Apple isn’t slated to release iOS 8 until much later this year, but the announcement is expected in a matter of months at the annual Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC). With iOS 7 still under active development — iOS 7.1 is expected to hit soon, bringing various UI tweaks and bug fixes — most haven’t begun to think about iOS 8. However, there is one question worth considering, particularly when buying new devices: what devices will be supported? (more…)
While an untethered jailbreak was released for iOS 6.1.3 – 6.1.5 just last week, it was restricted to the iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4 and fourth-generation iPod touch. Early this morning, the release of p0sixspwn changed that. The new tool, developed by iH8sn0w and winocm, extends the jailbreak to all devices capable of running the aforementioned software versions.
This jailbreak is compatible with the iPhone 5, iPhone 4S, iPhone 4 (GSM), iPhone 4 (CDMA), iPhone 3GS, iPad 2, iPad 3, iPad 4, iPad mini, iPod touch 4G and iPod touch 5G. If you have a Mac running OS X Lion or later, iFans forum member Tkf1 has prepared a step-by-step tutorial on how to jailbreak with p0sixspwn. There is no Windows version of p0sixspwn as of writing, although it is expected soon.
The release of p0sixspwn has been fairly controversial within the jailbreaking community, as iOS security researcher pod2g claims that it burns exploits that could have been used towards future jailbreaks. Moreover, many iPhone, iPad and iPod touch users have already updated to iOS 7. What do you think? Was the release of p0sixspwn an ill-advised move, or does it remain important to cater to those that have stuck to older iOS versions?
Anyone that is still rocking an older iOS device is in for a real treat, thanks to the release of Whited00r 7. The custom firmware allows for original iPhone, iPhone 3G, or first- and second-generation iPod touch users to replicate the all-new look and feel of iOS 7 on their devices. Better yet, the software is a free download and has a straightforward installation process.
Whited00r 7 brings the look and feel of iOS7 to older devices no longer supported by Apple. Our firmware has been engineered to replicate iOS7 down to the smallest detail. Whited00r’s first priority is speed. None of the modifications Whited00r makes to your device will slow it down.
The different features that Whited00r 7 brings to older iPhones and iPods includes: iOS 7-like push notifications, AppTimeMachine and Cydia, an iOS 7-like camera app, card-based multitasking, Control Center, voice control, and several customization options. Both MB and MC bootrom versions are supported, with installation tools for Windows and OS X available.
Owners of the fourth-generation iPod touch also received an update from Cupertino last week, which includes a fix for the same FaceTime bug that was patched in iOS 7. Additionally, Apple also included various “security fixes” in this latest update.
On the 14th of this month, Apple silently released an iOS update for the ipod Touch 4th Gen, iOS 6.1.5. This update includes a fix for the FaceTime bug as well as other “security updates”, which means that this minor update most likely prevents the device from being jailbroken, so update at your own risk.
iOS 7 brings about various new features and enhancements. These features and enhancements can be very useful, but iOS 7 also currently brings with it decreased performance, particularly on A5-based devices.
Users of those devices, which include the iPad mini, iPad 2, and iPod touch G5, can make certain changes to improve their experience on Apple’s latest OS. While hopefully a future update will improve performance for these devices (two of which are still being sold by Apple), the following settings can all be changed now.
Almost all of these changes are done in the Settings.app, and are located under the accessibility option in general settings. (more…)
Mike Wehner of TUAW writes:
The massive information engine Wolfram Alpha just added a whopping 649 Pokémon to its database. For fans of the games, that fact is pretty cool all on its own, but if you happen to own an iPhone or an iPad with Siri, it’s even more awesome. You see, thanks to Siri’s ability to search Wolfram Alpha for information, your iDevice is now as close to a real-life Pokédex as you’ll probably ever have.
Just ask Siri to Wolfram Search for Pikachu, Charmander, Diglet or other Pokémon favorites and, voila, a free Pokédex!
It is safe to assume that almost everyone that is part of the iFans community has owned an iOS device at some point, even if they have since switched platforms.
So, tell us, what was your first iOS device? Was it the original iPod touch or iPhone, or perhaps an iPad? Think back over the past six years and let us know in the comments.
Apple claims that over 200 million iPhones, iPads and iPods have been updated to iOS 7 in the last week. As you would expect, there has been a significant amount of both praise and criticism towards the all-new software. iFans has compiled a running list of the biggest pros and cons of iOS 7 from within the discussion forums.
- Pros: Control Center, battery life, blur effects, redesigned multitasking, live clock icon, the lock screen, and parallax wallpapers.
- Cons: Animation slowness, album view in Music and Photo apps, overall lag in certain situations, and the dock.
Have you posted what you like and dislike about iOS 7 yet?
Apple has maintained its cycle of releasing new iPhone, iPad and iPod touch models once per calendar year, meaning that there is increasing fragmentation of iOS devices and versions in the hands of users. As the hardware specifications of older devices begin to lag behind, Apple has steadily raised the minimum software version for App Store downloads.
At this point, most apps require iOS 4.3 or later in order to be installed. That leaves millions of users with older iOS devices out of luck when attempting to install popular apps such as Facebook, Candy Crush Saga, Temple Run and Minecraft: Pocket Edition. But, fortunately, there is now a solution.
Apple has introduced a new iOS feature that allows for users with older devices to install the “last compatible version” of apps available. The discovery was made on Reddit and picked up by Engadget, which confirmed that it was able to install an older version of Instagram on an iPhone 3GS running iOS 4.3.3.