iOS 5 Jailbroken Already

Within a day of its unveiling, and months before it will be launched, iOS 5 has already been jailbroken.

MuscleNerd, a member of the iPhone Dev Team announced on Twitter that he has already jailbroken iOS 5.

“iOS5 jailbroken on ipt4g: http://is.gd/7GxIcK http://is.gd/BwPvfh via limera1n + tethered boot..not too many surprises :)”

The jailbreak was done using Limera1n, but there is a catch. It is a tethered boot jailbreak, which means that you would need to connect your iPhone to a computer every time you reboot it.

Cydia works well on the jailbroken device running iOS 5, and he was also able to install iSSH successfully.

Since Apple won’t be launching iOS 5 until Fall 2011, this exploit isn’t very useful now, but MuscleNerd says that it can be used to jailbreak the final version of iOS 5 as well, when it launches. It would be quite realistic to expect a much more usable and convenient version of the jailbreak within a day or two of iOS 5’s launch.

Here are some images of iOS 5, jailbroken, with Cydia installed.

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Check out our detailed coverage of iOS 5 – iOS5 Everything You Need To Know About It

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.

Samsung Galaxy S II Is The Fastest Selling Phone In Korea, EVER!

At the beginning of this month, we reported that the Samsung Galaxy S II has already been ordered in excess of 3 million units by carriers all over the world. Sammy also managed to sell 120,000 units of the Galaxy S II in Korea in just 3 days.

Today, Samsung has announced that they have managed to ship more than 1 million units of the SGS II in a month of its public availability. The original Galaxy S took nearly 70 days to reach the same milestone.

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This also makes the Samsung Galaxy S II the fastest selling phone in Korea, ever! One major reason behind this is that the handset was available at all major carriers right from its first week of launch.

The Samsung Galaxy S II has been getting ravishing reviews by reviewers all over the Internet, and is being dubbed as the best *smartphone*. I am pretty sure the handset is selling like hot cakes in other regions of the world, where it is already launched.

Looking at its popularity, the Samsung Galaxy S II is going to be one of the highest selling Android handset this year.

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Airtel Finally Launches The iPhone 4 In India

Last month, Aircel and Airtel announced that, the much awaited iPhone 4 will be launched soon in India. Finally after waiting for a month, Aircel launched the iPhone 4 in India. And now, Airtel joined the bandwagon and finally announced the launch of iPhone 4. Aircel’s postpaid plans offers a great discount, but the Airtel’s postpaid plan offers a monthly discount of Rs.1000 for 24 months. So, the Airtel’s postpaid plan helps you to save up to Rs.24,000 in a span of 2 years.

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Announcing the launch, Mr. Atul Bindal, President, Mobile Services, Bharti Airtel said, As 3G services drive the next wave of growth in the country’s telecom industry, iPhone 4 on Airtel’s exceptional high-speed network will provide customers with a truly mobile 3G experience at affordable service offerings”.

iPhone 4 comes with 3.5 inch touchscreen display with 640 x 960 pixels resolution, Apple’s A4 chip, iOS 4, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, 5 megapixel camera with LED flash, HD (720p) video recording and more. iPhone 4 allows you to access more than 500,000 apps from the App Store. The 16 GB variant of iPhone 4 comes with a price tag of Rs.34,500, while the 32 GB variant comes with a price tag of Rs.40,900.

Airtel’s postpaid plan for iPhone starts from Rs.600 and goes up to Rs.2000 per month. The Rs.600 monthly plan offers a discount of Rs.300 while the Rs.1000 plan offers a discount of Rs.1000 per month. On the other hand, the prepaid plan offers a maximum discount of Rs.907 per month. To learn more, head over to this page.

Samsung will soon release its powerful “superphone”, the Galaxy S II in India. Which handset you are planning to buy? Samsung Galaxy S II or iPhone 4? Let us know your views in the comments section below.

iOS 4.3.3 IPSW Direct Download Links

Apple has just released iOS 4.3.3 for the iPod Touch 3G/4G, iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4 and the iPad 1/2. This new version of iOS is mainly aimed at clearing all the location data of a user, which the OS saves by default.

The location data of a user is cleared, once a user turns off the location sharing option.

Here is the iOS 4.3.3 change-log via BGR :

  • Location database will no longer be backed up to iTunes
  • Location database size will be reduced
  • When Location Services are turned off, location database will be deleted entirely
  • Battery life will improve
  • iPod bug fixes

iPad, iPod Touch or iPhone owners can update their iDevice to iOS 4.3.3, by connecting to their PC/Mac and firing up the latest version of iTunes (10.2.2). Alternatively, iPad 1 owners can download the iOS 4.3.3 IPSW file from here, while iPad 2 (Wi-Fi) owners should click here.

iPad 2 Wi-Fi+3G owners can click here, and iPad 2 owners using the tablet under the Verizon network, should click here to download the iOS 4.3.3 IPSW file. iPhone 4 (AT&T) owners should head over to this link, while iPod Touch 4G owners should click on this link. Owners of Verizon iPhone 4 should click here, whereas iPod Touch 3G owners should click here to download iOS 4.3.3 IPSW file.

After downloading the required file, users should click on the Check for updates’ button, whilst keeping the Shift key pressed and ¬†selectthe IPSW file, they just downloaded to update.

Samsung Galaxy S 2 vs Apple iPhone 4: Comparison

The Apple iPhone 4 has been a huge hit and with the iPhone 5 launch being delayed to September, it will be the smartphone every new Android device will be compared to. And though it’s almost an year old now, comparisons of the iPhone 4 with new Android phones are inevitable, as it is one of the best smartphones known to mankind. In this post, I will pit the new Samsung Galaxy S 2 against the Apple iPhone 4. Expect some fireworks.

Samsung Galaxy S 2 vs Apple iPhone 4

Design

While design preferences are subjective, I can safely say that both the Galaxy S 2 and the iPhone 4 have very stylish designs. The iPhone 4 has dimensions of 115.2 x 58.6 x 9.3 mm while the Galaxy S 2 has dimensions of 125.3 x 66.1 x 8.5 mm. The Galaxy S 2 is the slimmest smartphone around, slimmer than even the anorexic Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc.

It is also very light, with a weight of only 116 gms compared to the iPhone 4’s 134 gms. I would prefer the Galaxy S 2.

Display

The Samsung Galaxy S 2 comes with a 4.3 inch capacitive SuperAMOLED Plus display with a resolution of 480 x 800 pixels. It is easily the best display in town, in terms of size, contrast, display quality etc. It is perfect for watching videos and movies.

The iPhone 4 comes with a 3.5 inch IPS LCD ‘Retina’ display with a resolution of 640 x 960 pixels. It is one of the best displays in the market, but loses out before the Galaxy S 2 in terms of size as well as overall quality.

Again, the Galaxy S 2 wins.

Hardware

The Samsung Galaxy S 2 easily trumps the iPhone 4 when it comes to hardware, but that is obvious, as it is yet to be launched, while the iPhone 4 was launched in June last year.

The iPhone 4 comes with a 1 GHz processor with 512 MB RAM and 16/32 GB internal storage. The Galaxy S 2 comes with a 1.2 GHz dual core Exynos processor and 1 GB RAM. It also has 16/32 GB internal storage and supports microSD cards.

Winner: Galaxy S 2

OS

Now this is the part where we have two completely divided camps. Some prefer iOS with its ease of use, great user interface, huge library of apps and games (almost 400,000) while some prefer Android with its openness, customizability, better multitasking, and not-as-huge library of apps and games (200,000). With the Galaxy S 2, you get Android 2.3.3 Gingerbread and TouchWiz 4.0 which offer excellent performance thanks to the powerful hardware.

There is no clear verdict in this section, but I would prefer the Galaxy S 2 with Android. Just my preference.

Camera

The Samsung Galaxy S 2 has an 8 MP camera with autofocus and LED flash. It can shoot 1080p videos at 30 FPS and also comes with a 2 MP secondary camera. It is second only to the Xperia Arc and the Nokia N8, in terms of image quality. It definitely blows the iPhone 4’s 5 MP camera out of the water. The Galaxy S 2 is a clear winner in this department.

Multimedia

The Galaxy S 2 can play any video format which currently exists on Planet Earth. It’s a pleasure watching videos on the 4.3 inch SuperAMOLED Plus display, going by all the reviews I have seen. It is THE device to have if you want to watch videos on the move. It wins.

Web Browsing

Both the iPhone 4 and the Galaxy S 2 have excellent web browsers, both default and third-party. But as the Galaxy S 2 has a bigger display, and also supports Flash, I would go with it.

The Verdict

As you can clearly see, the iPhone 4 is now outdated. The Samsung Galaxy 2 is quite obviously the best smartphone on the market. It should be launched soon, and I expect it to be the best Android phone of 2011.

White iPhone Will Be Launched Worldwide on April 27

Thanks to innumerable delays, the fabled white iPhone has almost attained mythical status. However, the wait might finally be over. Earlier in the week, we had spotted an white iPhone 4 running a test build of iOS. Now, 9to5Mac has obtained the inventory list of BestBuy, which lists April 27 as the launch date for the white iPhone 4. Earlier, iPhoneItalia had claimed that the much awaited variant of the original iPhone 4 will be launched on April 26, while 9to5Mac had confirmed April 27 as the launch date in Netherlands.

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In fact, one customer has already managed to snag a white iPhone, thanks to a goof-up by Vodafone UK staff. In a statement to WSJ, Apple had confirmed that the white iPhone will be launched this spring. However, the sudden flood of information suggests that retailers around the world have already started receiving shipments of the highly anticipated handset.

We would normally be cautious about getting too excited based on unconfirmed reports. However, the multitude of independent confirmations makes it likely that the white iPhone will indeed be launched next week. The pristine beauty of the white variant caught the attention of many a people around the world when it was first unveiled. However, the big question is, how potential buyers have already opted for the black edition? Apple repeatedly delayed the white iPhone 4, and failed to provide a concrete release date, or a satisfactory explanation for the delay. With iPhone 5 release being around the corner, many users might opt to wait it out.

White iPhone 4 Running Test Build Of iOS 4 Leaks

The folks over at Tinhte, who have earlier managed to get their hands on many of Apple products before its release, have come up with something again.

This time, the folks from Tinhte have got their hands on a white iPhone 4 which is arguably running a test version’ of an upcoming iOS build. The white iPhone 4 has 64GB of on-board storage capacity.

The video uploaded by Tinhte suggests that the next version of iOS will feature a new multi-tasking UI.

Below is a video of the new multi-tasking UI in action :

The new UI shows all the open apps in a similar way as HTC’s Leap View, with an X’ icon for closing an app.

This leak from Tinhte more or less confirms that Apple won’t be launching the next generation iPhone at the upcoming WWDC. Instead, the company will announce a new and over-hauled version of iOS.

Sadly, this video does not show a new notification system or widgets for iOS. The notification system and the icons-only home screen of the current iOS version are heavily criticized by its users.

Hopefully, the final version of the next generation iOS will feature a new notification system and a home screen as well.

Jailbreak iPhone 4/iPad/iPod Touch Running iOS 4.3.2

Apple recently rolled out iOS 4.3.2 for the iPad 1/2, iPod Touch 3G/4G and the iPhone 4. The update was a minor one and was mainly aimed at fixing bugs, and improving the battery life.

Thankfully, Apple did not patch the exploit used by hackers to untether’ jailbreak iOS 4.3.1. Now, @i0n1c has made changes in his jailbreak code so as to make it compatible with iOS 4.3.2.

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The iPhone Dev. Team has also released an updated version of redsn0w incorporating the code. This means iPhone 3GS, iPod Touch 3G/4G and iPad 1 owners can now jailbreak their device running iOS 4.3.2.

There is some problem jailbreaking the iPhone 4 with this version of redsn0w, so users need to wait until the Dev. Team releases a fix for it. Until then, they can use redsn0w to tether’ jailbreak their iPhone 4.

iPhone 4 users who have unlocked their handset using Ultrasn0w are recommended to stay away from updating to iOS 4.3.2. They should wait until an updated version of the app supporting iOS 4.3.2 is released.

iDevice jailbreaks can download the latest version of redsn0w from here.