proximity sensor. He said that the next software update will fix the proximity sensor issue plaguing the iPhone 4. He also said that the white iPhone 4 will start shipping by the end of July.

In the end, Steve said that Apple will be launching the iPhone 4 in 17 more countries by the end of this month. Steve then also thanked all various Apple product owners, and said that Apple will always care for its users.

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Downgrade iOS 4.1 To iOS 4, iOS 3.1.3, iOS 3.1.2

Apple has just released the beta update for iPhone and iPod Touch users. The new iOS4.1 update aims at fixing the signal woes the iPhone 4 has been facing. In addition to this, the iOS 4.1 update also changes the wrong signal calculation algorithm being used in iOS 4 and adds in new Gaming modules.

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However, the problem with iOS 4.1 is that iOS 4.1 jailbreak is only for iPhone 3G and iPod Touch 2G (Non-MC) models. So if you have updated to iOS 4.1 and now want to downgrade to , then follow the steps given below. Read this if you are looking to downgrade from iOS 4 to iOS 3.1.3 or iOS 3.1.2.

How To Downgrade iOS 4.1 to iOS 4, iOS 3.1.3 or iOS 3.1.2

Step 1: First of all to downgrade from iOS 4.1 to iOS 4 you need the firmware (IPSW) file. After you have got hold of the required IPSW file, you need to put your iPhone/iPod Touch in DFU mode. Keep in mind that DFU mode is different than recovery mode.

Step 2: To put your /iPod Touch into DFU mode, first make sure that iTunes is running on your PC. After that switch off your iPhone/iPod Touch and press the Power and Home button on the device together to put your device in DFU mode.

Now connect your /iPod Touch to your PC using the USB cable. After 10 seconds or so, release the power button whilst holding the Home button. At this point, iTunes should recognize a new USB device, which will be identified as your device after a few seconds. If you have successfully put your phone in DFU mode, then your device screen will display a totally black screen.

Skip to step 4 if you own a iPhone 3G/iPod Touch 2G (Non-MC)

Step 3: This step is only , iPhone 3GS and 3G/2G (MC) owners. Now Users need to use the SHSH blobs of the iOS4 firmware. If you don’t have an SHSH blob of the iOS 4/iOS 3.1.3/iOS 3.1.2 firmware, then you are out of luck. Read this tutorial on how to make a backup of iOS4 SHSH Blobs.

Now users need to edit the hostsfile on their PC by going to c:\windows\system32\drivers\etc\. Open this hostsfile in Notepad and add the line below to the end of the document:

74.208.105.171 gs.apple.com

Now save the file and you are done. Keep in mind that you need to open the hostsfile in administrator mode to make changes to it.

Step 4: Now users need to restore the firmware they downloaded in Step 1 to their iPhone/iPod Touch. To do so, press the Alt key and click on the Restoreoption in iTunes. iTunes will then prompt you to point it to the IPSW file. Select the iOS 4 iPSW file and click on Open.

After this iTunes will do all the work for you. While restoring to the iOS 4 firmware, iTunes might throw in a 1011, 1013 or 1015 error. Just ignore these errors. At the end of the process, the firmware has been successfully restored to your iPhone/iPod Touch device.

5) Now all you need to do is to make your device exit from the Recovery Mode. To do so, users need to download a program called RecBoot. Run that program and just select the Exit Recovery Modeoption and you are done. Your iPhone/iPod Touch will restart on its own and it will now be running on iOS 4.

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Next Generation Apple MacBook Air And iPod Touch Details Surface

Looks like Apple is not only concentrating on the iPhone 4 reception issues. Digitimes reports that Apple has been working on a new MacBook Air. The next generation MacBook Air will be featuring an 11.6-inch screen, andApple will be powered by an Intel Core i series ULV (Ultra Low Voltage) processor.

Along with the next generation MacBook Air, Apple is also working on the next generation iPod refresh. There is a very strong possibility that the next generation iPod Touch will feature a camera. According to Digitimes, the next generation iPod Touch will feature a 3MP camera, which is capable of clicking pictures and recording videos. The next gen iPod Touch will also be powered by the 1Ghz Apple A4 processor.

The MacBook Air and the iPod Touch will be manufactured by Quanta Computer, according to the report from Digitimes.

GeoHot Ditching iPhone 4 Jailbreak, iPhone Jailbreak and iPad Jailbreak

It was just a couple of days ago we told you that Geohot had managed to jailbreak his iPhone 4 on the day he got it. Sadly, he was in no mood to make the jailbreak public. Now, Geohot has updated his last blog post to say thatiphone4 he has taken a sort of temporary retirement from the iPhone jailbreak and unlocking scene.

Here is what the updated blog post says :

Sorry, this post was probably a bad idea. Next time I won’t say anything. I miss when this blog was actually about technical things(I’ve been reacting too much to the feedback, which led it to the place it’s in now). I didn’t fully realize most of the current scene don’t care unless they are getting something. Now I do. It’s late tonight, I’ll think about what to do about this in the morning.

The real reason behind no release isn’t technical. It’s just that it will never stop, after blackra1n, people demand unlock, after blacksn0w, people demand untethered. I miss the days when jailbreaking and unlocking were difficult, it attracted a much higher caliber crowd.
Also, to the haters, the picture is quite obviously fake

Quite a strange move from Geohot here. He was the first guy to unlock the original iPhone way back in 2007. Now the hope of all owners depends on Comex and iH8sn0w to release a jailbreak for the new iPhone 4.