Archive for: iphone4s

iPhone 4S Unlock Inches Closer To Release With Baseband Dump.

  • December 1, 2011 9:49 am


iPhone 4S users dying for an updated version of ultrasn0w that supports their device of choice were slipped a bone a few hours ago. iOS hacker @MuscleNerd tweeted a screenshot of a small snippet of code from an iPhone 4S baseband dump, and adding that the Dev-Team is hard at work on bringing official unlock support to Apple’s latest phone.

While there is still a bit of waiting to do on our part, the acknowledgement by MuscleNerd is a key point signaling the iPhone 4S unlock is progressing nicely.

iFixIt Clear Back Casing Kit For iPhone 4S Released.

  • November 28, 2011 10:24 pm


Nerds may claim to be of that elite group and base it off of a particular device, app they’ve developed, or start-up they “discovered”. But nothing — Nothing! — is more nerdy than sporting a phone with a see-thru cover that allows you to oogle all the inner parts quickly and easily.

We’ve seen see-thru cases for the iPhone 4 come across our radar a time or two. And considering the iPhone 4S is essentially a gutted and upgraded iPhone 4, it honestly surprises us that it took this to see this — a new, see-thru cover for the iPhone 4S.

Compliments of iFixIt, the $29.99 transparent back glass for the iPhone 4S ships with…the glass…along with all the tools necessary to do the job as well as a “Thirsty Bag” for last chance attempts at bring gadgets back from the watery grave. Act fast. The $29.99 asking price is an introductory special, though there’s no telling when it will go back to the valued $49.99.

More: iFixit iPhone 4S Transparent Rear Glass Panel Kit

22% of Brits Regret iPhone 4S Purchase

  • November 28, 2011 1:56 pm

Sad iPhone 4S

What better way to start my time at Gadgetsteria (announced today) than by reporting about two of my favourite things, the UK and the iPhone 4S. Unfortunately it’s not a glamorous point.

In a recent survey taken by the good people of GoodMobilePhones.co.uk over 1,694 adults spanning the British Isles, twenty-two percent of iPhone 4S owners wish they hadn’t even bothered purchasing Apple’s latest handset, citing recent issues with the device such as battery life. 43 percent alone of those disheartened individuals put their reason down to impressive competing smartphones.

It is no secret that Apples latest smartphone has reports of high battery consumption compared to the iPhone 4, Apples previous iteration of the device. Otherwise, the iOS based mobile phone is still a top contender in the rising smart phone market. Do the Brits have high standards in their pocket sized technology purchases?

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.

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.

Samsung Backtracks, Won’t Seek To Block iPhone 4S In South Korea.

  • November 14, 2011 8:50 am


Samsung’s previous drum beatings proclaiming that the company was going to fight to block Apple’s iPhone 4S from being sold within the count once it launched in South Korea have changed tune. A reportreport from South Korean newspaper “The Chosun Ilbo”, a high ranking Samsung executive has stated that Samsung will not look to “engage in legal battles” with Apple in South Korea as they have in other countries such as Australia, France, and Japan (to name a few):

“We concluded that we should engage in legal battles with Apple only in the global market, but not in order to gain more market share in Korea.”

Meanwhile, despite ongoing lawsuits/fighting over Android and iOS between the two companies, Samsung will remain an important part of Apple’s immediate future, and Samsung Apple’s. Current reports peg Samsung as producing the next-gen A6 processor, a platform that has been a cash cow for Samsung.

Sprint To Begin Locking iPhone 4S On November 11th. Offer (Re-)Unlock In A Future Update.

  • November 11, 2011 7:40 am


Sprint’s decline over the last couple of years could be just as they claim — related to a lack of iPhone hardware to suck people in. Or…it could be because of backwards politics and policies within the company. We don’t know how else you would classify (or rationalize) taking an unlocked phone such as the iPhone 4S, lock it, and then re-unlock at a later point while also tossing in vague terms such as offering said unlock to “members in good standing”. But that’s what Sprint is doing.

According to SprintFeed Sprint will begin selling locked iPhone 4S hardware today (11/11/11) meaning globe trotters are SOL if they were hoping to hop on a cheap, local plan when traveling abroad. And then it gets weird. Sprint will reportedly offer “members in good standing” an option to (re)-unlock their iPhone 4S via software update at an undisclosed future date.

If there’s anything good to take away from this it’s simply that the locking process will be completely unseen by either the consumer or Sprint, happening in the background. On top of that, Sprint users who purchased and activated an iPhone 4S prior to today won’t see the lockdown hit their hardware.

Looks like a lot of unnecessary work to us.