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FaceTime for Mac beta Released

October 20, 2010

One of the smaller announcements from todays event is FaceTime now has it’s own app for Mac and although it’s in beta it works just like you’d expect. It imports your contacts and then allows you to call either their phone number or email address of the other device and will attempt to call them. I’ve tried calling my MacBook from my iPhone 4 and vice versa and it both cases it worked flawlessly. The best thing is there is nothing to set up it’s just ready to go straight away. Hopefully we will see this technology being deployed in Windows and Linux soon but for now if your on a Mac and know someone with a FaceTime capable device then install it now and give them a surprise call.

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Limera1n Released A Day Prior To greenpois0n’s Release

October 9, 2010

In the last few hours a big disruption in the jailbreak scene with the release of limera1n, the untethered jailbreak from geohot. That’s right the same geohot who left the jailbreak scene after he kept getting pestered by people about jailbreak releases. Over the last 6 months, geohot has been working on the jailbreak for the last 6 months. On the website, over at limera1n.com, it says that it’s unpatchable and that it will work on the iPad, iPod Touch 3G, iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4 and iPod Touch 4G on the firmware 4.0 and above. This jailbreak is in beta and so is very messy and so MusleNerd of the Chronic Dev-Team has said on Twitter to wait for the release of greenpois0n.

The limera1n jailbreak is only currently avaliable for Windows but geohot is working on a Mac & Linux version of the software. There have been a few reported issues with the jailbreak so far such as the 3GS new bootrom not being supported. The release comes a day before The Chronic Dev-Teams release of their untethered jailbreak greenpois0n, which uses a different exploit.

Currently it’s not known what The Chronic Dev-Team will do as they have 3 options available to them, they can either: not release greenpois0n and save the exploit, release the greenpois0n jailbreak and use a second exploit or use geohot’s exploit and then possibly break the ETA of 10:10:10 10/10/10 GMT.

It seems that geohot has done thing on purpose but has released in a sense, an incomplete solution just to spite The Chronic Dev-Team and their efforts. The Chronic Dev-Team are still talking at this point and trying to come to a decision of what to do, the best decision in most peoples opinion would be for them to implement the limera1n exploit and keep the SHAtter exploit for future releases.

If your thinking of using the limera1n release please know that the iPhone Dev-Team and The Chronic Dev-Team were not involved in it’s creation and therefore any issues caused by it shouldn’t have to be fixed by them as it’s geohot’s software which he choose to release in beta. I would recommend waiting for the greenpoison release, it may take a few more days but at least you’ll know all the issues will be fixed. I’ll keep everyone updated on the happenings in the jailbreak scene, make sure to check back frequently for any updates.

Update: The Chronic Dev-Team have chosed to release the greenpois0n jailbreak tool using geohot’s exploit and not the SHAtter exploit.

The Chronic Dev-Team Tweet


iOS 4.1 Confirmed for 8th September Release

September 4, 2010

Earlier today this screenshot was captured of the Apple UK website, stating that iOS 4.1 will arrive on the 8th September, it has now reverted back to the Coming Soon message that we find on the US website. This likely means that it’s also the day when the new iPods are released seeing as the touch uses iOS 4.1.


HDR Photo Mode Added to iOS 4

September 1, 2010

Among many bug fixes in iOS 4.1 and an apparent fix for the 3G slowdown issues is a quite strange addiction of HDR Photo Mode, this may annoy App Store developers who create HDR apps. To activate the HDR mode you simply press a button in the native camera app.


iOS 4 Custom Firmware (w/iBooks Fix)

June 23, 2010

Yesterday I provided you with Custom Firmware Restore files for all the iDevices that support the new update and can be jailbroken. This morning the Dev-Team released an update as it had the same issue as redsn0w to cause a problem with iBooks. Obviously if you don’t intend on using iBooks you don’t need to re-download it but I will be re-uploading the firmwares (without custom boot logos) with the fix for iBooks.

Please read this Dev-Team article before using any of the custom restore files.

iPhone 3GS iOS 4 Custom Restore (Root Size 831MB)
Hactivated – iPhone2,1_4.0_8A293_Custom_Restore_(Hacktivated).ipsw
Not Hactivated – iPhone2,1_4.0_8A293_Custom_Restore.ipsw (Alt Link – MegaUpload)

iPhone 3G iOS 4 Custom Restore (Root Size 756MB)
Not Hacktivated w/Multitasking Enabled – iPhone1,2_4.0_8A293_Custom_Restore_(Multitasking_Enabled).ipsw
Not Hacktivated – iPhone1,2_4.0_8A293_Custom_Restore.ipsw
Hacktivated w/Multitasking Enabled – iPhone1,2_4.0_8A293_Custom_Restore_(Hactivated_Multitasking_Enabled).ipsw
Hactivated – iPhone1,2_4.0_8A293_Custom_Restore_(Hactivated).ipsw

iPod Touch 2G iOS 4 Custom Restore (Root Size 688MB)
With Multitasking Enabled – iPod2,1_4.0_8A293_Custom_Restore_(Multitasking_Enabled).ipsw
Without Multitasking Enabled – iPod2,1_4.0_8A293_Custom_Restore.ipsw


iPhone iOS 4 Custom Firmware

June 22, 2010

Today PwnageTool 4 was released for the Mac and seeing as now I have a MacBook I thought I’d create some custom firmware for all you Windows users who don’t have an official tool as of yet.

Below are the links to the files, I will update them as I upload them and feel free to share this post with others.

Please read this Dev-Team article before using any of the custom restore files.

Details: Only non-hacktivated firmwares without Multitasking Enabled come with custom boot logos, root size is shown in brackets next to the device (I just used the default setting.)  Also baseband update is not enabled.

iPhone 3GS iOS 4 Custom Restore (Root Size 831MB)
Not Hacktivated (w/Custom Boot Logos) – iPhone2,1_4.0_8A293_Custom_Restore.ipsw
Not Hactivated – iPhone2,1_4.0_8A293_Custom_Restore_(Without_Custom_Boot_Logos).ipsw
Hactivated – iPhone2,1_4.0_8A293_Custom_Restore_(Hacktivated).ipsw

iPhone 3G iOS 4 Custom Restore (Root Size 756MB)
Not Hacktivated (w/Custom Boot Logos) – iPhone1,2_4.0_8A293_Custom_Restore.ipsw
Not Hacktivated – iPhone1,2_4.0_8A293_Custom_Restore_(Without_Custom_Boot_Logos).ipsw
Not Hactivated w/ Multitasking Enabled – iPhone1,2_4.0_8A293_Custom_Restore_(Multitasking_Enabled).ipsw
Hactivated – iPhone1,2_4.0_8A293_Custom_Restore_(Hactivated).ipsw
Hacktivated w/ Multitasking Enabled – iPhone1,2_4.0_8A293_Custom_Restore_(Hactivated_Multitasking_Enabled).ipsw

iPod Touch 2G iOS 4 Custom Restore (Root Size 688MB)
Without Multitasking Enabled (w/Custom Boot Logos) – iPod2,1_4.0_8A293_Custom_Restore.ipsw
Without Multitasking Enabled – iPod2,1__4.0_8A293_Custom_Restore_(Without_Custom_Boot_Logos).ipsw
With Multitasking Enabled – iPod2,1_4.0_8A293_Custom_Restore_(Multitasking_Enabled).ipsw

If you have any requests that aren’t shown above then get in touch via Twitter @sbraidley


iOS 4 is Now Live!

June 21, 2010

It’s finally here, iOS 4 for all the iDevices that support it. You will need to ensure you have iTunes 9.2 installed and for iPhone 3G users you need to do a full restore and not an update according to what I’ve read. Here are the live links from Apple’s servers.