Apple releases iOS 6.1 with more LTE support and Siri improvements + How To Jailbreak iOS 6.1 ?

On Monday afternoon, after 5 beta versions. iOS 6.1 was released by Apple. The update brings more carrier support for 4G LTE and includes a new featurethat allows Siri to buy your movie tickets using Fandango. The update also returns the ability of iTunes Match subscribers to download individual songs from iCloud. This function had been removed in a previous update. 36 new carriers have 4G LTE support for the Apple iPhone and 23 now have it for the Apple iPad following the update. These carriers are in countries and regions like Italy, Denmark, Finland, Switzerland, the Philippines and the Middle East.

Apple has released iOS 6.1Apple iOS 6.1 also makes some minor changes in how boarding passes are stored in Passbook and some adjustments are made to Safari. As we told you previously, the music controls on the lock screen are set up differently to make them easier to use. Apple’s mapping software will also be the subject of some much needed improvements as well.

One bug that was repaired fixed a problem that was causing the JavaScript setting on the iPhone to change without any input from the phone’s owner. This problem came about after Apple added “Smart App Banners” to iOS 6. If a specific app is not found on an iPhone, a banner directs the user to install the app. While helpful to app developers, it was not helpful to Apple iPhone users who saw their JavaScript settings change on their own. The update also allows you to reset your Advertising Identifier which controls how advertisers track your movements on the web using Safari. You can find the feature by going to Settings > General > About > Advertising.

The update to iOS was the first one since iOS 6.0.2 in the middle of last month. That update removed the static lines from the virtual QWERTY, killed a bug that prevented the Apple iPhone from receiving OTA updates, and one that deleted meetings from calendars. Today’s update was pushed out OTA and also via iTunes. To see if you have received it, go to Settings > General > Software Update. The update is about 107MB in size although Apple suggests that you have 1GB of storage available, and takes 30 minutes to install using Wi-Fi. Once you install it, you will have to re-boot and re-enter some passwords for features like iCloud, iMessage, and FaceTime.

How To Jailbreak iOS 6.1 :

First, it must be mentioned that this is a tethered jailbreak for pre-A5 devices only. That means only the iPhone 4, the iPhone 3GS, and the iPod touch 4th generation are supported. If you want something a bit more robust, I suggest waiting until Sunday.

Step 1: Upgrade your device to iOS 6.1. Since this is now public firmware, all users will be able to do this.

Step 2: Download the iOS 6.0 firmware for your device. The reason we need to do this is because RedSn0w 0.9.13b5 doesn’t support iOS 6.1 as of yet. We’re expecting the iPhone Dev team to update this after the untethered jailbreak releases.

Step 3: Download RedSn0w 0.9.15b3 .

Step 4: Connect your eligible device to your computer and place the device into DFU mode.

Step 5: Open RedSn0w, and click Extras > Select IPSW > and select the iOS 6.0 IPSW for your device as mentioned in Step 2 above. Click OK, and RedSn0w should successfully identify your iOS 6.0 firmware. If not, you are using the wrong firmware, or you downloaded the wrong version of RedSn0w.

Step 6: Click back, and then click the Jailbreak button. After a brief load, ensure Install Cydia is selected and then click Next. The jailbreak will commence, and eventually you should see your iPhone come alive.

Step 7: Once your device is back to the Lock screen, place it back into DFU mode.

Step 8: Click back in RedSn0w, and again, use Select IPSW to identify the 6.0 firmware as we did in Step 5. Once this is completed, click Just boot at the top of the Extras menu. This will perform a tethered boot on your device. As your device boots, you should notice a pwnapple logo that replaces the traditional Apple logo as you boot up.

Step 9: Once your device is back at the Lock screen, swipe to the second Home screen page, and you should see the Cydia app icon. Open Cydia, select Developer, and start using it.

Keep in mind, that again, this is a tethered jailbreak only. Hence, every time you want to reboot, you will have to perform the tethered boot portion of this tutorial to get back to the Home screen.

If this doesn’t sound like your idea of a good time, then by all means, wait a few days, and the real untethered jailbreak should be released.

The upcoming iOS 6.1 untethered jailbreak will support almost all devices!


Some very good news was made known today by one of the members of the “evad3rs” — the team responsible for the upcoming jailbreak.

MuscleNerd, who is a well respected part of this team, has made it known that nearly all iOS 6.1 compatible devices will reap the benefits of the upcoming jailbreak.

This means that only the Apple TV 3, and possibly the Apple TV 2 will lack support.

As far as every other device goes, they’re fair game.

Take a look at our full list of iOS  devices that will be jailbreakable on iOS 6.1 after the break…

Here is a full list of every device eligible for the upcoming iOS 6.1 untethered jailbreak:

  • iPhone 3GS
  • iPhone 4
  • iPad 2
  • iPod touch 4th generation
  • iPhone 4S
  • iPad 3
  • iPod touch 5th generation
  • iPhone 5
  • iPad mini
  • iPad 4

Obviously, there are different configurations for many of the devices listed above. For instance, there are cellular, and Wifi only models of the various iPads mentioned. The good news is this: regardless of the configuration, every device posted above will be supported. In total, there are an impressive 22 different configurations that will be jailbreakable on launch day.

Unsupported devices:

  • Apple TV 2
  • Apple TV 3

As of now, the only unsupported devices that will be capable of running iOS 6.1 are the Apple TV’s, both 2, and 3. The Apple TV 2 will definitely gain support, but Apple has been slow to release updates for the second generation set top box in order for the team to work on its jailbreak. It will eventually come, though, and perhaps may be supported on jailbreak launch day.

The Apple TV 3, on the other hand, is a whole new beast. Due to the fact that it uses far less services that can potentially be compromised, it’s a more difficult to corner. It’s certainly possible that we will see an eventual Apple TV 3 jailbreak in the future, but you won’t find support for it in the initial release from team evad3rs.

Hopefully that clarifies things a little bit for you. So pull out that dusty iPhone 4S, brush off that idle iPad 3, and get ready for some jailbreak goodness coming your way very soon.

Apple Announces Apple Announces iPad mini, 4th gen iPad, new iMac, 13-inch MBP with Retina Display and more !

  • Few Minutes left ! Our Live Blog has started ! Enjoy 🙂
  • The theater is filling up fast — a ton of media are there!
  • Grizzly Bear on the sound system.
  • A lot of app developers and partners in the crowd, it seems.
  • “Ladies and gentlemen, please switch devices to silent mode.”
  • And it has begun! Tim Cook is now on stage, ready to discuss the great success of Apple.
  • Tim is out and talked about the success of the iPhone 5. Now we’re watching a video about the launch. People are cheering. And running. And the song is about running.
  • Running towards an iPhone.
  • Then the iPhone kisses you.
  • And you get married.
  • High fives all around for iPhone 5 buyers.
  • Look, people bought the iPhone all over the world.
  • And Tim is back out.
  • “Our team works incredibly hard to deliver products like the iPhone 5, and that reminds us why we do it.”
  • “Last month we announced the iPhone and incredible new iPods. An amazingly thin iPod touch, with the same Retina display we have on iPhone 5.”
  • “All of our iOS devices are powered by iOS 6, our latest version of the world’s most advanced mobile operating system.”
  • “We work hard to make sure all of our products are upgradable to the latest operating system. After just 1 month, we have 200 million devices running iOS 6.”
  • “This is phenomenal. It’s the fastest upgrade rate of any software in history that we’re aware of.”
  • “iOS 6 and Mountain Lion are designed to make our systems work seamlessly.”
  • “We’ve been working on new features that make your life easier, like documents in the cloud.”
  • “Customers have now placed 125m documents in the cloud, just over the last year.”
  • “Features like iMessage, it’s of course the best way to send anyone a message on a Mac or iPod touch or iPad, you can see all your messages on all devices.”
  • “Already in just last year, customers have sent 300 billion messages.”
  • Cheers for that from the crowd. And some whistles.
  • “You’re sending them at 28k per second. Maybe more right now.”
  • “And features like Game Center, the best way to play games with a friend. We now have over 160m game players.”
  • “And finally shared photo streams — the best way to share what you want with the people you want.”
  • “Customers have already shared over 70m photos with friends and family.”
  • “So you can see there are some great ways for your iOS devices and Macs to work together seamlessly.”
  • “These are not stretched out iPhone apps.”
  • “We’ve reached another milestone — customers have downloaded 35 billion apps from the store. This is jaw dropping.”
  • “Now, this is great for customers. They get the choice of fantastic apps. But it’s also great for devs. We’ve now paid out $6.5 billion to developers.”
  • “Now one of the most popular apps on the store is iBooks.”
  • “One tap and you get to the iBookstore.”
  • 400 books downloaded since the launch of the store. That’s a lot of books.
  • “And iBooks includes great options like this sepia theme, or night theme.”
  • “Today we’re introducing a new version with a new feature — continuous scrolling — just flick.”
  • “There’s also some new ways to share — tap on a passage and share on Facebook or Twitter.”
  • New languages, Korean, Japanese.
  • “Now I’d like to talk about the Mac.”
  • “The Mac has been outgrowing the PC market for 6 years straight.”
  • “That’s because it’s #1 in customer reliability.”
  • “This has led to the Mac being the #1 desktop and #1 notebook in the US.”
  • “Now we’re really pleased with all of the momentum of the Mac. But we are not standing still.”
  • “We’re going to continue innovating with the Mac. We’ve got some great stuff to show you this morning.”
  • Phil Schiller is out! .. BIG CHEERS
  • “Today is a big day for the Mac. It starts with MacBook.”
  • “Just a few months ago we introduced perhaps the best we’ve ever created the best ever.”
  • Phil is listing off great reviews of the MacBook with Retina display.
  • “You might not know that our best selling notebook is the 13 inch MacBook Pro.”
  • “Customers love it. It’s perfect for so many uses. So in typical Apple fashion, we’re going to take our best product, and introduce something better.”
  • “I’m proud to introduce the brand new 13-inch MacBook Pro.”
  • “It is incredibly thin. Just .75 thick.”
  • “A full 1/5th thinner than the old model.”
  • “It weighs just 3.5 pounds. Our lightest MacBook Pro ever.”
  • No optical drive. Go figure!
  • Retina display!
  • “Everything on it looks absolutely gorgeous.”
  • “Your apps look fantastic on it. Reading email the text is so beautiful you can’t see the pixels.”
  • “iLife apps are great too.”
  • “There’s never been a small notebook that gave pro photographers this capability.”
  • “If you’re looking for Retina apps, just go to our App Store. There’s a lot of great software to support the display.”
  • “So that alone is a great new feature. But there’s more.”
  • FaceTime HD camera, dual mics, stereo speakers.
  • “Let’s take the bottom off and take a look inside.”
  • “We use asymmetric li-ion batteries.”
  • Core i5 or i7.
  • Standard 8GB of RAM.
  • Up to 768GB of storage — SSD of course.
  • Phil is listing off some of the features of Mountain Lion and iCloud.
  • Because you know, this computer has Mountain Lion on it.
  • “This is a great new MacBook Pro. It starts at 8GB of RAM and 128GB of flash storage for $1699.”
  • With a 2.5GHz CPU.
  • “It starts shipping today.”
  • “Like all of our products, the team works hard on making these eco-friendly.”
  • “We’re so excited to show this to customers, we’ve created an ad. Let’s show that.” Ah ha, an ad.
  • “For the pro in all of us” says the ad.
  • Phil is showing off the full lineup of MacBooks — and prices.
  • “Next, Mac mini. You knew there’d be something called mini in this presentation, didn’t you?”
  • “The Mac mini is packed with great features. But the action on this product and the update is on the inside.”
  • Wow Phil is rushing through the Mac mini…
  • New mini starts shipping today. And it’s also eco-friendly.
  • “We said this is a big day for the Mac, and I have one more I’d like to talk about. And that’s the iMac.”
  • “It’s the #1 desktop model in the US.”
  • “It’s a great design. One that’s evolved over many years. Many people think of it as the flagship of the Mac line.”
  • Phil is going through the history of the iMac. “We’ve had 7 generations of the iMac, all better than the last.”
  • People are oohing, literally.
  • Super thin display.
  • “We have one here. Want to see one?”
  • “There’s an entire computer in here.” Laughs for that.
  • 80% thinner than the previous generation.
  • “That edge is 5mm thin.”
  • “We lovingly call this the chin.”
  • “This is so thin we wanted to do something even more with it — the way this is welded is called friction stir welding.”
  • “Let me bring up the old generation — isn’t it incredible how something new can make something else look so old?”
  • Phil is explaining the process of making the iMac thinner than the previous version.
  • “Let’s talk a little bit more about this display. It comes in two sizes, 27 inch and 21.5 inch.”
  • “We said it’s fully laminated. That delivers another benefit. Text and graphics will look like they’re sitting right on top of the glass.”
  • “We want to make it even purer, even thinner.”
  • 75% less reflection than the previous version.
  • “It’s very very cool.”
  • FaceTime HD camera, stereo sound “That sounds better than the previous generation.”
  • “Pretty remarkable. And of course, a lot of the work has been done on the inside.”
  • Up to 3TB of storage, Core i5 or i7…
  • Four USB 3.0 ports.
  • “I want to talk about storage a little bit more. Customers can choose what they want, a hard drive for storage, or an SSD for speed. But we have a new option. It’s called the Apple Fusion Drive.”
  • “What’s the Fusion Drive?”
  • “You order it and get a single drive.”
  • Core applications and OS stays on the SSD, documents stay on the HDD.
  • Apple has some logic which figures out which apps you use the most and will shift those to the SSD.
  • Performance is nearly that of a standard SSD. Very, very interesting.
  • “The iMac comes with a wireless keyboard and a mouse, of course you can get a Magic Trackpad. And for those of you still stuck in the past, you can get an optical drive.”
  • “We start shipping next month, in November.”
  • “This uses up to 50% less power when idling.”
  • “So that’s the new iMac. Perhaps the boldest new design we’ve done.”
  • And Tim is back out.
  • “These products are really cool.”
  • “Next I’d like to talk about iPad.”
  • “It seems like every time we get together, there are some new numbers to talk about the growth of this product.”
  • “We’ve now sold over 100 million iPads.” Huge applause for that.
  • “We sold more products in the June quarter than any PC manufacturer sold in their entire PC line.”
  • “This has attracted a lot of attention. A lot of other tablets are shipping. But the numbers tell a different story. The iPad accounts for 91% of tablet web traffic.”
  • “Why is the iPad so popular? Well it turns out there’s a simple reason: people love their iPads!” Laughs.
  • “They love the display. They love the camera for FaceTime. They love that they can connect anywhere they go on Wi-Fi or cellular. They love iPad’s legendary all day battery life. And they love all of the amazing apps optimized for iPad.”
  • “One of the things that is so rewarding is how quickly iPad has been embraced in education.”
  • “A teacher in Texas said ‘the iPad has been a game changer in education’.”
  • “We really believe in this. And we saw it early on. Earlier this year we introduced iBooks author to create textbooks. And iBooks textbooks are now available for 80% of the US high school curriculum.”
  • “There are now 2500 classrooms in the US with iBooks textbooks.”
  • “Today we’re announcing the latest iBooks Author. It includes some great new templates.”
  • Portrait templates, you’re able to use your own fonts… mathematical expressions dropped into books. Multitouch widgets.
  • “Publishers can update their books.”
  • This is available today.
  • “In addition to education, iPad is taking the business world by storm too.”
  • “It’s showing up and doing more and more things.”
  • 94% of Fortune 500 companies are testing or deploying the iPad.
  • “We couldn’t be more thrilled with how quickly iPad has been embraced by users.”
  • “But we know we are just getting started.”
  • “Earlier this year we announced an iPad with a Retina display. It’s the top selling tablet in the world.”
  • “But we’re not taking our foot off the gas. We’ve got some cool stuff to show you. I’d like to invite Phil back to the stage.”
  • “Thank you.”
  • “So just half a year ago we introduced the 3rd generation iPad with Retina display. So it’s more incredible that we’re sitting here to talk about the 4th generation iPad.”
  • “It’s amazing the pace the team is working at.”
  • “This 4th generation is a powerhouse. What’s inside it? A new chip, the A6X. It doubles the performance of CPU tasks.”
  • “It also doubles the graphics performance. The competition wasn’t even close to us, and now we’re just blowing past them some more.”
  • “We’re updating the camera, the cellular version has expanded LTE.”
  • Faster Wi-Fi, Lightning connector.
  • “We’ve added some new cables. Lightning to USB and Lightning to an SD card reader.”
  • “It comes in both black and white.”
  • Same configs of the last generation.
  • $499, with cellular, $629.
  • “So what else can we do to help customers to find more uses for iPad?”
  • Whoa. A smaller iPad just appeared on the screen.
  • “What can you do with this that you can’t do with the big iPad? Well this. Hold it with one hand.”
  • “This isn’t just a shrunken down iPad. There’s nothing as amazing as this.”
  • “It’s incredibly thin and beautiful. Incredibly thin and light. Want to see one in person?”
  • “This is iPad mini.”
  • For mini, it still looks kind of big!
  • Black and white — a treatment more like the iPhone 5.
  • “What screen size is it?”
  • 7.9 inch display
  • “All the software made for the iPad works on the mini with no change.”
  • “So it’s great for reading your email, surfing the web, managing your photos.”
  • “For kicking back and reading a magazine or a book.”
  • “It’s great for all of your iWork apps.”
  • Phil is really running through all of the apps you can run on this thing. Hint: it’s all of them!
  • “You’re gonna love Facebook on the new iPad.”
  • “If you love playing games, like Real Racing 2. Incredible.”
  • “I could do 275k examples! But we don’t have time.”
  • “It all works. And no one else can say that.”
  • “Here we have iPad mini on the right, and the new Android tablet on the left.”
  • “Let’s compare them.”
  • “There’s is made of plastic, it’s thicker and heavier.”
  • “Let’s look at those displays. Theirs is 7 inch, our is 7.9.”
  • “The iPad mini has a third larger display area.”
  • “And it doesn’t stop there. What’s the #1 thing people do on their iPads? Surf the web.”
  • “Let’s look at a webpage side by side.”
  • “The iPad mini is about 50% larger display area in the browser.”
  • “Customers love the ones written for the iPad.”
  • “What does the other one have? Phone applications scaled up.”
  • Phil is comparing app versions. Yelp, eBay, Pandora, TripAdvisor.
  • Pretty bad burns on Android — the platform looks weak on apps, as usual, for tablets.
  • “There’s an amazing set of technology that makes this a great iPad.”
  • A5, LTE versions, FaceTime HD camera, 5MP iSight camera around back.
  • Lightning connector, of course.
  • “All of this technology in such a thin and light device… the team has worked to get the same battery life. 10 hours.”
  • “You can see this is every inch an iPad. We’ve created a video to tell you a lot more about it.”
  • Jony Ive… is talking… about design.
  • If Apple can hit a killer price point on this, it’s game over for smaller tablets on the market.
  • “When we decided to make the iPad mini, we wanted to keep the things that make the iPad so magical.”
  • The iPad mini has the thinnest single cell battery we’ve ever designed.”
  • I wonder how the smaller bezel will impact reading…
  • And Phil is back out!
  • “This is every inch an iPad. As you see it comes with a great line of accessories.”
  • “It starts with a 16GB of storage, and will be priced at $329.”
  • That’s the lowest price yet for an iPad.”
  • Pre orders start this Friday. Wi-Fi versions shipping November 2nd.
  • “We have a TV ad we’re going to run.”
  • Oh this is cute. The big iPad is playing Heart and Soul. And the smaller one joins in.
  • Tears of joy.
  • Huge Applause !
  • HUGE
  • “Let me turn it back to Tim.”
  • “We told you earlier this year that you would see incredible innovation, and I think we kept our promise.”
  • Tim is listing off all that Apple has done this year.
  • … “Yes, it has been an incredible year.”
  • “We hope you love these products as much as we love creating them.”
  • “I’d personally like to thank all of the teams at Apple for dedicating their lives to making the best products on Earth.”
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Absinthe 2.0 released : How to jailbreak iOS 5.1.1

Ladies and gentlemen, the wait is over. Absinthe version 2.0 has been released to the public, meaning you can now jailbreak iOS 5.1.1 untethered.

Absinthe is compatible with most recent iOS devices running iOS 5.1.1, including the new iPad (iPad 3), the iPhone 4S, the iPad 2, the iPhone 4, iPod touch 4th generation, iPhone 3GS, etc.

A Mac, Windows, and Linux version are now available.

Here is the final compatibility list for Absinthe 2.0 according to pod2g:

Devices that have been tested to work:

  • iPhone 3GS
  • iPhone 4
  • iPhone 4 CDMA
  • iPhone 4S
  • iPad 1
  • iPad 2 Wifi
  • iPad 2 GSM
  • iPad 2 CDMA
  • iPad 3 Wifi
  • iPad 3 CDMA
  • iPad 3 Global
  • iPod 3G
  • iPod 4G
  • Apple TV 2

Unsupported devices:

  • Apple TV 3

Note, iPad 2,4 support will be added later.

How to jailbreak iOS 5.1.1 with Absinthe 2.0 :

The iOS 5.1.1 untethered jailbreak is now a reality with the release of Absinthe 2.0, and we’ve got the full tutorial that shows you how to jailbreak your device.

This jailbreak is compatible with most iOS devices capable of running iOS 5.1.1.

Check inside for our full step-by-step walkthrough that shows you how to use Absinthe 2.0 to perform an untethered jailbreak on your device…

Step 1: Download Absinthe 2.0

Step 2: Run Absinthe 2.0.

Step 3: Connect your device to your computer running Absinthe, and ensure that Absinthe detects the exact device that you connect. Make sure your device is turned on and at the Home screen. You do not have to use DFU mode at all.

Step 4: Click Jailbreak, and let the process complete. You will see your iPhone act as if it’s performing a restore, this is normal, be patient.

Step 5: Once complete, you should receive an alert on Absinthe telling you that the jailbreak is complete, and you should see the Cydia app icon on your Home screen. It is now safe to unplug your device.

Step 6: Open Cydia, and it will prepare for first use. Congratulations, your iOS 5.1.1 installed device is now jailbroken with an untethered jailbreak!

Steve Jobs worked closely on the 2012 iPhone with a larger screen, also dreamt of iCar and iYacht !

After WSJ and Reuters, now it’s time for another business news juggernaut to chime in on the possible bigger screen of the next iPhone – Bloomberg. The New York Mayor’s establishment got a confirmation by not one or two, but three sources on the bigger-than-3.5″ screen matter.

Apple’s co-founder and CEO has apparently worked on iPhone 6 up until his passing away in October of last year, and had a key role in developing it.
The next iPhone has been in the works way before the iPhone 4S was announced even, which explains why the rumors about the metal chassis, larger screen size and LTE connectivity were not at all what was unveiled with the iPhone 4 refresh – they were actually rumors about the work on the 2012 iPhone.
Mickey Drexler, CEO of J. Crew and an Apple board member, said in an interview that Steve Jobs was constantly looking to overhaul things he thought can be made better. Besides the Apple TV set, which is now pretty much a done deal, considering all the rumors swirling around on its existence and assembly preparations at Foxconn, Steve dreamt of branching outside the living room.
One of his biggest dreams was a car designed by Apple, but he also shared plans for fleshing out yachts, staircases, even the medical equipment that was next to his hospital bed – basically, everything he laid eyes on and thought “that’s ugly”.
Mickey Drexler also said that he wouldn’t want to be in Tim Cook’s place: “The best job to have: Take over a company that’s doing poorly. Never take over a company that’s doing great. You know, I love Tim Cook, but I wouldn’t want his job”.