Facing soaring demand for budget tablets (and one in particular), Apple has announced it will sell the iPad 2 alongside the new iPad, with last year’s model tumbling to a more palatable price of $399 for the WiFi-only model, or $529 for the 3G version. That entry-level price in particular puts it in more direct competition with a slew of mid-range tabs that previously undercut the iPad, including the Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus and others. Specifically, though, Tim Cook & Co. hope that lower price will attract not just thrifty consumers, but schools looking to issue iPads in large numbers — a move that dovetails with the release of iBooks textbooks and the iBooks Author OS X app earlier this year.
AT&T is now getting ahold of their throttling plans by laying out the numbers which will get users put into the “reduced data scenario”. Instead of the sliding scale “top 5% of users” which often was people under 2GB, they now have a hard maximum of 3GB for HSPA users like those with iPhones and 5GB for their new LTE offerings. Users will receive a warning the first time but won’t get a notice thereafter.
We can’t say we weren’t warned, since Verizon updated its data policy way back in February, but it’s still a punch in the gut to hear its “network optimization” plan went into effect yesterday. A new policy page pointed out by Droid-Life explains how the policy will affect only the “top 5 percent of data users with 3G devices on unlimited data plans” (LTE and tiered data users are in the clear) by managing their speeds when connected to towers it has deemed are congested. Those conditions, termed network intelligence by Big Red, are what it feels separates this scheme from mere data throttling since it will only affect a few users (those consuming 2GB or more of data per month) at certain times and places, but it’s hard to see it any other way. If you’re one of those affected, expect a message on your bill or My Verizon account, although you may go into and out of the affected group depending on your usage. Hit the source link below for all the details — anyone else think it’s not a coincidence this policy popped up just before the iPhone 4 came to Verizon and is being implemented only weeks before the next iThing is expected to arrive?
These are instructions on how to dump the SHSH blobs of your current firmware even if Apple is not signing.
For instance, you can dump the SHSH of the current firmware on your device, so long as the device is susceptible to the Limera1n jailbreak (Everything but the iPad 2) Apple does not have to be signing the SHSH in order for you to dump the blob.
*Note the iPod Touch 2G and iPhone 3G will not work since they will always be jailbreakable. The iPad 2 will not work because it is not susceptible to Limera1n. A jailbreak is not needed for this.
The iPhone Dev-Team has begun external testing of an iOS 4.3.1 compatible version of UltraSn0w. Barring any issues, release will be tonight.
4.3.1-compat ultrasn0w update for *current unlockers* is out to external testers. Barring any hiccups, release is tonight
This release will only be for basebands previously unlockable; however, it will bring important fixes including a fix for the signal bar issue.
Apple will be releasing iOS 4.3 on March 11 and seeded iOS 4.3 GM to developers of iOS developer program few days back.
If you’re wondering if iOS 4.3 can be jailbroken then the good news is that iOS 4.3 GM has already been jailbroken using PwnageTool 4.2 that iPhone dev team had released to jailbreak iOS 4.2.1.
DjayB6 has released unofficial custom bundles for iOS 4.3 GM for iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS and iPad that need to be used along with PwnageTool 4.2, Universal Ramdisk Fixes and tetheredboot utility to jailbeak iOS 4.3.
You know those voice minutes you’ve been coaxed into buying for, like, ever? Now would be an awesome time to bid ’em adieu. Out of nowhere, Viber has swooped in to crush the dreams of Skype and every other VoIP provider out there, and if these guys can reach critical mass, avid iPhone users will certainly be able to buy a mobile plan with fewer minutes. It works as such: install the free app on your iPhone, provide just your phone number (no “registration” is necessary) and then fire it up. Viber uses your existing contact and favorites list, and you can make Viber or standard voice calls from within the app; naturally, a Viber logo pops up beside any contact who is also a user, making it easy to see who you can VoIP call for free. As our brethren over at TUAW point out, there’s simply no catch to be found — well, except for those of you counting your kilobytes on AT&T’s newer, metered data plans. Call quality was said to be excellent over 3G and WiFi, and potentially best of all, gratis SMS and an Android version are both on the way. Head on past the break if you need any additional convincing, and tap that iTunes link to get your download on. So, AT&T, what’s the value proposition on those “rollover minutes” again?