Apple iPod Touch and iPod Nano Announced

Before announcing the new iPhone, Apple announced a new updated version of iPod Nano. The new iPod Nano looks similar to its predecessor, and sports the same compact design with a multi-touch display.

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The new Nano has some improvements though. It sports a Pedometer, which allows it to track a user’s walks and running/jogging session. There are also some UI enhancements to make it easier to navigate.

Other than that, there are 16 new clock designs. Oh! There is also FM Radio for the people who still care about it. The new Nano from Apple is also their cheapest Nano until date, with the 8GB version coming in at $129, and the 16GB version costing $149.

The Fruit named company also announced an updated model of the iPod Touch. Compared to the 4th gen Touch, the new Touch is slimmer and has a Retina Display. The new Touch will also have a front-facing camera for FaceTime with a camera at the back which is capable of recording HD videos. The new iPod Touch will run on iOS5, with all its new features including iCloud and iMessage.

The new iPod Touch will be available beginning from October 12, with the 8GB version coming in at $199 and the top-end 64GB version costs $399. The 32GB version costs $299.

Apple iOS5 Releasing on October 12

Before announcing the next-generation iPhone, Apple gave us a small run-down of the top 10 features in iOS5. The new version of iOS has some major changes, including a much needed and completely revamped notification center.

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The new Notification center in iOS5 is highly inspired by the Android notification system, except that it looks much better and functional. Other than this, iOS5 also has a new messaging system for iOS users, iMessage. This new service will allow iOS device users to interact with each other for free. iMessage has the potential to be a true BBM killer.

Other major change in iOS5 is deep Twitter integration. iOS users just need to sign-in to Twitter once, and they are done! No need to sign-in again, anywhere. They can also see the latest tweets from their contacts when they open the Contacts app. They can also directly share an image on Twitter right from the Photos app.

Other changes in iOS5 includes Push to all devices, Reminders which is location aware as well, new Camera app, new and improved Safari with a new interface, improved Game Center, enhancements to the Mail app, and most importantly Wi-Fi sync. iOS users can now directly sync their iDevice to iTunes via Wi-Fi. Also, they don’t need to connect their iDevice to a PC when they start it for the first time.

Apple also announced that iOS5 will be available for free starting from next Wednesday i.e. October 12th. The new version of iOS will be compatible with the iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS, iPad, iPad 2, and the 3rd and 4th gen iPod Touch.

iPhone Users Vulnerable To Address Book Snarfing Via Skype XSS

Skype users on iOS devices should be on the look out for malicious users who intend on stealing their address book.

A vulnerability affecting Skype 3.01 on iOS devices, including the iPod Touch and iPhone, gives an attacker the ability to secretly upload the entire contents of your address book. The hole is due to a non-validated input field in the client, instead of the contents being displayed to the user, they are executed. Coupling XSS with sandbox permissions that do not allow for fine-tuned access control within apps, provides a way for an attacker to steal the contents of an unsuspecting user’s address book.

Skype has been criticised numerous times over identical vulnerabilities in their desktop software, that allowed for remote code to be executed on a victim’s computer. The flaw is one that Skype has had reported numerous times, fixed numerous times, yet they have not completely audited the applications before release.

Phil has detailed the attack performed against an iPhone 4 running iOS 4.3.5 and has indicated that the vulnerability was reported to Skype over a month ago. Hopefully a fix is in the works, but more importantly, hopefully Skype will perform a full check instead of simply throwing input sanitising on the vulnerable text field.

Apple Rumored to Unveil 3G-capable iPod Touch This Month

Back in July, Dutch site AppleSpot.nl claimed that Apple is planning to introduce an iPod touch with 3G capabilities. Today, AppleNApps reports that Apple’s new iPod touch will offer access to 3G data networks.

 

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According to the report, Apple has already worked with wireless carriers to offer data-service only plans similar to those used for the iPad. In addition, the new iPod touch will reportedly look “very similar” to the current fourth-geneartion model, released last September. The new iPod touch will not feature voice capabilities, remaining data-only, the report said.  The source cautioned that there is “no guarantee” the new iPod touch will have 3G connectivity built in, but said that the changes “should make it”.

After talking with multiple people over the past few weeks, we had a lengthy chat with one person who gave us great news about the next iPod Touch. We’ve used this person in the past, but they did qualify their remarks, saying that the iPod Touch changes should make it, but there’s no guarantee the changes will be ready for fall. The 3G iPod Touch idea intrigued us so much back in July, and we’ve been trying to find one of our contacts who can give some credence to the idea. A few have declined to comment, while others honestly have no idea, but the source for this report says that Apple is indeed working on a 3G iPod Touch. Apple is intent on announcing the device during their September event which they usually save for their iPod line, but will include the iPhone as well this year.

Earlier this year, evidence of the forthcoming iPod touch refresh surfaced with the discovery of a new “iPod4,2” model mentioned in the property list files in early iOS 5 builds.  AppleNApps  has yet to establish a significant track record of Apple-related rumors so take this report with a pinch of salt.

Apple is expected to unveil its next-genration iPod touch in the coming weeks at a press event. Numerous rumors have suggested a launch in October.

Apple Releases iOS 4.3.5

iOS 4.3.5

Unlike Google, Apple protects its customers from malware and other viruses which may affect iOS. Also, Apple dislikes security flaws popping up in iOS, and they do whatever it takes to offer quick fixes. Just 10 days after the release of iOS 4.3.4 (fixed a PDF exploit), they have released a new version of iOS: iOS 4.3.5.

This update is a minor update and fixes another security exploit. iOS 4.3.5 offers a a fix for a  security flaw which might allow attacker with a privileged network position may capture or modify data in sessions protected by SSL/TLS. To keep things simple, it means that a hacker on the same network could store or change traffic that would instead be encrypted.  iOS 4.3.4 did affect the JailbreakMe method, but this has no affect on jailbreakers. RedmondPie reports that the jailbreak method that worked with 4.3.4 will work here also.

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After updating my iOS devices (iPhone 4/iPad 2), I have noticed that my devices are a lot snappier and it seems that with every update Apple offers battery life is improved. Anyone notice anything new? Let us know in the comments.

 

 

Rumor: Apple to Launch iPod Touch with 3G in September

A very interesting rumor about the new version of the iPod Touch is working its way through the tech media right now. Apparently, a Dutch blog, Applespot, has reported that Apple might be working on 3G version of the iPod Touch.

According to their sources, Apple’s new iPod Touch 3G will launch in September, and it will work just like the iPhone. You can buy a 3G data plan from your ISP and insert the SIM card into the iPod Touch. It will, obviously, not support voice calling, since then it would be exactly the same as the iPhone.

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While the source of the rumor isn’t very credible, I wouldn’t be very surprised if this did turn out to be true. Like the iPad, the iPod Touch could also have a 3G version. It’s only the logical next step for Apple, but what I’m worried about is, how it might affect iPhone sales.

Since the iPod Touch is substantially cheaper than the iPhone, launching a 3G version of the iPod Touch might actually cannibalize Apple’s iPhone sales. Using apps like Skype for VOIP calls and iMessage for text messaging, it could very well function just like an iPhone. One thing’s for sure, the carriers will definitely be happy with the increased data usage, though they might lose some voice revenue.

If Apple does launch an iPod Touch with 3G, it could also double up as an inexpensive version of the iPhone, sans the voice calling. It might be just what Apple needs to capture more market share and fight off competitors like Android and Windows Phone 7.

iOS5 Will Not Allow Downgrades to iOS4

If you are an , or user who has been jailbreaking your device, here is some bad news. The upcoming iOS5 will not allow users to downgrade to an earlier version of the OS out of the box.

Also Read: iOS 5 – Everything You Need to Know About It

A new post by The Dev-Team says that Apple is using a new technology in the iOS5 which will disallow users from downgrading to a lower version of iOS. Jailbreakers have usually had an option to backup their SHSH blobs in case something goes wrong with the update. They could then use the SHSH blob to downgrade their iPhone or iPod Touch to a older version.

It looks like Apple is about to aggressively combat the replay attacksthat have until now allowed users to use iTunes to restore to previous firmware versions using saved SHSH blobs.

Those of you who have been jailbreaking for a while have probably heard us periodically warn you to save your blobsfor each firmware using either Cydia or TinyUmbrella (or even the copy from /tmp during restoremethod for advanced users).  Saving your blobs for a given firmware on your specific device allows you to restore *that* device to *that* firmware even after Apple has stopped signing it.  That’s all about to change.

Starting with the iOS5 beta, the role of the APTicketis changing — it’s being used much like the BBTickethas always been used.  The LLB and iBoot stages of the boot sequence are being refined to depend on the authenticity of the APTicket, which is uniquely generated at each and every restore (in other words, it doesn’t depend merely on your ECID and firmware version…it changes every time you restore, based partly on a random number).  This APTicket authentication will happen at every boot, not just at restore time.  Because only Apple has the crypto keys to properly sign the per-restore APTicket, replayed APTickets are useless.

This will only affect restores starting at iOS5 and onward, and Apple will be able to flip that switch off and on at will (by opening or closing the APTicket signing window for that firmware, like they do for the BBTicket). 

Starting with iOS5, Apple will be using a new technology which they can turn on and off at will. This will limit the device from being restored to an earlier version. However, all is not lost yet since the Dev-Team says that tethered jailbreaks will still be possible and users would be able to downgrade to an earlier version provided they use an older version of iTunes, so don’t delete those old installers yet.

geohot’s limera1n exploit occurs before any of this new checking is done, so tethered jailbreaks will still always be possible for devices where limera1n applies. Also, restoring to pre-5.0 firmwares with saved blobs will still be possible (but you’ll soon start to need to use older iTunes versions for that). Note that iTunes ultimately is *not* the component that matters here..it’s the boot sequence on the device starting with the LLB.

Apple has always been playing games with jailbreakers by watching over them and quickly releasing patches when an exploit is discovered and used for jailbreaking. Apple has also gone out and released unlocked iPhone 4 in the market. This might be aimed at controlling the unlocked iPhone market which is achieved through jailbreaking. With the introduction of iOS5, Apple might be hoping to restrict jailbreaking completely, even though it is legal.

Common iPhone Passcodes Could Put Your iDevice At Risk

Mobile devices have become the lifeline of our existence. From making simple calls, these devices have now transformed into smartphones allowing us to keep in touch with family and friends, checking our email, check our favorite websites, read news, banking online and more.

However, when we are increasingly using our mobile devices to do almost everything that we did on a desktop, we still do not protect it that well. Every mobile device including an have a feature which allows us to lock the device. This ensures that the device can only be accessed if a pass code is entered.

While many tech savvy people might use strong passcodes or symbols, a majority of users still prefer to use very weak passcodes. A recent study by Daniel Amitay, he found that the top ten iPhone passcodes are really easy to crack.

Most Common iPhone Passcodes

Out of 204,508 passcodes he had access to, the top ten iPhone passcodes were 1234, 0000, 2580, 1111, 5555, 5683, 0852, 2222, 1212, 1998. Most of these were easy to crack and were used very frequently. The most common one was 1234 which is also part of one of the most common internet passwords.

Interestingly passwords like 5683, which do not seem to follow any pattern is actually the numeric value for the word "LOVE" when typed on a phone keypad.  Another common password usage was to use the 4 digit year. For example, 1998, 1999 and so on or birth years.

These trends are pretty disturbing as it gives intruders an easy chance to access the content of your phone. Having memorable and difficult passcodes is not hard at all.

In addition to that, you can also use a much stronger protection for your iPhone, or by visiting our guide for Setting stronger passcodes for iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad.

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.

Apple iOS 5 Jailbreak

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.

iOS5

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.