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Safemode utility for minimalists!

Posted by Boss , in Tweaks, Cydia, iPhone, iPad, iPod 10 October 2012 · 3,513 views
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Safemode utility for minimalists. Most of you know about SBSettings safemode feature, this allows you to enter safemode from the power menu inside SBSettings. Since around the time iOS5 dropped, a lot of new toggle tweaks for Notification Center started popping up, NCSettings, etc. This leaves us without that nifty safemode feature, safemode is great for diagnosing potential issues with tweaks.

I have created a simple command line utility to enter your device into safemode. This utility can be found in Cydia on the insanelyi repo, search for "SafeMode" and install :)

Cydia Repo URL: repo.insanelyi.com
Package Name: SafeMode

If your not command line savvy, follow this guide How to enter SafeMode without SBSettings

Do you find this utility handy ?

Please comment below.

insanelyi staff


iPhone 5 and its Anodized Aluminum back

Posted by CrAcKzZZ , in Apple, iPhone 22 September 2012 · 5,136 views
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The new iPhone 5 has an Anodized Aluminum back unlike its previous 2 predecessors. This can mean a couple of things. 1. The iPhone 5 looks beautiful 2. Scratches are more visible than the iPhone 4S glass! The back and sides of the iPhone 5 are dyed black and although it makes the iPhone look nice the device is susceptible to scratching. Even light scratches are notice because of the shiny aluminum which becomes exposed.

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This image from a user on Twitter shows how easily scratched the iPhone 5 is.

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This photo was taken by a member of Overclockers after scratching the iPhone with SIM card tray pin and keys. Although this is a bit extreme, the key scratch on the side may very well happen, and it will be noticeable.

Days before the iPhone 5 got shipped insanelyi member Adrenachrome realized that this anodized aluminum on the iPhone will be a problem. He wrote:

iPhone 5 is black. It was anodized black obviously considering no metal is naturally black. I would be worried after time because it would be extremely noticeable ...all back pone with black band with scratches revealing the bare aluminum.

Bottom line the iPhone 5 will get scratched without a case. So we recommend you buy one for the yours and if you want people to be able to see the iPhone itself, then get a transparent case, problem solved.



SMS Security Fix in iOS 6

Posted by CrAcKzZZ , in Apple, iPhone, Software 21 September 2012 · 1,231 views
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Back in August, we told you about a serious SMS security flaw with the iPhone that opened the door to text message spoofing. At the time, Apple told users they could protect themselves by using its iMessage service rather that traditional SMS messages, but the Cupertino company appears to have rectified the issue in iOS 6.

The problem was first discovered by iOS hacker Pod2g, who warned that it could be used by malicious attackers to steal your personal data. It’s all to do with the way in which the iPhone handles text messages. Pod2g explained:

A SMS text is basically a few bytes of data exchanged between two mobile phones, with the carrier transporting the information. When the user writes a message, it is converted to PDU (Protocol Description Unit) by the mobile and passed to the baseband for delivery.
[...] In the text payload, a section called UDH (User Data Header) is optional but defines lot of advanced features not all mobiles are compatible with. One of these options enables the user to change the reply address of the text. If the destination mobile is compatible with it, and if the receiver tries to answer to the text, he will not respond to the original number, but to the specified one.
Most carriers don’t check this part of the message, which means one can write whatever he wants in this section : a special number like 911, or the number of somebody else.

Attackers could have taken advantage of the flaw by sending you a text message that, for example, appeared to be from your bank requesting certain information, but actually sent your response directly to them.

But according to jailbreaker Joshua Hill (aka p0sixninja), the iOS 6 update that Apple released to the public on Wednesday includes an “insane number of security fixes,” one of which closes the SMS flaw.

That means you can go back to texting friends who don’t have iMessage again.

via: Cult of Mac


Downgrading from iOS 6 to iOS 5 Explained

Posted by CrAcKzZZ , in Events, Software, Jailbreak, iPhone, iPad, iPod, Apple 19 September 2012 · 2,958 views
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Today marks the public release of iOS6! For those devices capable of running 6.0, the 5.1.1 SHSH blob signing window will soon close, so it’s very important that you backup your 5.1.1 blobs now while you still can. We advise you do it for every device you have (see tutorial sites like iClarified if you don’t know the process).

A few months back we released a redsn0w feature that lets you downgrade A5+ devices from 5.1.1 to anything lower (if you had saved blobs). Unfortunately once the 5.1.1 window closes, redsn0w’s 5.x downgrade feature will no longer work. Most A5+ users will not be able to downgrade. So if you’re an A5+ owner up at 6.0 when the 5.1.1 window closes, you’ll be stuck there without a jailbreak for now.

We’re happy to report there are some serious deficiences in the 5.x restore process that are permanently exploitable. They’ll never be fixable by Apple because they’re all self-contained in the 5.x IPSWs. Here’s the breakdown:
  • A4 devices and 3GS will always be downgradable (and jailbreakable) with saved blobs due to limera1n. The tethered iOS6 jailbreak for those devices (and untethered for old-bootrom 3GS) will be out when Cydia and other important pieces are all working properly.
  • iPad2 owners who have both 4.x blobs and 5.x blobs will always be able to downgrade to those versions, even once you come up to 6.0 and the 5.1.1 window closes (don’t do that yet though!). You need both 4.x and 5.x blobs to qualify for the 5.x downgrade even though you only wish to downgrade to 5.x (you need only your 4.x blobs to downgrade to 4.x)
  • iPad3, i4S (and iPad2 owners who don’t satisfy #2) will always be able to RE-restore the current 5.x OS that’s already on their device. So if you’re at 5.1.1 when the window closes (and you’ve saved your blobs), you’ll always be able to RE-restore to 5.1.1 again. This makes the 5.1.1 jailbreak a lot less fragile — you don’t have to worry about messing up your install with funky extensions or getting into a boot loop, because you can always RE-restore from 5.1.1 to 5.1.1 again (or from 5.0.1 to 5.0.1 again, etc). But once you fall off the 5.x train by restoring to 6.x, you’ll be stuck there until the next jailbreak.
Please be aware that RE-restores and iPad2 downgraded devices will always end up with the latest baseband (not the one that came with that firmware). So don’t go near any of this if your unlock depends on the baseband version.
All of these features will be released shortly in a new version of redsn0w. In the meantime please be sure you have your 5.1.1 blobs and stay at 5.1.1. Happy iOS6 day!

Update #1: For a refresher on why saved blobs are not as powerful as they used to be, please see our Blob Monster post (the scenarios described above are possible only due to mistakes made by Apple, but those mistakes are being cleaned up with each new firmware).

via: Dev-Team


Record breaking iPhone 5 Pre-Orders for AT&T

Posted by CrAcKzZZ , in Apple, iPhone 17 September 2012 · 1,053 views
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AT&T has just announced this morning that the iPhone 5 is the fastest-selling iPhone in history for the carrier. The iPhone 5 became available for pre-order just last Friday.

It’s not much of a surprise, as the iPhone 5 packs almost all of the consumer-demanded features into a thin and light package, such as 4G LTE, a four-inch retina display, a redesigned unibody case, and even some redesigned accessories. The device also ships with Apple’s greatest mobile operating system to date – iOS 6.

The announcement does show us that even though AT&T has tight restrictions on things like data and FaceTime over cellular networks, consumers aren’t too worried about the loss and will continue to shop with AT&T even though other cellular carriers like Sprint offer unlimited data, calling, and messaging and cellular carriers like Verizon offer a larger scope of 4G LTE coverage and will not limit FaceTime over cellular networks (neither will Sprint).

No matter what carrier you’re choosing to get the iPhone 5 on, there’s no doubt that there is a huge waiting line for you to get your unit. Shipping dates for the iPhone 5 have slipped 2-3 weeks on Apple’s Web site, indicating just how heavy the demand for the device is compared to the the current supply, but Apple will catch up soon enough.

No word yet on the status of other carriers' luck.

Did you pick AT&T?

via: Modmyi


iPhone 5 Benchmarks Appear in Geekbench Showing a Dual Core, 1GHz A6 CPU

Posted by Boss , in Hardware, iPhone, Apple 17 September 2012 · 2,368 views

John Poole of PrimateLabs let us know that the first iPhone 5 benchmark has hit Geekbench.

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The results show an iPhone5,2 device running iOS 6 with a Dual-Core 1.02GHz ARMv7 processor and 1GB of RAM.

The total Geekbench 2 score comes in at 1601. Poole notes that the average score for the iPhone 4S is 629 and the average score for the iPad 3 is 766. A comparison chart of previous iOS devices can be viewed at Geekbench. The numbers seem to validate Apple's claim that the A6 processor is twice as fast as the A5 and any previous iOS device. This one score also places the iPhone 5 ahead of the average scores of all Android phones on Geekbench. The full Geekbench results further breakdown processor, memory and bandwidth performance.

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The A6 also appears to be clocked higher than the A5 at 1GHz (the iPhone 4S A5 ran at 800Mhz). The 1GB of RAM was previously confirmed by part number markings on the A6 processor itself.

Poole acknowledges that any pre-release results on Geekbench have a chance of being faked, but he seems to believe that these results are legitimate. The iPhone 5 will be available to the general public on September 21st.

Source: MacRumors


Verizon and Sprint on iPhone 5 Plans

Posted by CrAcKzZZ , in Apple, iPhone 13 September 2012 · 817 views
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Earlier this afternoon AT&T announced that it will allow its customers who are on a grandfathered unlimited data plan to keep it even when paying a subsidized price for the iPhone 5. The nation’s largest carrier looks to be taking things a different way, however. A Verizon PR representative confirmed with 9to5mac this evening that customers will only be able to keep their unlimited data planonly if they pay full price for the iPhone 5 ($649 for 16GB). Furthermore, existing Verizon customers can keep their old Nationwide Usage Based plan and won’t be forced to switch to one of Verizon’s new Share Everything Plans when buying the iPhone 5 on two-year contract. New customers will be forced to go the shared data plan route.

If you are an existing customer and want to keep your Nationwide Usage Based plan, you can keep your plan, purchase the iPhone at the discounted price with a 2 yr customer agreement. If you have a Verizon Wireless unlimited data plan, you can pay full price for your iPhone 5 and keep your unlimited data plan.
Only customers who are new to Verizon Wireless will select from Share Everything Plans.

The nation’s third-largest carrier Sprint has also detailed its iPhone 5 launch this evening. In a press release, seen below the fold, Sprint says that it will begin pre-orders at 12:01am PST on Sept. 14th, and we assume that time be the same for all parties that will make the iPhone 5 available. A 12:01am pre-order time took place for the iPhone 4S last year. Also in its press release, Sprint further touted its unlimited data plan — which may be a serious draw to some customers. Pricing for the iPhone 5 remains the same across carriers: $199 for 16GB, $299 for 32GB, and $399 for 64GB — all on two-year contract. There’s also T-Mobile, who has launched a serious “save $1,200″ advertising campaignin hopes of attracting customers with unlocked iPhones.
For those who want to pick up the device in-store, Apple will be opening its retail stores at 8 am on Sept. 21st. All online orders will also be shipped that day. With pre-orders close to two days a way and information from every carrier out comes the serious question: which carrier will you be going with? Update on Verizon FaceTime pricing below:

According to theWall Street Journal Verizon will make FaceTime calls over 3G available on all data plans.

via: 9to5mac


Watch the September 12 Keynote

Posted by CrAcKzZZ , in Apple, iPod, iPhone, Events, Video 13 September 2012 · 651 views
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September Special Event

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Last chance to Trade-In old iPhones

Posted by CrAcKzZZ , in iPhone, Apple 12 September 2012 · 762 views
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Online gadget resellers are currently experiencing a huge smartphone trade-in surge due to tomorrow’s unveiling of the next-generation iPhone, but they also warn that today’s attractive prices will not last forever (or for another 24 hours, for that matter).

Gazelle, which is one such website that noticed the ballooning amount of trade-ins, said it witnessed a 600 percent increase over the last 30 days, when compared to the 30 days prior to the 4S launch, but the company’s chief gadget officer, Anthony Scarsella, said the business growth shows “just how excited consumers are about the iPhone 5.”

Gazelle offers multiple ways to earn moolah for iPhone trade-ins, such as a check, PayPal or Amazon gift card, but selecting the Amazon option will grant 5 percent more toward the quoted value. The service currently offers a “good” iPhone 4 8GB (Black) – Verizon roughly $140, while an iPhone 4S 64GB (White) – Verizon in the same condition goes for $350.

Values for the iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S have slumped nearly $60 since last month, so Gazelle’s CEO recommends acting now before the next-generation iPhone makes it debut. Scarsela elaborated:

After the Apple announcement, we’re expecting to see prices start to drop dramatically. In the past, we’ve seen prices begin to drop right after the announcement and continue to decline for about a month before they level off. We most definitely expect to see that happen with this announcement.

Glyde’s chief executive officer, Drew Lieberman, contended that his peer-to-peer marketplace always reflects any market changes, but he is confident a 16GB iPhone 4s will “still net at least $200″ after tomorrow’s Apple event. While Glyde does not have a typical trade-in program, it does make it easier for consumers to buy and sell used electronics.

A Glyde resale value chart is below:
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Here is a list of more websites with trade-in/resale programs:
1. Amazon
2. eBay
3. NextWorth
4. GameStop
5. Best Buy
6. RadioShack
7. Apple’s Recycling Program
8. PowerMax
9. Craigslist
10. Verizon Wireless

via: 9to5mac


Will the iPhone 5 affect GDP for America?

Posted by CrAcKzZZ , in Uncategorized, Apple, iPhone 11 September 2012 · 776 views
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Tech geeks and average consumers alike are quivering in anticipation of Apple’s expected unveiling Wednesday of the iPhone 5.

Speculation is raging. Will the rumored smartphone kill the PC? Will it be affordable?

Or, as Twitter user Tanmay Bhat puts it: “We as the human race must collectively ask ourselves -- Is our second kidney really that important?"

But analysts at J.P.Morgan have an even more intriguing question: “Can one little phone affect GDP?”

Chief economist Michael Feroli believes sales of the smartphone could potentially add as much as half a percentage point to annualized gross domestic product growth in the fourth quarter.

Roughly 8 million iPhone 5s will be sold over the period, even as sales of previous-generation iPhones stay steady, according to the report.

In October 2011, when the last iPhone debuted, sales “significantly outperformed expectations,” Feroli wrote. The iPhone 5 launch “is expected to be much larger.”

The phone will likely retail for around $600, based on its predecessors, Feroli wrote.

"If the imported cost component is similar to previous leading generation phones it would imply around a $200 per phone addition to imports (which is a subtraction from GDP). The difference between these two figures, $400, would represent the trade margins, which figure into GDP,” he wrote

IPhone 5 sales, according to Feroli, could boost GDP by $3.2 billion, or $12.8 billion at an annual rate, increasing fourth-quarter growth by a third of a percentage point. The lift “would limit the downside risk to our Q4 GDP growth projection, which remains 2%,” Feroli wrote.

“This estimate seems fairly large, and for that reason should be treated skeptically,” Feroli said. “However, we think the recent evidence is consistent with this projection.”

Last month, the government said U.S. economic growth in the second quarter expanded at an annual rate of 1.7 percent -- better than expected but still the the slowest since last summer.

Consumer spending -- which according to conventional economic wisdom accounts for roughly 70% of GDP -- has been rising and is projected to jump further for big-ticket items.

via: Chicago Tribune