An upcoming iOS update will patch an exploit used by the evasi0n jailbreaking tool that allows iPhone, iPad and iPod touch users to jailbreak their Apple (AAPL) devices. The tool was partially blocked in Apple’s iOS 6.1.2 update, however the team was able to update the program shortly after that iOS build was released in order to re-enable the jailbreak. According to developer David Wang, the company’s iOS 6.1.3 beta, which is expected to go be released in the coming weeks, prevents the use of the popular tool. Wang said that while he is exploring other vulnerabilities, the latest iOS update will likely mark the end of the evasi0n jailbreaking software. More →
Earlier this month, a major security vulnerability was discovered on the iPhone that granted unauthorized users access to the device’s phone app, contacts, voicemail and photos. The vulnerability was detailed in a YouTube video that revealed how a simple exploit allowed users to bypass the lock screen of a passcode-protected iPhone. Apple (AAPL) acknowledged the bug and announced plans to fix it with a future software update. A new vulnerability has been discovered, however, that may cause the company yet another headache. The latest exploit, which uses a similar method as the earlier hack, allows an attacker to bypass the iPhone’s passcode security and plug the device into a computer to access the handset’s internal data. A demonstration of the exploit follows in the video below. More →
Sony (SNE) finally took the wraps off its next-generation PlayStation 4 on Wednesday evening, and the upcoming gaming console is packed with premium specs that will help usher in the next stage in the evolution of gaming. Sony touted some great tie-ins with the PlayStation Vita during its two-plus-hour-long presentation, but its mobile ambitions extend beyond its own beleaguered portable console. Within Sony’s PS4 press release, the company announced that it will soon launch second screen experiences on the iPhone, iPad and Android devices thanks to its upcoming “PlayStation App.” Few details were provided, but the relevant section from Sony’s press release follows below. More →
Apple (AAPL) on Tuesday released an update for its iOS operating system to address a pair of annoying bugs, and it was unclear if the new software would cause issues for the millions of iOS device owners that made use of the iOS 6.1 jailbreak released earlier this month. A member of the team of developers behind the latest jailbreak confirmed on Twitter that an updated version of the “evasi0n” jailbreak software compatible with iOS 6.1.2 will be released some time on Tuesday, the very same day Apple pushed out its new software update. Users waiting to download the new evasi0n build will find it on the app’s dedicated website as soon as it goes live.
It’s a good thing BlackBerry (BBRY) and Microsoft (MSFT) have finally decided to step up their games, because we’re rapidly headed toward a smartphone OS duopoly. The latest numbers from IDC show that iOS and Android devices accounted for 91% of smartphones shipped in the fourth quarter of 2012, a record combined share for the two largest operating systems in the mobile world. Overall, Android devices accounted for a whopping 70% of all smartphones shipped in the quarter while iOS devices accounted for 21%. More →
Apple’s (AAPL) latest iOS update is doing little to renew confidence in the company after a series of software snafus including the premature launch of iOS Maps and issues with iCloud. A number of bugs have been discovered in the new software, including one so severe that Apple was forced to rush out an update for the iPhone 4S in order to fix it. Now, a major security vulnerability has been uncovered that allows the iPhone’s unlock passcode to be bypassed, giving unauthorized users access to the device’s Phone app, contacts, voicemail and photos. More →
Google (GOOG) could be paying Apple (AAPL) as much as $1 billion a year for the right to the be default search engine on iPhones, iPads and the iPod touch. Scott Devitt of Morgan Stanley praised Google in a recent note to investors, Business Insider reported. The analyst said, “the next Google is Google,” noting that the company is continuing to prove itself in an ever-changing market. He believes that Google’s search business has more room to grow in expanding markets and subsidiaries such as YouTube could generate as much as $20 billion by 2020. More →
Apple (AAPL) released iOS 6.1 to iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch devices on January 28th and since then, users have reportedly experienced several problems. The company’s official Support Communities forum has been filled with complaints of reduced battery life and overheating issues that have occurred after users updated their devices, TheNextWeb reported. It has been suggested that the root of the problem comes from a bug in Apple Mail and Microsoft Exchange that is causing devices to enter an endless sync loop. More →
The Evad3rs Jailbreak Team on Monday released their evasi0n jailbreak tool for Apple’s (AAPL) iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch devices running iOS 6.0 or iOS 6.1. Jay Freeman, the man behind the jailbroken app store known as Cydia, announced that nearly seven million iOS devices have been freed from Apple’s walled garden in only four days, Forbes reported. The astonishing number makes evasi0n the fastest-adopted jailbreaking solution of all time. As of Thursday night, numbers from Freeman’s alternative app store revealed that 5.15 million iPhones, 1.35 million iPads, and 400,000 iPod touches were jailbroken with evasi0n. Jailbreaking an Apple device is similar to rooting an Android smartphone or tablet, and allows greater customization and opens the door to features such as wireless tethering.
Good news for everyone who downloaded the iOS 6.1 jailbreak — it seems that Apple (AAPL) hasn’t yet figured out how to patch the holes opened up by the Evad3rs Jailbreak Team just yet. 9to5Mac points us to an update from iOS security researcher pod2g noting that the just-released iOS 6.1.1 beta “does not fix” the iOS 6.1 jailbreak, which will probably be patched “in a future revision.” Pod2g does caution, however, that the iOS 6.1 jailbreak isn’t designed to work on the 6.1.1 beta, so anyone who wants to jailbreak their phone shouldn’t download the newest beta. Even though the Evad3rs had a working untethered jailbreak for iOS 6.1 weeks ago, the group didn’t launch it until the final version of iOS 6.1 went public so that Apple wouldn’t have time to fix the jailbreak immediately after its release.
Android had another explosive quarter in December. The latest numbers from research firm Canalys revealed that Google’s (GOOG) operating system powered a third of all mobile phones shipped in the fourth quarter of 2012. Worldwide shipments of mobile phones remained flat at 438.1 million units, however smartphone shipments increased 37% to 216.5 million units. Android accounted for 34% of all mobile phone shipments and 69% of smartphone shipments in the quarter, while iOS smartphones accounted for 11% of all mobile phones and 22% of all smartphones. More →
This wasn’t the sort of glittering debut that Steve Ballmer had in mind when his company launched Windows Phone 8 last quarter. According to the latest numbers from comScore, Microsoft’s (MSFT) share of the United States mobile operating system market actually shrank to 2.9% in the fourth quarter of 2012, despite the high-profile debuts of Windows Phone 8 and devices such as the Nokia (NOK) Lumia 920 and the HTC (2498) Windows Phone 8X. ComScore also found that Android maintained its position as the top mobile OS in the U.S. with a market share of 53.4%, while iOS closed the gap a bit by increasing its market share from 34.3% in Q3 2012 to 36.3% in Q4 2012, aided in part by the launch of the iPhone 5. More →
Following reports that an untethered jailbreak was finally set to be made available for iOS 6.1 users on Monday, the Evad3rs Jailbreak Team has made their jailbreak tool evasi0n available for download. The tool jailbreaks Apple’s (AAPL) iPhone 5, iPhone 4S, iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS, iPad mini, all iPad models and third-, fourth- and fifth-generation iPod touch models running iOS 6.0 or iOS 6.1. The jailbreak is untethered, which means users will not have to connect to their computers to boot their devices after the jailbreak is applied. iOS blog Jailbreak-untethered.com has a step-by-step guide that explains the entire process, and the site’s guide is linked below.