Following the recent release of blackra1n for Windows and even more recent release of it for the Mac the jailbreak war has gone into a new loop with reports coming in about the jailbreak not working on some 3GS phones.
Many people complain that the iPhone or iPod touch doesn’t heft their entire library of music, games, apps and movies in its pricey 32GB bulk. Then, there are those who like me, plug in, sync iTunes with what we want to listen to and view for the next few days. It takes about a minute extra and costs thousands of pennies less. Well, for that latter group, the 99$ iPhone may see an upgrade to its 3GS iteration, a move which will see even the poor sods racing by the nearly stationary 16GB 3G owners at 6,7x the speed. This report comes from the ninjas at BoyGenius who have obviously planted snap-happy informants at Rogers.
If you have had trouble locating a store that stocks the 3GS, you understand the same frustration that thousands of other potential buyers across the USA are experiencing. Apple’s 3rd generation iPhone is simply hot and some stores are not able to keep them on the shelves. Thanks to Apple, a new Webpage has been set up to direct users to stores that should stock the phone.
It’s no secret that the iPhone 3G S has more zip and zoom compared to the 3G, but the million dollar question is HOW much faster is it? AnandTech has done their homework and pit both iPhones against the Palm Pre and Android G1 in a web page rendering test, with the 3G S coming out on top in all but 3 of the site loads. Equipped with the more powerful and efficient ARM Cortex A8 processor running at 600MHz (as opposed to 412MHz), the 3G S performed 122% faster than the 3G and 21% speedier the Palm Pre. On a site like Facbook, the 3G S smoked its competition by fully loading the page in 13.5s, whereas the 3G needed a painfully slow 31.7s and the Palm Pre 19.6s (all WiFi).
Aside from the render tests, AnandTech also found that application launch times on the 3G S improved quite a bit, ranging from an improvement of 14% while launching the web browser to 72% for the native dialer app. By the looks of it, the 3G S will have no troubles going head to head against some of the best smartphones on the market. Will the speed factor alone though be enough for you to justify a hardware upgrade? Take a look at rest of the comparative results after the jump.
No reason to be long-winded with this one: my words will go one ear and out t’ other. The iPhone Dev Team have just released their new OS 3.0 hack-able software. However, it is recommended to know what service you need before delving into the convolutions of an unlock. Read the information after the jump very carefully and follow the team’s website before you make any rash decision as the unlock will currently render your non-kosher carrier service useless.
Not that we had expected much less – AT&T won’t be support tethering to your laptop when OS 3.0 debuts on the 17th of this month despite upgrades to their network. Still, better in many ways than the Canadian Rogers Corp., there was the slightest of hopes that the American Telecom giant would play nicer to its customers with OS 3.0 and the 3GS debut. As it turns out, even grandfathered GoPhone plans are subject to AT&T’s arbitrary decisions.
Daniel Burkholder, a TUAW reader tipped the website about AT&T’s divine new PR initiative.
A large percentage of tech sites feature RSS feeds. Even your friendly TouchMyApps staff have put together a subscription system so that you never have to browse our site at all unless really bored. Well, I woke this morning with an email in my mail box from a trusted site’s RSS feed which led me to an article over at the Sun. Usually, I stay away from publications that begin and end in the same syllable, but today I couldn’t get back into sleep and, not wanting to wake my wife, I read on.
Many of you have read the Spider email that made rounds a little over half a year ago. The culprit, a person by the name of David Thorne is at it again with mixed, but good results. His first joke is rather duff, but, David flourishes his humour in top form as the page scrolls south.
Yesterday, I discussed the reason that the 3GS must have the SGX version of Imagination’s PowerVR graphics rather than recycling the MBX chipset of the current iDevice. Today, I came across an interesting but small read from Engadget which outlines reasons that we may see an even more segmented App Store.
All of a sudden, the iPhone, Mac computer and Snow Leopard rumours rampantly rise in a vortex created by the upcoming WWDC. Interestingly enough, in just a few weeks, they will no longer be rumours. Readers, rumour sites and the like will have to find something else to mill their busy brains about. For our part – we are no different – the iPhone, rumours and sneaky peaks are our lifeblood.
(Update: as we know, the 8GB 3G iPhone was revealed at WWDC to be reduced in price to 99$ while the 3GS models at 16GB and 32GB apiece will go on sale at 199$ and 299$ 19 June)