When Apple launched the iPhone 4S in October of 2011, one of the most talked about and probably its headline feature was the inclusion of the Siri intelligent assistant software which attempted to make life easier by being able to accomplish tasks given to it through a simple voice command. When invoked by the user, Siri is ready and able to take spoken orders which can range from setting meetings up in the calendar, checking the location of friends and family or even pulling up a weather forecast for most locations in the world.
Let the speculation begin! It may not be a sign of an iPhone refresh, but we’ve received multiple tips today about an imminent price drop for Apple’s flagship smartphone. According to a pair of trusty tipsters, Radio Shack is prepping to cut the cost of AT&T’s 16GB iPhone 4 to $169.99, with a two-year contract, from $199.99. The 32GB version will likewise take a $30 plunge at the Shack, ringing in at $269.99, and the price of the 8GB 3GS will drop to $19.99. Phone Arena is likewise reporting on Target slicing up the old Apple price tag, but lists varying numbers based on carrier. If all this talk turns out to be true, those prices should be ripe for the picking starting tomorrow.
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.
These are instructions on how to jailbreak your iPhone 4 on the 4.3.3 firmware using RedSn0w for Windows. The Mac version of this tutorial is here.
These are instructions on how to jailbreak your iPhone 4 or 3GS on the 4.3.3 firmware using RedSn0w for Mac. You can find the Windows version of this tutorial here.
If you want to jailbreak a lower firmware version you can find the appropriate tutorial here.
Make sure not to update to iOS 4.3.3 if you need an unlock as one is not yet available!
NOTE: Those of you who rely on a carrier unlock MUST STAY AWAY from Redsn0w and stock iOS 4.3.2 firmware. Also, the patches for 4.3.2 are said to be broken on this version of Redsn0w. PwnageTool 4.3 with 4.3.2 PwnageTool bundles is the recommended.
How to jailbreak iOS 4.3.2 using Redsn0w on Windows and Mac:
Download iOS 4.3.1 (required by Redsn0w 0.9.6 for 4.3.2 jailbreak) for your version of iOS device.
Update/Restore to iOS 4.3.2 firmware using the IPSW file you just downloaded via iTunes 10.2.1.
Start Redsn0w and point it to the official iOS 4.3.1 firmware file (NOT iOS 4.3.2 file).
Create a folder on your desktop called Pwnage
Download RedSn0w from here and place it in the Pwnage folder. Likewise, download the latest 4.3.1 firmware from below and place it in the same folder.
4.3.1 (4 GSM):Download iPhone3,1_4.3.1_8G4_Restore.ipsw
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.
Make sure Cydia is selected and click the Next button to continue
RedSn0w will now guide you through the steps to get into DFU mode. You can find more help with DFU mode here
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.
REMEMBER THAT AFTER YOU DONE JAILBREAKING IT YOUR IDIVICE WILL NOT BOOT IT WILL STAY ON THE APPLE LOGO, SO HERE IS WAHT YOU DO, FOLLOW ALL THE STEPS AGAIN BUT ON STEP 8 DO NOT SELECT CYDIA AGAIN JUST SELECT JUSTBOOT TETHERED RIGHT NOW. AND THAT’S IT BUT EVERY TIME YOU TURN YOUR PHONE OR IPOD OFF YOU WILL HAVE TO DO THAT, TILL A UNTETHERED JAILBREAK IS OUT.
These are instructions on how to jailbreak your iPhone 4 or 3GS on the 4.3.1 firmware using RedSn0w for Windows. The Mac version of this tutorial is here.
All signs have been pointing to this release for a few days now, but we’ll admit: we expected Skype to wait until CES next week to pull the covers off what could become its crown jewel service over the coming months. Skype’s official iOS client has finally sprouted the ability to make video calls, allowing iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, and fourth-generation iPod touch users to share real-time video amongst each other and users of Skype’s Windows, Mac, and Linux clients along with the ASUS Videophone (obviously, 3GS users won’t have the convenience of a front-facing camera, but they’ll still be able to broadcast video from the rear-facing one). Additionally, you’ll be able to receive video from others if you’re using an iPad or a third-generation iPod touch. The service is free and works over both WiFi and 3G — and considering Skype’s existing PC footprint, we’d argue this stands a very real chance of putting the hurt on FaceTimeusage. No word on when Skype will be making video-capable clients available for Android or other mobile platforms, but Skype says that there’ll be “plenty more” announcements in Vegas next week, so we wouldn’t be surprised.
Someone must really like you — otherwise, how did you end up with an iPhone this holiday season? Yeah, we know, iPads don’t really fit into stockings. Besides, your parent or significant other got you an arguably better gift in the cheaper (with two-year contract, of course), more compact, and more recently updated iPhone 4. We’ve given you some app suggestions before when the device first launched, but that was six months ago, and in technology time, that’s like seven years. Want a run-down of the best apps, our favorite accessories, and the essential tips and tricks? Just follow along after the break!
Ah, the beautiful, ever-useful jailbreak and the developers that make it worthwhile. It’s already unlocked the magic of FaceTime over 3G, and now it’s making FaceTime capable with any old iPhone 3GS handset (thanks to the iPhoneIslam Team, who did the heavy lifting). Of course, lacking a front facing camera, the resulting video chat might be a little short on faces, but the functionality certainly isn’t hurting anybody. Right, Apple? Hit up the app on Cydia and start streaming to your heart’s content, and if you’re wary there’s a demo video after the break.