Tuesday, November 30, 2010

iPhone Dev-Team Releases Unofficial PwnageTool Bundle for iPhone 3GS




The iPhone Dev-Team has released an unofficial PwnageTool bundle for iPhone 3GS owners with the old bootrom that want to update to iOS 4.2.1 without upgrading their baseband.

For those Mac users with an old-bootrom 3GS who really know what they’re doing, here’s a minimal 3GS 4.2.1 bundle that will get you to 4.2.1 without updating your baseband. Be sure to uncheck "Activate the iPhone" using Expert mode. To actually jailbreak after you’ve restored with the help of that bundle, please use redsn0w. If you don’t know how to drop a bundle into PwnageTool.app, please hold off on 4.2.1 until it’s untethered for everyone

You can find a tutorial on how to install this firmware bundle here.




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How to Jailbreak and Unlock Your iPhone 3GS Using RedSn0w (Mac) [4.2.1]




These are instructions on how to jailbreak and unlock your iPhone 3GS on the 4.2.1 firmware using RedSn0w for Mac. If you have an iPhone 3GS with the new bootrom you will only be able to perform a tethered jailbreak at this time. This means you will need Redsn0w's assistance to boot into your jailbroken device.

If you want to use Redsn0w to jailbreak a lower firmware version you can find the appropriate tutorial here.

IMPORTANT FOR UNLOCKERS
During this process you can update your baseband to the 06.15 version. If you are on 05.14 or 05.15 or higher you will need to do this to unlock. You do not need to do this for jailbreak only. Please read the following very carefully before deciding whether to do this. You can find out baseband version here.

1. There is no way to come back down from 06.15, and there’s no hiding the baseband version from Apple. You’ll be voiding your warranty in a very obvious way.
2. If some future baseband comes out with a critical fix, you won’t be able to update to it if it remains down in the 05.xx sequence (then again, you wouldn’t update to it if you wanted to keep your unlock anyway).
3. Starting with FW 4.2.1 if you have 06.15 on your iPhone you won’t ever be able to restore to stock firmware (it will fail). You’ll need to only restore to custom IPSWs (then again, if you’re unlocker you should already be doing that).

Don’t update to 06.15 if you don’t need to! Only do this if you need the unlock and you’re stuck on 05.14 or 05.15, and you’re willing to assume the above risks. If your baseband is already unlockable and you are on a lower firmware version then use this custom PwnageTool bundle to update to 4.2.1 without upgrading your baseband.


Step One
Create a folder on your desktop called Pwnage

Download RedSn0w from here and place it in the Pwnage folder. Likewise, download the latest 4.2.1 firmware from below and place it in the same folder.

4.2.1 (3GS): iPhone2,1_4.2.1_8C148a_Restore.ipsw

Extract the redsn0w app from the RedSn0w zip file by double clicking it.



Step Two
***If you are already on iOS 4.2.1 you can skip this step. If you are on an unlockable baseband and on a lower firmware you should use PwnageTool instead to update without upgrading your baseband.

Connect your iPhone to the computer and launch iTunes.



Select your iPhone from the list of devices on the left. Now hold down Option and click the Restore button. Restore is preferred as it won't create any wasted space on your iPhone.


Navigate to the Pwnage folder on your desktop and select the 4.2.1 firmware ipsw. Click the Choose button to continue.




Step Three
Once iTunes has finished updating your iPhone to the desired firmware open the Pwnage folder on your desktop and launch the redsn0w application from the redsn0w folder we extracted earlier.



Step Four
Once RedSn0w opens click the Browse button




Step Five
Select the 4.2.1 firmware ipsw we placed in the Pwnage folder on our desktop then click Open.



You will be asked if this device is a newer fixed model. If yours is then click the Yes button; otherwise, click the No button. At this time you can only perform a tethered jailbreak on the newer model.




Step Six
Once the firmware has been verified click the Next button to continue.



Step Seven
RedSn0w will now prepare the jailbreak data



Step Eight
From this window you can select the jailbreak options you would like.



Verbose boot displays detailed information on boot of your device and is generally only needed by developers and advanced users.

Make sure Cydia is selected.

*Remember the rules for boot logos are: RGB or Grayscale format with Alpha channel and dimension below 320x480.

If you read the warning above and you would like to update your baseband to the 06.15 iPad version for unlock then check Install iPad Baseband. Click Yes when prompted to confirm your decision.



Click the Next button to continue




Step Nine
Please plug your iPhone into the computer and make sure its OFF then click the Next button




Step Ten
RedSn0w will now guide you through the steps to get into DFU mode. You can find more help with DFU mode here



Hold down both the Home button and the Power button for 10 seconds.



Release the Power button and continue holding the Home button until RedSn0w detects the device.



Step Eleven
RedSn0w will then download the iPad baseband and your iPhone will now reboot








Step Twelve
RedSn0w will now begin uploading the new RAM Disk and Kernel.



Step Thirteen
Once this is complete you will be notified that RedSn0w is done. Click the Finish button. When your iPhone finishes rebooting (5 minutes or so) it will be jailbroken with Cydia on the SpringBoard.



IMPORTANT:
If you have a newer iPhone 3GS and performed a tethered jailbreak you can use Redsn0w to help you boot back into your jailbroken device. Simply select Just boot tethered right now from the options window and click Next




UNLOCK
If you need to unlock you can now follow this tutorial.

*As usual a big thanks to the iPhone Dev-Team for their hard work and contribution to the iPhone community.

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Microsoft To Rival Apple TV With Xbox Offering?




Microsoft is preparing to rival the Apple TV and cable companies with a new subscription based TV service on its Xbox console, according to Reuters.

One scenario under consideration by Microsoft is to create a new TV service on its Xbox gaming console that would establish a "virtual cable operator." The service would charge a monthly fee for access through the Xbox to networks such as ABC, NBC, Fox, CBS, ESPN or CNN, according to two sources familiar with the plans.

Other options include allowing cable subscribers to use the Xbox to watch shows with more interactive functions. Viewers could, for instance, message with friends over the console while viewing their favorite shows.

Reuters sources said the service might not arrive for another 12 months but early discussions have been productive.




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Web Browser for Apple TV is Almost Complete [Video]




Firecore has announced that the upcoming Couch Surfer browser for the Apple TV is 80% complete.

There's been lots of exciting progress with Couch Surfer over the past week, most notably being fluid playback of HTML5 video. Couch Surfer is still a bit rough around the edges, but as you can see in the video below we're getting close. (Note: the pause in the video is just to showcase the control bar that is available during playback).

Take a look at the demo video below. We will let you know when the browser does become available.

HTML5 Video on AppleTV 2G from Fire Core, LLC on Vimeo.




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How to Add a Firmware Bundle to PwnageTool


These are instructions on how to add a firmware bundle to PwnageTool.

You may need to do this to add the unofficial iPhone Dev-Team bundle that will let you create a custom ipsw for the old bootrom iPhone 3GS that won't update your baseband when upgrading to iOS 4.2.1.

Step One
Make a folder called "Pwnage" on the desktop. Download PwnageTool 4.1.3 into the folder.

You will also need to get the minimal iPhone 3GS bundle from here. Double click to extract it to the Pwnage folder.




Step Two
Double click to mount PwnageTool then drag the PwnageTool icon into the Pwnage folder.







Step Three
Right click the extracted PwnageTool app and choose Show Package Contents from the menu that appears.



Step Four
Navigate to Contents/Resources/FirmwareBundles/









Step Five
Copy and paste the iPhone2,1_4.2.1_8C148a.bundle from the Pwnage folder on your desktop into the FirmwareBundles folder.






Step Six
You can now launch PwnageTool from the Pwnage folder on your desktop and the application will detect your new firmware bundle.


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Apple Stores Sold 8.8 iPads/hour on Black Friday




Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster reports that iPads were being sold at a rate of 8.8 units per hour per store on Black Friday, according to FORTUNE.

Munster believes this is in line with his prediction that Apple will sell 5.5 million iPads this quarter.

Munster also estimated that Macs were leaving the stores at 8.2 units per hour per store, down from 8.3 last year and 13 two years ago. "While Mac sales were flat y/y," he writes, "we believe it is too early to make a call on Macs in the Dec. quarter. Note that Mac NPD data in the first month of the quarter (Oct.) was up 20% y/y."

"Most notable in our observations we noticed that the iPad is gaining traction (driven by lower price vs. the Mac) among demographics in which the Mac has historically not been successful. The bottom line is that Apple's addressable market is expanding with the iPad."




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Apple Lawyers Up for Upcoming Patent Battles




Apple is lawyering up in its many patent battles with manufacturers that include Nokia, Motorola, Elan, and Kodak, according to a BusinessWeek report.

"These are very well-known, deep-pocketed, high-end manufacturers," said Lyle Vander Schaaf, an attorney at Brinks Hofer Gilson & Lione in Washington. "Usually you have one 800-pound gorilla going after a new entrant. Here you’ve got 800-pound gorillas fighting each other."

Apple has been the most sued technology company since 2008 and Steve Jobs has been hiring some of the best lawyers around.

Apple has hired some of the nation’s top patent lawyers as outside counsel. They include Robert Krupka of Kirkland & Ellis, who negotiated a 2005 settlement in which Apple agreed to pay $100 million to Creative Technology Ltd., maker of the Zen music player; William Lee of WilmerHale in Boston, who successfully represented Broadcom Corp. in its fight against Qualcomm; and Matt Powers of Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP, who successfully defended the patent on Merck & Co.’s biggest product, the $4.7 billion-a-year asthma drug Singulair.




*Chart is missing Apple suit against Motorola


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