iOS 5.1 IPSW Direct Download Links

Along with the ‘new iPad‘, Apple has also released iOS 5.1 to iDevice owners. This new version of iOS brings with it quite a few changes, bug fixes and new features. The most important change in the new version is that Siri now officially supports Japanese language. Secondly, users can also delete photos from their Photo Stream.

Other changes include a permanent camera shortcut icon on the lockscreen, battery life improvements, and more. Below the the full change-log of the update -:

  • Japanese language support for Siri
  • Photos can now be deleted from Photo Stream
  • Camera shortcut now always visible on Lock screen for iPhone 4S, iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS and iPod Touch (4th generation)
  • Camera face detection now highlights all detected faces
  • Redesigned Camera app for iPad
  • Genius Mixes and Genius Playlists for iTunes Match Subscribers
  • Audio for TV shows and movies on iPad optimized to sound louder and clearer
  • Updated AT&T network indicator
  • Address bugs affecting battery life
  • Fixes an issue that occasionally caused audio to drop for outgoing calls.
The iOS 5.1 update is available for the iPhone 4S, iPhone 4, and the iPhone 3GS, along with the 2nd and 1st generation iPad. Owners of iPod Touch 3G and 4G can also download the update for free from iTunes. Alternatively, iDevice owners can manually update their device to iOS 5.1 by downloading and installing the IPSW file.
The iOS 5.1 IPSW file for the iPhone 4S can be downloaded from here, while the IPSW file for the iPhone 4 can be downloaded from here (GSM) and here (CDMA/Verizon). The IPSW files for iPod Touch 3G and 4G can be downloaded from here and here, respectively. iPad 2 Wi-Fi model owners can download the latest version of iOS 5.1 from here, while 3G+Wi-Fi model owners should click here (GSM) or here (CDMA).

Apple Settles Class-action Suit over iPhone 4 Antenna

CNET reports that a settlement for the class-action lawsuit in regards to the antenna performance of Apple’s iPhone 4 has been reached. The class-action complaint brought together 18 separate suits, which were accusing Apple of “misrepresenting and concealing material information in the marketing, advertising, sale, and servicing of its iPhone 4–particularly as it relates to the quality of the mobile phone antenna and reception and related software.”

Ira Rothken, co-lead counsel for the plaintiffs, said that:  “We believe that the Apple iPhone 4 settlement is fair, adequate and reasonable. We believe that 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.” When the iPhone 4 was released in June 2010, reports started to come out that the handset suffered loss of signal when held in a certain way. Due to this, Apple held a press conference that July to address the issue by offering a free case for iPhone 4 units purchased through September 30, 2010.

The company now promises to offer $15 payouts to a small number of people, according to The Loop

“This settlement relates to a small number of customers who indicated that they experienced antenna or reception issues with their iPhone 4 and didn’t want to take advantage of a free case from Apple while it was being offered in 2010,” Apple spokeswoman Natalie Harrison told me on Saturday.

Apple’s latest iPhone, the iPhone 4S, was tested by Consumer Reports and the device is free of issues.

iOS 5.0.1 Untethered Jailbreak For iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4 and iPad Released

The iOS jailbreak developers have finally got a break through and have released an untethered jailbreak for non-A5 iOS devices running iOS 5.0.1.

@pod2g – the developer who found the Jailbreak exploit – gave the exploit to both the iPhone Dev team and the Chronic Dev Team a few days ago. Both the Dev. team have updated their respective apps – PwnageTool, redsn0w and the Cydia package.  The untethered iOS 5.0.1 Jailbreak is meant only for non-A5 devices from Apple which includes the iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPad 1, and the iPod Touch 3G/4G. Interested readers can find the required download link, and the  necessary  instructions over at this link.

The developer is also working hard on trying to port this exploit to the current generation A5 devices from Apple.

I would also encourage our readers to support the developer by donating a small amount to him via Paypal. The whole exploit was single handedly found and developed by @pod2g, and he has been working hard on it for quite a few months now. The donate link can be found at the above mentioned download link.

 

iOS 5.0.1 IPSW Direct Download Links

Apple has started rolling out the much awaited iOS 5.0.1 to all iDevices including the iPad, iPad 2, iPhone 4S and the iPhone 4S, along with the iPod Touch line-up.

Owners of the latest generation iPhone state that they have been getting horrible battery life from their phone, and that the phone is unable to last even half a day on standby!  With the release of iOS 5.0.1, Apple aims to fix the poor battery life issues faced by a majority of iPhone 4S owners.

Along with an improvement in battery life, the update also add multitasking gestures to the original iPad, and improves voice  recognition  a.k.a Siri for Australian iPhone 4S users. There should also be some improvements in iCloud document syncing as well. iDevice owners can update to iOS 5.0.1 either via OTA, or via iTunes. The OTA update weighs in a mere 44.6MB.

Alternatively, users can directly download the IPSW file and upgrade manually. iPhone 4S owners can download the IPSW file from here, while iPhone 4 GSM and CDMA owners should head over to this and this link, respectively. iPhone 3GS owners can find the required iOS 5.0.1 IPSW file here.

Original iPad owners can download the IPSW file from here, while Wi-Fi and GSM versions of iPad 2 owners can download the IPSW file from here and here. iPad 2 CDMA owners can download the IPSW file from here. Owners of 3rd and 4th gen iPod Touch should head over to this and this link.

Enable Panorama Mode in iOS5 Camera App Without Jailbreaking It

A few days ago, it was reported that the iOS5 built-in camera app has a hidden Panorama mode. Sadly, to enable the mode, users needed to jailbreak their iDevice, which many users might not be interested in doing.

Thankfully, iDevice owners can now enable the Panorama mode in the iOS5 camera app, without jailbreaking it. They just need to modify their iDevice backup, to enable the feature.

Here is how you can enable panorama mode in iOS5 without jailbreaking your iDevice -:

1) Backup your iDevice via iTunes. Then proceed to download and install iBackupBot from here.

2) Then launch the iBackupBot app on your PC or Mac. Users now need to point the app to their latest iDevice backup. The backup file is usually stored in ~/Library/Application Support/MobileSync/Backup in a Mac, and Windows users need to head over to  C:\Documents and Settings\USERNAME\Application Data\Apple Computer\MobileSync\Backup to find all the backups of their iDevice.

3) Select your latest iDevice backup, and then search for Library/Preferences/com.aaple.mobileslideshow.plist. Open the file, and then add the following line of code-:

<key>EnableFirebreak</key><string>YES</string>

Now, just save the file and then restore the same backup using iTunes.

You have now successfully enabled Panorama mode on your iOS5 iDevice camera app, without jailbreaking it!

Keep in mind that the Panorama mode will only work for iDevices with a gyroscope, which include the iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPad 2 and the latest gen iPod Touch.

How Apple Captures A Majority of the Total Profits in the Smartphone Industry

iPhone 4S Components Cost $188, Same as iPhone 4

There’s a reason why Apple has more than 50% of the total profits of the smartphone industry, despite having a much smaller market share. It’s this:

After the Apple iPhone 4 was released last year, iSuppli reported that the total cost of its components was $188. Today, iSuppli revealed the cost of the components used in the iPhone 4S which was launched last week, and it’s the same as that of the iPhone 4 – $188.

Despite having much more powerful hardware, the total cost of components for the iPhone 4S is the same as that of the iPhone 4. This is not only a testament to the generalized form of Moore’s law, but also to the operational genius that is Tim Cook.

iPhone 4S Launch by Tim Cook

The iPhone 4S, like the iPhone 4 at launch, will have minimum gross hardware margins of more than 65%, with the total cost of components and manufacturing coming to $196 for the 16 GB iPhone 4S.

Here’s what its gross profit margins will be on each of these devices:

16 GB iPhone 4S: 67%
32 GB iPhone 4S: 69%
64 GB iPhone 4S: 68%

Apple makes more than $400 on each iPhone 4S unit it sells.

Such margins are unheard of in any industry as competitive as the smartphone industry. Apple is playing in a highly competitive market, yet it’s making profits as if it were a monopoly.

Choosing the same design and some of the same components as the iPhone 4 for the iPhone 4S has enabled Apple to reduce its overall cost of manufacturing the device.

Kudos to Tim Cook and Apple!

Jailbreak iPad 2 and iPhone 4 Running iOS 4.3 Using JailbreakMe.com

Apple announced the iPad 2 way back in March this year. The second generation iPad boasts of a dual-core A5 processor, and was slimmer and lighter than its predecessor.

However, the iPad 2 was made insanely secure from jailbreaking by Apple. All the hardware level exploits used by the jailbreakers, were patched by Apple in iPad 2.

Nevertheless, popular hacker comex has finally released a way to jailbreak the iPad 2. The jailbreak works via a PDF exploit found, which was first discovered in 2010.

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To jailbreak your iPad 2, owners just need to head over to JailbreakMe.com from their iDevice, and press the Free’ button on the site. Then, users need to select the Install button which comes up on the screen. The site will then load a PDF, which may crash Safari.

Afterwards, users will find the Cydia shortcut on their iOS home screen. Tap on free and install button only once, even if it may look like Safari is not responding.

This jailbreak is also compatible with iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPod Touch 3G and 4G, running on iOS 4.3.3.

iPhone 4 Tops Flickr’s Camera Popularity Charts

Six months back, Apple 3G topped the best camera device on Flickr and iPhone 4 slowly picked up it’s pace. Now, a year after iPhone 4 was released and Apple CEO Steve Jobs (at WDDC 2011), pointing out at that iPhone 4 was the second most popular camera on Flickr, has now topped Flickr’s camera popularity charts and is rated as the most popular camera in the Flickr Community.

According to the data released by Flickr, iPhone 4 is currently at the top of the list which overtook Nikon D90. It is followed by Canon cameras that are dropped down to third, fourth and fifth spots.

Most Popular Cameras on Flickr

It’s not just that. The iPhone 4 tops the “Popular Cameraphones” category surpassing Apple iPhone 3G.

Popular Cameraphones

The number of iPhone 4 usage has drastically increased over the year. iPhone 4 has been ranked 1 out the other 4 devices – iPhone 3G, iPhone 3GS, iPod Touch and iPad 2

The reason fact being that the iPhone 4 is at the top of the list is that Apple’s iOS offers web connectivity and brilliant photography apps. It is also that smartphones are social network friendly and its easier to capture and share photos as we carry it along everywhere we go.

1001 Noisy Cameras argues with the facts that the high ranking of the iPhone is more of a testament, the number of mobile phones and the probability of people having the phone rather than the success and popularity of the iPhone.

  • Every year there is exactly one new iPhone model released
  • For the fourth fiscal quarter of 2010, Apple sold 14 million iPhones (that’s 14 million iPhones in 3 months)
  • In two quarters (half a year), Apple sold 30~ million iPhones. If they have two more similar quarters, the total number of iPhones would be half of the total number of digital cameras produced/shipped by the digital camera manufacturers in the whole of 2010

Apart from the features offered by iOS, the other reason could be the number of iPhones units sold. From the above stats its clear that even if DSLRs or point-and-shoot cameras had built-in Wifi/3G or were social network friendly, they still cannot stop/overtake the iPhone due to the high volume of iPhones units.

Flickr data suggests that more users are using camera phones to click everyday photographs, slowly abandoning the point-and-shoot cameras. However, Flickr’s indication of the popularity phones are accurate to the extent that they can only detect the camera that is used to take the photo or shoot the video and not the timeline marked with dates.

Apple Sued in India. Comes Under CCI Scanner.

Apple comes under the CCI scanner in India when a customer filed a complaint against Apple under The Competition Act 2002 (amended in 2007) stating that Apple is restricting customers from buying apple products (iPhone) by making its availability for only a selected few carriers (Airtel and Aircel). The section 4 specifically deals with Abuse of dominant position.

Apple had announced the iPhone 4 for Airtel and Aircel customers last month, while the iPad is sold through Apple store only.

The complainant has also alleged that a user can only download software from the i-store and the others are not recognised by the device,a senior CCI official said.

Apple iPhone 4

The complaint also stated that the phone could be serviced in Apple centers only, which charge high rates for servicing. The Commission will look into the matter for consideration by the end of this week, sources said.

There are a few things the CCI must consider –

First of all, Airtel and Aircel are selling “unlocked” iPhones with optional offer i.e. you’re free to use it with any service provider you choose. Second, Apple products are sold not just by Apple Stores, but by various distributors – Croma, Imagine Stores and several others.

Finally, every manufacturer voids the products warranty if the device is serviced at unauthorized centers. Apple has 3rd party centers in India which operate with Apple to help with major issues.

Well, laws can get tricky. It all depends on the interpretation of the law. Apple will sure argue and explain how they operate in India, however they will definitely have a tough time fighting the case.

Apple Selling Unlocked GSM iPhone 4 for $649

For the past few years since Apple launched the , they have been reluctant to sell the phone without carriers. Apple started out by selling the phone with AT&T and gradually added Verizon as a carrier last year.

iPhone 4

One of the biggest problem with this was that people were restricted to only these two carriers and could not switch to others without jailbreaking their iPhone and then unlocking the iPhone. However, that might be a thing of the past since Apple today introduced unlocked in their store.

The Unlocked iPhone 4 can be purchased without any contract and can be used on any compatible GSM network. The 16GB unlocked iPhone 4 will set you back by $649, whereas the 32GB Unlocked iPhone 4 will cost you $749. Apple is selling both the black and white iPhone 4 for the same price.

With the introduction of unlocked iPhone’s Apple has opened up a new market which was earlier unavailable to them. Users of networks such as Sprint and US Cellular can now just buy the iPhone 4 and use it with their own networks without having to go through the pain of unlocking the device.

It definitely appears like a very smart and strategic move by Apple who have been buoyed by the growth of rival platform . This move will see Apple’s iOS share growing in markets that were earlier unavailable to them.

You can buy an unlocked iPhone 4 from the Apple store here.