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Apple iPad 2 Commercial Released, Entitled “Now” [Video]

Apple has released a new iPad 2 commercial entitled “Now” that highlights more on user experience rather than hardware specs. This 30 second video clip showcases how users can use iPad to watch movies, read magazines, newspapers and video call using FaceTime.

Now, we can watch a newspaper; listen to a magazine; curl up with a movie; and see a phone call.
Now, we can take a classroom anywhere; hold an entire bookstore; and touch the stars.
Because now, there’s this.

Apple’s competitors emphasize more on technical specifications, but Apple has decided to take a different route. They are working completely on a different strategy to market their products by highlighting more on user experience. This commercial is simple and to the point, and does not amplify on technical specifications.

Apple iPad 3 Coming This Christmas with 6x Better Resolution Than iPad 2

According to a report from Reuters, Apple has scheduled to launch iPad 3 in Q4 of this year. iPad 3 is expected to have a surprisingly impressive 6x the resolution of the current iPad 2.

It does sounds interesting and makes you think “wow”, but I guess that’s quite a high increase in resolution and as a matter of fact that display will be way too expensive and completely unnecessary.

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There have been rumors earlier that focused on Apple’s iPad 3 display. Some claim that the next-generation table could have 3D screen. It is also rumored that Apple was plans on Samsung’s AMOLED panels for the iPad 3.

Download iOS5 Golden Master Firmware For iPhone 4, iPad And iPod Touch

Yesterday at WWDC, Apple introduced the next major version of its mobile operating system iOS5 with more than 1500 new APIs and 200 new features.

iOS5 includes a new Notification Center, a new Camera app, more info on the lock screen, Wi-Fi sync with iTunes and much more. Readers can read this article to know all about iOS5.

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iOS5 will support iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPod Touch 3rd Gen and 4th gen along with the iPad 1/2. For the general consumers, iOS5 is expected to be released sometime during this fall, presumably with a new iPhone.

However, Apple has already released a beta of iOS5 for developers to develop apps on. The beta can be downloaded from here. Only developers who have a developer account with Apple can download the beta.

General users, who are interested in trying out iOS5 on their iDevice, should ask some iOS developer for help. If a developer registers a UDID of an iDevice, then he or she can legally install iOS5 on their device.

iOS5 – Everything You Need To Know About It

Apple has just announced the next major version of iOS at the ongoing WWDC. iOS5 is a major release for developers with more than 1500+ APIs and tools, as well as for general users with more than 200 new features.

Notification Center

First and foremost, Apple has finally gone ahead and over-hauled the notification system is iOS. The new notification style in iOS5 is called the Notification System, and can be accessed from anywhere by just swiping down the screen (Android style). The Notification center also takes some cues from the popular Mobile Notifier app from the Cydia App store. Apple has also updated the lock screen to display notifications and music control buttons.

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Twitter Integration

Apple has also tightly integrated Twitter into iOS5. iOS device owners can simply sign-in to Twitter once under Settings and they are done! Their Twitter contacts will be linked to their phone contacts. Core apps of the iOS5 like iPhotos, Maps, and Safari etc. will also feature Twitter integration. Users can now share an image or a link to an article by simply tapping the Tweet button in iPhoto or Safari.

Newsstand

With iOS5, users can read magazines available on the newsstand right on their iTouch device. The Newsstand’ app will show users a list of all the available magazines, and will also download the latest magazines in the background for offline reading. The App Store will also get a dedicated category for the Newsstand magazines.

Upgraded Camera App

Apple has also made taking pictures and videos on the iPhone easier and quicker, with a shortcut of the camera app right on the lock screen. The volume up button on the iPhone will now act as a physical shutter button. Users can now pinch and zoom right inside the camera app and select a particular scene where they want to lock the focus to. The new version of iOS will also allow users to do some basic editing with their photos like cropping and red-eye reduction.

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Safari, Game Center And Mail With New Features

Safari for iOS has also been revamped in iOS5. It now features tabbed browsing, and also looks similar to Safari for OS X. The new Safari Reader’ feature will strip down a webpage from all the junk and ads, and present the main article in a readable, scrollable text format. For example, a 20 page article can be stripped down to just one page by this feature in a simple scrollable text format. The new version of Safari also features Reading List’ which is similar to the popular Read It Later service. The Reading List’ also syncs across all iOS devices and OS X based devices.

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The popular Mail app has also been upgraded in iOS5. The app now features drag able addresses, indentation control, S/MIME support, the ability to search within messages, and to flag messages. There is also a Swipe to Inbox gesture for the iPad.

Reminder

iOS5 will also include a new To-Do list app called Reminders’. The app will be location aware and can trigger functions depending on a user’s location and the time.

Game Center for iOS has also been enhanced with new features. Users now have the ability to view friends of their friends, find new games and purchase them right from within Game Center. Game Center now also features the ability to play turn based games like Scrabble and Chess etc.

iMessage The BBM Killer

Apple is also introducing a new messaging system with iOS5 dubbed as iMessage’. This service is similar to BBM, and will be available for the iPad, iPod Touch and the iPhone. The app will allow users to share messages, images, and videos etc. and will work over Wi-Fi as well as 3G.

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Users will also be provided with typing notifications, and the messages will be pushed to all the iOS devices of a user. The messages sent via iMessage will be totally encrypted for enhanced security.

Wireless Syncing and OTA Updates

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With iOS5, iDevices will become true PC free devices or rather Post-PC devices. iOS5 will incorporate wireless syncing with iTunes over Wi-Fi, which will include syncing your music library and apps. iOS updates will also be pushed OTA (Over-The-Air) from now on, and they will only update the needed parts of the OS a la Symbian and Android. Also, when users first start their iOS device, they will be greeted with a setup screen instead of the Connect To iTunes screen.

Miscellaneous

iOS5 will also include multi-tasking gestures which we saw back in iOS4.2. iPad users will also get a new split keyboard for thumb typing; along with a new music app. Dictionary has also been integrated in the whole OS. Users can tap a word anywhere inside the OS to find its meaning. Other new features of iOS5 include AirPlay Mirroring, improved Facetime video call quality, typing shortcuts, and Emoji emoticons.

Availability

The developer’s tool has also been updated with new features and is available for download beginning from today itself. iOS5 will be available for the iPod Touch 3G and 4G, iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4 and the iPad 1/2 sometime this fall.

Boy Sells Kidney To Buy iPad 2

A 17-year old boy, identified by the surname Zheng in the  Anhui Province in eastern China sold one of his kidneys to buy an iPad 2 tablet. Zheng searched over the Internet and found a buyer who offered to pay 22,000 yuan ($3000) for the organ.

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Zheng reports, I wanted to buy an iPad 2 but could not afford it. A broker contacted me on the Internet and said he could help me sell one kidney for 20,000 yuan.’The report states that the operation was carried out in Chenzhou on 28th April and his parents knew nothing about it. Zheng’s mother grew suspicious when he returned home with an iPad 2 and an iPhone in his hand. When she successfully forced him to reveal the truth, she filed a complaint to the police immediately. The police could not locate the broker whose cell phone was switched off. The case is under investigation now.

This is what you call heights of stupidity!

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Apple iPad 2 Coming To India On April 29

Last week, we reported that there is a very strong possibility of Apple officially launching the iPad 2 in India. Well, it’s official now!

Apple has just announced that they will be officially selling the second generation iPad in India. The magical tablet device will be available across India beginning from April 29th.

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Along with India, the iPad 2 will also be available in Japan, Hong Kong, Korea, Singapore, Malaysia, Israel, South Africa, UAE, Turkey and Mac on April 29th. The iPad 2 packs in a dual-core A5 processor, a GPU which is nearly 9x times more powerful than its predecessor, and 512MB of RAM.

Apple has also gone ahead and unveiled the prices of the iPad 2 in India. The 16GB Wi-Fi model of the iPad 2 will carry a MRP of Rs. 29,500, while the 32GB and the 64GB will retail for a MRP of Rs. 34,500 and Rs. 39,500, respectively.

The 16GB 3G+Wi-Fi model of the iPad 2 will cost Rs. 36,900, while the 32GB and 64GB will set back users by Rs. 41,900 and Rs. 46,900.

It is really nice to see Apple launch the iPad 2 in India, in line with the rest of the world. Apple was heavily criticized for not launching the original iPad in India.

Apple iPad 2 Launching in India by April End?

Apple launched the iPad 2 more than a month back, but like always, it ignored India during the initial launch phase. Besides, it just launched the iPad in India, so it was unlikely that it would launch the iPad 2 anytime soon.

However, Apple COO, Tim Cook revealed during its Q2 2011 earnings call that the iPad 2 will be launched in 13 new countries next week. That was a ray of hope for Indian Apple fans who have been dying to buy the iPad 2.

Apple has also been featuring the iPad 2 quite prominently on the Apple India homepage, which would usually mean that it is contemplating a launch in India. Today, OnlyGizmos reported that a “trusted source” has confirmed that the Apple iPad 2 will be launching in India next week. It will be launched at Croma, Vijay Sales and Reliance iStores. It will be priced at the same price points the iPad was originally launched at. The 16 GB Wi-Fi iPad 2 would be priced at Rs 27,900 while the 16 GB 3G+Wi-Fi iPad 2 will be priced at 34,900.

The exact launch date is expected to be April 28 or 29.

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While this hasn’t been made official yet, all indicators point towards the same thing – that Apple will be launching the iPad 2 in India soon. I have my fingers crossed.

iOS 4.3.2 IPSW Direct Download Links

Apple has just released another small update for the iOS, which bumps up the version OS to 4.3.2.  The update is a minor one, and aims at fixing some bugs along with some FaceTime vulnerabilities. The iOS 4.3.2 update is available for the iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPad 1, iPad 2 and the iPod Touch 3G and 4G owners.

iOS 4.3.2 Update

iTouch device owners can download the update automatically by connecting their iDevice to iTunes, and updating its software via the Check For Updatesbutton.

Alternatively, original iPad owners can download iOS 4.3.2 for their device from here, while iPhone 3GS owners should head over to this link. iPad 2 Wi-Fi model owners can download the latest version of iOS 4.3.2 from here, while 3G+Wi-Fi model owners should click here.

iPod Touch 3G and 4G owners should click here and here, respectively for downloading iOS 4.3.2. After downloading the required file, users should click on the Check for updates’ button, whilst keeping the Shift key pressed and select the IPSW file, they just downloaded to update.

Once you download the iOS 4.3.2 IPSW file, you can follow our earlier instructions on  manually upgrading iOS 4.3.1. on your device.

iOS 4.3.2 Update Out for iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS, iPad 2, iPad and iPod Touch

Apple has just pushed a new update for iOS versioned iOS 4.3.2. The new update is available for the (GSM Model), 3GS, , , and 3G.

iOS 4.3.2 Update

The new updates fixes the following issues:

  • Fixes an issue that occasionally caused blank or frozen video during a FaceTime call
  • Fixes an issue that prevented some international users from connecting to 3G networks on iPad Wi-Fi + 3G
  • Contains the latest security updates

If you jailbreak iPhone, unlock iPhone, jailbreak iPad or jailbreak iPod Touch stay away from this update as this might render your jailbreak and unlock obsolete. The dev team hasn’t yet released any news about an jailbreak or unlock for the iOS 4.3.2.

Also the update is minor in nature so you might get no benefits from upgrading from iOS 4.3.1 to iOS 4.3.2.

Apple iPad 2 Selling 50 Times as Fast as the Motorola Xoom?

Apple iPad 2It has been only about 25 days since the official launch of the Apple iPad 2, and according to some reports, it has been selling quite well. The iPad 2 is selling at a faster rate than its predecessor – the iPad. Apple sold close to 2.5 million iPad 2 units in March, which is about 20 days of availability. By now, it has sold close to 3 million units, even though the sales are constrained due to limited supply.

For comparison, the Motorola Xoom, the first major Android Honeycomb tablet has sold only 100,000 units, according to a Deutsche Bank analyst. This figure was apparently arrived at by using the Android developer site to check the number of people using Honeycomb. It was launched on February 24.

If we compare the sales numbers of the iPad 2 and the Motorola Xoom, the Xoom is a relative flop. The iPad 2 has been selling at an average rate of almost 120,000 units a day, while the Xoom has been selling at an average rate of only 2400 units a day, which means that the iPad is selling at almost 50 times the speed at which the Xoom is selling.

It seems that the consumers whole-heartedly agree with Consumer Reports’ conclusion, that the iPad 2 is the king of the current generation of tablets.

Jailbreak For iPhone/iPad Running iOS 4.3.1 Released

The iPhone Dev. Team has just released a new jailbreak for iOS 4.3.1, about which we reported a couple of days ago.

The new jailbreak is an untethered one, unlike the previous jailbreak released for iOS 4.3.1. The new jailbreak supports iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPod Touch 3G/4G, Apple TV 2G and iPad 1 running on the latest version of iOS.

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The jailbreak is also available for all Windows and Mac owners via Redsn0w or PwnageTool. Readers can download the application from here.

iPhone 4 owners, who have unlocked their handsets using Ultrasn0w, need to wait until an updated version of the app comes out. Right now, Ultrasn0w unlock is incompatible with iOS 4.3.1.

Sadly, iPad 2 owners need to wait for a jailbreak, until a boot rom level exploit is found for their device.

Incidentally, the first version of PwnageTool was released on this very day, three years ago!

iOS 4.3.1 IPSW Direct Download Links

It was just a few days ago that Apple released the iOS 4.3.1 update to the general public. The latest update of iOS is aimed at fixing some bugs found in iOS 4.3.1 including some graphical glitches on iPod Touch. The update also improves the battery life of all iPod Touch devices.

The iOS 4.3.1 update is applicable for the 3GS, , 3G, iPod Touch 4G and the and .

iOS 4.3.1 Update

iPod Touch device owners can download iOS 4.3.1 by connecting the device to their PC and then starting up iTunes, and click on the Check For Updatesbutton.

Alternatively, iPad 2 (Wi-Fi model) owners can download iOS 4.3.1 from here (607.5MB) and iPad 2 (3G+Wi-Fi, AT&T version) owners can download the iOS update from here. AT&T branded iPhone owners should head over to this link, while iPod Touch 4G owners should download the iOS 4.3.1 IPSW file from here.

Once you download the iOS 4.3.1 IPSW file, you can follow our earlier instructions on manually upgrading iOS 4.3.1. on your device.

Tethered Jailbreak For iPhone 4 and iPad Running iOS 4.3.1 Released

Apple released the iOS 4.3.1 a couple of days ago, to address battery life issues and graphical glitches with iPod Touch.

Now, within a day of its release, iOS 4.3.1 has been jailbroken by DjayB6. Sadly, the jailbreak is a tethered’ one at the moment. This means iTouch device owners will need to jailbreak their device, every time they reboot it.

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As of now, the iOS 4.3.1 tethered’ jailbreak will only work for the iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPod Touch 3G/4G, Apple TV 2G and iPad.

Owners of the latest generation Apple’s tablet, iPad 2, will have to wait for some more time before a jailbreak comes out for their device. Until then, they are recommended not to update their iOS version to 4.3.1.

Also, iPhone 3GS and iPhone 4 owners who have unlocked their handset using Ultrasn0w are recommended not to update to iOS 4.3.1. If they do so, their baseband version will be upgraded and they will lose the network unlock. The tethered’ jailbreak is only available for Mac OS X based PCs.

Hopefully, a Windows version will be released soon. The steps to jailbreak your iTouch device running iOS 4.3.1 can be found here.

Apple Releases iOS 4.3.1

It was just a couple of weeks ago, that Apple released iOS 4.3 for the iPhone and iPad. Today, the Cupertino based company has released a minor update for the iOS bumping the version number to 4.3.1.

The update aims at fixing graphical glitches which some iPod Touch owners were facing, after updating the device to iOS 4.3. Other bug fixes include authentication issues with some enterprise web services, and image flickering when using the AV digital Adapter with your HDTV.

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Hopefully, the update will also fix the battery life issues which reportedly some bunch of iPhone 4 owners were facing, after updating it to iOS 4.3.

iTouch device owners, who have jailbreak’ed their devices running iOS 4.3, are recommended not to upgrade at the moment. It is unconfirmed, whether Apple has fixed the security hole, used for jailbreaking iOS 4.3, with this small update or not.

Apple iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPod Touch 3G/4G and iPad/iPad 2 owners can update their device to iOS 4.3.1 using iTunes.

Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 Announced; Is Thinner Than The iPad 2!

Samsung has just announced two new Galaxy Tabs at their on-going event in CTIA. One Tab will come with a 10.1-inch screen, while another one will come with an 8.9-inch screen.

Samsung did announce the Galaxy Tab 10.1 at the Mobile World Congress last month, but the company has actually improved the product since then in a bid to make it an iPad killer. The Galaxy Tab 10.1 is thickness is virtually the same as that of the Galaxy S II (8.6 mm), making it thinner than the recently announced iPad 2.

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The 10.1 Tab has a PLS display with WXGA (1280×800) display. It is powered by a 1 GHz dual-core processor and packs 1GB of RAM. The back of the tab features a 3MP camera with Auto-Focus and an LED flash, while there is a 2MP camera in the front for video calling.

The usual GPS with A-GPS, Bluetooth, Accelerometer, Digital Compass, Ambient Light Sensor and a 3.5mm audio jack are all present.   The tablet supports HSPA+ for speeds of up to 21Mbps.

The Tab 10.1   has dual-Wi-Fi antennas and supports both 2.4GHz and the 5GHz bands. The tablet has a whopping 6800mAh battery for up to 10 hours of video playback and weighs in only 595grams.

The Galaxy Tab 10.1 will run on Android 3.0 Honeycomb with Samsung’s TouchWIZ 4.0 UI on top of it. The tablet will be released on June 8 in some regions of the world. The 16GB Wi-Fi version will cost only $499 while the 32GB version will cost $599.