Monthly Archives: April 2010
GeoHot is in the news again with his new Jailbreaking tool for iPhone 3GS 3.1.3 baseband 05.12.01, which as expected has a name changed from Blackra1n to Limera1n. Limera1n from GeoHot will jailbreak iPhone 3GS running on dreaded baseband 05.12.01 and even the iPhone 4.0 when released.
The expected date of arrival is April 30th and seen by many as a jailbreaking tool for iPhone 3GS 3.1.3, iPod Touch and iPad running on the iPhone OS 3.2. The last month picture posted by GeoHot shows Apple iPad with the icons of Blackra1n and Cydia sitting next to apps like Twitterific and Pandora.
The blogging site iHackinTosh has been informed about this new website called LimeRa1n.com and when the whois record of the domain is checked the information was same as that on the domain Blackra1n. Blackra1n is the site through which Geohot has released his previous Jailbreaking tool.
Apple has not yet released its iPhone 4.0 and this may delay the release of Limera1n further. Meanwhile Dev team is busy with its own Jailbreak and mainly concentrating on iPhone 4.0 so within a month we will get two different jailbreaking tools from the two most reliable iphone hackers. by areacellphone
Apple’s decision to alter its iPhone developer licensing agreement yesterday to apparently exclude such offerings as Adobe’s forthcoming Packager function of Flash Professional CS5 that would allow developers to export Flash content into the native iPhone format has continued to rumble throughout the industry today, with voices weighing in from all over about the impact of the decision and Apple’s motivation for making the change.
Lee Brimelow, a “platform evangelist” for Adobe, shares his thoughts (via TiPb) on his semi-official TheFlashBlog, referring to Apple’s decision as a slap in the face to developers.
What they are saying is that they won’t allow applications onto their marketplace solely because of what language was originally used to create them. This is a frightening move that has no rational defense other than wanting tyrannical control over developers and more importantly, wanting to use developers as pawns in their crusade against Adobe.
An additional claim that “Apple has timed this purposely to hurt sales of CS5” has been redacted from Brimelow’s blog entry at the request of Adobe, but not before it was captured by TiPb. Adobe’s Creative Suite 5, of which Flash Professional CS5 will be a part, is scheduled for introduction next Monday.
Brimelow notes that he has decided to boycott Apple products “until there is a leadership change over there” and states in no uncertain terms how he feels about the situation.
Now let me put aside my role as an official representative of Adobe for a moment as I would look to make it clear what is going through my mind at the moment. Go screw yourself Apple. by macrumors
Developers will be pleased to learn that Apple has removed a controversial “Rate on Delete” feature from iPhone 4. Starting in iPhone 2.2, when a user deleted an App from their iPhone, the operating system would ask the user to rate a App using the 1-5 star rating system in the App Store. The move was presumably meant to increase rating participation in the App Store.
However, many developers were unhappy with the system as they felt it skewed the ratings downwards. The system increased the number of ratings from customers who were likely unhappy with an app, while those who kept an app on their iPhone would never be prompted for a rating. by macrumors
After months of speculation, it appears Apple is finally going to deliver new MacBook Pro systems to customers. The above screenshot shows part numbers that Microcenter has received for new Mac systems. We’ve since received independent confirmation from another source besides Microcenter that those part numbers are real, and that we should expect new 15″ and 17″ MacBook Pros very soon. The image shows 4 different systems:
Apple System Good-USA $1799.99
Mac system #1 Best-USA $2199.99
Mac system #2 Best-USA $2299.99
Mac system Better-USA $1999.99
These seem to correspond with three 15″ MacBook Pros and a 17″ MacBook Pro ($2299.99). The new machines are likely using Intel’s Core i7 and i5 mobile processors. by macrumors
Notable new features for users (“tentpoles” are in bold):
* Spell check (like on the iPad).
* Bluetooth keyboard support (again, on the iPad).
* User-defined wallpaper (a jailbreak favorite).
* Tap to focus when recording video, just like with photos, and a 5x digital zoom for the camera.
* Playlist creation and nested playlists.
* App folders for sorting apps! You can even put an app folder in the dock.
* Enhanced Mail! You can have a merged inbox view, switch between inboxes quickly, and sync to more than one Exchange account. There’s also threaded messaging (at last!) and in-app attachment viewing.
* iBooks, just like on iPad, only smaller. You can wirelessly sync books between platforms, a la Kindle.
* Enterprise features, including remote device management and wireless app distribution.
* Game Center. It’s like Xbox Live, but for iPhone games. Includes achievements, leaderboards, and match making. It will be available as a “developer preview,” and out for consumers later this year.
Developers are getting plenty of new tricks too:
* New SDK, available today.
* 1,500 new APIs.
* Background audio (think Pandora).
* Background VoIP (think Skype).
* Background location data, both with live GPS for backgrounded turn-by-turn, and cell tower-based for lower power draw.
* Local notifications. Like push notifications, but sends a notification straight from the app without needing a push notification server, perfect for an alarm, for instance.
* Fast app switching. Saves the state of an app and resumes it from where you left off, without dwelling in memory.
* iAd. Apple says it’s for keeping “free apps free.” The ads keep you in the app, while also taking over the screen and adding interactivity — using HTML 5 for video — up to simple gaming in-ad. Apple will offer a 60 / 40 split on revenue, and users can even buy apps straight from an ad.
* In-app SMS.
* Map overlays.
* Quick look for previewing documents.
* Photo Library access.
* Calendar access.
* Full access to the camera.
* Video playback and capture.
* Date and address “data detectors.”
* Automated testing and performance / power analysis (the same tools Apple uses).
iWork is Apple’s productivity software suite, which includes Keynote (presentation slides), Numbers (spreadsheets), and Pages (word processing). The new iWork for iPad suite takes advantage of the iPad’s multitouch input; for example, slides in Keynote, columns in Numbers, and text and graphics in Pages can be rearranged by tapping and dragging your finger.
At Wednesday’s event, Apple senior vice president for worldwide product marketing Phil Schiller demonstrated each app on the iPad. All of the iWork apps launch to a library of documents that allow you to tap on the document you want to open. An on-screen keyboard appears when you need to type text.
Keynote runs only in landscape mode, since slides are designed horizontally. You can create new presentations with a tap, which brings up templates for the presentation software. Menu items appear at the top of the screen, while a slide navigator shows up on the left—you can scroll by moving your finger along the slide navigator, tapping whatever slide you care to edit. In addition to rearranging and dragging individual slides with your finger, you can move multiple slides around by tapping and holding. The iPad version of Keynote also lets you select animations with a tap.
Pages has a new iPad tool called Page Navigator. Hold your finger on the right of the iPad’s screen to brings up a loupe that lets you skim through your pages. Tapping and dragging images around the page-layout application automatically reflows text.
Numbers on the iPad offers a library of spreadsheets and templates. Thanks to a tabbed interface, one document can hold many spreadsheets. If you move a column to the end of the table—again, by tapping and dragging—Numbers automatically udates your linked chart. by macworld