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iTunes’ Windows Problem

April 17th, 2012 04:40 admin View Comments

Apple

Hugh Pickens writes “Jean-Louis Gassée writes that iTunes is the best thing that has happened to Apple because without iTunes’ innovative micropayment system and its new way of selling songs one at a time, the iPod would have been just another commodity MP3 player. The well-debugged iTunes infrastructure turned out to be a godsend for the emergence of the iPhone. But today, the toxic waste of success cripples iTunes: increasingly non-sensical complexity, inconsistencies, layers of patches over layers of patches ending up in a structure so labyrinthine no individual can internalize it any longer. ‘It’s a giant kitchen sink piled high with loosely related features, and it’s highly un-Apple-like’ says Allen Pike. ‘Users know it, critics know it, and you can bet the iTunes team knows it. But for the love of god, why?’ People naturally suggest splitting iTunes into multiple apps, but Apple can’t, because many, if not most iOS users are on Windows. It’s Apple’s one and only foothold on Windows, so it needs to support everything an iOS device owner could need to do with their device. ‘Can you imagine the support hurricane it would cause if Windows users suddenly needed to download, install, and use 3-4 different apps to sync and manage their media on their iPhone?’ But help may be on the way with iOS 5. As iCloud duplicates more and more of iTunes’ sync functionality, they can start removing it from iTunes. ‘Apple is very explicit about it in their marketing materials: they call it “PC Free”. They’re not quite there yet, but they’re driving towards a future where you don’t need to manage your iOS device with a PC at all – Mac or Windows.’”

Source: iTunes’ Windows Problem

Breaking News: Apple Releases iOS 5 For iPhone, iPad And iPod Touch

October 12th, 2011 10:05 admin View Comments

iOS 5

The wait seemed eternal but we are getting reports that Apple has finally started rolling out iOS 5 - its eagerly-awaited next generation mobile operating system.

Apple had given us sneak peak of iOS 5 at WWDC 2011 Keynote, which includes more than 200 features for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch users such as revamped Notification system with Notification Center, iMessage, PC Free, Wi-Fi Sync, Newsstand, Reminders, deep Twitter integration and lots more.

According to the release notes iOS 5 includes the large list of new features which we will update shortly.

iOS 5 Update

If you can’t live without a jailbroken iPhone then it would be prudent to wait for iPhone Dev Team to release the latest jailbreak tools for iOS 5. You can read our post, which gives the latest status update on jailbreaking iOS 5.

But if you don’t care about jailbreaking or unlocking your iPhone then we recommend you to follow the following steps to install iOS 5 Software Update:

  • Please check our tips (follow this link) to ensure you’re ready for iOS 5 software update.
  • Assuming that your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch is connected to your computer and you have gone through our checklist and ready for the software update, click the “Check for Update” button from the device summary page in iTunes. If your iPhone or iPod Touch is compatible with iOS 5, iTunes will tell you that an update is available for download and will guide you through the installation.
  • Please note that the entire process of downloading the update and installing it is a time consuming process, so please be patient.
  • After you’ve successfully upgraded to iOS 5, you can checkout all the new features listed here.

Update:

According to the release notes, this update contains over 200 new features, including the following:

  • Notifications
    • Swipe from the top of any screen to view notifications in one place with Notification Centre
    • New notifications appear briefly at the top of the screen
    • View notifications from lock screen
    • Slide the notification app icon to the right on the lock screen to go directly to the app
  • iMessage
    • Send and receive unlimited text, photo and video messages with other iOS 5 users
    • Track messages with delivery and read receipts
    • Group messaging and secure encryption
    • Works over mobile networks and Wi-Fi*
  • Newsstand
    • Automatically organises magazine and newspaper subscriptions on Home Screen
    • Displays the cover of the latest issue
    • Background downloads of new issues
  • Reminders for managing to-do lists
    • Syncs with iCloud, iCal and Outlook
    • Location-based reminders when you leave or arrive at a location for iPhone 4S and iPhone 4
  • Built-in support for Twitter
    • Sign in once in Settings and tweet directly from Camera, Photos, Maps, Safari and YouTube
    • Add location to any tweet
    • View Twitter profile pictures and usernames in Contacts
  • Camera improvements for devices with cameras
    • Double-click the Home button when device is asleep to bring up a camera shortcut on iPhone 4S, iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS and iPod touch (4th generation)
    • Volume Up button to take a picture
    • Optional grid lines to line up shots
    • Pinch to zoom in the preview screen
    • Swipe to camera roll from preview screen
    • Tap and hold to lock focus and exposure; iPad 2 and iPod touch (4th generation) only support exposure lock
  • Photo improvements for devices with cameras
    • Crop and rotate
    • Red-eye removal
    • One-tap enhance
    • Organise photos into albums
  • Mail improvements
    • Format text using bold, italic or underlined fonts
    • Indentation control
    • Drag to rearrange names in address fields
    • Flag messages
    • Mass mark messages as flagged, read or unread
    • Customise mail alert sounds
    • S/MIME
  • Calendar improvements
    • Year view on iPad and new Week view for iPhone and iPod touch
    • Tap to create an event
    • View and add event attachments
  • Game Center improvements
    • Use personal photos for your Game Center account
    • Compare your overall achievement scores with your friends
    • Find new Game Center friends with friend recommendations and friends of friends
    • Discover new games with custom game recommendations
  • AirPlay Mirroring for iPad 2 and iPhone 4S
  • Multitasking Gestures for iPad
    • Use four or five fingers to pinch to the Home Screen
    • Swipe up to reveal the multitasking bar
    • Swipe left or right to switch between apps
  • On-device setup, activation and configuration with Setup Assistant
  • Software updates available over the air without tethering
  • iCloud support
    • iTunes in the Cloud
    • Photo Stream
    • Documents in the Cloud
    • Apps and Books automatic download and purchase history
    • Backup
    • Contacts, Calendar and Mail
    • Find My iPhone
  • Redesigned Music app for iPad
  • Hourly weather forecast
  • Real-time stock quotes
  • Wireless sync to iTunes
  • Keyboard improvements
    • Split keyboard for iPad
    • Improved auto-correction accuracy
    • Improved Chinese and Japanese input
    • New Emoji keyboard
    • Personal dictionary for auto-correction
    • Optionally create keyboard shortcuts for frequently used words
  • Accessibility improvements
  • Option to light LED flash on incoming calls and alerts for iPhone 4S and iPhone 4
  • Custom vibration patterns for incoming calls on iPhone
  • New interface for using iOS with mobility-impairment input devices
  • Option to speak a selection of text
  • Custom element labelling for VoiceOver
  • Exchange ActiveSync improvements
    • Wirelessly sync tasks
    • Mark messages as flagged, read or unread
    • Improved offline support
    • Save a new contact from a GAL service
  • More than 1,500 new developer APIs
  • Bug fixes

Please don’t forget to tell us how it goes.

Source: Breaking News: Apple Releases iOS 5 For iPhone, iPad And iPod Touch

Top 25 iOS 5 Features

October 11th, 2011 10:19 admin View Comments

iOS 5

Apple will be finally releasing their most eagerly awaited next generation mobile operating system – iOS 5 tomorrow, October 12th, which includes more than 200 new features for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.

We have compiled a list of our top 25 features in iOS 5, including some of the hidden features.

We’ll try to keep this list of features as brief as possible and provide a link wherever possible for more details about the feature.

  1. Revamped Notification system with Notification Center, Lock screen display and lots more – more details here and here
  2. Siri – Apple’s new intelligent personal assistant that is currently exclusively available only on iPhone 4S – more details here and here
  3. Integration with iCloud – Apple’s new Cloud based service
  4. iOS 5 includes two new features that will allow Apple to finally cut the cord and usher us in the post-PC era. The first one is PC Free – more details here
  5. The second one is Wi-Fi sync, will sync and backup content such as movies, TV shows, home videos, and photo albums from your iOS device to your Mac or PC whenever its using the same Wi-Fi connection and the iOS device is connected to a power source – more details here
  6. iMessage – Apple’s new messaging service For iPhone, iPad And iPod Touch users – more details here
  7. iOS software updates can be downloaded over-the-air (OTA). The iOS software updates will be delta updates, so instead of downloading the entire OS, you just download what has changed. This probably falls under the PC Free feature, but in our opinion this is one of the major new features of iOS 5. Video
  8. Earthquake Early Warning Notifications For iPhone Users In Japan – more details here
  9. Improved Camera app – more details here
  10. Improved Photos app - more details here
  11. A new Reminders app that allows you to store list of things to do that can be associated with a date and also assigned to a location – more details here
  12. A new Newsstand app that essentially organizes your magazine and newspaper app subscriptions in one place to access them easily and quickly – more details here
  13. Twitter is deeply integrated in iOS 5 and several apps including Camera, Photos, Maps, and Safari – more details here
  14. Mobile Safari gets a number of new features such as Reader, Reading List, full tabbed browsing for iPad users and ability to tweet from Safari – more details here
  15. Mail app gets a number of new features and improvements such as rich text formatting, ability to flag important messages, access to built-in dictionary etc. – more details here and here
  16. With the improved Game Center app, you will be able to add your photo to your Game Center profile, see friends of friends, compare yourself with your friends with Achievement points per game and lots more – details here
  17. AirPlay Mirroring for iPad 2 – more details here
  18. New Multitasking gestures for iPad – more details here
  19. AssistiveTouch feature that allows you to use your iOS device if you have difficulty touching the screen or if you require an adaptive accessory – more details here
  20. Nitro Javascript Engine Performance Improvements To Home Screen Web Apps – more details here
  21. iOS 5 also brings number of improvements to Calendar app such as ability to see year view on the iPad and week view on the iPhone and iPod Touch, ability to view event attachments directly within the Calendar app and other iCloud features – more details here
  22. FaceTime – Apple’s video calling feature gets number of improvements such as improved video quality and FaceTime calls over 3G – more details here and here
  23. Download multiple apps simultaneously over Wi-Fi And 3G – more details here
  24. Weather app also gets a number of improvements in iOS 5 – more details here
  25. Music App gets some minor improvements – more details here

Bonus feature:

  • New First Boot Animation – more details here

You can checkout the video by Apple introducing iOS 5:

If these new features and improvements are not good enough and you want to jailbreak iOS 5 then checkout the latest status update on jailbreaking iOS 5 here.

TechZoom has done the laborious job of compiling an exhaustive list of most of the 200+ features, follow this link to check them out.

We may have inadvertently missed out a major feature in our top 25 features list so please feel free to point it out in the comments and don’t forget to let us know which are your favorite features.

Source: Top 25 iOS 5 Features

iOS 5 Jailbreak: Status Update

October 10th, 2011 10:37 admin View Comments

Redsn0w

Apple will be finally releasing their most eagerly awaited next generation mobile operating system – iOS 5 on October 12th, which includes more than 200 new features such as iMessage, revamped notification system, PC Free, Wi-Fi Sync etc.

We take a look at the current state of jailbreaking to see if you should jailbreak your iOS device when iOS 5 is released.

Status Update:

Jailbreak Tools:

iPhone Dev Team and ih8sn0w have been releasing Redsn0w and Sn0wbreeze for the beta versions of iOS 5 and recently released Redsn0w 0.9.9b3 for Windows and Mac and Sn0wbreeze 2.8 beta 8 for Windows that can jailbreak iOS 5 GM. Since iOS 5 Golden Master is the shipping version of the software, we expect them to be able to jailbreak iOS 5 that will be released on Wednesday.

iOS Devices Supported:

Both these tools support the following iOS 5 devices:

  • iPhone 4 (CDMA)

These tools cannot jailbreak iPad 2, which means that it also won’t be possible to jailbreak Apple’s new iPhone 4S as both are powered by Apple’s A5 chip.

Chronic Dev Team have apparently discovered 5 new userland exploits in iOS 5 for iPad 2 and potentially even iPhone 4S, so it remains to be seen when they will release greenpois0n for iOS 5 to jailbreak iPhone 4S and iPad 2.

Untethered or Tethered:

Redsn0w and Sn0wbreeze currently supports only a tethered jailbreak for all the iOS devices mentioned above, except for iPhone 3GS with the older bootrom.  With a tethered jailbreak you need to connect your iOS device to the computer on every reboot.

We hear that the Chronic Dev Team is working hard on an untethered jailbreak for iOS 5. We’re also quite sure that iPhone Dev team is also working on it.

OTA Updates:

With iOS 5 users will be able to update the iOS software over the air. There have been some concerns raised whether this would have an impact on jailbreaking. iPhone Dev Team has clarified that OTA Updates should not affect jailbreaking. iPhone Dev Team has mentioned that by design, the OTA updates won’t be automatically applied to jailbroken devices, which means you won’t lose the jailbreak due to OTA updates. So if you’re jailbroken, you’ll need to use the standard iTunes method to update your iOS device to the latest iOS 5 software update.

Unlocking:

Redsn0w does not preserve the baseband, so if you depend on Ultrasn0w to unlock your iPhone, you should not use Redsn0w. Sn0wbreeze for Windows currently allows you to preserve the baseband so you can install Ultrasn0w to unlock it. We expect iPhone Dev team to also release PwnageTool to preserve the baseband for Mac users.

However, it is important to note here that Ultrasn0w works  for basebands (01.59.00 / 04.26.08 / 05.11.07 / 05.12.01 / 05.13.04 / 06.15.00) and there hasn’t much progress on the unlocking front for quite a while.

Compatible Jailbreak Apps and Tweaks:

BigBoss tell us that Apple has made a lot of internal changes in iOS 5, so jailbreak apps and tweaks need to be updated for them to work on iOS 5. Dev team’s had released Redsn0w for jailbreak app/tweak developers so that developers can update them for iOS 5. We’ve seen developers release popular apps such as biteSMS, MyWi, My3G, TruPrint, SBSettings released for iOS 5 but there still seem to be quite a few apps like Lockdown Pro that are not compatible with iOS 5. We hope to see an official list of iOS 5 compatible apps, which should make you decision a lot easier.

So should you upgrade and jailbreak iOS 5?

It really depends on you, here are some of the things you should consider before upgrading and jailbreaking iOS 5:

  1. If you want iOS 5′s 200+ new features more than the jailbreak apps and tweaks, then it is a no brainer, you should upgrade to iOS 5.
  2. If you don’t mind the hassle of a tethered jailbreak, then you can upgrade to iOS 5 and jailbreak it .
  3. If you can’t likve without an untethered jailbreak then you should wait.
  4. If you can’t live without your favorite jailbreak apps and they’re not compatible with iOS 5 then you should wait.
  5. If you depend on the Ultrasn0w to unlock your iPhone, you should use tools like Sn0wbreeze for Windows or wait for PwnageTool for Mac to preserve the baseband while upgrading to iOS 5 and points 3 and 4 are not applicable to you.

We hope this answers most of your questions about iOS 5 and jailbreaking. Please feel free to drop us a line in the comments if you’ve have other questions.

Source: iOS 5 Jailbreak: Status Update

Apple Releases iOS 5 Golden Master To Developers

October 4th, 2011 10:17 admin View Comments

iOS 5

As expected, Apple has just released iOS 5 Golden Master (build 9A334) to developers of iOS Developer program.

iOS 5 GM is available for iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS, iPod Touch 4th generation, iPod Touch 3rd generation, iPad and iPad 2.

The Golden Master version means that it is the shipping version of the software that developers must use to submit their iOS apps that are compatible with iOS 5.

Apple unveiled iOS 5 at WWDC 2011 Keynote, which includes more than 200 features for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch users such as revamped Notification system with Notification Center, iMessage, PC Free, Wi-Fi Sync Newsstand, Reminders, deep Twitter integration and lots more. Apple has also improved the Camera app, Photo app, mobile Safari browser, Mail and Calendar app in iOS 5.

iOS 5 GM is not being offered over-the-air (OTA), Apple has informed developers to use iTunes 10.5 Beta 7 to install iOS 5 GM seed on their iOS devices.

Apple announced at the Let’s Talk iPhone event earlier today that iOS 5 and iCloud – Apple’s new cloud based service will be released on October 12th.

We will let you know if iOS 5 GM reveals any other interesting new features, so stay tuned here at iPhone Hacks or join our Facebook Fan page or follow us on Twitter or subscribe to our RSS feed.

Source: Apple Releases iOS 5 Golden Master To Developers

Apple To Release iOS 5 To Assemblers In Late September; Suggests iPhone 5 Launch In Mid-October

September 12th, 2011 09:49 admin View Comments

iOS 5

Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo who earlier claimed that iPhone 5 will be similar to iPhone 4, has also informed AppleInsider that Apple will be releasing the golden master version of iOS 5 to manufacturing partners during the timeframe of September 23rd through 30th, suggesting that iPhone 5 will be available by mid-October.

AppleInsider reports:

Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo revealed to AppleInsider on Monday that the new iPhone and iPod touch went into mass production in late August, and assemblers are currently scheduled to receive the golden master of iOS 5 the week of September 30 [..]

[..] Upon receiving the software, Apple’s overseas assemblers will be able to install it on the finalized hardware and prepare it for shipping. The latest version of iOS will come preinstalled on both the fifth-generation models of the iPhone and iPod touch, set to be released in the coming weeks.

A release of iOS 5 to assemblers the week of Sept. 23 means its likely finalized hardware units for the new iPhone and iPod touch will begin to ship at the end of September. With an estimated 10 to 12 days for shipping, the two new devices are likely to be available by mid-October, Kuo said. 

The Golden Master (GM) version means that it is the shipping version of the software that developers must use to develop and submit iOS apps that are compatible with iOS 5.

Apple has so far seeded seven beta version of iOS 5 to developers of iOS Developer program, the last one iOS 5 beta 7 was seeded on August 31st. The maximum number of beta versions that have been released for any major iOS version has been eight (for iPhone OS 2.0), so it is possible that Apple will release iOS 5 beta 8 this week and iOS 5 GM  during the timeframe of September 23rd through 30th. Apple generally releases a major version of iOS, couple of days before the launch of the next generation iPhone or along with it, so looks like iOS 5 along with iCloud and iTunes Match will finally be available to users in the first half of October, almost a month from now.

Apple had unveiled iOS 5 at WWDC 2011 Keynote, which includes more than 200 features for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch users such as revamped Notification system with Notification Center, iMessage, PC Free, Wi-Fi Sync Newsstand, Reminders, deep Twitter integration and lots more. Apple has also improved the Camera app, Photo app, mobile Safari browser, Mail and Calendar app in iOS 5.

[via AppleInsider]

Source: Apple To Release iOS 5 To Assemblers In Late September; Suggests iPhone 5 Launch In Mid-October

iOS 5 Beta 7 For iPhone, iPad And iPod Touch Seeded To Developers

August 31st, 2011 08:46 admin View Comments

iOS 5

Apple has just released the seventh version of iOS 5 (build 9a5313e) to developers of iOS Developer program.

iOS 5 beta 7 is available for iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS, iPod Touch 4th generation, iPod Touch 3rd generation, iPad and iPad 2.

Apple unveiled iOS 5 at WWDC 2011 Keynote, which includes more than 200 features for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch users such as revamped Notification system with Notification Center, iMessage, PC Free, Wi-Fi Sync Newsstand, Reminders, deep Twitter integration and lots more. Apple has also improved the Camera app, Photo app,mobile Safari browser, Mail and Calendar app in iOS 5.

iOS 5 Beta 6 is also being offered over-the-air (OTA) and the delta is 70 MB in size for the iPhone.

Apple has also released Apple TV Software beta 6 for second generation Apple TV, iTunes 10.5 beta 7 and Xcode 4.2 Developer Preview 7 to developers.

If Apple launches iPhone 5 in the first or second week of October as some recent reports are indicating then iOS 5 should also be released in the first half of October.

We will let you know if the new beta version of iOS 5 reveals any other interesting new features, so stay tuned here at iPhone Hacks or join our Facebook Fan page or follow us on Twitter or subscribe to our RSS feed.

Thanks everyone for the heads up!

Source: iOS 5 Beta 7 For iPhone, iPad And iPod Touch Seeded To Developers

iOS 5 Concepts: Notification Centre And UI Improvements, Dynamic Icons, Lion-Style Dashboard

August 28th, 2011 08:43 admin View Comments

iOS 5

Apple unveiled iOS 5 at WWDC 2011 Keynote, which includes more than 200 features for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch users such as revamped Notification system with Notification Center, iMessage, PC Free, Wi-Fi Sync Newsstand, Reminders, deep Twitter integration and lots more.

It is currently in beta and widely expected to be released at the end of September or early October.

But even before it is released, Jan-Michael Cart  - a junior majoring in Mass Media Arts at the University of Georgia who had created one of the first iOS 5 concept videos, has created a few more cool concept videos, which showcases features and enhancements that will make iOS 5 even better.

You can checkout the concept videos below and let us know what you think in the comments below:

Notification Centre Improvements:

UI Improvements:

Dynamic Icons:

Lion-Style Dashboard:

Source: iOS 5 Concepts: Notification Centre And UI Improvements, Dynamic Icons, Lion-Style Dashboard

Apple Removes Ability to Sync Nike+ Workout Data Via iTunes in iOS 5

August 19th, 2011 08:29 admin View Comments

iOS 5

iLounge reports that Apple has removed the ability to sync Nike+ workout data via iTunes in iOS 5 beta 6 that was seeded to developers few hours back.

iLounge reports that users are informed that they no longer need iTunes to sync their Nike+ workout data and can now send it directly using the “Send Workouts to Nike+†feature in the iOS device’s Nike + iPod settings on the iPhone.

Apple has removed the Nike + iPod synchronization tab for iOS 5 devices in iTunes 10.5.

iLounge reports:

With the release of iOS 5, Apple appears ready to end iTunes’ use as a middleman between iOS devices and nikeplus.com. According to an anonymous source, iOS 5 beta 6 devices with Nike+ data now prompt an iTunes dialog box stating that workout data can now be sent using the “Send Workouts to Nike+†feature in the iOS device’s Nike + iPod settings, and iTunes 10.5 no longer displays a Nike + iPod synchronization tab for iOS 5 devices.

iLounge points out that the ability to sync Nike+ workout data wirelessly to nikeplus.com was first introduced in iOS 4.1, but users still had the ability to sync the data the older way, which was via iTunes. Apple has removed this older option in iOS 5 beta 6.

So not a major change, but a step in the right direction by Apple to enforce iOS device users to use more convenient PC Free features with iOS 5.

[via iLounge]

Source: Apple Removes Ability to Sync Nike+ Workout Data Via iTunes in iOS 5

iOS 5 Beta 6 For iPhone, iPad And iPod Touch Seeded To Developers

August 19th, 2011 08:53 admin View Comments

iOS 5

Apple has just released the sixth beta version of iOS 5 (build 9A5302b) to developers of iOS Developer program.

iOS 5 beta 5 is available for iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS, iPod Touch 4th generation, iPod Touch 3rd generation, iPad and iPad 2 and iOS Apple TV Software beta 5 for Apple TV 2G.

Apple unveiled iOS 5 at WWDC 2011 Keynote, which includes more than 200 features for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch users such as revamped Notification system with Notification Center, iMessage, PC Free, Wi-Fi Sync Newsstand, Reminders, deep Twitter integration and lots more. Apple has also improved the Camera app, Photo app,mobile Safari browser, Mail and Calendar app in iOS 5. With iOS 5, users also won’t need a computer.

iOS 5 Beta 6 is also being offered over-the-air (OTA). It is 144 MB in size for the iPhone.

If Apple launches iPhone 5 on October 7th as some recent reports are indicating then iOS 5 should also be released in the first week of October and Apple should seed the iOS 5 golden master to developers couple of weeks before that.

We will let you know if the new beta version of iOS 5 reveals any other interesting new features, so stay tuned here at iPhone Hacks or join our Facebook Fan page or follow us on Twitter or subscribe to our RSS feed.

Source: iOS 5 Beta 6 For iPhone, iPad And iPod Touch Seeded To Developers

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