Apple’s Back to School Promotion

Remember the days when Apple gave out free printers and iPod touches to those that purchased a Mac during the annual Back to School promotion? Well I remember. Sadly, Apple no longer sees that promotion as necessary because they can now offer 100 dollars in iStore credit instead of 200+ dollars in value merchandise to go with your mac.

Back to School promotion for new iPad and Mac purchases.

Atleast with this year, the iPad is included in the deal with a $50 value for those buying new macs. Those deciding to buy the refurbed iPads are left out in the cold, as to be expected. As for the Mac, everything seems business as usual with the promotion appearing to be very similar to last years promotion. Any Mac that qualifies will receive a $100 iTunes card. As with previous years, the cards should be valid across Apple’s digital stores, including the iTunes Store, iOS App Store, Mac App Store, and iBookstore.


iOS 6 Beta already out?

Cruising through the blogs on a late saturday night can be kinda boring. Well, watching paint dry can be a lot more fun. But i came across something very interesting. Someone posted a link to a video on youtube showing a video that demonstrates a user using iOS 6 Beta 1 Build 10A010 (according to the user of the video). I know that this cant possibly be real can it? I am a jailbreaker myself and I understand tweaks and things like that, so thats whats got me scratching my head. Is this in fact real????

Jailbreak Available for All iOS Devices Now

Absinthe 2.0 is the software to help jailbreak
all iOS devices thanks to Pod2g and others.
The original release of Absinthe brought a jailbreak to all devices ranging from the the iPhone 3GS to the iPhone 4S earlier this year. After the release of iOS 5.1 and iOS 5.1.1, jailbreaking once again on A5 and A5X core processing devices couldn’t jailbreak any longer. Well that time has come and gone, once again Pod2g and other amazing jailbreaking Developers have banded together to create another jailbreak for your iOS device.
“After copious amounts of work and many sleepless nights Absinthe 2.0 is finally here to jailbreak your device,” the group announced in a Friday blog post.
The developers said the jailbreak, dubbed Absinthe 2.0, was a “large collaborative effort between Chronic-Dev Team and iPhone Dev Teams (Jailbreak Dream Team).”
Why jailbreak a device? As most people are aware, Apple is very particular about the apps that it allows in its App Store. Only Apple-approved apps will run on iOS devices, but there are some apps that tech-savvy iPhone users still want. By jailbreaking your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, you can get around Apple’s restrictions and install whatever app you like. Beware, however. 
Most jailbreaks void any warranties you might have on your device, so Apple won’t help you if you turn your phone or tablet into a brick.
That being said, the dev team said Absinthe 2.0 will work on all iOS devices running 5.1.1, except for the handful of iPad 2s running the 32nm A5 processor. They insisted that it’s one of the “easiest jailbreaks to use (so easy your grandma could do it).”
The download links are available in the blog post, and here are the directions for installation, according to the dev team:
  • Make a backup of your device in iTunes by right clicking on your device name under the “Devices” menu and click “Back Up.”
  • Settings > General > Reset > Erase all Content and Settings.
  • Open Absinthe and be sure you are still connected via USB cable to your computer.
  • Click “Jailbreak” and wait.
  • Return to iTunes and restore your backup from earlier. Right click on your device name under the Devices menu in the left panel of iTunes and click Restore from Back Up, then select the latest backup you created before.
Apple released iOS 5.1.1 on May 7 with five fixes, including a bug that could prevent the new iPad from switching between 2G and 3G networks. It also improved the reliability of using the camera’s HDR option from the Lock Screen shortcut, as well as synching Safari bookmarks and Reading Lists.
The release comes about six months after the Chronic Dev Team and pod2g released the first untethered jailbreak for the iPhone 4S and iPad 2.

Facebook Drops "Facebook Camera"

Facebook Camera

Facebook today released a standalone “Camera” app that allows users to add Instagram-esque filters and post multiple pics from a phone at one time, among other things.
Facebook Camera, coming to the Apple App Store today, “makes using Facebook photos faster and easier,” Facebook said in statement.
The app has a newsfeed just like the full Facebook app, but its focus will be your friends’ photos. You can like and comment on pics just like you would on full Facebook. Click the “Me” tab to see photos in which you are tagged.
To access photos stored on your phone, tap the filmstrip-like row of photos along the top bar. That will expand to show you all available pics. Tap one to create a Facebook post with that image, or tap the shaded arrow to add multiple pics to a single post. To take a new photo, select the camera icon on the top left. You can also comment on and tag photos before posting.

Facebook Camera app

If you want to alter your pic, open it up and tap the edit tool, which will let you crop the photo. The wand-like tool, meanwhile, will add special filters to a photo – from copper or neon to black and white and light.
Those filters are reminiscent of those found on Instagram, the app that Facebook just purchased for a reported $1 billion. Oddly, Facebook made no mention of Instagram or the filter option in its announcement, but on Twitter, the phrase “Facebook releases Instagram clone” soon started trending.
Earlier this month, there were reports that the Facebook-Instagram deal was getting the once-over from the Federal Trade Commission, which is apparently common for deals over $68.2 million.

You can download the app on iTunes App Store here at Facebook Camera. Peace Apple Nation!!!

What Does iOS 5.1.1 Have to do With iOS 6?

Apple today released iOS 5.1.1 (build 9B206, 54.4 MB) for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. According to the release notes iOS 5.1.1 addresses the following:
  • Improves reliability of using HDR option for photos taken using the Lock Screen shortcut
  • Addresses bugs that could prevent the new iPad from switching between 2G and 3G networks
  • Fixes bugs that affected AirPlay video playback in some circumstances
  • Improved reliability for syncing Safari bookmarks and Reading List
  • Fixes an issue where ‘Unable to purchase’ alert could be displayed after successful purchase

Perhaps more importantly, iOS 5.1.1 also contains a number of security fixes according to Apple knowledgebase article HT5278, including Safari vulnerabilities that allow maliciously crafted websites to be able to spoof the address in the location bar, execute cross-site scripting attacks and cause unexpected application termination or arbitrary code execution.

With the WWDC just a few short weeks away and the introduction to iOS 6 more than likely, odds are, iOS 5 is just about as mature as the OS is going to be. Here is a list of some features I really hope will be included in the next version of iOS:

  • A better locksceen with weather widgets and other things much similar to Lockinfo in the Cydia app store.
  • A few more notification center widgets like the ability to see the song title, skip a song, and the ability to select repeat and shuffle as well. Just a few more options would be nice.
  • Have the contact pictures next to iMessage and Text Message contacts in the messages app. Maybe a whole update to it.
  • An ability to add up to 16 apps in a folder instead of 12, that would be incredibly helpful to me .
  • Have the weather show the current temperature on the default weather app and show the time on the default clock app (a jailbreak app does this, come on apple, do it too)

In addition convenience fixes, iOS 5.1.1 patches three critical vulnerabilities in Safari that can spoof the address in the location bar, execute arbitrary code and XSS attacks. Beyond just that, some of the suggestions ive made here are not out of the stretch of the imagination. Most of what i want i can find in the jail breaking community, only I’d rather pass on jailbreaking my iPhone. Now if iOS 5 is any indication how serious Apple takes jailbreakers, we will see a heavy influence from the jailbreaking world on iOS 6. Which if Apple does this, then iOS 6 is poised to be amazing just like iOS 5 was and still is.

Mac OS X Sings Queens "Another One Bites the Dust"

Ahhh, so I know that this is second video post of the week, but this one is just really really cool. Thanks to the amazing people of Cult of Mac for this really sweet video. The voice reminds me of my child mac that had a really cool voice, a classic saying for me was “I see dead people” 🙂 Anyways, watch and enjoy 🙂

Former Apple Employee "Explains" Keyboard Discussions!

Ok so this video is really cool. Former Apple Tony Fadell working at the time of the creation of the original iPhone discusses what Apple was debating to create. Some of the prototypes just make me laugh, but when I think back to the times before an iPhone they really do make some sense. Thanks to the great people of MacRumors for uploading this video. Leave your comments of what you thought below 🙂