Fix iBooks Reinstall Issue in iOS 4.2.1 Jailbreak with PwnageTool 4.2

Apple is smart which is why it has been taking longer and longer to jailbreak the newer versions of iOS. However, the Dev team has been able to find a workaround to jailbreak and unlock. It’s more of a cat and mouse game between these two.

iBooks Apple

Since Apple cannot control the jailbreaks and unlocks Apple is taking that war to a new level by restricting access to apps on jailbroken devices. For example, recently they had crippled the iBooks apps for jailbroken devices and users who had jailbroken their iPhone were not able to access the books they had legitimately purchased.

Mind you, jailbreaking and unlocking your device is legal, but Apple can use software to restrict such devices. So what now? Well, Dev Team to the rescue again. The Dev Team, who work for free, just managed to overcome the iBooks issue with PwnageTool 4.2.

The fix was put in place by @comex and @pushfix who managed to fix the issue with the latest jailbreaking tool, allowing users to continue reading book they purchased through the app store.

So if you have been facing an issue with the iBooks software, head over to the Dev Team blog to download the latest PwnageTool 4.2 bundle to jailbreak and unlock your , and and start using iBooks again. These updates will also be made available through the Cydia app, so you can just update the app and start using iBooks app without having to restore and jailbreak your device again.

PwnageTool 4.2 Released for Untethered iOS 4.2.1 Jailbreak/Unlock and iBooks Fix

The Dev Team has released an update for the popular PwnageTool which will jailbreak and unlock iOS 4.2.1 on 3G, 3GS, , iPhone 4-Verizon, 3G, , and AppleTV 2G.

The new PwnageTool 4.2 consists of a untethered jailbreak for all the above devices. In addition to allows users to jailbreak their devices, iPhone unlockers can also restore to a custom 4.2.1 IPSW and retain their current baseband and unlock. PwnageTool currently does not support iPod Touch 2G.

Well in the case of an HFS volume name on iOS, an untether exploit — as the Chronic Dev Team revealed last week with an untether for the 4.2.1 jailbreak, which had previously been a tethered JB for most recent devices since 4.2.1’s release in November.  With their permission, we’ve incorporated their 4.2.1 feedfaceuntether into today’s PwnageTool 4.2.  This means iPhone unlockers can safely restore to a custom 4.2.1 pre-jailbroken IPSW and retain their current baseband and unlock.  PwnageTool also supports all the other 4.2.1 devices other than iPod touch 2G:

PwnageTool also pushes a fix for iBooks by @comex and @pushfix which fixes a bug so that it works as intended with DRM books along with fixing a WiFi problem on Apple TV 2G. All these updates will be available in the Cydia package updates.

For more information on the PwnageTool 4.2 release, and the download links visit the official Dev Team Blog.

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.


Download iOS 4.2.1 IPSW For iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad

Apple recently released 4.2.1 for the , and . There is a jailbreak available for iOS 4.2.1 too. However, at times, your iDevice could throw problems, which is why it is a good option to backup your SHSH blobs.

However, if you are having problems with your iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad after upgrading to iOS 4.2.1 or jailbreaking your device, you can downgrade your device to an earlier version.

If you don’t plan to downgrade your device, you might still have to restore it to an original firmware. If you are having trouble with iTunes, you can download the iOS 4.2.1 firmware directly from Apple. You will find the links to download the iOS 4.2.1 firmware below.

Once you download the IPSW file, you will be able to restore your iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad to iOS 4.2.1.

Best Mobile Apps Of the Week for iOS, Android and Symbian – #3

Welcome to our third edition of the Best Mobile Apps Of The Week. This week we would like to introduce our readers to a very popular Twitter app for the iOS as well as for Android.  Along with that, we would introduce our readers to a very popular VOIP client for Symbian.

Here are the featured mobile apps of the week for , and :

Twitter (iOS)

for /  is the official twitter client from the company itself Twitter. The app has a very slick UI and I especially love the sliding panels’ UI feature in Twitter for iPad. The app also supports push notifications and inline media display. I have been using Twitter for iPad right on my iPad since the day it was launched. The app literally blows the competition away!


iOS owners can download Twitter For iPad/iPhone from the App Store for free.

Skype (Symbian)

Skype is one of the most popular VOIP services out there. The company also has an official Skype client for all the major mobile OS including Symbian. Skype for Symbian allows users to make free calls to other Skype users anywhere in the world for free via Wi-Fi or 3G. It also allows Skype owners to chat for free.


The company recently rolled out an updated version of Skype which supports the latest generation of Symbian phones like the Nokia N8, C7 and E5. The update also added SILK’ Skype’s own audio codec which helps improves voice quality on a low-bandwidth connection. Symbian owners can download Skype for their handset for free from here.

TweetDeck (Android)

is one of the most popular third party Twitter client for Windows. The app is also available for other major mobile platforms including Android. The Android version of TweetDeck has a great looking UI and functions really well. I personally switched to TweetDeck and have been using it ever since on my Galaxy S since the day it was released.


The application also supports other major social networking sites like Facebook, Google Buzz and Foursquare. The application however does lack some features like no support for creating lists, no auto-fill while entering @username and some totally useless widgets. However, I am pretty sure the folks behind TweetDeck for Android will fix all these issues sooner than later. Android owners can download TweetDeck for free from the Android Market.

The Great EA Christmas Sale: Get All iPhone / iPad Titles for $0.99

Electronic Arts is one of the biggest brand names on the iPhone App Store. It has a huge catalog of very impressive games which are priced in the range of $0.99 to $9.99.

For Christmas however, EA is offering all its iPhone and iPad games for just $0.99. That’s about 70 games for just $0.99 each.

It can’t get any better than this for holiday shoppers. So storm the App Store and buy all the EA games you want.

EA iPhone iPad Sale

It is a limited time offer which will end soon, probably by Christmas or New Year. Hurry!

PS: TouchArcade has a list of all the iPhone / iPad games on sale.

iPhone/iPod touch Games:

Battlefield: Bad Company 2, 99 ¢
Cause of Death: Can You Catch The Killer?, 99 ¢
Heroes Lore III, $1.99 → 99 ¢
High Caliber Hunting, $2.99 → 99 ¢
Pictureka!, $1.99 → 99 ¢
Reckless Racing, 99 ¢
Mirror’s Edge, $4.99 → 99
Need For Speed Hot Pursuit, $4.99 → 99 ¢
Need For Speed Shift, $4.99 → 99 ¢
Need For Speed Undercover, $4.99 → 99 ¢
NBA Elite 11 By EA Sports, $4.99 → 99 ¢
MMA By EA Sports, $4.99 → 99 ¢
Fifa 11 By EA Sports, $4.99 → 99 ¢
Fifa 10 By EA Sports, $4.99 → 99 ¢
Madden NFL 11 By EA Sports, $4.99 → 99 ¢
NCAA Football By EA Sports, $4.99 → 99 ¢
Tiger Woods PGA Tour By EA Sports, 99 ¢
The Sims 3, $6.99 → 99 ¢
The Sims 3 Ambitions, $4.99 → 99 ¢
The Sims 3 World Adventures, $2.99 → 99 ¢
SimCity Deluxe, $2.99 → 99 ¢
Spore Creatures, 99 ¢
Spore Origins, 99 ¢
Lemonade Tycoon, 99 ¢
Monopoly, $2.99 → 99 ¢
Monopoly Here & Now: The World Edition, $2.99 → 99 ¢
Risk: The Official Game, $4.99 → 99 ¢
Battleship, 99 ¢
Connect 4, 99 ¢
Boggle, 99 ¢
The Game Of Life Classic Edition, $2.99 → 99 ¢
Clue, 99 ¢
Trivial Pursuit, 99 ¢
Yahtzee Adventures, 99 ¢
Scrabble, $2.99 → 99 ¢
R Type, $1.99 → 99 ¢
Star Trek, 99 ¢
Skate It, 99 ¢
The Simpsons Arcade, $2.99 → 99 ¢
Dragon’s Lair, 99 ¢
Surviving High School, 99 ¢
Command & Conquer: Red Alert, 99 ¢
Zombies & Me, $1.99 → 99 ¢
Mass Effect Galaxy, $1.99 → 99 ¢
Wolfenstein RPG, $1.99 → 99 ¢
Anytime Pool, $1.99 → 99 ¢
Tetris, $2.99 → 99 ¢
Sudoku, 99 ¢
American Idol: The Game, $1.99 → 99 ¢
Littlest Pet Shop, $2.99 → 99 ¢
Pandemonium, 99 ¢
Snood, 99 ¢
Mystery Mania, $1.99 → 99 ¢
Jewel Quest Mysteries, 99 ¢

iPad Games:

SimCity Deluxe for iPad, $6.99 → 99 ¢
Need For Speed Hot Pursuit for iPad, $9.99 → 99 ¢
Need For Speed Shift for iPad, $9.99 → 99 ¢
Madden NFL 11 By EA Sports for iPad, $12.99 → 99 ¢
Mirror’s Edge for iPad, $9.99 → 99 ¢
Reckless Racing HD, $4.99 → 99 ¢
Pictureka! for iPad, $4.99 → 99 ¢
Tetris for iPad, $7.99 → 99 ¢
Yahtzee HD, $4.99 → 99 ¢
Boggle for iPad, 99 ¢
Scrabble for iPad, $9.99 → 99 ¢
Command & Conquer Red Alert for iPad, $4.99 → 99 ¢
Clue: Secrets & Spies A Hidden Object Game, $4.99 → 99 ¢
Snood for iPad, $4.99 → 99 ¢

Source: EA

Backup iOS 4.1 SHSH Blobs for iOS 4.2.1 Jailbreak or iOS 4.1 Restore

If you are planning to jailbreak your iPhone or jailbreak your iPod Touch on the latest iOS 4.2 update, you might want to backup your SHSH blobs so that you can restore your iDevice in case something goes wrong or if you want to downgrade your iDevice.

Though a jailbreak for iOS 4.2 is available, it is untethered, so you will have to jailbreak your device when you restart it so backing up your iOS SHSH blobs might be beneficial in the future. Backing up the SHSH blobs is similar to the earlier guide for backing up iOS 4 SHSH blobs.

All you need to do is download Tiny Umbrella from here. Once you download the software just follow the instructions and back up your iOS 4.1. Though a jailbreak for iOS 4.2.1 is already  available it is always better to stay on the safer side. Tiny Umbrella is available for Windows, Mac OS X and Linux. The update is a one click process so it should be fairly easy.

Jailbreak iOS 4.2.1 with Redsn0w

Yesterday, Apple released the highly anticipated iOS 4.2.1 for the iPod Touch, iPhone and the iPad. The iOS4.2 update is a minor one for the iPod Touch and the iPhone but it brings a bucket load of changes for the iPad. With the iOS 4.2.1 update, the iPad gets AirPlay, AirPrint, Game Center and Multi-tasking etcetera.

Today, the iPhone Dev Team has released an updated version of Redsn0w which is capable of jailbreaking users’ iTouch device running on iOS 4.2. The only downside is that the jailbreak is a tethered one which means that users need to jailbreak their iTouch device again when they restart it. However, for the iPhone 3GS (older boot rom), iPhone 3G and the iPod Touch 2G (Non-MC) this jailbreak is an untethered one.

Here are the steps to jailbreak your iTouch device using Redsn0w 0.9.6b4 :

Step 1: First and foremost, users need to update their iTouch device to iOS 4.2.1 using iTunes 10.1. They also need to download Redsn0w from here. You can also directly download iOS 4.2.1 IPSW.

Step 2: After that, users need to fire up Redsn0w and point it to the iOS 4.2.1 IPSW file. Once the IPSW file has been successfully identified by Redsn0w, users need to click on the Next’ button to proceed.

redsn0w Jailbreak iOS 4.2

Step 3: Users then need to select the Install Cydia’ option along with any other feature they would like to use.

redsn0w Jailbreak iOS 4.2 Install Cydia

Before proceeding with the next step, users need to make sure that their iTouch device is switched off and plugged in to the computer.

Step 4: Now, in the next step users need to hold the Power’ button and whilst holding the power button, they need to hold the Home’ button. After around 10 seconds, users need to release the Power’ button whilst still pressing the Home’ button.

redsn0w Jailbreak iOS 4.2 DFU Mode

Step 5: After this, Redsn0w will work its magic and will jailbreak your iTouch device running iOS4.2.1.

This step is only for iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS (newer boot rom), iPod Touch 4G, 3G, 2G and iPad owners.

redsn0w Jailbreak iOS 4.2 Rebooting

Step 6: Since this Redsn0w jailbreak is a tethered one for the above said iTouch devices, users need to use the Just boot tethered right now’ option in Redsn0w every time they restart their iTouch device.

That’s it folks! You have now managed to successfully jailbreak your iTouch device running on iOS4.2.1.


Direct Download Links for iOS 4.2.1 IPSW for iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad

iOS 4.2.1 is out for the , and . You can easily upgrade to the latest iOS version by using iTunes. However, if you are having trouble with downloading or upgrading your iDevice to the latest iOS software, you can download the iOS directly to your computer and use the restore method to install the new OS. Download links for iOS 4.2.1 are listed below.

If you have a jailbroken iPhone or jailbroken iPod Touch, you can safely upgrade to iOS 4.2.1 as a jailbreak for iOS 4.2/4.2.1 through RedSn0w is now available

iOS 4.2.1 for iPhone users

iOS 4.2.1 for iPad users

iOS 4.2.1 for iPod Touch users

iOS 4.2.1 is not available for iPhone 2G and below and iPod Touch 1st generation. If you have an older iPhone you might want to convert the iPhone to an iPod Touch.

How To Fix Error 1013 on iOS 4.2 Upgrade

In the past we have given you instructions on how to fix 3194/1014 errors with your or devices. As with major software upgrades with iOS, there are bound to problems for few people. One of the most annoying one’s with iOS 4.2 is the “No Content” in iPod music which can be easily fixed.

Another problem being faced by users and also being actively discussed in the Apple forums is the 1013 error which occurs after upgrading to iOS 4.2. However, thanks to a member, Dave, there is a fix for this problem.

Here is a step-by-step instruction to fix the iOS 4.2 1013 error after the upgrade:

  1. Go to your “Applications” folder
  2. Go to your “Utilities” folder
  3. Launch “Terminal”
  4. Type “sudo nano /etc/hosts” (without quotes) and hit return
  5. Enter your password
  6. Use the down arrow key to find the “” entries. Once the cursor is in front, make sure you comment out the line(s) by entering “#” (no quotes) in front of the text
  7. Save the file by pressing CONTROL+O on the keyboard
  8. Exit the nano editor by pressing CONTROL+X on the keyboard
  9. Restore your iDevice

For users with Windows PC, you will have to follow change the hosts file in %SystemRoot%\system32\drivers\etc\. You might want to visit our earlier post on downgrading iPhone which has an active discussion and instructions on making this change.