The good folks at the iPhone Dev Team are hard at work jailbreaking iOS 6 and now they’ve released a new jailbreak, dubbed “redsn0w 0.9.13dev1,” exclusively for jailbreak app developers. The iPhone Dev Team emphasizes that casual unlockers should not try using this jailbreak since they “will very likely lose” their “unlockable baseband” if they try to install iOS6. They also say that Cydia has yet to be updated for the iOS 6 software development kit and thus won’t be available on the developers-only jailbreak for the time being. “There are just too many broken components (Apple’s official apps, 3rd-party App Store apps, Cydia apps, etc) for this to be useful to anyone but those truly looking to fix bugs in their iOS 6 jailbroken apps,” the team writes on its official blog. More →
Steve Wozniak, who seems to relish needling the company that he co-founded, told Albany’s Times Union that he liked Siri a lot better before Apple purchased it in 2010. “I start telling everyone I knew and speaking around the world about how this was the future of computing, speaking things in normal ways, feeling like you’re talking to a human,” Wozniak said of the original Siri program. When asked for an example of how Siri used to be better when it was just a third-party iOS app, Wozniak said that he used to be able to get Siri to list prime numbers greater than 87, but when he asks Siri to do that now it thinks he’s talking about prime ribs. This is not the first time that Wozniak has slagged off his former company, as he has in the past said that Android and even Windows Phone do many things better than iOS. More →
One of the main arguments against Google’s Android operating system is the fragmentation that is spread across hundreds of devices and various software versions. Apple has even taken shots at the OS, highlighting how within a year, almost all iPhones are running the latest system version, compared to about 7% of Android users on Ice Cream Sandwich. But with the introduction of iOS 6, which the Cupertino-based company claims will deliver more than 200 new features, Apple may finally have to deal with fragmentation as well. More →
At least one hacker says iPhone fans will have to wait a while before getting an iOS 6 jailbreak. Cult of Mac reports that a member of the iPhone Dev Team says that iOS 6 is a trickier nut to crack than previous editions and that users shouldn’t “expect a jailbreak beta for a while.” Among other things, the Chronic Dev member says that iOS 6 actually breaks Cydia, the application that lets jailbroken iOS devices find and download unauthorized software and applications. The iPhone Dev Team also joined with the Chronic Dev Team and pod2g to jailbreak the iPad 2 and iPhone 4S earlier this year.
UPDATE: TechCrunch notes that iOS 6 has indeed already been jailbroken by iPhone Dev Team member MuscleNerd, although he says Cydia is still broken and a jailbreak beta won’t be ready for public consumption for some time. More →
Just moments ago, VP of iOS Scott Forstall introduced us to iOS 6, the latest mobile operating system for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. Apple has sold 365 million iOS devices so far, and more than 80 are running iOS 5 right now. The company has delivered more than 1.5 trillion push notifications to iOS devices so far as well, and 140 iMessage users have sent more than 150 billion messages to date.
Apple has been working on an in-house mapping solution for a few years, and it appears as if the company is finally ready to release a new Maps app for iOS, sidestepping Google’s mapping data for its own. BGR has obtained exclusive information and photos of parts of Apple’s new Maps app from a trusted source, and the app features a refreshed user interface including a brand new navigation bar. This bar, we’re told, is silver instead of blue. Since the current Maps app follows the standard blue iOS color scheme, we think it’s possible Apple might shift toward a silver color theme in iOS 6 like on the iPad.
The iPhone version of Maps has a floating locate me button (it sounds very similar to Android’s Google Maps app) in the bottom left corner. To access 3D mode, which will make use of Apple’s C3 Technologies acquisition, you have to peel back the lower right corner of Maps just like the current version and enable 3D mode. Once enabled, you can switch in and out of 3D mode by tapping a 3D icon in the lower left corner. A photo of this feature can be seen in our gallery.
Apple is now putting the finishing touches on its 3D mapping functionality, and it is currently being tested in build 10A3XX of iOS 6.
Apple has been using Google Maps since it launched the iPhone in 2007. Former Google CEO Eric Schmidt even joined Steve Jobs on the stage during the handset’s announcement. The two companies’ relationship has dwindled, however, with the success of Google’s own Android mobile operating system that competes directly with the iPhone. A new report from 9To5Mac suggests that the next major version of Apple’s mobile operating system, iOS 6, will feature an in-house maps application, ending the Cupertino-based company’s reliance on Google Maps. According to the website’s anonymous sources, the application is said to be similar to iOS’s current Google Maps program, however it was described as both cleaner and faster, and will deliver a more reliable experience and an enhanced 3D mode. Apple’s in-house service will reportedly be based on mapping technology it acquired from purchasing Placebase, C3 Technologies and Poly9. More →
Apple announced on Wednesday that its annual Worldwide Developer Conference will take place from June 11th through June 15th this year in San Francisco, California. The company made tickets available at around 8:30 a.m. EDT on Wednesday, and they were sold out within two hours, likely before most West Coast-based developers even woke up. Tickets are not transferable this year and as such, developers who didn’t manage to secure a ticket don’t have many options. One man, however, found a way around Apple’s restrictions. More →
Likely offsetting an earlier note suggesting Apple’s run may soon slow, a new report on Monday suggests that the Cupertino-based technology giant is reportedly preparing to launch a redesigned iPhone handset in the third quarter this year, featuring a 4-inch display and a sleek new unibody case. While meeting with supply chain players in China, Topeka Capital Markets analyst Brian White received indications that Apple’s next iPhone is going to be a completely new device. “The buzz around the new iPhone 5 is growing in Asia and speculation around the timing of the launch has begun,” White, who raised his price target on Apple stock to $1,001 last week, wrote in a note to investors. Read on for more. More →
Apple’s sixth-generation iPhone will reportedly launch this coming October according an executive at Apple’s manufacturing partner, Foxconn. Citing details learned in a TV interview with Foxconn’s head of human resources, South Korea-based Maeil Business Newspaper reports that Foxconn recently received preliminary orders for Apple’s next-generation iPhone, and the device will launch this fall. ”We just got the order,” the Foxconn executive reportedly said, according to a translation from Kotaku. “[The release] will be around October.” Separately, 9to5Mac reports that Apple is currently testing a prototype of its next-generation iPhone that includes 1GB of RAM and Apple’s latest dual-core A5X processor, the same chipset found in the new iPad. The next iPhone’s new internal components are reportedly being tested inside the case from Apple’s previous-generation iPhone 4 and 4S in an effort to keep the handset’s new design from leaking. BGR reported last December that Apple plans to release a completely redesigned iPhone this coming fall.
Apple is reportedly preparing to launch a new iPhone later this year that will include an embedded 4G LTE radio. Citing unnamed sources within Taiwan-based smartphone manufacturers, DigiTimes on Monday reported that Apple’s next-generation iPhone is “very likely” to include integrated 4G LTE connectivity. The new smartphone, which the website says will launch in the second half of 2012, is expected to drive the number of LTE-equipped handsets sold in 2012 to between 45 million and 50 million units, up from earlier projections of between 25 million and 30 million handsets. Apple’s next-generation iPhone is expected to feature a faster processor and a larger display compared to the current-generation iPhone 4S. BGR exclusively reported late last year that the new iPhone will also include a completely redesigned antenna system and case, possibly featuring unibody aluminum architecture, and that it would launch this coming fall. More →
Apple’s next-generation iPad running iOS 6.0 may have already visited a number of popular websites. While going through logs in preparation for a monthly browser report, ArsTechnica discovered 346 visits from a device with a screen resolution of 2,048 x 1,536 — matching the resolution of the display rumored to be coming to Apple’s iPad 3. The site then began to look at iPad user agents coming from Apple’s Cupertino corporate IP block and discovered that Apple appears to be browsing the Web with iPads running iOS 6.0. The listing displayed iPads running iOS 5.0, the current iOS 5.0.1, the developer version of iOS 5.1 and the upcoming iOS 6.0 as well. iPads running iOS 6.0 were also using a newer build of WebKit, version 535.8, up from WebKit 534.46. ArsTechinca believes the Cupertino-based company will release the slate with iOS 5.1 and release iOS 6.0 with the next iPhone. Apple’s iPad 3 event is scheduled for Wednesday, March 7th. More →
I love my iPhone. In fact, I’ve loved every iPhone Apple has launched since the first model was unveiled in 2007. Slowly but surely, Apple has introduced new features and eliminated upon almost every major gripe people had with iOS to push the limits of what we expect from a modern smartphone, and also to keep the platform on par with or even ahead of the competition. Copy and paste, MMS, background apps, multitasking, notifications, folders and much more have been added over time. There is one thing that makes me hate my iPhone every single day though, and I hope Apple is going to address it soon. I need more control over my alerts. More →