The iPhone Dev-Team has done it again: iOS 5 has been out for only a week or so, but the group has already come up with a tethered jailbreak for devices running Apple’s latest software. Here’s how to jailbreak your iOS 5 device using the iPhone Dev-Team’s Redsn0w tool.
Jailbreaking an iPhone allows users to gain root access to the device, as well as to install unauthorized applications. You might not know that Apple has a stringent App Store policy, and that it routinely rejects apps for a number of reasons, including smuttiness and other “content issues.” Jailbreaking your iPhone will let you download unauthorized content from Cydia, which is the jailbroken equivalent of the App Store (don’t worry–you’ll still be able to use the real App Store).
For the first time, users do not need to manually supply their device’s IPSW file. What this means for you is that the new Redsn0w jailbreak is extremely quick and easy to perform on any iOS 5 device (minus the iPad 2 and the iPhone 4S). The Dev-Team is working on an untethered jailbreak, but for now the tethered version is all that’s available.
Can I Jailbreak My iOS Device?
Currently this jailbreak works only with the following devices (all must be running iOS 5):
- iPod Touch 3G
- iPod Touch 4G
- iPad (original)
- iPhone 3GS
- iPhone 4 (ATT/Verizon)
At the moment no jailbreak is available for the iPad 2 running iOS 5, or the new iPhone 4S.
The Risks of Jailbreaking
This jailbreak is currently incompatible with phones that have unlockable basebands. Do not try this if your phone has an unlockable baseband (and you want to keep it that way). Your baseband is unlockable/unlocked if you can use it on any (GSM, or SIM-card-using) network. You do not want to use this method if you either purchased an unlocked iPhone from Apple or unlocked your iPhone using a tool such as Ultrasn0w.
This is a tethered jailbreak, which means that each time you reboot your iOS device, you’ll need to have it connected to a computer running Redsn0w, the jailbreak program. Basically, you won’t be able to reboot the device if you’re not close to your computer, so keep that in mind.
Before you do anything (even update to iOS 5), be sure to back up your device. How you back up depends on what type of data you have on your phone; I had a lot of photos, for instance, so I used Image Capture on my Mac to save all of my pictures to my computer.
When you jailbreak your iOS device, you risk turning your new toy into a paperweight–and if you accidentally brick your iDevice, Apple probably won’t help you out. I’ve never had any problems with jailbreaking, but that doesn’t mean you won’t, so proceed cautiously.
How to Jailbreak an iOS Device Running iOS 5
Step 1: Install iOS 5
To perform this jailbreak, your device must be running iOS 5. To get iOS 5, plug your device into your computer and open iTunes. Find the device and select Update. Your music, apps, and data may be erased from your device, but you can update to iOS 5 without losing your data if you prepare properly.
Step 2: Download Redsn0w
Step 3: Open Redsn0w, and Jailbreak
Double-cliick on Redsn0w to open it. A window will show two options: Jailbreak and Extras. Choose Jailbreak.
Make sure your device is plugged in, and turn it off (if it isn’t plugged in, plug it in first and then turn it off).
Then, click the Next button. Be ready, as you’ll be prompted to hold down a series of buttons quickly in order to enter Device Firmware Update (DFU) mode. Redsn0w will walk you through this, but just so you’re prepared, the series is as follows:
1. Hold down the Power (upper-right) button for approximately 5 seconds.
2. Keep holding the Power button and hold down the Home button at the same time for 10 seconds.
3. Release the Power button but keep holding the Home button for about 10 seconds.
Once you enter DFU mode, Redsn0w will do the rest. Redsn0w will go through a series of screens–don’t do anything, just wait.
Step 4: Install Cydia
Once your phone is jailbroken (don’t unplug it yet!) Redsn0w will ask you to ‘select your options’.
Make sure Install Cydia is checked, and click Next. (As mentioned earlier, Cydia is the jailbroken equivalent of the App Store.)
You’ll see some stuff flash across your iOS device’s screen, and then your device will reboot (tethered) in a jailbroken state.
Step 5: How to Perform a Tethered Reboot
Now that your iOS device is jailbroken, you can reboot it only while it’s tethered to your computer. (If you reboot untethered, Cydia and Safari may crash.)
To accomplish this, connect your device to your computer and open Redsn0w. Click Extras and then Just boot. The program will prompt you to enter DFU mode, and then your device will reboot.
That’s it–your iOS 5 device is now jailbroken. For more information, tips, and answers, check out the iPhone Dev-Team’s blog.
You can now browse through your saved photos by swiping left and right, an improvement on the old arrow keys.
[EDIT: You could swipe before, but now the arrow keys have gone. Sorry for any confusion.]
Article source: http://mashable.com/2011/10/18/ios-5-iphone-4-camera/
The followup to the iPhone 4S, the iPhone 5, is likely to come with a 4-inch LCD display, 14 per cent bigger than the current models and that component is likely to be provided by LG Display, the current incumbent.
Kim Yoo-chul, from the Korea Times, quotes an industry executive who says that the iPhone 5 will have a similar resolution to the iPhone 4, currently 960×640 pixels and Apple is unlikely to embrace OLED because of brightness and battery consumption issues.
That’s a slight contradiction given that OLED displays are known to be power sipping rather than power gulping and Apple will have to up the resolution on a 4-inch display in order to keep up with the retina display pixel density, which currently stands at 326ppi.
The unnamed executive also said that the “surface design” of the iPhone 5 will be changed and that both the iPhone 5 and the iPad 3 will be launched in the first quarter of 2012.
Apple is also expected to bring a quad core SoC, probably named the A6 to the iPhone 5, which is likely to be a straight forward upgrade from the A5.
The same newspaper reported that Samsung and Apple may be collaborating on this application processor as well, despite the fact that they are currently locked in a bitter legal dispute.
Apple Fans Already Awaiting iPhone 5^
Even though the iPhone 4S has only just been released, Apple users are already buzzing with excitement over the new iPhone 5 and its release. Users look forward to finding out just what features the phone will have, and more importantly, any advancements that will have been made from the iPhone 4. It’s already been said that the iPhone 5 will have a unibody aluminum display case, a dual-core processor, and a 4-inch display, as well as an 8 megapixel camera. But with the release of the iPhone 4S, which has a dual-core processor and 8 megapixel camera, it is only to be expected that the iPhone 5 will surpass these features.
iPhone 5 To Feature Chip From Samsung?^
There are many different components that go into the iPhone to make it the high-tech gadget that it is today. Some of these parts come from the company Samsung. Apple and Samsung have been at each other’s throats for a while now, duking it out over patent infringement lawsuits at every available opportunity. Regardless, the two companies have yet to end their relationship. Reports have suggested that the iPhone 5 will have in it a processor created by none other than Samsung. While certainly not outrageous, this is a bit surprising considering their competition between both companies. The component, the Apple A6 chip, is supposedly a quad-core type (an upgrade from the iPhone 4S’s dual core) that will power the iPhone 5 faster than just about every phone out there. Then again, with the rate that Android is going, the iPhone 5 may be in for some serious competition when it rolls out.
In this article, you learned about the iPhone 5, and the component Apple is rumored to be using from Samsung in it. Even though Apple and Samsung are extremely competitive rival companies, Apple is still using a piece of Samsung’s technology. Will the iPhone 5 shoot to the top of the competition when it comes out, or will other companies be giving it some rivals of its own?
Many of the other features, meanwhile, don’t break new ground; instead, they represent an effort by Apple to catch up with the competition.
Still, the additions in iOS 5 are welcome and the update is well worth the time needed – about 90 minutes in my case – to download and install it.
One of the big themes of iOS 5 is to cut the cord that has long connected Apple handheld devices to Apple’s iTunes software running on users’ personal computers. With the new software, users can pretty much get by without ever plugging their iPad or iPhone into their PCs.
After installing iOS 5, users no longer have to connect them to a computer to get new operating system updates. They can just download them directly to their device. And should they want to back up their device to their computer, they can configure the iOS device to do so wirelessly whenever it is plugged into an outlet to recharge.
As part of this effort, Apple has added a number of services that link iOS 5 devices to its data servers on the Internet. IPads and iPods can save their backups to Apple’s servers, rather than to a PC. Using a service called Photo Stream, Apple allows users to instantly and wirelessly transfer pictures they’ve taken on an iOS device to other such devices, their computers and to the Apple TV set-top box via its cloud service. Music that users purchase on an iOS device – or on their computer – is similarly synced automatically across devices through the conduit of Apple’s data servers.
This wireless integration works much like other services on other devices. Users of smartphones running Google’s Android software have long been able to download updates directly to their devices without having to plug them into a PC, for example.
But even if they aren’t original, these PC-free features of iOS 5 are very much appreciated. I had a lot of fun taking pictures of my daughter and my new cat and quickly being able to pull them up on my PC and on my TV via Apple TV without having to plug my iPad into my PC first.
One of the things I was most anticipating about iOS 5 was its revamped notification feature. Notifications, which alert you to such things as new text messages, requests to play multiplayer games and a low battery, have long been among the worst parts of the iOS software. In the past, users were alerted to new events with either a sound, a numerical badge attached to an application’s icon or a pop-up message. None of the notification options were great, but the pop-up message was the worst because it interrupted whatever application you were using and wouldn’t let you resume using it until you dismissed the message.
The new notification feature allows users to get alerts in a banner at the top of the screen. The banner quickly disappears without the user needing to dismiss it, so they can ignore it and go on playing their game or typing an email.
If users want to review recent alerts, they can swipe down from the top of the screen and a virtual window shade will come down that includes the latest notifications from a variety of applications. Users can jump straight to an email message, a calendar event or a particular game by simply tapping on the notification.
The system looks a lot like the notification system that’s been built into Google’s Android software for years now. It’s late in coming to iOS, but I’m glad it’s finally here.
One of the coolest new feature of iOS 5 is AirPlay mirroring, which allows users to beam what’s on their iOS device screen to their TV using Apple TV. It can be great for sharing a presentation or a Web page or allowing a friend watch you play a game without having to literally look over your shoulder.
Other app developers are starting to take this concept even farther. Instead of mirroring what’s on the iPad, they are essentially creating two separate video streams, one that’s on the iPad and one that’s beamed to the TV.
In Pangea software’s “Cro-Mag Rally,” users play a racing game on their computer from a viewing perspective that’s right behind the car their driving. On the TV screen, though, the game projects an image of the overall race, allowing viewers to see the race as if they were in the stands.
The developer’s “Nanosaur 2″ game is even more innovative. When hooked up to the Apple TV, users can actually play the game on their TV, with the iPad used only as a game controller. When users tilt the iPad or press a virtual button on its screen, their flying dinosaur steers or fires blasts on their TV screen.
It’s not perfect; the video on my TV was a bit jittery and a little behind the actions I made on the iPad. The setup works much like Nintendo’s Wii U game console that’s expected out next year. I hope Apple and the developers work out the bugs by then.
APPLE IOS 5:
-Troy’s rating: 8.0 (out of 10)
-Likes: Much-improved notification feature; wireless updates, backups and synchronization of photos and music; AirPlay mirroring allows users to play games, share videos on their TVs
-Dislikes: Siri voice-command feature is available only on iPhone 4S; weather and stock widgets not available on iPad; many features merely match – not surpass – those on other platforms
-Eligible devices: iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPhone 4S; third- and fourth-generation iPod touch; iPad and iPad 2
ABOUT THE WRITER:
Troy Wolverton is a technology columnist for the San Jose Mercury News. Reach him at email@example.com or follow him on Twitter @troywolv.
October 18, 2011
By Molly McHugh
We’re nursing a serious iPhone hangover after the 4S’ debut, but here’s a quick recap and update on where things stand with the iPhone 5.
The long-awaited iPhone announcement has come and gone, and now anticipation over the next-gen model has already begun. Ridiculous? Yes. Expected? Definitely. Apple fanboys waited and waited and waited as Apple missed its regular launch schedule. And while the iPhone 4S has set records, the iPhone 5 is still at the forefront of many minds.
And one thing we feel it’s important to point out–sure, the iPhone 4S sales numbers are outstanding, but let’s not just glaze over some of the details. Three networks now carry the iPhone, not one, so besting former numbers should obviously be easier and easier. Less concretely, we think it’s safe to say that the lengthy wait also built enough anticipation to make users dissatisfied enough with their old iPhones to “need” an upgrade.
All that aside, not much has been said about the iPhone 5 since the 4S’ launch. We’re all still experiencing some iPhone hangover, but here’s an obligatory update on the state of the next-gen handset.
Why wasn’t it released now?
The rumor is that production delays stemming from last February are to blame. Foxconn tells 9to5Mac that integrating Siri into the new iOS was part of the hold up, throwing Apple’s entire schedule off. The iPhone 4S was supposed to be released at WWDC along with iOS 5, so when that got pushed back, so did the iPhone 5. That, coupled with production snags, led to the decision to release the phone later.
Was Steve Jobs involved in its production?
According to Cnet, industry analyst Ashok Kumar claims two different teams at Apple worked on the iPhone 4S and the iPhone 5 separately—and the iPhone 5, not the 4S, was headed by Jobs. “[It] was the last project Steve Jobs was intimately involved with from concept to final design,” he says.
When will it be announced?
The latest is that the iPhone 5 will be available in the summer, so a spring or early summer announcement would make sense. Although Apple has no qualms about pushing these things back.
Will sales numbers falter because the 4S was just released?
If the story that Jobs headed iPhone 5 production sticks (and we’re sure it will), the device is likely to reach iconic status by the times it’s released. We’ve also heard that the iPhone 5 will sport a completely overhaul and new design, which is always a temptation even if you just scooped up the 4S. These two things, combined with the fact that an iRelease can make time stand still and usually sane people act like lunatics, the iPhone 5 should fare just fine.
Apple has announced the financial data for fiscal Q4 2011 that ended on September 24, 2011. Apple had the highest September quarter revenue and earnings in the company’s history, but still fell short of expectations. Apple CEO Tim Cook is blaming the underperforming Q4 results that didn’t meet analyst predictions on rampant speculation later in the quarter. That speculation drove iPhone 5 rumors to a fevered pitch and resulted in less sales of the iPhone 4 as consumers waited for the next iPhone to debut according to Cook. While on the one hand Apple is fighting less than expected sales and profits, it still had an excellent quarter with revenue of $28.27 billion and a net profit for the quarter of $6.62 billion working out to $7.05 per diluted share. In the same quarter last year, Apple posted $20.34 billion in revenue and $4.31 billion net quarterly profit. Apple says that it sold 17.07 million iPhones in the quarter for a 21% unit growth compared to the same quarter in 2010. The number of iPads sold in the quarter was 11.12 million, an increase of 166% year-over-year. The number of Mac computers sold hit 4.89 million, up 26% from the previous year. Apple was also able to move 6.62 million iPods, which is down 27% from the previous year. The iPod was the only segment to shrink for Apple. Apple CEO Tim Cook blames iPhone 5 rumors for underperforming quarter and slower iPhone 4 sales. “The reduction happened largely in the back half of the quarter as speculation hit extreme highs,” Cook says. Apple CFO Peter Oppenheimer later reiterated that the “biggest impact was the rumors, which were very pervasive.”
Apple has announced the financial data for fiscal Q4 2011 that ended on September 24, 2011. Apple had the highest September quarter revenue and earnings in the company’s history, but still fell short of expectations. Apple CEO Tim Cook is blaming the underperforming Q4 results that didn’t meet analyst predictions on rampant speculation later in the quarter. That speculation drove iPhone 5 rumors to a fevered pitch and resulted in less sales of the iPhone 4 as consumers waited for the next iPhone to debut according to Cook.
While on the one hand Apple is fighting less than expected sales and profits, it still had an excellent quarter with revenue of $28.27 billion and a net profit for the quarter of $6.62 billion working out to $7.05 per diluted share. In the same quarter last year, Apple posted $20.34 billion in revenue and $4.31 billion net quarterly profit.
Apple says that it sold 17.07 million iPhones in the quarter for a 21% unit growth compared to the same quarter in 2010. The number of iPads sold in the quarter was 11.12 million, an increase of 166% year-over-year. The number of Mac computers sold hit 4.89 million, up 26% from the previous year. Apple was also able to move 6.62 million iPods, which is down 27% from the previous year. The iPod was the only segment to shrink for Apple.
Apple CEO Tim Cook blames iPhone 5 rumors for underperforming quarter and slower iPhone 4 sales. “The reduction happened largely in the back half of the quarter as speculation hit extreme highs,” Cook says. Apple CFO Peter Oppenheimer later reiterated that the “biggest impact was the rumors, which were very pervasive.”
October 16, 2011 by Bill Palmer
by Bill Palmer
The iPhone 4S went out the door this weekend. Now the countdown to the release date of the iPhone 5, or whatever Apple ends up calling the sixth generation iPhone, begins. It’s only a matter of months now until the next iPhone is unveiled, but the hot topic is just how many of those months are about to transpire. The standard gap between iPhone generations has typically been twelve months. The last gap was a whopping sixteen months, but bank on that not happening again unless Apple runs into the kind of unexpected troubles which caused the iPhone 5 to be repeatedly delayed behind the scenes and the iPhone 4S to be pushed out as an interstitial gasp so Apple wouldn’t have to go into the holidays without a new-ish iPhone on the market. This time around count on Apple taking twelve months at most, and perhaps quite a bit fewer months than that, when it comes to getting the iPhone 5 out the door. Here are the key factors in determining just when in 2012 the iPhone 5 release date will land…
iPhone 4S sales: Now that Apple is committed to the 4S through at least the holiday season, its staying power will go a long way toward determining how far beyond that Apple keeps it around as the flagship model. Initial sales have been record-setting. If that keeps up in early 2012, Apple might not be in a rush to get the iPhone 5 out the door. But if Siri-led 4S sales taper off in the new year as iPhone 5 anticipation heats up, Apple could conceivably deliver the iPhone 5 as soon as the spring. But that’s only if it’s ready. There’s also the issue of how well the now sub-$100 iPhone 4 sells. Once the iPhone 5 arrives, the 4s will replace the 4 in th bargain bin.
4G LTE: The biggest factor in the iPhone 5 being “ready” could center around 4G LTE networking. ATT, Sprint, and Verizon are each going to build out their own LTE networks at their own pace, and while Apple would prefer to wait to involve itself in LTE until at least a majority of U.S. customers have local access to it, that’s not the primary determining factor. The biggest LTE stumbling block, and the likely reason the iPhone 5 didn’t debut this year, is that LTE antennas are very large and use an unacceptable amount of battery power (ask anyone who owns one of the ill-fated current 4G LTE phones on competing platforms). Apple, with its fondness for thin and light devices, won’t go LTE until next generation LTE antennas are ready and can fit into the iPhone 5 without making it the size of a whale. If chipset makers don’t come up with small low-power LTE antennas quickly enough, Apple could opt to design its own. But how soon such chips are ready in quantity will go a long way toward determining when the iPhone 5 is pragmatically ready for release date…
iPad 3: Really? Yep. Apple releases new iPads in March, so barring an unforeseen delay, the iPad 3 release date can be expected in March 2012. Consider that month occupied on the bingo card. So unless iPhone 4S sales take a nosedive in January and force Apple to rush the iPhone 5 out the door in February (if it’s even ready by then), don’t expect an iPhone 5 until April at the earliest. Summer still seems like the most likely timeframe, however.
Carriers: Those buying an iPhone 4S now will have almost no chance of being upgrade-eligible for the iPhone 5 when it launches. One of the most common misconceptions regarding upgrade pricing is that it correlates with contract length, which is almost never the case. iPhone contracts last two years in the United States; those customers are eligible for upgrade pricing after twelve, eighteen, or twenty months depending on carrier, plan, and other details. That still means iPhone 4S buyers won’t be able to get the iPhone 5 at launch unless it takes a full twelve months to gestate and they happen to be on a twelve month upgrade cycle. So iPhone 4 users (along with the usual horde of switchers) will be the primary initial driver of iPhone 5 sales. A spring or summer iPhone 5 launch would come right in the midst of those twelve, eighteen, and twenty month cycles. Will the carriers be willing to up those cycles so early iPhone 4 adopters can nab the iPhone 5 on its release date? We’ll have to wait for answers from Sprint, Verizon, and ATT (and perhaps by that time T-Mobile as well) on that one. Here’s more on the iPhone 5 release date.
Updated with additional information on iPhone carriers
The iPhone 5 was arguably the most anticipated device of 2011, and was expected to launch in the fall of this year.
Despite case leaks from manufacturers, and rumors making their way to the internet regarding information of the device, Apple decided to the launch the iPhone 4S instead this fall, not the drastically re-designed iPhone 5.
But according to an article posted recently on 9to5Mac, this iPhone 5 is still on the way.
The reason it was not released this year was mostly due to time constraints.
“It’s really difficult to install so many components into the iPhones,” said Foxxconn founder Terry Gou to the Wall Street Journal in June.
Foxxconn is Apple’s largest iPhone manufacturer.
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It seems that the device Gou was speaking of could not have been the iPhone 4 which has been in production for a few years already.
He was most likely talking about a thinner, lighter iPhone model much like the one that is rumored to be the tear-drop shaped iPhone 5.
Another reliable source close to the situation revealed to the WSJ’s Yukari Kane that “the new iPhone is expected to be similar to the current iPhone 4, but thinner and lighter with an improved eight-megapixel camera.”
Foxxconn was obviously in possession of the tear-drop thin tapered iPhone 5.
Unfortunately, the manufacturer ran into complications when producing the smartphone and Apple realized it would not be able to create enough units to launch this holiday season.
Apple originally planned to release the iPhone 4S as a low cost alternative to the iPhone 5.
But since the units became difficult to make, the re-designed model was pushed back to 2012 and the 4S became the flagship Apple smartphone for 2011.
According to 9to5Mac’s Foxxconn source, the iPhone 5 is still in production and will launch sometime in 2012.
October 17, 2011 — In its iPhone 4S teardown, IHS (NYSE:IHS) found “key changes” in the iPhone components. Jim Morrison, product manager at Chipworks, called the iPhone 4S “something of a hybrid” of the iPhone 4 and iPad 2, in his teardown analysis.
Notably, the iPhone 4S uses a 5-lens camera module, which is a first encountered in a smartphone during a IHS iSuppli Teardown Analysis. The 4S camera module is an autofocus device with an 8-megapixel (MP) resolution, compared to 5MP in the iPhone 4 models. Like the iPhone 4, the 4S employs backside illumination (BSI) technology.
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The apps processor is the same dual-core A5 seen in the iPad 2, says IHS, likely along with the same SDRAM memory configuration at 4 Gigabits (Gb). Low memory density is evidence of Apple’s software + hardware efficiency approach to device design, IHS points out. Chipworks is investigating if the A5 is still made by Samsung, or if it has moved to TSMC for 40nm low-power production.
Chipworks is posting de-capsulated die-level images of the iPhone 4S components at http://www.chipworks.com/en/technical-competitive-analysis/resources/recent-teardowns.
A cellular radio makes the iPhone 4S a “true world phone,” said Wayne Lam, senior analyst at IHS. iPhone 4S merges the HSPA and CDMA radio capabilities found separately in the two previous iPhone 4 models into a single product that can address global wireless networks. No other handset OEM produces a single device for multiple operators and for multiple geographies on this scale, making the phone operational with ATT, Verizon, and Sprint carriers. Changes to the radio design include the use of an updated Qualcomm baseband processor, the MDM6610.
The baseband processor is now discrete, no longer integrated with the RF transceiver (which is a dual-mode Qualcomm RTR8605). The IHS iSuppli Teardown Analysis Service has seen this RF set-up in other handset designs, such as the Hewlett-Packard Veer and HTC Thunderbolt.
The 4S also likely makes use of three different power amplifier module (PAM) module suppliers: Avago, Skyworks and TriQuint, a jump from the iPhone 4 CDMA version where only Avago appeared. Both Skyworks and TriQuint were featured in the HSPA/GSM version of the iPhone.
IHS iSuppli soon will reveal the results of its full physical teardown that will provide actual data on iPhone 4S components and features. IHS (NYSE: IHS) provides research and analysis on energy and power; design and supply chain; defense, risk and security; environmental, health and safety (EHS) and sustainability; country and industry forecasting; and commodities, pricing and cost. Learn more at www.ihs.com.