Today, Dev-team released Redsn0w 0.9.8b1, capable of jailbreaking the latest Apple operating system for mobile devices, iOS 5 (beta).
This is a tethered jailbreak which means that you will have to connect your device to a computer and run Redsn0w in order to achieve 'jailbreak mode' on it.
With all these improvements added to iOS5, is still worth to jailbreak your device?
I used to jailbreak my iPhone in the past in order to obtain higher customization level for it, gain access to settings that were not available in the official iOS, tweaks that could improve my iDevice experience after all.
Many of these 'improvements' are already available with iOS 5, still few are missing.
In my opinion, iOS 5 is a great step forward for Apple, which seems to have learned from the jailbreak community in the benefit of their clients. Wish that many companies would do the same (e.g. Sony).
Some of the features that helped Apple achieving this step forward are:
Advanced reminder system
System-wide Twitter integration
Photo editing tools
Reach text email
Not many of the today's mobile operating systems are coming with so many features making iOS one of the best mobile operating system on the market today.
Still, the question the jailbreak still a necessity?
Many users will say "YES", jailbreak is a 'must have', probably because they are not aware of what the new iOS can do, some still may have favorite applications which are not available in the new iOS (e.g. BiteSMS), but many will stay away from jailbreak from now on because most of the features that they jailbreaked for are now part of the OS.
In the past, jailbreaking was considered illegal, voiding your device warranty.
Few years later it all become legal as long as you are not installing / using paid applications for free by using the jailbreak tools.
Today, jailbreak means more than just allowing non-signed applications to run on your device (Apple require that every application that runs on your iDevice to be signed with a certificate, this way they have a better control over their device and the applications that runs on it), it became a cult.
We still have to wait until the final version of iOS 5 is released, but by taking a look at the beta version, iOS incorporated features that no other mobile operating system can be proud of, making iOS 5 one of the best releases that Apple come out with.
The iPhone is an amazing device with many practical uses and applications. For musicians especially, the iPhone features many handy apps that can be used for on the go music making. The following iPhone apps are great for any musician, whether they're just a curious novice or a pro.
iDrum This iPhone app gives musicians a portable drum machine. There are a handful of different editions (hip-hop, rock, club, and more) of the app with new preset kits to satisfy any musician's taste. iDrum turns the iPhone into a step sequencer, where users can create different beats and string them together into a song. Musicians can edit their beats on the fly and at just $4.99 this app is a valuable tool for musical iPhone users.
GuitarToolkit Every guitarist with an iPhone should buy this wonderful app. Musicians in need of a portable tuner, metronome, or chord dictionary will find all they need in the iPhone GuitarToolkit. Having all these tools accessible in one small iPhone app is very convenient. Any musician can appreciate this app for just $9.99, with an even cheaper Lite version also available.
Vocoder Synthesizer SV 5 This app gives musicians a powerful synthesizer on the go. Amazingly, it features a fully functioning vocoder (giving users a robot-like voice they can play on the iPhone screen). This app utilizes the iPhon's microphone, so the vocoder will only work for iPhone users. Amazingly, this app allows users to save and upload patches they create to share with other iPhone musicians. This app really utilizes all of the iPhone's capabilities, and lets musicians explore complex sounds with an onboard keyboard, recorder, and real-time filters. For an iPhone app, this is a little pricey at $16.99 but musicians will really appreciate the app's many editable features.
Band Band is a fun app for the iPhone that can serve as a handy tool to musicians. The Band app features a playable two octave piano keyboard, a guitar and a bass. Musicians can use this app to play musical ideas at the moment they strike, so they won't forget the great melodies they come up with. This app also includes a 3x4 drum pad allowing musicians to lay down beats on their iPhone. The best part is Band can record musicians' ideas (even using an optional click track). At $3.99, this iPhone app is both fun and affordable. Karajan For real musicians, Karajan is an extremely useful app for the iPhone. This app lets musicians practice ear training, a valuable skill that requires time and practice. The app plays musical intervals or scales and prompts the iPhone user to identify them by ear. Chord identification is also a useful app feature for musicians. Musicians studying music theory will find this app turns their iPhone into a powerful teaching tool. Although iPhone users have to pay $14.99 for the full app, there is a free version for beginners.
These apps make portable music making affordable and fun. Any musician knows that inspiration can strike at any moment, and now it can be captured on an iPhone. The convenience of these tools makes any one of the apps a great addition to a musician's iPhone.
There are many people who are trying to figure out how to hack their iPhone with the software to unlock it allowing third party software to be installed, commonly called "Jailbreaking" the iPhone. However, what about those who want to remove the jailbroken software from their phone? there really is not much information about this process on the internet currently. As Apple begins to punish those who run jailbreak apps on their newest version of the iOS there will be many more looking for answers in this department.
If you have a jailbroken iPhone the chances are that you love the new functionality that it has offered you. Some of the biggest advantages of doing this software hack have now been added in the newest version of iPhone software. The iOS4 has added backgrounds, multitasking, folders and many more features that iPhone owners were only able to access by performing software alteration. Now that Apple has added these features, they apparently don't want anybody to use the jailbreak software on their products any longer. If you have downloaded iTunes 9.2 or upgraded to the iOS 4 software package you have already agreed not to use this software when you agreed to the EULA (End User Licence Agreement) and there are rumors going around that they now have the capability and are using it, to check your iPhone for non standard software. This may have already led to a few canceled iTunes accounts and many think that his will continue to be an issue.
If you want to get out while the getting is good, you can come back from the dark side and for most, it is a lot easier than you might think. If the version of jailbreak software you have installed offers a "Safe Mode" which most do, all you will have to do is put your phone in this mode to sync. Once your iPhone has been backed up, you have transferred your purchases to iTunes and then downloaded the newest version of iOS you are ready to go. Be prepared for a few hours of sync time, because these backups do take some time. For iPhone owners who have the 3G model, you will not get many of the features that are promised in the software update, so do your homework first to make sure that you know what you are getting. It would also seem AT&T is already pushing some updates that are purposefully slowing down the users who have applied the jailbreak software. This is just one more reason to consider changing your iPhone back to the standard software.
No matter what you like about the jailbreak software, there are not many people who would like to trade their iTunes account for a few extra apps. After all the iTunes store has hundreds of thousands of free apps to choose from. You can now tether legally though AT&T service, so this is another reason that you may consider switching back and removing iPhone jailbreak software from your phone.
Hi There - For today's update I'd like to offer a review of what are, in my educated opinion, the Greatest 3 Unlocking Software applications on the Internet. All of these applications will unlock your cellular phone or device pretty much on its own. You just install it. If you're planning to jailbreak an electronic device, do not attempt to become a hacker and do it by yourself. Grab one of these applications and get the job done in five minutes flat. So in descending rank of best to worst, the following are my picks...
1)Automatic iPhone Unlocker
You truly must check out this software package to appreciate it. I myself have personally downloaded it on around 30 cellular phones and iPads for my friends, acquaintances and family. After you download and install the software application, the jailbreak takes around 6.5 minutes from start to finish. You just hit the "start" button and go open a drink while the software program jailbreaks the device. The app also does a total unlock of the device. Some of the other applications that I've tried don't. Just to explain it, a complete jailbreak infers that you will be able to use your Apple phone on carriers other than Sprint. An unsuccessful jailbreak will let you install 3rd party apps, but doesn't hack the SIM at all. They will only take Paypal, and that can be a pain, but it will let the user be assured that they're supported and dealing with an honest vendor. Their user service, tech support, and the inclusive directions get a stellar grade. The price was also reasonable. This software is the creme de la creme. Overall, 9/10 rating.
Additionally another software application that I've tried recently. Good software application overall. The total hack procedure (following the download) was completed in about 11 minutes, which is not that terrible. The site also takes Paypal. My greatest complaint was that they only offer an incomplete unlock. This is satisfactory if you are hacking a non-Apple device, or if you are happy using your Apple phone on T-Mobile. The price is a touch lower as a result, so if you simply want to jailbreak your device and don't necessarily care about using the device on another provider, or if you are using a non-Apple phone, they're a really great choice. Like my #1 option, the directions were very easy to understand. Another complaint, though, was that the site did not offer a customer service number. Just an email was given. Overall Rating: 7/10.
3) Global iPhone Unlock
This app is acceptable, but I wasn't greatly impressed with it. The application does do a full jailbreak, and the site is totally trustworthy, unlike some companies out there. That's about the only thing that I can say for the company, however. They say that their program will permit you to hack a device in no more than 5 minutes. But it took me about 30 minutes and a couple of calls to tech support to get it done - mainly due to the fact that the directions sucked. The program was a bit more costly than the top choices were as well. The site also had a few upgrades that they try to foist on you. Tech support was acceptable. They offered a phone number instead of only an email address, but it was in India and the representative's instructions were quite difficult to comprehend. Overall rating 5/10.
That's it for today. Thanks once again for reading. See you next time!