The release of iOS 4.2.1 is imminent, and the surprise is that with it comes the first free Mobile Me feature. Find My iPhone is now available to all iOS users without paying a Mobile Me annual subscription, and is easily set up from an iPhone/iPad/iPod using an existing or new iTunes account. Here’s a quick walk through of the steps using an iPad. Read more…
In the name of research my iPad has been jailbroken using the Spirit app. There hasn’t been much of a need for jailbreaking as the settings app sits in the expanded six place iPad dock, and provides much faster access to settings than the iPhone equivalent. SBsettings is now installed on the iPad, but Winterboard currently has some issues on the iPad. Changing the theme on the iPhone makes it look much better, but the iPad supports wallpapers and the apps look way better without any fiddling so the appeal of theming is much reduced.
There’s not much to report on the jailbreak, it’s just as simple as the recent iPhone attempt and results in Cydia on the iPad desktop. There’s a warning in Cydia that not everything works on the iPad yet, and some iPhone software may cause a crash that needs a software restore to fix.
Trying the iPad’s iPod app yesterday resulted in an instant crash that I initially thought may be related to the jailbreak, but posts on the Apple support forum showed the issue is not uncommon. The unlikely fix of launching the Videos app before the iPod app actually worked for me so all is back to normal.
I’ve been working my way through the iPod V3 firmware looking for new features, and got to the point where I wanted to copy the screenshots across into iPhoto. The problem was iPhoto gave an unrecognised file format error every time I tried copying the PNG files, and would show the iPod as docked even when it was disconnected.
A quick web search led to a page at the Apple support forums, and some advice to unmount the device in Image Capture. It’s not immediately obvious how to do this, so for anyone with the same problem here’s a few simple steps to the fix. Read more…
Apple has announced iPhone/iPod software version 3, with a beta available to developers now and the final version due this summer. Offering over 100 new features, some of the highlights include
- Cut, Copy and Paste finally
- Spotlight Search avaliable from a new screen to the left of the current first page. Looks a bit like the Palm Pre screen layout to me
- Turn by Turn CoreLocation available to all apps for turn-by-turn GPS directions
- MMS the iphone catches up with the rest of the messaging world
- Push Notification previously promised and delayed, now to be included in V3
- Third-Party Accessory Apps software can now access hardware add-ons
- Peer-to-Peer Connectivity over bluetooth and wifi for data sharing and games
- In-App Purchasing for buying content within applications, such as newspaper or magazine subscriptions
- Landscape keyboard for easier data entry
- Voice Memos again, catching up with everyone else
- A2DP Bluetooth stereo headset support
- Shake to Shuffle the ipod nano feature moves to the iPhone
The biggest question here is should you wait for 3rd generation hardware (if launched) this summer of take advantage of the free iPhone handset/stock clearance rumoured to be coming in May?
Those looking to Pwn their device without wiping it clean can now use the Windows version of QuickPwn 2.1. Currently available as a torrent or from several mirror’s, the new version supports the following devices:
- iPhone 1G can be unlocked and jailbroken
- iPod Touch 1G can be jailbroken
- iPhone 3G can be jailbroken
The iPod Touch 2G is not currently supported for jailbreaking, and the iPhone 3G cannot currently be unlocked.
Love of Hate it, the App store has been a financial success and is proving very popular with iPhone and iPod owners. There have been complaints about the lack of moderation on user comments, and I found a perfect example of this. Here’s an App from the store that will search the web for iPhone formated wallpapers. Not something I would buy myself but it will likely appeal to a lot of users.
Following on from the previous Engadget post that claimed jailbreaking is now less relevant with the availability of the app store, there’s a new poll on the site asking what the readers think. As I type the results are 63% say still relevant, 25.1% only need the App store and 11.9% picked the stupid/don’t care answer. So that’s a large majority of people still want their iPhone’s and iPod’s jailbroken.
The iPhone Dev team has responded to the original claim in a post on their blog, and appear to have taken just a little bit of offence at the claim that their work is ‘less and less relevant with each passing day’. I can certainly understand their feelings since they are providing a free service that continues to help a lot of people. When Engadget uses headlines like ‘DevTeam releases PwnageTool and QuickPwn 2.1, wants to rumble’ I have to ask, is there any point to this antagonism?
There’s a very interesting post at the iPhone Dev Team blog today, concerning iTunes 8 blocking the current Pwnage process. It appears that Apple is taking steps to prevent owners jailbreaking their devices by blocking the use of modified IPSW files. The Dev Team already have a patch available to allow iTunes 8 on a Mac to jailbreak an iPod Touch, and all the other combinations are expected in the next week. Once again, thanks to the iPhone Dev Team for their continued work in freeing our devices.
Engadget have covered this news today and are asking how relevant jailbreaking is now, with the wider availability of the 3G iPhone and useful software in the App Store. I guess the real question here is do we want an appliance or a pocket computer? I never had a problem with previous iPod’s being a locked system where you bought the device and it did what the box said. The iPod Touch and iPhone are different beasts (since they run Mac OS), and I want to be able to access the file system. There is so much potential in these devices that it seems a shame to lock them down and restrict their use to what Apple decides and approves. I want to theme my iPod. I want to browse the filesystem and see how it works. I want the option of using any app I choose. And most important, I want textReader for my eBook fix.
And while I’m mentioning Engadget, wasn’t that Apple special event coverage on Tuesday just a bit too sarcastic?