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iOS 8 Beta 2 Tidbits: Permanent Podcasts App, QuickType K...

18 Jun 2014

Posted By sadam in iDevice News

Apple today released the second beta of iOS 8, which brings a number of improvements, changes, and bug fixes to the beta software that was introduced on June 2.

iOS 8 beta 2 also includes several minor interface tweaks and modifications that make the beta feel both faster and more polished. We've gathered a list of the enhancements that have been bundled into the release below.

Podcasts: Following iOS 8 beta 2, the Podcasts app is a default iOS app that comes pre-installed on iOS devices. This means it can no longer be deleted.

Safari: According to the release notes, Safari will now block ads from automatically redirecting to the App Store without user interaction. Safari also includes a new pinch to tab view.

App Store Purchases: Apps in the App Store's purchased tab are once again sorted by purchase date. In iOS 8 beta 1, they were sorted alphabetically. It's also possible to leave reviews in the App Store again, a feature unavailable in beta 1 due to a bug, and the App Store now displays Family Purchases.

QuickType Keyboard: Apple's QuickType keyboard is now available on the iPad as well as the iPhone, but does not appear to be available on the iPad 2.

Brightness: In beta 1, the Brightness toggle in the Settings menu under Wallpaper and Brightness was broken. It is now functional again.

Messages: Icons for the camera and the microphone in Messages are now gray rather than blue and there's a new setting to mark all messages read.

Settings: There's a new "Raise to Listen" setting for Messages.

Privacy: There's a new Home Data section within the Privacy menu of the Settings app.

iCloud Photos: When entering the Photos app, there's a new "iCloud Photos" popup that activates Apple's new iCloud Photos feature, replacing a user's existing Photo Stream settings.

Notifications: There's a new "Allow Notifications" setting available for each app, which works as a sort of global mute to let users to mute notifications from an app on an individual basis. Previously, there was only an option to disallow apps from showing notifications in Notification Center.

Battery Usage by App: The Battery Usage by App menu in the Settings menu now includes a setting that lets users know how much battery their phones used when no coverage was available.

Handoff: According to several of our forum members, Handoff between iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite is now far more functional.

Additional features in iOS 8 beta 2 will be added here as they are discovered. Apple is likely to continue pushing regular updates to iOS 8, bringing minor performance boosts and changes ahead of the operating system's public release, which is expected to come in the fall. For more information on iOS 8's features, big and small, make sure to check out our roundups.

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Donald Trump: I've hounded Apple into producing large...

25 Mar 2014

Posted By sadam in iDevice News
In a tweet that reflects his confident opinion of his power and influence, the TV personality and businessman reveals that his pressure on Apple will soon bear fruit.

Success in business is largely about taking credit.

Just ask the co-founders of Twitter. Or, more accurately, those who say they're the co-founders of Twitter.

It is said, indeed, that Steve Jobs used to take credit for too much at Apple. But now that he's gone, a new creditor has stepped into the limelight he so appears to enjoy.

Donald Trump, he whose name is on hotels and the "Celebrity Apprentice," seems to be taking credit for Apple's latest iPhone.

True, no one's actually seen Apple's latest iPhone. But Trump revealed on Monday that he knows what's coming. And what's coming has been thanks to the deep and influential pressure he has massaged and kneaded into Apple CEO Tim Cook.

In a tweet that was a forthright as it was human, Trump wrote: "I wonder if Apple is upset with me for hounding them to produce a large screen iPhone. I hear they will be doing it soon -- long overdue."

I may have a response to his wonderment.

Apple is as upset with Trump for his hounding as it's upset with Simon Cowell for no longer being on "American Idol." He's made Cook as cross as has the man who invented the cronut.

Indeed, I suspect that Cook has felt as hounded by Trump as he's felt hounded by the Lumberjack Marching Band at Stephen F. Austin State University.

True, Trump has used his megaphonic platform to call for a larger iPhone. In October of last year, he used Twitter to ululate: "As an addition, Apple must go to a larger screen now -- asap! They're losing their standing in the market!"

It's clear since then that Apple has, indeed, lost much of its standing in the market. Apple stores are closing all around the world and people are keeping their iPhones in their purses and pockets, for fear of being seen with them.

The fact that Trump has revealed that Apple is releasing a large screen iPhone "soon" surely means the company will be doing it "soon."

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iPhone 6 Rumour Round-Up: Wireless Charging, NFC, iWatch...

15 Jun 2014

Posted By sadam in iDevice News



If widely-circulated release date rumours are to be believed, we're just over 100 days away from the launch of Apple's next smartphone.



With the milestone comes a fresh slew of rumours, reports and leaks to feast upon, with potentially the world's first glimpse of an actual iPhone 6 emerging from Taiwan.

We've scoured the web this week to find out the latest and most ludicrous rumours surrounding the iPhone 6.


Wireless charging and NFC

A list of features that include wireless charging, near field communication (NFC) and an improved 4G antenna have been reported by Venture Beat.

Citing sources "close to the situation", the tech news site states that the iPhone 6 is nearing completion and is currently undergoing final tests.

While the inclusion of NFC has been speculated before, the inclusion of wireless charging is perhaps the most exciting feature revealed.

"The new iPhone 6 design includes a surface under the shell which connects to an inductive charging surface for energy transfer," Venture Beat reports. "These charging surfaces can live on a free standing pad, but are more often built into preexisting fixtures like countertops and dashboard trays."

iWatch gets October launch

A concept design of an iWatch.spicytec

Apple's fabled iWatch will go on sale this October for between $199 (£117) and $299, according to reports from Japanese news service Nikkei.



The much-rumoured device is expected to feature sensors to monitor heart rate and glucose levels, with the data being transmitted to a corresponding iPhone or iPad device and integrated into the recently announced iOS 8 HealthKit.

Around three to five million smartwatches a month are reportedly planned for production in the build up to the launch.

Photos leaked

A former Taiwanese pop star, arguably more famous for leaking early shots of the iPhone 5s than for his musical career, has posted pictures of what he claims is the iPhone 6.

Jimmy Lin uploaded photos of a 4.7in device to his Weibo page, with most of the features that can be seen in the pictures fitting in with previous rumours surrounding the device.



These include curved edges, a repositioned power button and the coating for the built-in antenna no longer being on the outside. What Lin does add, however, is that the phone has a "good grip".


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iOS 6.1.3-6.1.5 Jailbreak P0sixspwn Released By @iH8sn0w...

31 Dec 2013

Posted By PigPox in iDevice News
On Monday, December 30, 2013 an iOS 6.1.3 - 6.1.5 untethered jailbreak was released by @iH8sn0w and @winocm for all iOS 6X devices, but was the loss of a valuable exploit too high a price to pay? (Photo:Twitter)

On Monday, December 30, 2013 an iOS 6.1.3, 6.1.4, 6.1.5 untethered jailbreak all iPhones, iPads and iPods was released by @iH8sn0w and @winocm. Its name is p0sixspwn. While many in the jailbreak community should be pleased — particularly those with the iPhone 3GS and other iDevices which don't support the latest iOS 7 jailbreak — it seems this iOS 6.1.3-6.1.5 jailbreak came at a high cost, as other exploits reportedly could have been used to produce the same result.


On Monday morning, Evad3rs team member and evasi0n7 creator Cyril Cattiaux aka @Pod2g posted a series of tweets with regard to how the new p0sixspwn jailbreak was created and released.

While the jailbreak community has been extremely torn by the events of the last week, and few know where to place their loyalty, this latest drama seems like just one more hit to those who simply want to enjoy the freedom jailbreaks provide to their iOS devices.

@winocm @iH8sn0w it's silly that they called it "drama free" though wink.png

— pod2g (@pod2g) December 30, 2013

Throughout the evasi0n7 debacle, @pod2g has been the most vocal of the evad3rs team members, writing two public letters to the community to explain the situation that developed with TaiG while also taking responsibility for the damage done and working to rebuild the bridge that was burned with @Saurik. But this morning's tweets seemed to show some frustration with the on-going drama that runs even deeper than has been completely told. It seems in releasing their new jailbreak for iOS 6X, @iH8sn0w and @winocm burnt some incredibly valuable exploits which have been kept carefully by the jailbreak developers for use in research when new iOS devices and firmwares are released. The most unsettling part of all is that burning that exploit was not a necessity.

.@pod2g @comex and they have two other invaluable exploits that could have been used instead sad.png — Nikias Bassen (@pimskeks) December 30, 2013

So what does all of today's drama mean for the jailbreak community? In speaking to @pod2g this morning, it seems the loss is not a small one.

In hearing this description, numerous questions came into my mind. What will happen in the future if Apple patches this exploit? Could it be used in a downgrade tool? If Apple doesn't patch the exploit will a 7.1 jailbreak be released? Both @pod2g and @comex were gracious enough to give me some comment on these points.

"They talked a lot of sh-- about us, but now they've burnt valuable stuff just for 6.1.x ... nobody looked at their jailbreak tool, but they burnt something allowing root on all devices without any effort. Something that jailbreakers were aware of for years now. Something that's usually the entry point for jailbreak research on new iOS versions and devices. Root code execution. Something that usually requires multiple exploits to achieve."


A valuable exploit that Comex discovered in iOS was burned in the creation of p0sixspwn, but the security researcher says, it doesn't make future jailbreaking impossible.

According to @comex, though the exploit burned is valuable, it does not completely negate the ability to create future jailbreaks. According to the former jailbreak developer, "it makes things more difficult, but not impossible."

To that

@pod2g added,

 "Implications are that it'll make life of jailbreakers even harder for future iOS jailbreak developments. And I suppose that we'll never find another root execution and injection exploit of this kind in the future. Basically, it allows files to be made available in the device file system (injection) and allows to execute code as root. For example, we could setup afc2 on new iOS versions to play with the file system and find vulnerabilities."



This exploit, along with some others, was the same one @chpwn used last fall when he produced the infamous iOS 6 failbreak, which prematurely raised the community's hopes. In seeing the value that this particular exploit holds, I asked Cyril if a downgrade tool was in the works, or if by chance, Apple doesn't patch the exploit in 7.1, would the evad3rs be releasing an iOS 7.1 jailbreak using it.

Here is how he replied.

As to a possible iOS 7.1 jailbreak, this was his response.

"A downgrade tool is a completely different story. It requires breaking the boot chain of trust."

To that he added,

"It depends on what Apple patches ... let's say we'd want to burn it for iOS 7.1, we would also need a unsigned code execution vulnerability, a kernel exploit, and a way to stick that at boot."

To emphasize just how valuable the exploit is, @pod2g takes his explanation a bit further.

"But even if we still had that injection and root stuff, not sure that we would release it, because of its value."

"A jailbreak is a whole chain of exploits ... that exploit of @comex's that we did not want to burn in evasi0n7 [would require] 5 vulnerabilities to do the same thing. That's why it is so valuable. The fact that Apple did not patched it in years also is important. It means that it is probably the last thing you'd like to burn when there's nothing remaining."

As a final question, I did ask Cyril what his thoughts were on why @winocm and @iH8sn0w would burn such valuable exploits in the iOS 6.1.3 - 6.1.5 p0sixpwn jailbreak released Monday. Was it truly spite?

To that there seems to be no answer. Cyril's only response was:

I have reached out to @winocm and @iH8sn0w for a response, but thus far have received no reply. If they submit a rebuttal, I will update this post. To download and install @winocm and @iH8sn0w's iOS 6.1.3 - 6.1.5 jailbreak, visit p0sixspwn.com

"Why? I dunno. Perhaps they were not aware it still works on newer versions."



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#hairgate: face it – does the iPhone 6 really pull hair out?

09 Oct 2014

Posted By sadam in iDevice News



After users complained of iPhone 6 Plus phones bending while in trouser or jeans pockets, now Apple faces complaints from users that the iPhone 6 is pulling out hairs from customers’ faces.

“Hairgate”, as social media users have christened it, has seen users across forums and Twitter complaining that the seam between the iPhone’s metal case and the glass traps and pulls out hairs from beards and heads.


The Guardian tech team decided to put six phones to the test to see if the iPhone 6 really does pull out hairs, and if so, is it alone? Does the Amazon Fire Phone, Sony Xperia Z3, Samsung Galaxy Note 3 or BlackBerry Passport pull out hairs too?

Much to our surprise, the iPhone 6 repeatedly pulled out Technology reporter Alex Hern’s beard hairs. The other phones failed to pull out any hairs on his head or beard despite several attempts.


“I was surprised when I managed to pull out a beard hair with the iPhone 6, because it certainly has not come up in daily use,” said Hern


The iPhone 6 or any of the other phones failed to pull out any of reporter Hannah Jane Parkinson’s hair, despite rigorous rubbing.

From our testing we can conclude that yes, in some circumstances hairs can get trapped and pulled out by the iPhone 6.

Our advice: avoid rubbing it on your face. Or put it in a case.

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