Yesterday it was announced, that Absinthe A5 was available to jailbreak your iPhone 4S / iPad 2 on Mac OS X.
An untethered jailbreak for iPhone 4S / iPad 2 was just announced compatible with Windows.
You can download the file:
Then just follow these instructions:
- Download the file
- Extract it
- Shift+Right Click on the folder, Open Command Window Here (or Start->Run, type cmd, and navigate to the folder
cinject.exe -i payloads/jailbreak.mobileconfig
- Install, and use no password for the pod2g server
cinject -j paylods
- Turn on VPN: Settings->General->Network->VPN-> ON
You should be jailbroken. If you have a mac, then simply follow the easy instructions here to do an untethered jailbreak on Mac OS X.
pod2g and the Chronic Dev Team have released an untethered jailbreak for the iPhone 4S and iPad 2 called Absinthe A5. The jailbreak is only for the Mac OS X right now, but we should see a Windows and Linux one soon.
The site is on and off available due to the large demand for it.
The following devices can be jailbroken with the Absinthe A5 jailbreak:
- iPhone 4S with iOS 5.0
- iPhone 4S with iOS 5.0.1
- iPad 2 with iOS 5.0.1
If you need to jailbreak iPhone 4 with iOS 5.0.1, you can check out the iPhone 4 jailbreak here.
A friend of mine just forwarded me an article on iPhone 4S battery life problems.
From the article:
Some chalk it up to the more power hungry dual-core processor, which makes sense. Kind of.
Some problems brought up were:
- Corrupt iCloud contacts
- Apps bugging out, not closing properly
- Location services (remember, if you have Find my Friends turned on, GPS is always on, location reminders too!)
- iTunes wi-fi sync. Technically this should only happen when the phone is plugged in, but it could suck more battery
- Sending Apple some error reports.
Apple has a pretty cool web page for the iPhone 4S. It’s not something you would expect to see on a web site.
When I first saw it, I had assumed they were all separate images being animated one at a time. I know it had to be CSS3 doing the transitions, but didn’t realize quite how elegant the solution was.
@johnbhall does a great job illustrating Apple’s approach to making the site we see on the iPhone 4S page. His example simplifies Apple’s approach a bit (imagine his example, but with multiple sprite images, one for phones, one for copy).
I took the original article creator at his word, but some things didn’t add up.
@johnbhall says that his example is jsut a demo, but he has the concept behind the iPhone 4S page entirely wrong.
How do I know? It’s pretty easy…
I’ve only had my phone upgraded to iOS 5 for 2 days, but with everyone getting their iPhone 4S today, I wanted to post some lesser known or forgotten iOS 5 features that are still pretty cool. I know, how can we forget something that just launched 2 days ago!
Some you might just not know how to use (like weren’t we supposed to be able to find our friends, it’s a downloadable APP!). Oh, and there are tons of new options under “Accessibility” which seem to be hidden.
Here are 10 feature you may not know existed, but I kinda like…
Today Tim Cook, at the Apple “Town Hall” announced the new iOS 5 and iCloud alongside the new iPhone 4S. Here are summaries of the things announced today (skipping the marketing material, which took 30 minutes).
The iPhone 4S will be available for Verizon, AT&T and Sprint (we saw that coming).
No sign of iPhone 5.
Available October 12
- More than 200 user features
- New Notifications Center (swipe from top to bottom)
- Lock screen has more notifications
- iMessage – works on iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch. Text / Photos / Videos and pushed to all devices (replacement for text messages)
- Reminders (pick up dry cleaning, dinner reservations) – includes geofences to remind based on location
- Twitter integration – sign in once, integrated to Photos, Safari, YouTube, Maps
- Newsstand – easier to read newspapers / magazines on iPad (subscriptions)
- Camera Upgrades – Lock screen shortcuts to camera, you can use volume to take a picture (optional), grid lines, auto-exposure and autofocus lock (doesn’t it do this?).
- Game Center upgrades – Add photos of friends, achievement points, recommendations
- Safari updates – Reading list, Tabbed Browsing (iPad)
- Mail updates – rich formating, indenttions, moving addresses, flagging
- PC Free – (not just Windows) you can activate an iOS device without a computer
iPhone 3GS for FREE
iPhone 4 8GB for $99
16GB for $199
32GB for $299
64GB for $399
(all with 2 year contract)
Available October 14th (pre-orders starting October 7th)
- Dual core A5 chip (same as iPad 2)
- Same form factor as iPhone 4
- Battery: 8 hours of 3G talk time, 14 hrs of 2G talk time, and 6 hours on 3G browsing
- Battery: 10 hours of video, 40 hours of music
- Improved wireless System (ahem, dropped call fixes?)
- Improved data speeds (HSDPA) looks like double the download speed max (up to 14.4 Mbps which is AT&T and T-Mobile)
- World Phone – Both GSM and CDMA (single model)
- 8MP upgraded camera (3264×2448, perfect 8×10 glossy photo) with backside illuminated sensor (73% more light per pixel than iPhone 4), 33% faster capture, hybrid IR filter, five element lens
- New Image Signal Processor to enable face detection (interesting) and 26 percent better white balance
- 1.1s to first picture, 0.5s between pictures (crap, my wife will have more pictures of the dog)
- HD 1080p video, with image stabilization and temporal noise reduction
- Wired or Wireless AirPlay Mirroring (assuming with an AppleTV hooked up for wireless)
- Siri voice assistant (this might be a very cool feature, if it works well and is flexible) features so far are time, alarms, weather, stock, directions, text messages – a very impressive demo even by photo / text.
- Geofencing will be a cool thing (I know, it’s been on the droid for years now)
- iPhone takes dictation as opposed to typing
- Siri learns your voice over time.
iCloud available on October 12
iTunes Match available end of October
- 5GB free, you can buy more if you want (who here only has 5GB of data? keep in mind if Apple knows the song, it may not count towards your total)
- Stores all content, wirelessly pushes to devices
- Can re-downlod music or media anytime (and apps)
- Find my Friends – you can share locations of your family / friends. Temp events let you only share location for a few hours. with parental controls.
- iTunes Match – can see playlists, create new, scan iTunes, stream music. Will upload non identified songs. Ships at the end of the month.
8GB for $129
16GB for $149
Available October 12
- Nano has easier navigation with larger icons
- Nano supports tracking walks & runs without additional hardware
- New Nano clockfaces for those who wear it as a watch. Some are actually pretty cool
- 8GB for $129, 16GB for $149
8GB for $199 (down from $229)
32GB for $299
64GB for $399
Available October 12
- Runs iOS 5 (yeah… and?)
- That’s it.
I’ve been avoiding saying anything about the upcoming iPhone 5 event , “Lets talk iPhone” because there are so many conflicting stories.
Tomorrow, October 4, 2011 at the usual 1pm eastern (10am PDT) Apple will hold the “Lets talk iPhone” media event at their corporate headquarters. I will be following the live blogging, you can too at Ars Technica (and many others).
Numerous sources agree upon the following facts:
- Apple will release an iPhone 4 variant, likely the iPhone 4S
- The iPhone 4S will run the A5 processor
- The new iPhone will leverage the Siri Assistant technology.
- iOS 5 will be announced officially
- iCloud will be announced officially (including the uploading of all your music to “the cloud”)
- The iPhone 4S will feature the same form factor as the current iPhone 4
- iPhone 4 will be the same screen size / resolution of the current iPhone 4
- Facebook will be there to announce something (probably a Facebook iPad app)
- Apple Assistance will allow you to speak in english and tell the iPhone to do things (it will require the iPhone 4S or iPhone 5)
- the iPhone 4s will have an upgraded camera
The Fun Stuff
Here are some fun rumors going around, and what we might see:
- An actual iPhone 5 with a tapered form factor
- Possible wider screen on the iPhone 5
- A Sprint iPhone announcement (it’s almost virtually guaranteed, but Apple may also announce it)
- News sizes for iPhones (either 4, 4S, or both) such as 8GB, 16GB, 32GB and maybe 64GB.
- Free 3GS with contracts?
- Maybe that iPhone 4 will be $99?
Basically we know there will be an updated iPhone 4 form factor phone feature the A5 processor. We’ve seen the SKUs, the specs, everything.
It’s been a long day (as I’m up at 2am), but lots has happened that has almost passed me by.
Today two other news items crossed my eye, the iPhone 5 and Microsoft’s SkyDrive.
iPhone 5 scheduled for release in September
According to Bloomberg, the iPhone 5 is scheduled for release this September (possibly in late August). This is contrary to rumors about there being an iPhone 4S before a new iPhone 5 (that was supposed to be testing of a model for T-Mobile). Additional rumors are spreading that the iPhone 5 will not only feature the better camera and processor, but a completely new form factor.