Hackers on Tuesday released an untethered iOS 5.0.1 jailbreak solution for all iOS devices but the iPhone 4S and the iPad 2. In a post on his blog, iOS hacker pod2g announced that the Chronic Dev Team and the iPhone Dev Team have jointly released a tool that will allow iOS device owners to jailbreak their devices running iOS 5.0.1 without having to boot while tethered to a computer. The new version of “redsn0w” is compatible with the iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS, iPad and third and fourth-generation iPod touch devices, and users currently running a tethered jailbreak can update to untethered using a utility called “Corona” now available in Cydia. An untethered jailbreak for Apple’s iPhone 4S and iPad 2 is not yet available. The new version of redsn0w is available for download immediately for both Windows and Mac computers. More →
Apple’s manufacturing partners are expected to build 2 million iPhone 3GS handsets in the fourth quarter. Thursday of this week marked exactly two and a half years since Apple unveiled the iPhone 3GS during its Worldwide Developer Conference in June 2009. Citing industry sources within Apple’s supply chain, DigiTimes on Friday reported that production of Apple’s iPhone 3GS has continued at high volumes that should hit 2 million units in the December quarter. In the first quarter of 2012, production of the iPhone 3GS will reportedly slow to between 1.4 million and 1.6 million units. The same report also suggests that production of Apple’s CDMA iPhone 4 could top 1 million units in the fourth quarter this year, slowing to between 500,000 and 600,000 units in the first quarter next year. In the United States, Apple’s iPhone 3GS is available for free on contract from AT&T while the CDMA iPhone 4 is sold by both Verizon Wireless and Sprint. More →
Apple is on track to sell a record number of iPhone handsets in the December quarter thanks to the launch of its latest smartphone, the iPhone 4S. UBS analyst Maynard Um was one of a number of analysts in recent weeks to raise his estimates on iPhone sales for the fourth calendar quarter, and he now believes Apple will offload as many as 30 million smartphones this quarter. Apple now sells three iPhone models: the new iPhone 4S, which broke Apple’s previous record when it sold more than 4 million handsets during the phone’s debut weekend alone, the iPhone 4 and the iPhone 3GS. In the U.S., recent checks indicate that the iPhone 4S and iPhone 4 are still among the best-selling smartphones in the country, and Apple’s iPhone 3GS — which is now free on contract at AT&T — is reportedly still in high demand as well. Um is sticking with his previous iPad sales estimates for the fourth quarter. The analyst believes Apple will move 12 million iPads between October and December, though he did note that strong holiday sales could push that figure up to 13 million units.
Despite the huge variety of new smartphones released since the previous two generations of iPhone were first unveiled, Apple’s devices still managed to top the list of best-selling phones in the U.S. last quarter. According to new data released by market research firm The NPD Group on Monday, Apple’s iPhone 4 and iPhone 3GS were the No.1 and 2 top-selling handsets in the U.S. during the third quarter this year. The iPhone 4, available from Verizon Wireless and AT&T during the quarter, was first launched in June 2010 while the iPhone 3GS was released more than two years ago in June 2009, and was sold by only one carrier in the U.S. last quarter. According to NPD’s data, Sprint’s HTC EVO 4G was the No.3 best-selling cell phone in the U.S. during the third quarter, followed by the Motorola DROID 3 and the Samsung Intensity II. The NPD Group’s full press release follows below. More →
Apple will not bring its virtual personal assistant Siri to older devices, a new report claims to confirm. MSComputerVideos founder Michael Steeber on Tuesday posted an email conversation that allegedly took place between “someone who contacted Apple with a bug report” and Apple. In the exchange, a suggestion is posed to Apple asking the company to consider offering Siri to owners of older devices as part of a special paid update. “Siri only works on iPhone 4S and we currently have no plans to support older devices,” Apple’s engineering department reportedly responded. Based on technology from Apple’s Siri acquisition and Nuance Communications, Siri is a sought-after virtual personal assistant service that allows iPhone 4S owners to speak naturally to their devices to trigger commands, get answers to a wide variety of questions, perform web searches and more. More →
During AT&T’s third-quarter earnings call on Thursday, CEO Ralph de la Vega discussed the continued success his company still sees from the iPhone 3GS. “We have another device that I think is going to dramatically change those people that are on smartphones and quick messaging devices, the 3GS, which is free with a 2-year contract,” de la Vega explained. “We’ve seen tremendous, tremendous demand for that device even though it’s a generation old. And actually, we’re getting more new subscribers coming on to the 3GS on the average than other devices. So we have an inventory sold out on that device.” Pretty impressive for a phone that made its debut in June, 2009. AT&T said it sold a total of 4.8 million smartphones during the third quarter, 2.7 million of which were iPhone activations. After the introduction of the iPhone 4S, Apple announced the 3GS was free with an AT&T contract and that the iPhone 4 would fall to $99 with a contract. More →
Apple on Wednesday made good on its promise to push out the release build of iOS 5 to consumers around the world. The new software is available for download immediately, and iTunes 10.5 is required in order to install the update. Owners of Apple’s iPhone 4 (GSM and CDMA), iPhone 3GS, iPad 2, iPad and third and fourth-generation iPod touch handhelds have access to the new build, while owners of earlier devices will not be able to install the update. iOS 5 includes more than 200 new features such as a revamped notifications system, iMessage, built-in Twitter integration, Newsstand and more. Apple also released OS X 10.7.2 with iCloud support and two new iOS apps on Wednesday: Find My Friends, which can be downloaded by visiting iCloud.com on your iOS device, and AirPort Utility.
Apple was a company that could do no wrong. Phones that dropped every other call… Location tracking scandals… Antennagate… A CEO who constantly parked his $130,000 sports car diagonally in handicapped spaces… Apple didn’t have to roll with the punches, the company would simply laugh at the punches or toss the press and public a few crumbs if need be. A week or even a day later, all was forgiven and Apple would continue on its path, making terrific products and mopping up industry profits while whistling to itself contently. More →
Apple announced during its press conference in Cupertino, California on Tuesday that its iPhone 3GS smartphone is now available for free on contract. The company did not not clarify whether it will continue to build new supply or if this is a limited time offer while Apple and its partners burn through remaining inventory. Apple also said that its previous-generation iPhone 4, soon to be replaced by the iPhone 4S, will drop to $99 on contract.
Apple’s iPhone press conference is currently under way and as is customary, things kicked off with a recap of where the company’s mobile business sits today. Of course this time around it’s new CEO Tim Cook going through the bullet points instead of former chief Steve Jobs, and he kicked things off with an understated, “Good morning. This is my first product launch since being named CEO.” Here are some highlight’s from Apple’s event so far:
- Apple opened several new Apple Store retail locations recently — in Shanghai, more than 100,000 people visited the company’s new store on opening day alone. At the Hong Kong opening, they sold more Macs on day-one than any other store in the world.
- So far, 6 million copies of OS X Lion have been sold — 80% more than Snow Leopard.
- The MacBook Air and iMac are the best-selling notebook and desktop models in the U.S. Mac sales outgrew PC sales by six times.
- Mac’s installed base now sits at 58 million — Apple’s PC market share now sits at 23% according to The NPD Group.
- The iPod launched 10 years ago, and now over 300 million iPods have been sold. Apple sold 45 million iPods between June 2010 and June 2011 alone.
- iTunes is now home to 20 million songs and it has served more than 16 billion song downloads.
- The iPhone 4 accounts for more than half of Apple’s total iPhone sales to date — it’s the No. 1 smartphone in the world with a 5% market share of all cell phones (not smartphones, cell phones).
- iPad customers satisfaction sits at 95% according to Tim Cook. 80% of the top hospitals in the U.S. use iPads and Cook also pointed out the device’s popularity in the educations sector. 92% of Fortune 500 companies have deployed iPads in some capacity.
- More than 250 million iOS devices have been sold at this point. IOS’s installed base share now sits at 43% compared to Android’s 33% according to Apple.
- Apple’s iOS App Store is now home to more than 500,000 apps, including 140,000 iPad apps.
- 1 billion apps are now downloaded from the App Store each month, and Apple has paid out more than $3 billion to developers.
Hit the break for details on the iPhone 4S, Siri and more! More →
Regardless of any potential delays, shortages or other impediments, Apple’s upcoming next-generation iPhone models will fly off the shelves following launch. This is a given. As Apple’s announcement approaches and Apple fans get ready to upgrade, however, some may be in store for a rude awakening. Current iPhone users looking to part ways with an old model in favor of a shiny new handset have likely already missed the boat if they were hoping to sell their iPhones to help recoup money spent on a new iPhone. Read on for more. More →
Best Buy announced a one day sale on Monday during which it is offering Apple’s 8GB iPhone 3GS for free with a new or upgraded two-year AT&T contract. The device is available in Best Buy and Best Buy Mobile stores. The iPhone 3GS, which is listed for $49 on Apple’s website, lacks the Retina Display of the iPhone 4, has a slower processor and also doesn’t have a forward-facing camera for Facetime video calls. It offers a 3-megapixel camera, a 3.5-inch 480 x 320-pixel display, support for AT&T’s 3G network, GPS, 802.11b/g Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 2.1+ EDR and up to 5 hours of talk time on 3G networks. Read on for the announcement from Best Buy. More →
This may come as a shock considering how seriously Facebook takes your privacy, but if you’re a Facebook user with one of Facebook’s mobile applications installed on your iPhone or one of several other smartphones, you’ve been robbed. Each and every contact stored on your phone is probably now also stored on Facebook’s servers, as was re-re-rediscovered by Facebook users this past week. Whether or not people in your contact list even have Facebook accounts, their names and phone numbers are likely now in Facebook’s possession. There is probably a clause buried deep within Facebook’s terms and conditions that makes this invasion of your privacy OK on paper, but odds are still pretty good that it’s not OK with you. Complete instructions outlining how to remove all of your contacts’ phone numbers from your Facebook account can be found below. Whether or not the data will be completely wiped from Facebook’s servers is unclear, but we’ll leave that for the lawyers to figure out.
UPDATE: A Facebook spokesperson delivered the following official statement to BGR via email: “Rumors claiming that your phone contacts are visible to everyone on Facebook are false. Our Contacts list, formerly called Phonebook, has existed for a long time. The phone numbers listed there were either added directly to Facebook and shared with you by your friends, or you have previously synced your phone contacts with Facebook. Just like on your phone, only you can see these numbers.”