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Getting The Dreaded ‘Error 53′:? Your Repaired iPhone Is Now A Brick

Posted by RypeDub in RypeDub's Blog, 06 February 2016 · 291 views

Source: http://blogs.wsj.com...illing-iphones/


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A cryptic Apple Inc. error message is informing some iPhone owners that their devices, repaired by outsiders, are dead, in what some people view as an Apple effort to exert more control over repairs to its products.


Dozens of iPhone owners are complaining online that when upgrading their phones to the latest software, they received “Error 53” messages that lock them out of their devices and the data stored on them. On its website, Apple says the Error 53 message means the phone’s fingerprint sensor is either broken or has been replaced. The company says that can happen after “an unauthorized or faulty screen replacement.”


In a statement, Apple said, “We take customer security very seriously and Error 53 is the result of security checks designed to protect our customers.” Apple said its software checks that the fingerprint sensor matches the device’s other components. If the check fails, “Touch ID, including for Apple Pay use, is disabled. This security measure is necessary to protect your device and prevent a fraudulent Touch ID sensor from being used.”


Kyle Wiens, head of electronics-repair site iFixit.com, said Error 53 has become a big issue for iPhone users, sparking 70 conversations on his site, including one with over 200,000 views.


Independent repair shops often replace the fingerprint sensor or its small cable when replacing cracked screens or broken home buttons on iPhones, Mr. Wiens said. Effectively killing a phone because of a replaced or faulty fingerprint sensor is a harsh policy, Mr. Wiens said, particularly because the replaced sensors are often recycled Apple parts and function as well as the original. He said the policy appears to fit a recent pattern to give Apple more control over iPhone repairs and undermine third-party vendors.


In another example, he said Apple uses proprietary screws on iPhones and refuses to sell screwdrivers that fit them. “It’s ridiculous,” he said. “That’s the same as Ford saying we’re not going to let any mechanics work on our cars because they’ll change the key.”


Tife Odutola, a 22-year-old administrative assistant in Baltimore, said Error 53 killed his iPhone 6 after he paid a repairman at a mall kiosk $75 to fix a cracked screen. The repairman broke the phone’s fingerprint sensor during the screen replacement. Mr. Odutola said he accepted an older home button as a replacement in exchange for a discount. The phone functioned fine until, a few days later, he tried to upgrade the software.


Then, he said, the phone became “a brick.” Mr. Odutola took a day off work to visit an Apple store to fix the issue, “but once I told them I had Error 53, it was like I had the plague,” he said. “They told me they couldn’t even touch the phone. They said once I went to a third party, it voided the warranty.”


Mr. Odutola said he then spent three hours persuading the mall kiosk to purchase his dead iPhone for $350 and reimburse him for the repair — money he used to buy a new iPhone. But he said he can’t get back all the photos and videos on the phone.


“Preventing my data from being stolen is smart. But locking away my data without prior warning isn’t,” he said. “I put that on Apple.”


Why would Apple release a new 4-inch iPhone 5se this spring?

Posted by Irish_Man in iCommunity Blog, 26 January 2016 · 302 views

Initial iPhone growth was in leaps and bounds. Adding lower up-front prices via carrier subsidies, adding international carriers, adding Verizon and additional U.S. carriers, experimenting with pop-art colours and packaging, adding China Mobile, and adding larger display sizes.
Now that the iPhone is one of the most popular products on earth, growth is a matter of steps. Adding payment plans — essentially low-cost leasing — helps make the flagship iPhones as affordable as possible. Adding a smaller iPhone helps expand addressable markets.


The demand for diminution


Apple sells iPhones to people who are buying their first phone or smartphone, to people who are upgrading from a previous iPhone, and to people who are switching from a non-iPhone smartphone (mostly Android phones).
If low price is the most important feature to a new buyer — if all they're looking for is the modern equivalent of a free-on-contract feature phone — then they're probably not going with Apple, at least not for their first smartphone. If ease-of-use is a primary concern, though, then iPhone is hugely attractive, including the entry-level models. (Which are typically older hardware running current software.)
Upgrades are driven by new features, like better cameras and more desirable display sizes. Conversely, the lack of a feature — including a desirable display size — can postpone an upgrade.
Incredibly compelling features can also drive switching, as can sharp pain or prolonged frustration experienced by those contemplating a switch. Lack of timely updates, security concerns, and the absence of smaller display sizes could all cause a switch.
Enter the iPhone 5se.


Everything old...


The current iPhone Plus models all cost $100 more than the regular models. Bigger meaning more expensive is easy for consumers to understand, but comes with the equal and opposite perception of smaller meaning less expensive.
So, if you're going to make a smaller iPhone and people are going to expect it to cost $100 less that the regular iPhone, unless you want to work really hard to change those expectations, how do you do it?


Previously, Apple kept the older generation models around and dropped their price by $100. That let the iPhones 5 occupy the entry-level slot for the last couple of years, including the iPhone 5s as of September 2015.
Following that pattern, though, the iPhone 5s would drop off this year, in 2016, and the iPhone 6 would take its place. That would be a feature improvement but it would leave Apple without a smaller, more highly differentiated phone in the lineup.
Again, enter the iPhone 5se.


... Is newish again


Instead of price-dropping the iPhone 6 or coming up with a variant of that platform, like an iPhone 6c, Apple would simply update the iPhone 5s. Depending on how much differentiation and margin Apple wanted to maintain, the company could go with an A8 "Typhoon" processor like the iPhone 6 or an A9 "Twister" processor like the iPhone 6s.
Given the relatively low pixel count on a 4-inch iPhone, performance and power-efficiency likely wouldn't suffer much, even on the older platform. (The most observable customer-facing difference would be the always-listening "Hey, Siri!" enabled by the integrated coprocessor on the A9.) Likewise memory and camera components could keep costs down, even if an iPhone 5se does include some splurging on design and the addition of NFC for Apple Pay.
The rumored release date of the rumored device — this March instead of the traditional September — would then have several benefits:

  • It would bifurcate iPhone launches. So, instead of a massive September spike and then a slow drop off for the rest of the year, there'd be something of interest in March as well.
  • It would get a newer 4-inch device out sooner. That could prompt upgrades during what's traditionally been the slower mid-cycle period for iPhone.
  • It would clear the September event, allowing Apple to focus on the iPhone 7 story without any complications or distractions.
  • It would help the 4-inch iPhone seem fresher, since its specs would be compared to the previous flagship rather than the next one.
For people who've been waiting for an updated device with the 4-inch display size, they no longer have to wait. For people who want an iPhone but at the lowest cost of entry possible, they get a better-than-ever version of just that. In other words, Apple gets to better serve both upgraders and first time buyers.
It's a growth step rather than a leap, and it doesn't serve those who want a 4-inch iPhone flagship. At the bleeding edge, though, smaller isn't cheaper. It's often more expensive.




iPhone 5se bottom line


If updating the 4-inch iPhone size gets even a small percentage of the market to upgrade or cross-grade, that's a large amount of sales at iPhone scale.
If it gets a significant percentage, then it's huge.
If you've been waiting for a smaller, perhaps less-expensive iPhone with more modern specs, would an iPhone 5se interest you?


FastCompany confirms reports that the iPhone 7 will not have a headphone jack, waterproofing, wireless charging

Posted by Zeus in JustinCase362's Blog, 08 January 2016 · 441 views

FastCompany confirms reports that the iPhone 7 will not have a headphone jack, waterproofing, wireless charging

The website Fast Company reports that their source has confirmed that the iPhone 7 WILL NOT have a headphone jack. They also go on to say that wireless charging is a huge possibility.


Apple’s next big phone—presumably called the iPhone 7—will come without a 3.5mm headphone jack, will be noticeably thinner, will very likely support wireless charging and be waterproof, a source with knowledge of the company’s plans tells Fast Company


According to the report Apple is working with Cirrus Logic to adapt the audio chipset in the iPhone to work with the Lightning port. Wolfson Microelectronics is reportedly providing noise-canceling technology. Wolfson had been recently aquired by Cirrus. Also, as previously reported, third party manufactures will be able to make headphones and use this technology for the iPhone but they will have to purchase a licence from Apple.


With all audio going through the lightning connector, wireless charging is widely expected. Apple may provide lightning connected EarPods and a lightning to 3.5mm adapter with each purchase. It is also expected that the technology from Wolfson will not be included in the EarPods provided by Apple, but made avalible through a seperate purchase. Possibly, even licensed under the Beats brand.


Apple may also apply waterproofing to the iPhone 7 by coating the internal components with a special chemical. Liquipel has been providing this service for a while but Apple is only recently picking up on it.




Depiction pages receive update (Dec 2015)

Posted by Boss in insanelyi Blog, 14 December 2015 · 294 views
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Hello friends, Its been 1 year since I last wrote on this blog and the last post was regarding insanelyi's cydia depiction pages, well I'm back with another depiction update. The previous depiction pages were written from scratch, but the new update is based off MacCiti's depics, clean, simple and matches Cydia's design. We've also included the cover photo feature, this allows us to display a cover photo within a package description, this photo spans the page horizontally when viewing a package, while not all packages will have a cover photo the popular ones should, great feature for showing off themes or apps and sometimes even tweaks.


I've snapped a few screenshots...


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Like what we've done, please comment below :)


Credit: MacCiti for the base depics.


SnapChat violating their own ToS?

Posted by vec1phyr in vec1phyr's Blog, 22 July 2015 · 462 views

If you're a Phantom user for the popular application called SnapChat. Recently, you'll notice you've been locked out of your account. This is because CokePokes (the maker of Phantom) might have hit a major nerve with the makers of SnapChat by enabling "GeoFilter spoofing" to gain access to all of any geo-filter on earth, while simply sitting at home. Why is this a major nerve with SnapChat? I have no clue, but they've attacked thousands of users by disabling access to their account and forcing them to uninstall/disable Phantom and all "3rd party plugins" and log into http://snapchat.com/unlockto get their account back.


Now why is this a violation of their own ToS? Well, CokePokes himself said it very blatantly:


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What does this mean, exactly? Well simply put, SnapChat has been locking down accounts against their own terms and possibly this could be considered illegal. Yes, a company has every right to change their ToS without warning. However, they did not ask us to agree to them as they should have done so. As a SnapChat user, I feel as if my rights as one of their users has been violated since I was absolutely unaware they did NOT allow 3rd party plugins/applications. What are your thoughts on the major lockout? Do you feel the way I do? How do you feel about CokePokes fight against the makers of SnapChat?


Thanks for reading!


Where Apple went wrong

Posted by TheHeroBilly in Insight To The Hero, 02 March 2015 · 970 views

Most Apple Device users are satisfied with their choices, jail broken or not, but some, like me, aren't. My specific problem is the fact that you can't send traditional SMS/MMS through the Messages app, even with an after market SIM Card which supports calling and texting. You can only iMessage other iDevices. If you happen to have an iPhone on iOS 8.1 or newer you can use SMS Relay to forward your iPhone messages to your iPad or Mac, but if you're like me, you only have one Apple Device. Which to me is a stupid idea. We should have the ability to SMS from any device on any firmware. I'd sit here and hope that Apple decides to change this is the coming updates, but you know Apple, they only care about the money, and rarely put in consumer requests, their main focus is preventing you from jail breaking.

There are some tweak which modifies the iPad to support SMS but they haven't been updated since iOS 6, so there isn't much hope as of now.


Pangu updated with Cydia installer

Posted by Captain Weeaboo in ImJustBlog, 30 October 2014 · 1,263 views

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There you have it, folks. As we reported just an hour ago, the Pangu jailbreak with Cydia installer was imminent. Now it appears that Pangu has flipped the switch on the update, and added the Cydia installer, which installs the latest awesome version of Cydia, directly to the Pangu jailbreak package.

This now means it’s possible to jailbreak iOS 8 and install Cydia without resorting to any confusing SSH or terminal commands. Have at it…

Now all you need to do to get Cydia on your iOS device is jailbreak with Pangu, and install Cydia from the Pangu app. Easy peezy.

The last thing we need now is a Mac version of Pangu, and after that, all bases will be covered.

Sound off with your thoughts in the comments below.


Facebook forces users to use Messenger

Posted by RazorThunder in The ShoutFeed, 29 July 2014 · 906 views
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Facebook forces users to use Messenger After days, Facebook will force users to use their app, Messenger. The social networking company started to force European users and showed that many liked it and decided to make the change to other countries. Over time, you might see a message like the one in the picture. Mobile web, iPad, Windows Phone, Paper, and feature phone users are safe from being forced.

According to TechCrunch, this is Facebook's official statement:

“In the next few days, we’re continuing to notify more people that if they want to send and receive Facebook messages, they’ll need to download the Messenger app. As we’ve said, our goal is to focus development efforts on making Messenger the best mobile messaging experience possible and avoid the confusion of having separate Facebook mobile messaging experiences. Messenger is used by more than 200 million people every month, and we’ll keep working to make it an even more engaging way to connect with people.”

While people in Europe are happy, other users might have a mixed reaction.

This is RazorThunder, reporting to you, on The ShoutFeed.


Maxamillion Beaureguard ( Dog Rescue )

Posted by DarkXShadowX21 in Dark's Informatory , 26 June 2014 · 2,332 views

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Dear Max,

I saw you yesterday afternoon injured in the grass. I called for you and you turned to look right at me. It took you a minute until you realized I knew something was wrong. It was at that point you started making your way towards me. Once you were close enough, you smelled my hand and gave it a lick as you were starting to lay back down. I knew at that moment I couldn't leave you behind with the way you looked.

Thanks to the lady parked in her truck she had a spare chain for me to use as a temporary leash so I could help you into my car. Once I laid down in my back seat, I got in back in my car and immediately gave you the other half of my sub which you seemed to really enjoy.

Once we got home, you were introduced to my wife, son, and our little baby girl dog. She's only a year and few months old. You really seemed to not mind my wife and son but it was our little girl that bothered you. I wish the 2 of you were able to get along but unfortunately after the few attempts of dog communication, it was only getting worse.
I tried to give it you another day. I believed that you were still in shock from what may have happened to you which is causing you to be aggressive.

Start of the 2nd day, I went out and bought you the dog works. Food, Bowls, Collar, and leash. As the 2nd day progressed, a few growls were exchanged. It was until later that evening when you took it too far by picking up our little girl by the neck and shaking her violently. This type of behaviour from you was heart breaking. I wanted to keep you and train you to be a friendlier dog but I simply can not do that, especially if I am not going to be home for 10 hours of the day.

I do know this though, besides your behaviour towards our little girl, the rest of your behaviour is very friendly. You are a gorgeous dog and stuck by my side no matter where I was. You were always next me wherever I was sitting. You wrestled around a little and were only being playful.

I hope when I bring you to the vet tomorrow that your owner is able to come and get you or that a better family is found for you. I'll always remember you.

Your Dog Rescuer


Ruzzle Adventures +3

Posted by Black Hippy in iGame Hacks, 18 June 2014 · 1,004 views
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1. Alot of coins
2. Alot of lives
3. A very high score


1. Open in ifle
2. Tap installer
3. Respring




Pre-CES roundup: Connected TVs, wearables and robots to rule 2014

Posted by Irish_Man in Irish_Man's Blog, 07 January 2014 · 1,108 views

With "pre-show" festivities of the annual Consumer Electronics Show's 2014 edition in the books, AppleInsider takes a look at some of Monday's less-popular — but still interesting — stories from the show floor.


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LG resurrected fallen iOS competitor WebOS in the South Korean giant's new range of "Smart TV" connected televisions. The platform — which LG says will power 70 percent of its connected sets in 2014 — sports a slick user interface and has been bestowed with several useful touches, like the ability to recognize when a user connects an external device and present contextually-relevant menu options.

The new sets come bundled with apps for popular services including YouTube, Facebook, Skype, and Twitter, and users will be able to download new apps and content from the LG Store. LG has not yet released pricing or availability information.

Meanwhile, streaming content company Roku announced partnerships with Chinese manufacturers TCL and Hisense for their own connected television platform, Roku TV. Under the agreements, the same software that powers Roku's popular streaming boxes will be adapted and pre-loaded on sets from the two TV makers.

Roku says the content available on Roku TV will be identical to the options present on the company's streamers, and the sets will come with a new 20-button remote control, which the company touts as being half the number of remote controlled buttons as traditional televisions. Pricing is not yet available, but Roku TV units are scheduled to hit retail outlets in the fall.


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Not content to stop at televisions, LG also unveiled two new wearable fitness devices on Monday. The Lifeband Touch is a wrist-worn activity tracker similar to a Nike Fuelband, while LG's Heart Rate Earphones are Bluetooth-enabled in-ear headphones that measure biometric data like heart rate and maximum oxygen consumption from the external portion of the ear.

Lifeband Touch sports an OLED display that, in addition to the time and standard biometric data, can be configured to relay notifications from a connected smartphone. The Heart Rate Earphones can also be configured to send data to the Lifeband Touch for display. Both devices are slated for release in the first half of 2014 with pricing yet to be determined.

The wearable parade continued with the Polar V800, a combination fitness tracker and GPS wristwatch. Polar's entry provides more granular detail than most other activity trackers, collating data from individual training sessions to forecast recovery time and help users get adequate rest between sessions.

Polar's V800 also brings other unique features like integrated GPS, a built-in barometric pressure sensor for more sensitive altitude tracking, and the ability to monitor heart rate while swimming under water. The tracker comes in black and blue and will be available for purchase in April for $449.95, or $499.95 with heart rate monitor.


French technology company Parrot announced two new iOS-controlled robotic devices, a small jumping robot dubbed the Jumping Sumo and a miniature flying drone the firm is calling the MiniDrone. Both products were first outed by The Verge.

The Jumping Sumo is a two-wheeled, floor-bound bot that the publication says can make near-instant 180-degree turns and spring-assisted jumps up to three feet, while the MiniDrone is a palm-sized quadrocopter. Both devices are controlled with iOS apps and feature built-in cameras.

Parrot's MiniDrone connects with Bluetooth 4.0, while the Jumping Sumo takes advantage of 802.11ac Wi-Fi. Parrot has not yet released availability and pricing information.

At the same time, Orbotix unveiled a second-generation remote-controlled device of its own, showing off the new, tubular Sphero 2B. The Sphero 2B is a ruggedized version of the iOS-controlled toy sold in Apple Stores around the world, featuring knobby, replaceable tires and new multiplayer games.

Sphero's latest entry is also fully programmable, and the company urges users to "embrace your inner hacker." Sphero 2B will go on sale this fall for "$99 or less."

AT&T Mobility chief Ralph de la Vega announced that the carrier plans to support HD Voice on its network sometime this year, according to a report from The Verge. HD Voice uses wideband technology — including new audio codecs and an expanded audio range — to vastly improve the audio quality of mobile phone calls and reduce background noise.

With AT&T's launch, Verizon Wireless will be the only one of the big four wireless carriers not to implement HD Voice.

Elsewhere on Monday, newly-minted AT&T arch-rival T-Mobile announced a $3.3 billion deal to purchase a chunk of 700 Mhz wireless spectrum from Verizon Wireless. T-Mobile says the swap will help the carrier boost in-building signal strength and extend rural coverage, as well as coverage "at the edge of cities and in less densely populated areas."

As part of the deal, the two companies will "realign" an additional $950 million worth of spectrum in California and Georgia.


iOS 7 To Minimize Bogus Charger Attacks on iPhones

Posted by cRazEY-G in cRazEYgUy's Blog, 01 August 2013 · 5,975 views

Apple has patched an obscure vulnerability in its iOS operating system that could have allowed a malicious hacker to install malware on an iPad or iPhone via a bogus USB charger.

Discovered by researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology, the vulnerability can be exploited only by a custom-built USB charger outfitted with a tiny Linux computer. But it can be exploited quickly — in under 60 seconds.

“Despite the plethora of defense mechanisms in iOS, we successfully injected arbitrary software into current-generation Apple devices running the latest operating system (OS) software,” the researchers explain in their Black Hat security conference presentation summary. “All users are affected, as our approach requires neither a jailbroken device nor user interaction. … attackers can hide their software in the same way Apple hides its own built-in applications.”

Potentially nasty stuff. But Apple has already developed a fix that will bolster iOS’s defenses against it. It has programmed the operating system to ask users if they trust the computer to which they’re connecting their device. A simple and effective fix for a nascent exploit that could have evolved into a real threat, given enough time.


Saurik confirms that APtickets saved via Cydia is 'Useless' ..

Posted by LastReaver in Musings of the Night., 10 April 2013 · 1,269 views
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Saurik has announced that due to a mistake in the system used to request APTickets from Apple, all the tickets saved via Cydia are 'useless'.

Those of you who recently launched Cydia may have received a notice to "See TSS Center (below) to request iOS SHSH", and may be surprised to read the message, "No SHSH seems to be stored for this device".

At this point, I think I have described everything I need in order to explain the current situation: all of the APTickets Cydia itself requested from Apple for iOS 6 are useless. The word "useless" is important, as it is not accurate to use the word "corrupt": the data that was uploaded was not lost or damaged, and in fact all of the tickets that were stored verified per the algorithm from MuscleNerd.

Instead, the requests being made via Cydia to collect SHSH information for iOS 6 did not result in useful tickets. This is because, in order to better emulate the requests Apple had been making when I first started the service, I filter the manifests I send to Apple to only include information about files that had the partial digests I discussed earlier, as only files that have partial digests are relevant for SHSH.

However, the APTicket signs complete digests, not partial digests, and so even descriptions of files that do not have partial digests need to be sent to TSS to get a complete ticket. What really should therefore be used as a filter is "files with digest information at all", not just those that have partial digests (there is never a partial digest without a full digest), effectively finding all "real" files.

The result is that the APTickets that were downloaded and saved by Cydia itself are not sufficient to boot a device. However, tickets that were downloaded or otherwise obtained by tools such as redsn0w, iFaith, or TinyUmbrella, will work fine. If those tickets are uploaded to Cydia and then downloaded back, they also will continue to work: it is only tickets downloaded by Cydia clients themselves that were affected.

Full article here - link here


Pod2g confirms evad3rs are not working on 6.1.3 jailbreak

Posted by Capp in Capp's Blog, 05 April 2013 · 1,298 views

Pod2g confirms evad3rs are not working on 6.1.3 jailbreak

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It’s been nearly two weeks now since Apple released iOS 6.1.3 that effectively killed the evasi0n jailbreak. It had a good run though, lasting for nearly 6 weeks, through 2 iOS software updates, and jailbroke close to 20 million devices.

And it looks like that’s it for jailbreaks for a while. We had an inkling there wouldn’t be a 6.1.3 jailbreak released—it doesn’t make sense to burn exploits before iOS 7— and the evad3rs‘ pod2g just confirmed our suspicion on Twitter…

Here’s the tweet :

Again, this doesn’t really come as much of a surprise. Apple is expected to unveil the next version of iOS, presumably iOS 7, at its WWDC event, and that typically happens around mid-June. So that’s what, just over two months away?

This makes it virtually pointless for the evad3rs to update the evasi0n jailbreak tool with new exploits, as Apple would certainly patch them in iOS 7. And then you’ve burned usable exploits, which seem to be getting harder to find.

It is worth noting, however, that p0sixninja recently announced that he has discovered enough exploits to produce a new jailbreak. And although it’s very unlikely, it’s possible he could release it before Apple unveils the next version of iOS.

But my money is on us not seeing a new jailbreak until late-summer, or even the fall. So [obviously] you’ll want to stay away from iOS 6.1.3, and any future iOS 6.x updates.

Source : http://www.idownload...rm-no-6-1-3-jb/


P0sixninja Says He's Discovered New Exploit For Next Jailbreak

Posted by insanelyi in insanelyi's Blog, 29 March 2013 · 1,335 views

So have you lost the hope that you will not see an untethered jailbreak for the upcoming iOS 6 versions ? Don't worry, today we've got some great news from the popular hacker P0sixninja who has just said on his official twitter account that he has discovered some vulnerabilities that were not patched by the company’s security team in the latest iOS update, as he tweeted out earlier tonight: “Well, so far it looks like the next jailbreak might be created entirely by me.

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Check out the tweet:

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But don’t worry, p0sixninja says that the evad3rs haven’t gone anywhere. He’s just discovered the exploits on his own.

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Future iPhone's with Non-Retina Display?

Posted by CrAcKzZZ in ~CrAcKzZZ~, 24 March 2013 · 1,480 views
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RBC Capital Markets analyst Amit Daryanani has released a new research report today citing supply chain checks as the basis for predicting a June or July launch for both the iPhone 5S and a lower-cost iPhone, in line with other recent reports. Daryanani says, however, that the lower-cost iPhone appears set to omit a Retina display.

Our supply-chain checks indicate that AAPL is working to launch multiple new phones in the June/July time-frame this year. Specifically, AAPL will launch the iPhone5s and a more affordable but lower-end iPhone at the same time, in either late CYQ2 or early Q3. The low-end iPhone will have the same 4" form factor as the iPhone5 but will have plastic casing and no retina display. With a lower price-point, AAPL will be able to target a growing and important part of the Smartphone market (sub-$400 price-band).

Daryanani's claim of no Retina display for the lower-cost iPhone conflicts with reports from reliable KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who has claimed several times that the cheaper iPhone's 4-inch display will carry the same 326 pixels per inch seen on all Retina iPhone displays released to date.

Daryanani's claims also raises suspicion because Retina displays are a long-established feature of Apple's iPhone lineup, with all the iPhone models currently offered by Apple supporting the feature. This includes the iPhone 4, which is offered for free with a two-year contract in the United States, although this new low-cost iPhone is said to be seeking to bring prices even lower to attract customers in markets where carrier subsidies are uncommon.

Just yesterday, Apple announced to developers that all apps submitted to the App Store must support both Retina resolution and the larger 4-inch screen of the iPhone 5 and fifth-generation iPod touch as of May 1. Apps can, of course, also support devices such as the iPhone 3GS using non-Retina displays.

Original: http://www.macrumors...retina-display/


Swiss Federal Railways Says Apple Copied Its Iconic Railway Clock

Posted by dopie in dopie re-blogg, 21 September 2012 · 1,082 views

Switzerland's Schweizerische Bundesbahnen, or Swiss Federal Railway service, has accused Apple of using their iconic clock in its Clock app for iPad without permission,according to a report in the Swiss newspaper Blick [Google Translate].

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Left: Apple's Clock app. Right: The iconic Swiss Railway clock. Courtesy Wikipedia

The clock, designed by Hans Hilfiker, has become an icon of both the Swiss railway and of Switzerland itself. The trademark and copyright for the clock is owned by the Swiss Federal Railways service.

According to the article:
SBB is the sole owner of the trademark and copyright of the railway clock. The railway company will now get in touch with Apple. The aim is a legal, as well as a financial solution. It is not right that one [Apple] simply copies the design.
The paper notes that Apple Switzerland declined to comment and directed reporters to Apple's corporate headquarters in the United States.

The clock's image is widely licensed, with the watchmaker Mondaine selling replicas around the world.

(Thanks for the translation, Dave!)

Update: In the interest of fairness, we have changed our links from Tanges-Anzeiger to the Swiss daily Blick, which first reported the story. The translated quote remains one provided by a MacRumors reader from a paragraph in the Tanges-Anzeiger story.

via mac rumors


Apple to Require iPhone 5 Activation Before It Leaves Any Store [Update]

Posted by Chris in Chris's ReBlog, 16 September 2012 · 3,197 views

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It looks like this time around, Apple has new plans for the way it is distributing the iPhone 5. We earlier learned factory unlocked iPhones will no longer be available for purchase on launch day at Apple retail stores. Now, the Globe and Mail is reporting Apple is tightening how authorized resellers distribute the new iPhone:

People close to some of the Canadian carriers that are planning to sell the new device said Friday that Apple will not allow those firms to sell it in their stores without also activating the device.
In effect, that means users will have a harder time reselling the phones or shipping them to other countries where the iPhone may not have launched yet, or may not normally be available. As such, the move gives Apple more control over how and where its devices are sold.
According to a source, Apple had not required immediate activation as a prerequisite for sales for any of the previous iPhone models.

Essentially, when you walk into any carrier or dealer to buy the iPhone 5, you won’t be able to leave with your phone until it is activated. An ‘activation’ in Apple’s definition means getting to the Home screen.
Anytime an iPhone is activated on either Rogers, Telus or Bell, Apple is automatically paid a fee by the carriers, with the latter also receiving part of usage fees from monthly plans. According to the Globe and Mail, sources close to the ‘Big 3′ carriers confirmed off the record this new rule would apply for the iPhone 5.
It appears these new changes target scalpers and resellers; Apple is tightening its leash on iPhone sales.
Update: Our reliable source mentions you can leave Apple Stores with a sealed carrier locked and activated iPhone 5. Also, fully unsubsidized and carrier locked iPhone 5 units will be available for purchase.

via iPhoneinCanada


First Blog post

Posted by Sudo in Thero's Blog, 08 September 2012 · 1,169 views
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This is my blog and my first blog post.
I don't understand why this blog is required to be made. Doesn't this waste space on the server? Anyways I guess I'll post interesting stuff here that isn't about the news.
I'll post news on the icommunity blog.

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