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Quickpwn Tool 2.2 for Mac screenshots

November 23, 2008 Leave a comment

Where Pwnage tool creates a custom firmware image to send to your iDevice, Quickpwn modifies a standard firmware install that is already there. Before starting Quickpwn you need to udpate to the new firmware using iTunes. The Quickpwn process is quite simple, the screenshots below show the steps and it even walks you through getting the device into DFU mode. The last three images are photo’s of my iPod during the install which continues on the iDevice once Quickpwn has finished. Read more…

Pwnage Tool 2.2 for Mac screenshots

November 23, 2008 Leave a comment

Pwnage tool 2.2 supporting iPhone and iPod Touch firmware 2.2 was released late last night, and I have now had a chance to try it out. Nothing much different to the previous version, so here is a screenshot gallery of the process for anyone who hasn’t taken the plunge yet. It’s not quite as easy to use as Quickpwn as you have to manually put the iDevice into DFU mode then use iTunes to restore the package that Quickpwn makes. There are plenty of guides on the net for anyone needing guidance, so I won’t repeat it here. Read more…

iPhone/iPod 2.2 Jailbreak now available

November 23, 2008 1 comment

The iPhone Dev Team have updates their QuickPwn tool for Windows/Mac and Pwnage tool for Mac to support the latest 2.2 firmware. Full details and bittorrent download links are available from their blog, the software is also showing up on several other bittorrent sites. Before charging in I would recommend reading the post at the iPhone Dev Team site as there is a lengthy guide to which version you should use for each iDevice. Both versions have just arrived at Basshead Towers so I’ll be trying them out and posting some screenshots as soon as I finish typing.

Once again thanks to the iPhone Dev Team for their continued support of the jailbreak community, and hopefully certain news web sites will be a bit more positive this time around.

iPod/iPhone firmware 2.2 released

November 21, 2008 Leave a comment

The latest update to Apple’s iPhone and iPod Touch devices is now available through iTunes, along with an iTunes update to 8.0.2. New features of the iPhone update include Google streetview, podcast downloads and updated Mail and Safari. The iPod Touch update does not include the streetview feature.

As usual the iPhone Dev Team are recommending you delay upgrading to v2.2 through iTunes until their Pwnage and QuickPwn tools are updated to support the new release. It’s probably worth holding off on the iTunes update as well since Apple appear to be increasing their jailbreak thwarting measures recently. I’m hoping that once a jailbreak for v2.2 is released it will include an unlock for iPod Touch streetview.

Further details of what’s new in the v2.2 update can be found at Techradar, DownloadSquad, AppleInsider and Macrumors.

Themes for iPhone and iPod

November 15, 2008 Leave a comment

There was a surge of activity in Cydia this week with several excellent themes appearing or being updated. Here’s some screenshots of my favourites, along with some tips on combining theme elements to get just what you want.

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Smoog by Giovanni Corti

Anything that features a Bass speaker for the Music icon is fine by me, and the rest of this theme doesn’t disappoint. Clear and easily distinguishable icons make it a pleasure to use, and I also like the icons for Cydia, Installer and the App Store being variations of the same design. They all do the same thing, so it makes sense to me. Read more…

iPhone/iPod 2.2 features revealed

October 7, 2008 Leave a comment

Details are starting to appear of the rumoured features expected in the upcoming V2.2 firmware for the iPhone and iPod Touch. Perhaps the most interesting is the addition of Google Street View to the Maps application. This allows the viewing of panoramic images taken from street level in cities that have been photographed by Google. Street view is a feature that I used quite a bit recently when picking a hotel in San Francisco for a future visit. It’s nice to be able to look at the area around the hotel to see what the views and amenities are like.

Also rumoured are emoticons for messaging and the ability to disable the auto-correction function. I’m not one for lots of icons in messages but there are time they can come in useful, and being able to turn off auto-correct would definitely be handy when I’m typing a technical message.

Still missing is the push alerts system that Steve Jobs demonstrated at WWDC08, and there’s no information on whether this feature will make it into V2.2.

App store review changes

September 29, 2008 Leave a comment

Following much irritation with its App store reviews, Apple has over the weekend made changes to the user review process. Anyone wishing to leave a review for an application is now blocked unless they have bought the app. This should eliminate the idiots posting stupid comments and bad reviews without trying the app, and will hopefully result in a more meaningful rating system that genuine shoppers can trust.

While this will be of little benefit to the authors of free applications (though I expect some benefit will be gained since the time wasters have to download the app), it should help those making a living from their software. Now if only someone could get rid of those darn ‘first post’ jokers.

iPhone/iPod Themes

September 25, 2008 1 comment

A while back I featured some of my favourite themes available to install through Cydia. It’s been several weeks since and those talented artists are still turning in some fine work, so here are the themes I’ve been using recently.

Vector by Jayden. Colourful and reminds me of the cell shaded style of several games. This one works well with unthemed icons as it sticks to the standard shape. Read more…

PwnageTool 2.1 and QuickPwn 1.1 for Mac released

September 13, 2008 3 comments

Both of the iPhone and iPod Touch jailbreaking apps have been updated this afternoon, and are available for now only as bittorrent downloads (until demand subsides) from the iPhone Dev Team site. Which app you use depends on how you want to jailbreak your device. PwnageTool will create a new restore IPSW file that iTunes can use, and QuickPwn will jailbreak a device without using iTunes. I had previously updated to firmware 2.1 on my iPod Touch so QuickPwn was the best choice. Read more…

iPod Touch 2.1 problems

September 10, 2008 5 comments

I tried updating my iPod Touch to the latest 2.1 firmware this morning, downloaded through iTunes 8. The install process completed without a hitch, but my problems started when iTunes offered to restore the backup it made before upgrading. Once the restore was complete the iPod would restart and hang at the apple logo showing a frozen progress indicator.

After 10 minutes I tried again, but the result was the same. The iPod locks up when restoring the backup, so there must be something in the backup that conflicts with the latest firmware.The upshot of this is that the only way I have found to get the 2.1 firmware working is to setup the iPod as a new device without restoring a backup, and let iTunes sync everything. That’s running at the moment so I will post some screenshots of the new genius feature when it’s done, then decide to stick with 2.1 and wait for a jailbreak, or drop back to a jailbroken 2.0.2.