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Siri Ported To iPhone 4

October 15th, 2011 10:31 admin View Comments

iPhone 4S - Siri

We have some good news for iPhone 4 users who were hoping that Siri – Apple’s revolutionary personal assistant feature, that is exclusively available only on Apple’s iPhone 4S, can be enabled on iPhone 4.

9 to 5 Mac reports that they have been working with iPhone developer and hacker Steven Troughton-Smith to have managed to successfully port Siri to iPhone 4.

9 to 5 Mac reports:

Troughton-Smith was able to get the beginning steps of a full port rolling after installing the iPhone 4S Siri and Springboard files onto an iPhone 4. 

Siri’s interface loads up with all the features from the iPhone 4S implementation. 

Siri on the iPhone 4 can recognize spoken commands in both the standard Siri view and the keyboard Dictation view. The only issue at this point is that Apple is not authenticating (obviously) commands to its servers from iPhone 4 hardware. The Siri port to the iPhone 4, at this point, also has the ability to speak back to the user. You may notice Siri and the iPhone 4 acting very sluggish in the above video. The issue here is not Siri, but is that a special GPU driver for iPhone 4 is needed; and it is obviously not included in the iPhone 4S binary cache – where the Siri files are located.

Checkout the video of Siri running on iPhone 4:

It hasn’t clear why Siri is exclusively available only on iPhone 4S. 9 to 5 Mac claims that there is no technical reason why Siri can’t run on iPhone 4 and they believe that even iPhone 4′s hardware can support it. 9 to 5 Mac goes on to speculate:

We are not entirely sure why Apple is making Siri an iPhone 4S exclusive but it could be due to special microphone support, or because the A5 may allow it to run slightly quicker.

You may remember that last year, Apple didn’t enable the custom wallpaper feature in iOS 4 for iPhone 3G users as it felt that “the icon animation with backgrounds didn’t perform well enough”. So it is possible that Apple was not happy with the sluggish performance on older iOS devices and as 9 to 5 Mac has point out the special microphone support could have kept it out of iPad 2, which comes with similar hardware.

[via 9 to 5 Mac]

Source: Siri Ported To iPhone 4

iPhone 4S: Will It Blend?

October 15th, 2011 10:54 admin View Comments

iPhone 4S

There are few things that you expect when Apple launches a new iOS device. In case of iPhone 4S it hasn’t been any different.

It all started several months back with the rumors and speculations about what to expect in the next generation iPhone, then we had a big media event last week where Apple finally unveiled the fifth generation iPhone. 

The new iPhone 4s got us so excited that some of us decided to stand in the line to be the first to get our hands on one; while some were even offered $1500 for a spot in the iPhone 4S line (which was apparently turned down), it was followed by the first unboxing photos and hands-on videos, and we also had folks at iFixit taking it apart.

So the only thing remaining was, for folks at BlendTec find the answer to the question: Will iPhone 4S blend? You can checkout the video below to find out:

[via YouTube (Blendtec)]

Source: iPhone 4S: Will It Blend?

Speed Test: iPhone 4S Vs. iPhone 4

October 14th, 2011 10:54 admin View Comments

iPhone 4S

iPhone 4S comes with Apple’s faster dual-core A5 processor, which offers up to twice the power and up to seven times graphics performance.

Initial benchmark results of iPhone 4S have revealed that it is approximately 70% faster than iPhone 4 when it comes to using Mobile Safari. So how fast is it when it comes to opening apps.

MacRumors points us to a comparison video posted by YouTube user Eurosausage, which highlights how much faster, the iPhone 4S is compared to iPhone 4 at launching apps.

In the comparison video, Eurosausage opens quite a few apps and games. As you can see iPhone 4S launches apps noticeably faster than iPhone 4.

Source: Speed Test: iPhone 4S Vs. iPhone 4

iPhone 4S Fixes Death Grip Issue?

October 14th, 2011 10:38 admin View Comments

iPhone 4S

The unconventional design of the iPhone 4′s antenna system became a huge issue after a number of users discovered a loss in signal strength when the device was held in a particular way. The controversy grew to such a large scale, that Apple was forced to call a media gathering and brief the press, that the death grip problem wasn’t unique to the iPhone 4 but existed in a number of other smartphones as well.

The iPhone 4S/iPhone 5 rumor mill churned out a number of rumors, most of which said that the then unreleased device would feature an improved antenna, solving the “death grip” problem a number of customers faced. It seems that with the iPhone 4S’ improved antenna, which smartly switches between two antennas, Apple managed to resolve the death grip issue.

While the iPhone 4S has been available for much less than a day, a number of early buyers are reporting that the signal drop on the device when tightly held is considerably less than the corresponding drop for the iPhone 4.

One user checked the signal drop for both the iPhone 4S and the iPhone 4 under “death grip” at the exact same place and noticed no signal drop on the iPhone 4S.

iPhone 4S versus iPhone 4 Antenna comparison

As you see in the image above, the iPhone 4 dropped one bar while there isn’t any signal loss on the iPhone 4S.

Although initial reviews of the iPhone 4S didn’t touch upon the topic of “antennagate” much, many reviewers noted that the iPhone 4S does get better reception. Jim Dalrymple in his review for The Loop said:

The dual antennas are at work when you’re not on a call too. I have noticed that my signal is stronger in places where it was weak before.

We expect the issue to get clearer as more and more people get their hands on the iPhone 4S and test it in locations with weak signal strength.

Did you experience any such improvement on your iPhone 4S?

[via MacRumors]

Source: iPhone 4S Fixes Death Grip Issue?

Ultrasn0w 1.2.4 For iOS 5 Released [Unlock iPhone]

October 14th, 2011 10:08 admin View Comments

Ultrasn0w

As promised, iPhone Dev team have released an updated version of Ultrasn0w for iOS 5.

Ultrasn0w 1.2.4 can now be installed on a jailbroken iPhone running iOS 5. Dev team hasn’t added support to any new baseband so it will be compatible with basebands 04.26.08, 05.11.07, 05.12.01, 05.13.04, and 06.15.00 for iPhone 3GS and baseband 01.59.00 for iPhone 4.

Dev team has provided the following information on their blog about today’s release:

We’ve updated ultrasn0w to be compatible with iOS5, which came out a few days ago.  While ultrasn0w 1.2.4 (available now in Cydia) doesn’t add support for any new basebands, the update is required for any ultrasn0w unlockers trying out iOS5 (it remains backwards compatible though, so you should be able to use it no matter what firmware you have).  

The supported basebands for the iPhone 3G and 3GS are 04.26.08, 05.11.07, 05.12.01, 05.13.04, and 06.15.00.  The baseband supported for the iPhone4 is 01.59.00.

Remember, the only way to get to iOS5 while preserving your ultrasn0w-compatible baseband is by using a custom IPSW.  redsn0w now has the ability to create such a custom IPSW for you (at least on Macs…the same capability for Windows will be coming soon).

The majority of people who use ultrasn0w at iOS5 right now will probably be those with old-bootrom iPhone3GS devices, since they already have an untethered jailbreak via redsn0w.  For everyone else, the iOS5 jailbreak is currently tethered and you need to “Just boot†tethered with redsn0w every time your phone reboots.  That’s not always easy to do if your phone reboots while away from home!

Note: there’s a special “trick†that iPhone3GS owners with baseband 06.15 need for iOS5.  During the new setup screens you see when you start iOS5 for the first time, you’ll be asked about Location Services.  Be sure to select “Disable Location Services†when asked!  Later on in the setup, you’ll have the chance to turn on Location Services again when asked if you want to use “Find my iPhoneâ€.  It’s fine to turn it back on at that point, if that’s your desire (or you can always go in and enable it in Settings.app).

Also, some iPhone3GS users with the 06.15 baseband may have tried to install iOS5 using a stock IPSW (even though you should never ever try to use a stock IPSW if you’re an ultrasn0w unlocker).  If you did try this, your baseband is probably in an inconsistent state, and you’ll need to reflash the 06.15 baseband again (using redsn0w).  Be very careful if you use redsn0w to reflash the iPad baseband — don’t interrupt the process! And please avoid using stock IPSWs in the future :)  Unlockers should never go near stock IPSWs.

iPhone Dev team had released Redns0w 0.9.9b5 with PwnageTool functionality, so if you have an iPhone 4 or iPhone 3GS with the older baseband (You can find your iPhone’s baseband by going to Settings –> About –> Modem Firmware) then you can use it or Sn0wbreeze to create the custom iOS 5 firmware to preserve the baseband and update your iPhone with a pre-jailbroken iOS 5, so that you can install Ultrasn0w 1.2.4 from Cydia.

As always, let us know how it goes.

[via Dev Team's blog]

Source: Ultrasn0w 1.2.4 For iOS 5 Released [Unlock iPhone]

Siri: FAQ About Apple’s Intelligent Personal Assistant Feature

October 14th, 2011 10:31 admin View Comments

iPhone 4S - Siri

One of the most impressive features of Apple’s new iPhone 4S is Siri – the intelligent personal assistant feature, which we believe could be as or more revolutionary than Apple’s multitouch feature, which was introduced with the first iPhone.

Ever since Apple introduced Siri at last week’s Let’s Talk iPhone event, we have been finding out interesting details about the new feature such as the exhaustive list of phrases it can understand, how unbelievably accurate it is and that the engineers responsible for developing it has some sense of humor.

Apple has published an FAQ on the new feature (not sure if it was published today or available earlier) that will be exclusively available on iPhone 4S that will be available today. Here are answers to the some of the questions that we’ve been frequently asked since its introduction:

Which apps does Siri work with?

Siri works with almost all the built-in apps on iPhone 4S. Apple says that Siri is smart enough to figure out which apps to use to provide you with answers. It also uses Search and Location Services to help you with your requests.

Here’s a list of apps and services that Siri works with worldwide:

  • Phone
  • FaceTime
  • Music
  • Mail
  • Messages
  • Calendar
  • Reminders
  • Notes
  • Contacts
  • Weather
  • Stocks
  • Web Search
  • Find My Friends
  • Alarms, World Clock and Timer
  • Wikipedia search
  • Wolfram Alpha (English only)

Siri also assists users to use the following apps in the U.S. in English:

  • Maps
  • Local search with Yelp!
Apple has clarified that Maps and local search support will be available in additional countries in 2012.

Language Support and Availability

Apple has again confirmed that Siri will be exclusively available only on iPhone 4S. It can understand and speak the following languages:

  • English (United States, United Kingdom, Australia)
  • French (France)
  • German (Germany)

Apple will add support for Japanese, Chinese, Korean, Italian, and Spanish to Siri in 2012.

Can I use Siri in any of these languages in other countries?

This is probably the most frequently asked question as the language support has led to some confusion about whether it will be available in all the countries.

Apple has clarified that Siri will be enabled in any country. However, it goes on to add:

Siri is designed to recognize the specific accents and dialects of the supported countries listed above. Since every language has its own accents and dialects, the accuracy rate will be higher for native speakers.

So though users from other countries might face some issues initially, things will improve as they use it more. Apple has pointed out while answering another question that the more you use Siri, the better it will understand you. Apple explains:

Siri works right out of the box, without any work on your part. And the more you use Siri, the better it will understand you. It does this by learning about your accent and other characteristics of your voice. Siri uses voice recognition algorithms to categorize your voice into one of the dialects or accents it understands. As more people use Siri and it’s exposed to more variations of a language, its overall recognition of dialects and accents will continue to improve, and Siri will work even better.

Siri also uses information from your contacts, music library, calendars, and reminders to better understand what you say. So it responds more accurately when you ask to make a phone call, play music, or create an appointment or reminder.

If you want to find out more about the feature then follow this link.

We would love to find out your experience with Siri, so please drop us a line in the comments.

Source: Siri: FAQ About Apple’s Intelligent Personal Assistant Feature

How To Jailbreak iPod Touch 4G, iPod Touch 3G Running iOS 5 Using Redsn0w

October 14th, 2011 10:08 admin View Comments

Jailbreak iPod Touch On iOS 4.2.1 Redsn0w

Apple released iOS 5 couple of days back, which includes more than 200 features for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch users.

iPhone Dev team had released Redsn0w, which allows iPod touch users to jailbreak iOS 5.

In this guide, we will take you through the step by step procedure to jailbreak iPod touch running iOS 5 using Redsn0w.

Here are some important points to note before you proceed.

  • This guide is meant for iPod touch 4G and iPod touch 3G users. iPhone 4 and iPhone 3GS users can checkout this guide, while iPad users can checkout this guide.
  • Please go through our latest status update on jailbreaking iOS 5 to figure out if you should jailbreak iOS 5.
  • Redsn0w 0.9.9b5/Redsn0w 0.9.9b4 only supports a tethered jailbreak, which means that you need to connect your iOS device to the computer on every reboot.
  • Please note that jailbreaking your iPod touch may void your warranty and hence proceed with caution and at your own risk.
  • Please do not forget to backup your iPod touch before you proceed. You can refer to this post for instructions on how to backup your iPod touch.
  • If you’ve jailbroken your iPod touch then you can use jailbreak apps such as AptBackup, PkgBackup or xBackup from Cydia to take a backup of all the jailbreak apps and tweaks so you can reinstall them easily after successfully jailbreaking your iPod touch rather then installing them individually. However, since you’re moving from iOS 4.x to iOS 5, it may be a good idea to reinstall the jailbreak apps to avoid compatibility issues.
  • After the jailbreaking process is complete, do not forget to checkout our article on tips to keep your iPod touch secure.
  • Please ensure you are running latest version of iTunes i.e. iTunes 10.5 or later.

You can follow these step-by-step instructions to jailbreak your iPod touch 4G or iPod touch 3G:

Step 1: Download Redsn0w 0.9.9b4 for Windows from this link and Redsn0w 0.9.9b5 for Mac from this link and save the application in a folder named “Redsn0w” on your desktop.

Step 2: You need to download both the iOS 5 firmware file (use Firefox or Chrome to download the firmware file instead of using Internet Explorer or Safari):

iOS 5 firmware file for iPod touch 4G from this link (iPod4,1_5.0_9A334_Restore.ipsw)

iOS 5 firmware file for iPod touch 3G from this link (iPod3,1_5.0_9A334_Restore.ipsw)

Step 3: Double click the Redsn0w zip file and extract the application to the Redsn0w folder.

Step 4: Connect your iPod touch to the computer, which should automatically launch iTunes.

Skip steps 5 and 6, if your iPod touch has already been upgraded to iOS 5.

Step 5: From the ‘Devices‘ section on the left pane of iTunes, select your iPod touch. Now, hold down the Shift button (Option button for Mac users) and click the ‘Restore‘ button.

Step 6: Navigate to the Redsn0w folder on the desktop and select the downloaded iOS 5 firmware file (iPod touch 4G users – please select iPod4,1_5.0_9A334_Restore.ipsw and iPod touch 3G users – please select iPod3,1_5.0_9A334_Restore.ipsw). Click on the ‘Choose‘ button to let iTunes update your iPod touch with the required firmware. You will be asked to setup your iPod touch either from a previous backup or setup as a new iPod touch, select the backup you want for your device (ideally should be the most recent one). Wait for iTunes to finish.

Step 7: Navigate back to the Redsn0w folder and launch the Redsn0w application.

Note:

Windows users will have to manually select the iOS 5 firmware file. After launching Redsn0w, click on Extras, then click on Select IPSW. Here select the iOS 5 firmware file (iPod touch 4G users please select iPod4,1_5.0_9A334_Restore.ipsw and iPod touch 3G users – please select iPod3,1_5.0_9A334_Restore.ipsw) that you had downloaded in step 2. You need to do this just once. Mac users can skip this step as Dev team has added the public URLs to Redsn0w 0.9.9b5.

Windows 7 users should run the exe in Windows XP compatibility mode (right-click on the Redsn0w exe and select Properties, then select the Compatibility tab and select Run this program in compatibility mode for Windows XP). Windows XP and Windows 7 users should run Redsn0w as ‘Administrator’ (right-click on the Redsn0w exe and select ‘Run as an Administrator’).

Step 8: Click on the Jailbreak button.

Step 9: You will now be prompted plug your iPod touch to the computer and switch it OFF. Follow the instructions and click on ‘Next‘ to move to the next screen:

Step 10: You will now need to put your iPod touch into the DFU mode. Redsn0w will take you through the necessary steps:

(a) Hold the Power button on iPod touch down for 3 seconds:

(b) Now simultaneously hold the iPod touch and keep the two buttons pressed for 10 seconds:

(c) Now release the Power button while keeping the Home button pressed until Redsn0w detects the device:

Step 11: Your iPod touch should reboot now. Please remember to release the Home button.

Step 12: Redsn0w will now start preparing the jailbreak data.

Step 13: You will now be prompted to select the jailbreak options you would like. Make sure Cydia is selected and select ‘Next‘ to continue.

Step 14: You iPod touch will be rebooted again and Redsn0w will now begin uploading the new RAM disk and kernel.

Step 15: You will now be notified once the jailbreaking process is complete. Click on the ‘Finish‘ button to exit the application.

Step 16: Your iPod touch will reboot once again (which could take approximately 5 minutes). After it has rebooted, your iPod touch should be successfully jailbroken. You should find Cydia jailbreak app on your iPod touch’s home screen.

If you’re new to the jailbreaking world and wondering what to do after jailbreaking your iPod touch, checkout our jailbreak apps category page to find out the apps you can install on your iPod touch using the Cydia app. Please note that some of the jailbreak apps and tweaks are still not compatible with iOS 5 so please be cautious while installing them.

Note: Once Redsn0w has finished jailbreaking your iPod touch, you will need to boot it tethered, which means that if you need to reboot your iPod touch it will be stuck on the Apple logo. All you need to do is rerun Redsn0w and this time click on Extras and then click on Just boot from the list of options and follow the on screen instructions to reboot your iPod touch.

Troubleshooting:

How to fix the White/Blank Cydia icon issue:

If you notice the white Cydia icon (which fails to launch) after successfully jailbreaking your iPod touch. Then follow these steps to fix the issue.

  • Launch Redsn0w again.
  • Click on Extras and then click on Just Boot from the list of options.
  • You will now be prompted to plug your iPod touch to the computer and switch it off. Follow the instructions in the correct sequence and click on ‘Next‘ to move to the next screen:
  • You will now need to put your iPod touch into the DFU mode. Redsn0w will take you through the necessary steps:
    • Hold the Power button on iPod touch down for 3 seconds.
    • Now simultaneously hold the iPod touch and keep the two buttons pressed for 10 seconds.
    • Now release the Power button while keeping the Home button pressed until Redsn0w detects the device.
  • Your device will reboot and you will see the Pwnage icon on your iPod touch’s screen for few minutes.
  • After your iPod touch is successfully rebooted, you will see the regular Cydia icon (brown). You should now be able to launch Cydia without any issue.

Hope this helped. Please don’t forget to let us know how it goes in the comments and drop us a line if you hit any issues.

Source: How To Jailbreak iPod Touch 4G, iPod Touch 3G Running iOS 5 Using Redsn0w

How To Jailbreak iPad 1 Running iOS 5 Using Redsn0w

October 14th, 2011 10:55 admin View Comments

Jailbreak iPod Touch On iOS 4.2.1 Redsn0w

Apple released iOS 5 couple of days back, which includes more than 200 features for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch users.

iPhone Dev team had released Redsn0w, which allows iPad 1 users to jailbreak iOS 5.

In this guide, we will take you through the step by step procedure to jailbreak iPad on iOS 5 using Redsn0w.

Here are some important points to note before you proceed.

  • This guide is meant for iPad 1. iPhone 4 and iPhone 3GS users can checkout this guide and we will publish the guide for iPod touch 3G and iPod touch 4g shortly.
  • Please go through our latest status update on jailbreaking iOS 5 to figure out if you should jailbreak iOS 5.
  • Redsn0w 0.9.9b5/Redsn0w 0.9.9b4 only supports a tethered jailbreak, which means that you need to connect your iOS device to the computer on every reboot.
  • Redsn0w 0.9.9b5/Redsn0w 0.9.9b4 does not support iPad 2.
  • Please note that jailbreaking your iPad may void your warranty and hence proceed with caution and at your own risk.
  • Please do not forget to backup your iPad before you proceed. You can refer to this post for instructions on how to backup your iPad.
  • If you’ve jailbroken your iPad then you can use jailbreak apps such as AptBackup, PkgBackup or xBackup from Cydia to take a backup of all the jailbreak apps and tweaks so you can reinstall them easily after successfully jailbreaking your iPad rather then installing them individually. However, since you’re moving from iOS 4.x to iOS 5, it may be a good idea to reinstall the jailbreak apps to avoid compatibility issues.
  • After the jailbreaking process is complete, do not forget to checkout our article on tips to keep your iPad secure.
  • Please ensure you are running latest version of iTunes i.e. iTunes 10.5 or later.

You can follow these step-by-step instructions to jailbreak your iPad 1:

Step 1: Download Redsn0w 0.9.9b4 for Windows from this link and Redsn0w 0.9.9b5 for Mac from this link and save the application in a folder named “Redsn0w” on your desktop.

Step 2: You need to download both the iOS 5 firmware file (use Firefox or Chrome to download the firmware file instead of using Internet Explorer or Safari):

iOS 5 firmware file for iPad 1 from this link (iPad1,1_5.0_9A334_Restore.ipsw)

Step 3: Double click the Redsn0w zip file and extract the application to the Redsn0w folder.

Step 4: Connect your iPad to the computer, which should automatically launch iTunes.

Skip steps 5 and 6, if your iPad has already been upgraded to iOS 5.

Step 5: From the ‘Devices‘ section on the left pane of iTunes, select your iPad device. Now, hold down the Shift button (Option button for Mac users) and click the ‘Restore‘ button.

Step 6: Navigate to the Redsn0w folder on the desktop and select the downloaded iOS 5 firmware file (iPad1,1_5.0_9A334_Restore.ipsw). Click on the ‘Choose‘ button to let iTunes update your iPad with the required firmware. You will be asked to setup your iPad 1 either from a previous backup or setup as a new iPad, select the backup you want for your device (ideally should be the most recent one). Wait for iTunes to finish.

Step 7: Navigate back to the Redsn0w folder and launch the Redsn0w application.

Note:

Windows users will have to manually select the iOS 5 firmware file. After launching Redsn0w, click on Extras, then click on Select IPSW. Here select the iOS 5 firmware file (iPad1,1_5.0_9A334_Restore.ipsw) that you had downloaded in step 2. You need to do this just once. Mac users can skip this step as Dev team has added the public URLs to Redsn0w 0.9.9b5.

Windows 7 users should run the exe in Windows XP compatibility mode (right-click on the Redsn0w exe and select Properties, then select the Compatibility tab and select Run this program in compatibility mode for Windows XP). Windows XP and Windows 7 users should run Redsn0w as ‘Administrator’ (right-click on the Redsn0w exe and select ‘Run as an Administrator’).

Step 8: Click on the Jailbreak button.

Step 9: You will now be prompted to switch OFF your iPad and plug it to the computer. Follow the instructions and click on ‘Next‘ to move to the next screen: Step 10: You will now need to put your iPad into the DFU mode. Redsn0w will take you through the necessary steps: (a) Hold the Power button on iPad down for 3 seconds: (b) Now simultaneously hold the iPad and keep the two buttons pressed for 10 seconds: (c) Now release the Power button while keeping the Home button pressed until Redsn0w detects the device:

Step 11: Your iPad should reboot now. Please remember to release the Home button.

Step 12: Redsn0w will now start preparing the jailbreak data. Step 13: You will now be prompted to select the jailbreak options you would like. Make sure Cydia is selected and select ‘Next‘ to continue.

Step 14: You iPad will be rebooted again and Redsn0w will now begin uploading the new RAM disk and kernel.

Step 15: You will now be notified once the jailbreaking process is complete. Click on the ‘Finish‘ button to exit the application.

Step 16: Your iPad will reboot once again (which could take approximately 5 minutes). After it has rebooted, your iPad should be successfully jailbroken. You should find Cydia jailbreak app on your iPad’s home screen.

If you’re new to the jailbreaking world and wondering what to do after jailbreaking your iPad, checkout our jailbreak apps category page to find out the apps you can install on your iPad using the Cydia app. Please note that some of the jailbreak apps and tweaks are still not compatible with iOS 5 so please be cautious while installing them.

Note: Once Redsn0w has finished jailbreaking your iPad, you will need to boot it tethered, which means that if you need to reboot your iPad it will be stuck on the Apple logo. All you need to do is rerun Redsn0w and this time click on Extras and then click on Just boot from the list of options and follow the on screen instructions to reboot your iPad.

Hope this helped. Please don’t forget to let us know how it goes in the comments and drop us a line if you hit any issues.

Source: How To Jailbreak iPad 1 Running iOS 5 Using Redsn0w

iPhone 4S Lines Have Started

October 13th, 2011 10:01 admin View Comments

iPhone 4S lines have started with less than 24 hours to go for official launch.

As we mentioned earlier, with shipping estimates for iPhone 4S pre-orders slipping to 1-2 weeks, one of the only ways to get your hands on Apple’s new iPhone 4S is to stand in line outside the Apple Store.

The lines outside Apple Stores in Japan are already quite long, which will be the first to open for iPhone 4S in a few hours from now. Guillaume Erard reports that there were over 100 people in line at Apple’s Shibuya retail store in Tokyo. He has also posted the following video:

MacRumors reports that lines have also started outside Apple Stores in London. Here are some photographs:

Macrecord reports that there are more than 150 people are outside in line at the Opéra retail store in Paris:

Meanwhile things seem to be quite in U.S as of now. MacRumors reports:

Things still appear to be relatively quiet in the United States and Canada nearly 17 hours before the first launches, as we’ve been receiving scattered reports of lines beginning to form but with only a handful of people encamped at most of the stores from which we’ve received reports. 

However, it looks like Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak is reportedly the first and only person in line so far at the Los Gatos retail store in California.

Some of you might call this crazy but Robert Scoble had aptly put it“waiting in line for an Apple product is glorious, even if it is idiotic.” Have you pre-ordered your iPhone 4S? Are you getting it delivered or planning to pick it up from the Apple Store? Or are you planning to join to be the first to get the iPhone 4S?

Source: iPhone 4S Lines Have Started

Apple Vs Samsung: Australian Court Bans Samsung From Selling Galaxy Tab 10.1

October 13th, 2011 10:58 admin View Comments

Samsung Logo

After obtaining preliminary injunctions in a number of countries, Apple’s lawyers have managed to block the sale of Samsung’s Galaxy Tab 10.1 in Australia. The injunction although not permanent, stays valid until a full hearing which is scheduled to happen sometime next year.

The case which started with Apple claiming infringement of up to 13 patents, at the end came down to two patents, one of which credited Steve Jobs as its inventor. Sydney Morning Herald reports:

Justice Annabelle Bennett today said Apple had a prima facie case that Samsung had infringed two of its patents relating to touch screens and the gestures that control them.

Samsung had agreed to not start selling or even marketing the Galaxy Tab 10.1 in Australia until a decision was arrived at, and at one point of time even contemplated scrapping the release of the product due to the excessive delays.

Samsung, in its response to the decision voiced its disappointment saying:

“Samsung will be seeking legal advice on its options. Samsung will continue its legal proceeding against Apple’s claim in order to ensure our innovative products remain available to consumers. We will continue to legally assert our intellectual property rights against those who violate Samsung’s patents and free ride on our technology.”

The last sentence refers to a number of patents owned by Samsung related to wireless networks, which the iPhone 4S allegedly infringes. Samsung has been quite vocal about its decision to counter-sue Apple, eyeing at a ban on the iPhone 4S in various countries including Australia.

Although we aren’t intellectual property experts, at first look Apple’s claim of Samsung “slavishly” copying iOS devices does seem true to a certain extent, as can be seen in this post.

Florian Mueller of FOSS Patents, goes onto speculate:

The two patents on which today’s ruling is based aren’t Galaxy Tab 10.1-specific at all. They will affect all Android-based smartphones and tablet computers, across all vendors.

If Apple wins the Australian case at the end of the main proceeding, all Android-based products will effectively be shut out of the Australian market forever, unless Google or its device maker partners settle with Apple.

For now, this decision essentially means that Samsung’s Galaxy Tab 10.1 won’t ever make its début in Australia. Even if the outcome of the final hearing (which won’t start before next year) goes in Samsung’s favor, the market by then would have evolved a lot making the Galaxy Tab 10.1 outdated.

[via SMH, iTnews]

Source: Apple Vs Samsung: Australian Court Bans Samsung From Selling Galaxy Tab 10.1

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