Archive for: ios5

[Video] Untethered iOS 5 Jailbreak Shown Off By Chronic Dev Team.

  • December 9, 2011 9:40 am


The moment iOS 5 users have been waiting for: An untethered jailbreak. While it’s not yet publicly available, the video (after the break) showing a near complete hack is reassuring for everyone that’s upgraded to Apple’s latest and greatest firmware. No mention has been made as to when we can expect Chronic Dev Team’s untethered jailbreak tool to go live. But as always, we’ll let you know as soon as it does. Hop past the break for the riveting video…

Carrier IQ Is Present In iOS 5.

  • December 1, 2011 12:00 am


The Carrier IQ scandal took a big twist tonight when iOS hacker, chpwn, discovered mentions of the alleged heavy-handed tracking application hidden deep within older version of iOS (3.x and earlier). But after a little more digging chpwn has found Carrier IQ hiding it’s nasty face deep within iOS 5, too. This time instead of taking the “IQAgent” identifier, Carrier IQ poses as awd_ice#.

It goes without saying a lot of people are pissed that a program such as Carrier IQ is collecting their every keystroke — even highly encrypted passwords — and reading them back in simple plain text. Now that the “secret” is out in the open, any dev with ill intentions can scrounge up a ton of data by way of virus/malicious app.

We’re far from the end of this little unfolding drama, so stay tuned…

iOS 5.1 Doesn’t Fix Battery Drain.

  • November 30, 2011 1:59 pm

Preliminary reports from developers (and the throngs of tech enthusiasts who signed up for an Apple iOS dev license to get early access to updates) is that iOS 5.1 stilL doesn’t help the battery drain issue affecting not only the newer iPhone 4S, but any device with iOS 5 installed.

Apple’s original goal with iOS 5.0.1 was to tackle an apparent issue loosely related to location based services needlessly checking location far too often and leading to battery drain. The problem: the update fixed the battery drain problem for a small number of users. And now that iOS 5.1 has had several days of testing it’s becoming clear that while the update does extend the battery fix to more users, it’s still far from a final solution.

Of course we must all remember that Apple never publicly came out with claims that iOS 5.1 will/would fix any battery issue — the media did. Nonetheless, Apple does know there is a problem. And after seeing these latest reports, it’s apparently they still don’t really know how to completely fix it.

Did you update to iOS 5.1 beta? Let us know your mileage!

iOS 5.1 Beta Now Available to Developers

  • November 28, 2011 7:03 pm

Apple have begun seeding a beta driver of upcoming iOS version 5.1 to developers. It is unclear yet what new features are to be expected, but many will be looking to see if the update addresses battery issues for the iPhone 4S. The beta also comes with an updated version of Xcode, sneaking out at version 4.3.

Personally I’d like to see a fix for my upside-down photos that my 4S insists upon, and more features from Siri. Time will tell as the beta beats through versions and releases in the future.

iOS 5.0.2 Delayed Because Of “Address-Based Memory Leaks”.

  • November 22, 2011 5:36 am


Rampant battery drain isn’t Apple’s only problem with iOS 5. It appears that even after many weeks of public exposure, Apple still has their hands tied up with their latest mobile OS. iOS 5.0.1 failed to fix many of the battery issues a number of people are seeing. iOS 5.0.2 was rumored to finally remedy said issue and hit the market sometime this week. As it stands now, iOS 5.0.2 is still at least a week away.

The delay, according to Macerkopf.de, has to to with “address-based memory” errors. (Read: Applications aren’t releasing memory back to the phone, and in turn other apps, once they are closed.) We can confirm this memory issue first hand. A quick trip to the “Diagnostic & Usage” section deep within Settings.app shows a long, long list of “low memory” errors (see above).

Hopefully Apple can get all their ducks in a row and get the increasingly important update out the door asap. Still, despite the apparently wide-scale issues pertaining to battery life with iOS 5, uptake of the iPhone 4S is still staggering with daily stock sell-outs at Apple and carrier retail stores.

iOS 5.0.2 To Fix What 5.0.1 Didn’t. iOS 5.1 To Bring New Functionality To Siri.

  • November 16, 2011 1:18 pm


iOS 5.0.1 was supposed to fix several glaring problems with iOS 5, most importantly, rampant battery drain. Well, we’re here on iOS 5.0.1 and a-ok. Many other people, however, are not. As soon as 5.0.1 began penetrating the masses, reports of unaffected battery drain, and even battery drain that became worse started going around. Exhibit B: iOS 5.0.2.

Apple is reportedly working on a second minor update, iOS 5.0.2, that will further address the battery drain problems as well as several other small things here or there. But what’s more interesting is what’s coming to Siri in iOS 5′s first major update.

According to Macerkopf.de, iOS 5.1 will add new functionality to Siri — things such as the ability to take a picture, capture video, and even toggle on/off WiFI, Bluetooth, and more. The latter bit is an awesome possibility and would instantly make Siri more useful in our book. It makes perfect sense. Why clutter you screen with toggles for system functions when you can do it with Siri?

Poll: Has iOS 5.0.1 Made Your iPhone Experience Better (Or Worse)?

  • November 14, 2011 11:09 am


iOS 5.0.1 was released to the masses on Friday with the biggest fix pertaining to a nasty battery drain issue related to (what many believe to be) location services. After a few days, however, the interwebs are alight with reports stating that the update did little if anything to fix their battery problems. Even worse, a growing number of people are claiming the update made their battery life worse! More trouble — apparently there’s also a new bug introduced by iOS 5.0.1 residing in Contacts.app that sees names and numbers not being correctly paired to one another. This latest bug is on top of previous pre-5.0.1 bugs such as an an audible echo and the aforementioned battery drain. Looks like the iOS team at Apple still has their work cut out for them.

So tell us: How’s your iPhone 3GS/4/4S after the iOS 5.0.1 upgrade? What problems (if any) were you having before the update, and were they fixed or made worse? Drop your thoughts in the comments after the break.