Last year before the Apple’s Rock n’ Roll event occurred there was a rumor that Apple will be releasing the next generation iPod Touch sporting a 2MP camera at its back. Instead, Apple released the new iPod Nano(s) with a camera. Now rumors have again cropped up that the next generation iPod Touch will be sporting a 5MP camera at its back. The next generation of the device will also be able to recording videos in 720p HD resolution.
The device will also feature an accelerometer and a gyroscope which will help in taking gaming to the next level on the iPod Touch. According to the slides of a presentation from John Lewis, it is also expected that the next generation iPod Touch will feature FaceTime. This also indicates that the device will have a front facing camera. FaceTime allows users to make video calls over Wi-Fi.
Apple is expected to release the next generation of iPods, and iPod Touch in the month of September. The source of this news is John Lewis, who is one of the biggest retailers in Britain.
A new app called Frash which can run on jailbroken iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad does better than the earlier apps and allows users to access and view Flash content on their iDevices. The Frash app is available for downloads as a .deb file and can be installed on a Jailbroken iPad through Cydia.
According to Engadget, you cannot view video playback using the app currently, however, they were able to play games and view other simple Flash content. Though the missing video playback might be an issue, it is definitely promising that iPad users can at-least play games right now.
Hopefully the developer Comex will come up with an update for the app which will also allow users to view Flash videos. Excited to install the Frash app on the iPad and play games? Visit this Engadget post which has full instructions. You can also watch a video of the Frash app in action below on an iPad.
Since iOS 4 was released, users who were using iOS4 on iPod Touch 3G and iPhone 3GS weren’t able to jailbreak their devices when they were running the new bootrom. However, thanks to iH8sn0w, there is now a jailbreak available for iPod Touch 3G running iOS 4 on new bootroom and iPhone 3GS running iOS 4 on new bootrom.
Sn0wbreeze 1.7 works on iPod Touch 2G (MC and non-MC models and iPod Touch 3G along with iPhone 3GS. In order to jailbreak iPhone 3GS you will require to be running iPhone OS 3.1.2 or have the SHSH blobs for iPhone OS 3.1.2.
The new sn0wbreeze jailbreak is a tethered one, which would mean that you will have to be connected to the laptop if the phone shuts down or the battery runs out and rerun the jailbreak again.
You can download the latest Sn0wbreeze jailbreak for iPod Touch 3G, iPod Touch 2G and iPhone 3GS running older and newer bootroms by visiting this page. For more information on jailbreaking iPhone or iPod Touch visit our search for jailbreak iPhone.
iH8sn0w has just released a new version of the Sn0wbreeze jailbreaking application. We had told you yesterday that a new version of the Sn0wbreeze application is expected to be released today. The Sn0wbreeze 1.7 application now supports iPhone 3GS based on older as well as newer bootroms, along with iPod Touch 2G (MC and non-MC models) and the iPod Touch 3G.
Sn0wbreeze v1.7 is the first jailbreaking application to support iPhone 3GS based on newer bootroms. However, these newer bootroms based iPhone 3GS must be running on iOS 3.1.2 or must have their iOS 3.1.2 SHSH blobs saved. Without either of these, users will not be able to jailbreak their iPhone 3GS on iOS4.
In addition, this jailbreak will be a tethered one, which means users need to connect their iPhone to a PC, whenever they turn it off, to turn it back on. Readers can find the step-by-step guide to jailbreak their iPhone 3GS here.
As of now only iPod Touch, iPhone 3G, and iPhone 3GS can be jailbreak’d using sn0wbreeze. iPhone 3GS on the newer bootroms still cannot be jailbroken. However, iH8sn0w has successfully been able to jailbreak iPhone 3GS based on newer bootroms using Sn0wbreeze. Sadly, this pwning method is only possible if users already have iOS 3.1.2 SHSH blobs saved.
iH8sn0w has written a very detailed and complex tutorial on how to pawn iOS 4 on the newer bootrom based iPhone 3GS. Here is the link to the full tutorial. On a personal note, I would suggest newbie’s to stay away from trying the above method. Only experienced users should try the above method.
iH8sn0w will release a new update of this hack tomorrow for newer bootroms based iPhone 3GS, which will not require 3.1.2 SHSH blobs. Sadly, users must be running on iOS 3.1.2 to use this hack.
Update: Jailbreak for iPhone 3GS, iPod Touch 3G and iPod 2G running iOS 4 is now available. You will find more information on it here and here.
I had written a post before iOS 4 was officially released talking about how iOS 4 was a battery drain and whether or not you should upgrade to it. However, I did upgrade to iOS 4 and found it to be good feature wise. I have now been using the device for a couple of weeks and was disappointed with the battery performance after the switch.
Though iOS 4 has brought in a lot of nice changes like Folders and Multitasking, it also uses up battery pretty quickly even when the device is not being used. In my tests so far, the device holds up strictly OK and has a battery life of 7-8 hours in idle mode and approximately 3-4 hours with moderate use on an iPod Touch 3G. If you decide to play games or use heavy apps, the battery gets drained pretty quickly.
Now here is the problem, during the above tests, most of the apps I was using were not multitasking capable. With several apps already making use of the new multitasking feature, those numbers will go down even further.
Another problem I saw with my tests was that, if I left my device with 75%-80% battery overnight, the battery would run out in the morning. This is truly a pain since before iOS4 the iPod Touch would run without charge for 4-5 days. Now, I have to always remember to plug the device into the charging unit before I sleep. Also with heavy usage I have to usually keep the iPod Touch plugged into the charging unit.
This is definitely disappointing and like I had said it was something I had expected. You might see the same problem on an older iPhone. So if you want to use iOS4 you are better off doing it on an iPhone 4 which has better battery life and was created specifically for iOS 4 features.
The new mobile docs viewer allows users to view PDF files, .ppt, .doc and .docx from your Google Docs account on compatible mobile devices. It also supports pinch to zoom in or out on the iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad.
To view the new mobile docs viewer, just visit docs.google.com on your Android, iPhone or iPad and open any previous documents you have uploaded. More info at the Official Google Mobile blog.
Amazon today in a press announcement released an updated version of the Kindle Application for the iPad, iPhone and the iPod Touch. The updated Kindle application now supports embedding audio and video clips in Kindle books.
“We are excited to add this functionality to Kindle for iPad and Kindle for iPhone and iPod touch,” said Dorothy Nicholls, director, Amazon Kindle. “Readers will already find some Kindle Editions with audio/video clips in the Kindle Store today–from Rose’s Heavenly Cakes with video tips on preparing the perfect cake to Bird Songs with audio clips that relate the songs and calls to the birds’ appearances. This is just the beginning–we look forward to seeing what authors and publishers create for Kindle customers using the new functionality of the Kindle apps.”
Among the first books to take advantage of this new feature, include Rick Steves’ London, and Together We Cannot Fail. The Kindle application provides its users to access with the Kindle bookstore, which has more than 600,000 eBooks. The Kindle application is available for the iOS platform from Apple, Mac OS X, and Windows.
An Android version of the Kindle application is also expected to be released soon.
The Spirit jailbreak application has been updated to support iTunes 9.2. Other than support for iTunes 9.2, no new features have been added. The Spirit application is one of the easiest way to jailbreak your iPhone/iPod Touch or the iPad. Sadly, the Spirit application still does not support iOS4 and/or iPhone 4.
Currently, the Spirit application supports iOS 3.1.3 and 3.1.2 for iPhone 3GS, 3G, and the iPhone 2G. All version of iPod Touch are supported as well. For the iPad, iOS 3.2 is supported. Users who want to jailbreak their iPhone 3GS/3G or iPod Touch running on iOS4 can use either sn0wbreeze or PwnageTool 4.0. On a personal note, I would suggest iPhone 3G owners not to upgrade to iOS 4.
The iPhone 3G does not have enough horsepower to run iOS4 properly. If by chance, you have already updated your iPhone 3G to iOS 4 and want to go back to iOS 3.1.3, follow this guide.
Many users who were trying to downgrade iOS 4 to 3.1.3 have been facing a 3194 error. This error occurs when users try to restore the iPhone 3.1.3 firmware while downgrading from iOS4.
So is this issue fixable? Maybe. There was a forum post on TiPb which points users to a fix for this issue, apparently that is the same fix we listed in this post and it might not work when you are downgrading from iOS 4 to iPhone OS 3.1.3.
The problem actually lies with the fact that Apple signs the firmware now and you cannot upgrade or downgrade an iPhone using a firmware that Apple has not signed anymore, so this issue might go away if you use an older firmware which is signed by Apple.
Once again, using an Apple signed firmware may not fix this issue and we are actively researching on things that would help users to downgrade their iPhone or iPod Touch running iOS 4 to iPhone OS 3.1.3.