The iPhone Dev Team has released the updated version of their Redsn0w tool which was teased a while back on Twitter by MuscleNerd. The update as you’d expect is a very significant one, and brings with it the support for downgrading the iPhone 4S, iPad 2 and the new 3rd-gen iPad to an earlier version of iOS 5 from iOS 5.1.1.
February seems to be the month of the iOS security bugs. And although we are fast approaching the end of the month, yet another flaw has been found which allows the passcode lock feature to be circumvented, giving unauthorized access to the device’s Camera Roll. Users have the option of setting a four digit passcode through the Settings menu which prevents the device from being unlocked without the necessary code being entered, but, it seems that this method of security in iOS is anything but flawless.
It seems that the iPhone owning and application using world has been going a little bit loopy over the last few days thanks to the revelations that popular journal application Path has been liberating entire address books of data and uploading it to their servers in the form of a plist file without asking for the user’s permission. The company CEO David Morin quickly responded to the outrage by claiming that the name, telephone numbers and email addresses of the user’s address book are captured to help users find friends and family who are using the Path application, but the bottom line is; that the contacts data doesn't actually belong to the user and therefore they don't even have permission to upload it should it ever be requested.
For owners of older iOS devices running Apple’s A4 processor; that good news came on Tuesday, 27th December, with the release of the iOS 5.0.1 untethered jailbreak, dubbed 'Corona'. But whilst the A4 owners were enjoying their belated Christmas present, the owners of devices running Apple’s new dual-core A5 powerhouse had to look on in envy. If you have been an iPad 2 owner since launch, then you will no doubt remember that, thanks to JailbreakMe 3.0, an untethered jailbreak was possible on iOS 4.3.3, but that's where the freedom ended.
Pod2g's Corona untethered exploit for iOS 5.0.1 has breathed new life into a jailbreak community which has had little to shout about since the release of iOS 5 just over two months ago.
If you were one of the many people who were eagerly awaiting the iOS 5.0.1 untethered jailbreak, then I am pretty sure that on December 27th you took the plunge and liberated your device as soon as the tools were released by the development teams. Although everything may have seemed perfectly functional at first, chances are that if you attempted to launch iBooks, or various other applications then you would have experienced a crash.
On the rare occasion that I go into Cydia these days, I very rarely check the top of the main page to see which SHSH that Saurik’s server has cached for me. At one point it was the first port of call and was almost second nature, having a quick glance to see if any new signatures had been saved on my behalf.
Contrary to an early notion, Apple managed to deliver more than a couple of surprises when it re-released iOS 5.0.1, which was specifically seeded for iPhone 4S users suffering battery issues.
Apple has re-released iOS 5.0.1 (Build 9A406) specifically for its new-ish smartphone, the iPhone 4S. The device, seen by many as a modest touch-up from the preceding iPhone 4, has been dogged with battery issues from the get-go, with many consumers claiming 10% depletion per hour of the A5-powered device.
It was only a few days ago when iOS developer and hacker Pod2g showed off his new untethered jailbreak exploit running on iOS 5. At that time, he tested it on a third-gen iPod touch running iOS 5.0 and wasn’t sure if it would also work on the new iOS 5.0.1 as well. But he did promise to test it on iOS 5.0.1 and report back accordingly with results.