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Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Rumor: NO iPhone5 this Sep,Will be iPhone 4S !!!

*Image showing is not in Real iPhone 4S
"A5 chip8 megapixel camerasupport for GSM and CDMA networks"

With WWDC right around the corner, the last, pre-summer iPhone rumors are coming in fast and strong. The latest one seems a little far fetched, but it does make some interesting claims about hardware announcements we’ll see from Apple this year.

Instead of an iPhone release this fall, Macotakara claims that the ‘iPhone 4S‘ will be released this summer, and that the iPhone 5 will be released in spring of 2012. The iPhone 4S will supposedly be a minor upgrade from the iPhone 4 (like the 3G/3GS), while the iPhone 5 will be a complete revamp. Sound crazy to you Right?

Macotakara is a Japanese-based Apple site that recently dropped this rumor bombshell. In the report, Macotakara references the story from a similar site, DigiTimes, about Appleshortening iPhone 4 shipment volume in anticipation of a new iPhone release very soon.

Allegedly, the iPhone 4S will be a “variant” of the iPhone 4, release this summer, and possess an A5 chip8 megapixel camerasupport for GSM and CDMA networks, and an integrated SIM. The report from Macotakara could not confirm if the device will be single or dual core.

It was reported last month that Apple was sending iPhone ’4S’ prototypes to developers for testing purposes. These devices supposedly had an A5 chip.

An 8 megapixel camera wouldn’t a stretch for Apple, as we’ve already heard piles of evidencefor the next iPhone having an 8MP camera. Universal baseband support for both GSM and CDMA makes sense as well. If you’ll remember, a high-level Verizon exec recently spilled the beans that the next iPhone would be a “global device.”

The prospect of an integrated SIM card is a little more interesting. Macotakara is claiming that the iPhone 4S will have a SIM-less design with multiple antennas for multi-carrier support. Such an embedded SIM would allow the user to select the desired carrier and plan from the iPhone itself.
There have been recent rumblings of a change in SIM design from Apple, and the CEO of a French telecom recently said that Apple was looking at a “smaller and thinner” SIM card for future devices.
Interestingly, this report from Macotakara didn’t address the relocated LED flash that recent reports have suggested.

The specs of this rumored iPhone 4S device aren’t surprising, it’s the “summer release” part of the report that raises eyebrows. Until now, we’ve heard nothing but confirmation after confirmation that Apple will skip the typical release schedule for iPhone hardware and announce the next iPhone at an event this fall.

If Apple does in fact wait until next year for a totally redesigned iPhone, that’s great news for those that bought the iPhone 4 last year and are holding out for a big upgrade. The rest of ur will have to wait and see. Or u also can prefer iPhone 4 White from Maxis or Digi*Coming Soon.

WWDC will be the final word on any iPhone hardware for this summer. If there is no iPhone announcement next week, then you can bet we’ll see an iPhone release this fall.

What do you think? iPhone 4S or iPhone 5?
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Via By: iphonedownloadblog.com & [9to5Mac, image via RazorianFly]

iPad 2 Jailbreak to Be Released in 3 Weeks? [Updated]

Here is an interesting piece of news for iPad 2 owners out there. According to iPhone hacker Veeence, the Chronic Dev Team is just 3 weeks away from being done with their new jailbreak, which will most likely work with the iPad 2 as well.

It was only last week that the Chronic Dev Team posted an update on their blog asking us to not bug them about the iPad 2 jailbreak, and here you have Veeence throwing a little more oil on the fire…

iDB heard about those ET As before and if you’re anything like me, you’ll probably disregard this one. I’m very supportive of the Chronic Dev Team but I don’t want to have my hopes too high for now.
The Chronic Dev Team hasn’t updated their GreenPois0n jailbreak since iOS 4.2.1 but I don’t doubt one second that they will surprise us again.


UPDATE: Looks like we shouldn’t pay too much attention to what Veeence is saying on Twitter. I just received this DM from iH8Sn0w. So false alarm, folks, let’s move over.

What do u think my friends? Stay Tuned~

This is What iOS 5 to Look Like?

We’ve seen our fair share of iOS 5 concepts lately. From multitasking and app switching tospeech recognition, these concepts are basically all we got while waiting for iOS 5 to be unveiled at the WWDC next week in San Francisco.

Designer Frederic Bianco spent countless hours working on his iOS 5 concept and the results are spectacular. His work consists in a 97 slides presentation, going through different part of the UI, and sharing his vision of what the lockscreen, widgets, the settings, etc, should look like on iOS 5…

If iOS 5 looks anything like this, then I’ll know I’ll be a happy camper.
Click here to access Bianco’s extensive work and check out the rest of his concepts. It’s worth your time!

What do you think? Do you like what you see? Stay Tuned for the WWDC next week in San Francisco~

Sn0wBreeze Developer to Announce Mystery Project this Week

It appears that jailbreak developer iH8sn0w has been causing  some commotion in the Twitter world over the weekend. The 16 year-old iPhone hacker has made quite a name for himself in the community over the past few years, and it doesn’t look like he’s slowing down anytime soon.

The Toronto-native has been advertising on the popular social site that he is going to unveil an all new, never-before-seen — well, we’re not sure. Whatever it is though, the young hacker seems to be pretty excited about it…

His new endeavor is titled projectif and before you iPad 2 hopefuls get too excited, Steven (iH8sn0w) has already made it clear that it isn’t related to Apple’s latest tablet. In fact, that’s about all he has said about the mysterious project.

Steven has accomplished quite a bit in the jailbreaking community at his young age. He is the sole creator behind jailbreak tools like Sn0wbreeze and f0recast, and actively responds to jailbreak-related questions via his Twitter account.

With that kind of credibility, you have to wonder what he could be debuting this week. You don’t just tell your 60,000+ followers that you’ve got something groundbreaking for no reason. I guess we’ll just have to wait and see, projectif goes live at 5pm EST this Thursday on theiH8sn0w UStream channel.
What do you think?

Sunday, May 29, 2011

4 Ways to Improve Your iPhone’s Battery Life


Are you suffering from poor battery life on your iPhone? Will your trusty smartphone no longer get you through the day on a single charge? How about even half a day?
Your iPhone’s battery could failing, but there are still ways to help maximize your battery life while you still can. We’ve collected four tips to help you squeeze the most juice out of your iPhone’s battery…

1. Turn Screen Brightness Down
This tip seems to be the number one cure for short battery life on the iPhone. As The Next Web points out, turning the screen brightness down to about 49% seems to help drastically improve battery life on any iDevice.
If the brightness is below 50%, a marginal increase in battery life should be noticed.

2. Location Services Off
This one may not be a very wise choice if you use a lot of location-reliant apps (Maps, etc.), but the iPhone’s Location Services feature does put a considerable drain on the device’s battery.
When Location Services are turned on, the iPhone’s GPS can be accessed to locate and track your location for a specified app. (There was a huge GPS tracking scandal with the iPhone not too long ago, and that may give you other reasons to turn off Location Services.)

3. Kill Background Apps
When apps multitask in iOS, they continue to use system resources and effectively drain your battery. Apps such as Skype or any other VoIP app can especially drain your battery when left running in the background.
If you’ve got a case of the battery blues, try cleaning out your app switcher. You most likely have several apps still running that you don’t need. If you want to totally nuke all background processes at once on a jailbroken iPhone, try this SBSettings tweak.

4. Keep It Cool
When your iPhone gets hotter, the battery drains quicker. Keeping your iPhone out of your pocket or other tight spaces will help keep it cool, and keep your battery running at normal capacity.

While these are by no means the only methods for conserving battery life on the iPhone, they are definitely some great tips that make a huge difference in battery performance. It’s also been said that doing things like turning off push e-mail from the Mail app and turning off push notifications also help.
Let us know if these tips have helped you save battery life on your iPhone. What methods do you use to conserve your battery?

Saturday, May 28, 2011

iOS 5 to Kill the Jailbreak Community?

On the 1st of January, iDB published an annual predictions for the iPhone for the coming year. In there,iDB mentioned that 2011 was going to be the year of iOS, and even though we have yet to see what Apple is cooking up for us, it seems that I was right about that point.

My 2011 predictions for the iPhone didn’t stop there. On top of dropping a few features think the iPhone 5 will sport,iDB also made the bold statement that Apple will open the doors to a world of apps and tweaks that are currently only available in Cydia. Want to call it crazy? Not so fast…
Earlier today, iDB received a tip via our contact form from an anonymous person who commented on Alex’s post about MobileNotifier. Here is what our anonymous tipster had to say:
bad timing for jailbreak developers especially those working on notification. im not working on that but i know we are about to take the jb community by surprise

It seems that this was sent from the same person who tipped us earlier this month about a new feature in iOS 5 that will transcribe your voicemails to text.

Interestingly enough, this tip came in a couple hours before MG Siegler published an article on TechCrunch about iOS 5 reportedly bringing widgets and revamped notifications. Same tipster? I can’t tell about that, especially because our guy didn’t specifically mention widgets, but it does look like stories match.

So is Apple going to kill the jailbreak community with iOS 5? Only a handful of people know for sure at this point, but these legit-looking tips sure make it sound that Apple is at least going to take a stab at Cydia.

At this point though, it’s hard to believe Apple would allow everything and anything in the App Store. Also can’t see jailbreak apps like MyWi getting the seal of approval, but other tweaks such as my Cydia favorite Xpandr might.

So, why would Apple allow jailbreak apps in the App Store? The main reason that comes to mind is the big bucks that this market represents. With about 10% of all iPhones jailbroken, Apple probably wants its share of the cake.

What’s your take on this? Do you believe Apple would allow currently outlawed apps in the App Store? Is that something you’d be excited about, or would you prefer jailbreak apps to remain something for the underground connoisseur?

More Journalists Report WWDC Invitations, Speculate Something Big TBA

A few days ago, a story broke that several British journalists had been contacted by Apple’s iPhone PR team in regards to WWDC. The marketing team reportedly urged the journalists to make the trip to America’s west coast to attend the event.

Now tech blogs are reporting that media members from down under have just received similar last-minute invitations. While Apple has made some huge announcements at the conference in the past, this year was expected to be less spectacular…

When Apple first sent out invitations to their developer’s conference, the invite read “Join us for a preview of the future of iOS and Mac OS X.” With no mention of new hardware and rumors that Apple’s next iPhone wouldn’t be making an appearance, what could Apple be so excited to show off?

Whatever it is, journalists are expecting it to be big. TUAW is reporting that Australian technology editor Charlie Brown joined the herd of journalists to receive recent invites to WWDC, an event that sold out months ago.
“I think something big will be announced on June 6th in in San Fran, by #Apple. I have just been invited to attend the event.”

The tweet from Brown has since been removed from Twitter, but it’s certainly sparked some interesting questions. What could Apple be planning for the event to warrant all of the last minute press invites?

While Apple has been known to be unpredictable, I’m not holding my breath for any big surprises. Chances are, the Cupertino company just wants some serious media coverage on their new iCloud service and iOS 5 update. But hey, we can always dream for “one more thing,” right?
Place your bets. Any surprises at WWDC? iPhone5/ iOS 5? 

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MobileNotifier Beta4: iOS Notifications the Right Way

Notifications in iOS have always sucked. Let’s be honest, whether you’ve grown to actually like and/or tolerate Apple’s system for push notifications on the iPhone, you still have to look at other platforms like Android and Palm OS and scratch your head.

Apple got one thing right: making sure you see your notifications in iOS. The problem is that there is no method of queuingcollecting, or saving notifications. When something gets pushed from an app, you have to deal with it right away.

Luckily, we have the jailbreak community to thank for several wonderful alternatives to the stock system of notifications in iOS. My favorite is called MobileNotifier. Let’s take a closer look…

General Overview

MobileNotifier is a different system of notifications designed by famed jailbreak developer,Peter Hajas. The tweak is a free download in Cydia from Peter’s repo (phajas.xen.prgmr.com/repo).

iDB talked about MobileNotifier before on iDB, and they recently highlighted an interview with Peter Hajas about the new release of MobileNotifier Beta4. Jeff actually reviewed a previous version of MobileNotifier back in February. 

The great thing about MobileNotifier is that it’s free. The lack of price tag gives you no reason to not at least try MobileNotifier by the end of this review. I’ve been testing MobileNotifier since the Beta3 stage, and I wanted to wait until I had time to play with Beta4 before I wrote a review. I have been using MobileNotifier Beta4 on my primary iPhone now for almost two weeks.

Closer Look

MobileNotifier Beta4 handles notifications in iOS very well. After using Beta3, I was unimpressed with the lack of polish, but Beta4 has proven to be a significant upgrade that makes MobileNotifier a very worthy contender for any jailbreaker’s notification system replacement.

By default, notifications on iOS are obtrusive and demanding. MobileNotifier gives you more control over when and how you view your notifications. Instead of a centered dialog box, MobileNotifier shows you notifications through a sleek bar that appears at the top of your iPhone’s screen, no matter what you’re doing in iOS.
If you’re reading email, no problem. If you’re reading your Twitter timeline, no problem. MobileNotifier will politely appear at the top of your screen with the app that’s sending the notification, including a preview of the message itself.

When you see this delightful notification bar, you have the option to either say “Later,” or “Open” that specific notification. Opening will obviously take you to the desired app, and tapping “Later” will send the notification to a handy list for later viewing.

Perhaps the greatest design choice in MobileNotifier is the list view above the iPhone’s app switcher. When you double tap your home button, as though you were going to change apps in the app switcher, a new interface is placed above the switcher with a list of your pending notifications.

Other replacements handle lists for notifications in similar ways, but I find that MobileNotifier’s method is the simplest, most intuitive, and just plain clean. Notifications can be independently viewed and cleared, or the whole list can be cleared by the “Clear Pending” button.

So, that’s how MobileNotifier handles itself when you’re iPhone is unlocked. What about when you’re not using your iPhone?


MobileNotifier chooses to manage notifications on the iPhone’s lockscreen in a collapsable list view. Depending on your personal preference, this could be a good or bad thing. Some people like being able to see the complete notification when it gets pushed to the lockscreen, while some people like hiding the message itself. I like to think that MobileNotifier offers the best of both worlds.

By default, MobileNotifier will hide each push and start collecting notifications in a collapsable list on the iPhone’s lockscreen. You can tap on MobileNotifier’s notification bar (with a nice badge of how many notifications you have pending) and view an expandable list of your awaiting notifications straight from your lockscreen.

MobileNotifier’s settings are also pretty straightforward. “Dash on Switcher” turns the pending notifications list above the app switcher on and off. “Lockscreen view” toggles MobileNotifier’s lockscreen presentation. “Auto-Later Alerts” automatically sends a notification to the pending list after a few seconds of inactivity. “Antique Lock Alerts” lets iOS send it’s normal push notifications alongside MobileNotifier on the iPhone’s lockscreen. I recommend turning that last one off.
Hopefully you have a good sense of how MobileNotifier Beta4 works.

Pros and Cons

MobileNotifier Beta4 is pretty great, but it’s not perfect. I thought it would be helpful to list some pros and cons.

  • Unobtrusive push notifications on the iPhone.
  • Clean and simple design/interface.
  • Easy to understand.
  • Free.
  • biteSMS support, for those of you that are addicted to that jailbreak app.
As far as stability goes, I will say that Beta4 of MobileNotifier has been pretty rock solid for me. The extension hasn’t caused my iPhone to crash or hiccup once. Cody questioned MobileNotifier’s reliability in his review of a competing notifications replacement, Notified Pro. I haven’t seen any evidence of instability in Beta4.

Now, on to the cons.
  • You can’t launch notifications from the iPhone’s lockscreen. I like the way the notifications are presented in the collapsable list, but the inability to actually tap and open them from the lockscreen is frustrating.
  • LockInfo users should experience some bugs. It appears that the two tweaks don’t play well together.
  • There’s no option to “Dismiss” incoming notifications. Instead of either opening or sending a notification to a pending list, there should be an option to totally dismiss a notification as it comes in.
  • A general lack of customization.
MobileNotifier Beta4 is great, but it needs to have more customization. I’d like to be able to delete notifications from the lockscreen. Different alert style themes would be nice. Or how about a preview window for notifications in the lockscreen (much like the standard iOS method)? This type of tweak could definitely offer more customization for users.
Everything considered, MobileNotifier Beta4 is a very robust replacement for notifications in iOS. Peter made great leaps forward in Beta4, and he’s set to bring even more features and improvements in the next release. Namely, a “Quick Reply” feature for messages (like biteSMS) will be added in Beta5.

Kudos to Peter Hajas and the creative designer of MobileNotifier, Kyle Adams, for such an awesome tweak. MobileNotifier just surpassed 230,000 downloads, and the future looks bright. I’m in love with this tweak because it’s constantly being improved upon and enhanced. I’m sure that the next release will make it even more appealing.

If you haven’t already, install MobileNotifier Beta4 on your iPhone and see what you think.
Let us know your thoughts in the comments. Are there certain features you’d like to see in future releases of MobileNotifier? Any bugs or incompatibility issues would be great information to share as well.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

App Store: 500,000 Apps and Counting [Infographic]

It’s no secret that the App Store is a massive success. Apple took the idea of ‘mobile applications’ and turned it into a cultural phenomenon.

In 34 months, over 500,000 apps have been approved by Apple for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. That’s a lot of apps. Check out an awesome infographic that details it all after the break (it’s a big one)…


WWDC is right around the corner, and it’s expected that Steve Jobs or another exec will give the traditional “state of the union” address on App Store numbers. It will be interesting to see how the two reports compare.

It’s no surprise that Angry Birds is number one on the list of paid apps.
Kudos to Chomp148Apps, and Chilingo for putting together this jumbo-sized infographic.
Are you surprised at these numbers? The Android marketplace has some catching up to do.

iPhone 5 to Get an 8MP Camera?

At this point of time, the question is not if the iPhone 5 will get an 8MP camera, but rather who is going to be the supplier. Earlier last month, Sony CEO dropped a bombshell by saying his company was going to work with Apple and provide them with camera sensors.

Today, DigiTimes is reporting that one of their “sources” claim that Largan Precision, a Taiwanese manufacturer of camera lenses for various phone makers is expecting a large order from Apple to supply them with 8 megapixels modules…
Taiwan-based Largan Precision currently sees 8-megapixel phone-use lens modules account for nearly 10% of its total lens module shipment volume, but it may see 8-megapixel modules replace 5-megapixel ones to become the mainstream for smartphones in the third quarter of 2011 due to possible orders from Apple, according to industry sources in Taiwan.

As usual, it is impossible to confirm whether this information is true or not. Personally, I don’t care much about who’s making the camera lens, I just want to know that the iPhone will indeed get an 8MP camera, but knowing that Largan already supplies camera lenses for the iPhone 4, it wouldn’t be surprising if they provided lenses for the iPhone 5 as well.

The iPhone 4 5MP camera does a great job, but let’s be honest here, there is still plenty of room for improvement.

What do you think?

iOS 5 May Not Support iPhone 3GS

As Apple continues to improve upon its iPhone with speedy processors and powerful software, it’s only natural that at some point older devices will get left behind. The iPhone 3G had its nose pushed out with the release of iOS 4.3 earlier this year, and with iOS 5 just around the corner, the iPhone 3GS could be next.

According to Eldar Murtazin, the editor-in-chief of the Russian blog Mobile-Review, iOS 5 will not be compatible with devices released before the iPhone 4…
In a message posted to Twitter, Murtazin wrote:
Just one comment. Apple iPhone 3Gs wont be upgradable to iOS 5.x. iPhone 4 will.

No support for the iPhone 3GS makes us think that Apple’s A4 chip will be a minimum requirement for running the iOS 5 software, which we expect to be unveiled at WWDC this June. Don’t be too down-hearted, though – as the iPhone 3G proved, installing software on a device that doesn’t really have enough power to handle it can be an agonizing experience.

Those who upgraded their second-generation iPhones to the iOS 4 software encountered a plethora of problems, mostly due to its painfully slow performance on the aging device. Some users got so angry that they even threatened Apple with lawsuits for not allowing them to downgrade their firmware.

With that said, it’s probably best you stick to iOS 4.x on your 3GS if you want to keep it running smoothly anyway.


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