Apple Now Actively Taking A Stance Against Jailbreakers

September 25, 2011

For years people have been jailbreaking their iOS devices to run things that Apple won’t allow, whether it be apps or themes. They’ve never actively done a lot against the jailbreaking community, until now.

I’m due to take my iPhone into the Apple Store due to some hardware issues, but of course I was running a jailbroken iOS 4.3.2, so I spent 3 hours trying to restore it. It got stuck in a constant restore cycle. I tried using RecBoot, TinyUmbrella and iRecovery to try and get it out of it but it just wouldn’t work.

Turns out that Apple have now updated iTunes to check the hosts file on the computer and if there is an entry under ‘gs.apple.com’ it will put your device into a constant restore cycle. This is because some of the tools used for jailbreaking will add the ‘gs.apple.com’ entry to the hosts file to stop the local machine talking back to the server. Of course it’s simple to remove the entry and restore but for whose who don’t know about this will be stuck with a very expensive paperweight. It does rise some other issues, some people may have very large host files and therefore it will simply take too long and then iTunes will assume the device is jailbroken and put it into the constant recovery cycle.


Apple Announces iTunes 10

September 1, 2010

Along with the new iPod line, iTunes 10 has been announced, with something different a new logo. The major new feature is Apple’s Ping Social Network which will let you follow people, including artists, post comments, check out custom song and album charts and even find over 17,000 concert listings.

The Ping network isn’t exclusive to just iTunes 10 on Mac and PC but also works on the iPhone and iPod Touch. It’ll be avaible for download in a few hours.


App Store Downloads Reach Three Billion

January 9, 2010

Apple today announced that more than three billion apps have been downloaded from its App Store by iPhone and iPod touch users worldwide. Thats around 5.5 million downloads per day!

“Three billion applications downloaded in less than 18 months—this is like nothing we’ve ever seen before,” said Steve Jobs, Apple’s CEO. “The revolutionary App Store offers iPhone and iPod touch users an experience unlike anything else available on other mobile devices, and we see no signs of the competition catching up anytime soon.”

iPhone and iPod touch customers in 77 countries worldwide can choose from an incredible range of apps in 20 categories, including games, business, news, sports, health, reference and travel.


Palm Reports Apple to USB Compliance Organization

July 24, 2009

Palm has reported Apple, to the USB Implementers Forum for improper use of the Vendor ID used to identify devices Palm Logousing the USB interface.

“Palm believes that openness and interoperability offer better experiences for users by allowing them the freedom to use the content they own without interference across devices and services, so on behalf of consumers, we have notified the USB Implementers Forum of what we believe is improper use of the Vendor ID number by another member.”

This move is a bold statement by Palm given the company’s apparent misuse of Apple’s USB Vendor ID in order to permit iTunes media syncing.

When plugging a Palm Pre running WebOS 1.1, it’s identifies itself with an Apple USB Vendor ID:

Product ID: 0x8002
Vendor ID: 0x05ac (Apple Inc.)
Version: 0.16
Manufacturer: Palm Inc.

Such use of another manufacturer’s Vendor ID is “strictly prohibited” by the USB Implementers Forum:

When you apply for a USB Vendor ID, you sign a form that explicitly states that:

“Unauthorized use of assigned or unassigned USB Vendor ID Numbers and associated Product ID Numbers are strictly prohibited.”


Palm Pre Releases WebOS 1.1, iTunes Media Syncing Restored

July 24, 2009

Palm announced that it has released WebOS 1.1, it brings an array of new features and improvements to the Palm Pre Palm Preincluding restoration of iTunes media syncing.

iTunes 8.2.1 stopped unauthorized devices from syncing with iTunes but now with the release of the latest WebOS, Palm has enabled it once again. The iTunes syncing is the latest if a series of incidents between Apple and Palm. Palm hired several formed Apple executives and engineers to lead the company’s turnaround, and Apple has issued threats against Palm regarding intellectual property contained in the iPhone, that has appeared in similar forms in the Palm Pre.

The full list of new features available in webOS 1.1 can be found in Palm’s release notes for the update.


Apple Released iTunes 8.2.1

July 15, 2009

Apple have just released iTunes 8.2.1 earlier today. Apple’s website says the update was to provide “a number of iTunesimportant bug fixes and addresses an issue with verification of Apple devices.” Apparently it also brakes the Palm Pre syncing with iTunes.

You can download it through the software update manager or download it here.


OS 3.0 For iPod Touch Download Page Found in iTunes Store

June 16, 2009

The download page for the new 3.0 OS for the iPod Touch has been found in iTunes. The page isn’t yet functional, but does seem to complete the transaction and prompts the user to connect their iPod Touch to iTunes. It then says OS 2.2.1 is still the current version, then the download cancels.

iPod Touch OS 3.0 Update