Think your 4 digit iPhone passcode will keep your contact info safe from prying eyes? Think again. A major security hole has just been discovered in iOS 4, a breach that could allow others to “hack” into your contacts screen and make calls to anyone they wish. All this without having to even guess your password. Here’s how the exploit works:
- Slide to unlock your screen
- Tap on “Emergency Call” on bottom left of keypad
- Enter a fake number, such as ### or 8888. Just make sure it’s not your country’s emergency number!
- Tap on the green call button and immediately press on lock button on top right of your iPhone.
- You should now be taken into your contact screen, where you can browse or call anyone on your list.
It may take you a few tries before the contacts page is accessed, but time it just right and your passcode will be bypassed. Needless to say, this threat is a pretty serious flaw in the OS and you can bet that Apple will patch it up with an update (4.2?) in the near future. Check out the video of a Brazilian iPhone user demonstrating this exploit after the gap.
Apple seems to be on a roll of late with App Store app lists. First came The Best Games You’ve Never Played, a roundup of hidden gems that haven’t quite burned up the app charts. Now they’ve released the Awesome iOS 4 Apps list, a collection of apps and games that have been updated to take advantage of iOS 4′s new features, like support for the Retina Display and Multitasking/Fast App Switching. Here are some notable that have made the list:
- Apple Inc. , iMovie – $4.99
- Element Collection , The Elements for iPhone 4 – $9.99
- Software Cellular Network Ltd, Truphone – Free
- PopCap Games, Plants vs. Zombies (TMA Review) – $2.99
- PopCap Games, Bejeweled 2 + Blitz – $2.99
- Steve Sprang, Brushes – iPhone Edition – $4.99
- Marco Arment, Instapaper (TMA Review) – $4.99
- TomTom , TomTom U.S.A. – $49.99
- Sophia Teutschler, Articles – $2.99
- Gogo Apps, Inc., Tap Tap Revenge 3 – Free
Now I haven’t tried all 42 apps on the list, but I don’t think I’d consider all of them to be awesome. I suppose it’s all a matter of personal preference and interests (and of course, apps that actually have been updated for iOS 4 already). The entire Apple roundup can be found right here on iTunes.
Some people are calling Facetime the most magical feature of the iPhone 4 and iOS 4 and it may be. Apple are certainly taken with it, having gone so far as opening it as a video chat standard. If you aren’t a dev though, Apple have a special number that you can try out to test the video/audio quality of Facetime.
Here it is: 1-888-FACETIME (322-3846)
Shortly after the release of iOS 4, Apple updated the popular iBooks app with v1.1 and it can now be enjoyed on an iPhone as well. Besides the universal support, this update allows users to add notes to their ebooks/pdfs AND wirelessly sync all bookmarks, notes and current page between all iDevices using the app. This feature alone could convince loyal Stanza and eReader users to make the switch over to iBooks. Here’s what’s new in 1.1:
- In addition to iPad, iBooks is now available on any iPhone or iPod with iOS 4.
- Open and read PDF documents from Mail. PDF documents will be added to your library and appear on the PDF bookshelf. You can even search PDFs for words or phrases and bookmark your favorite pages.
- Take advantage of new ways to bookmark. In addition to highlighting a word or a passage, you can now also add notes or bookmark an entire page with the new page ribbon.
- Keep your bookmarks, notes, and your current page wirelessly in sync between iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch with the new automatic bookmark syncing feature.
- See your book pages in a new font, called Georgia.
- Read your books on white or sepia colored pages.
- Choose left or fully justified text layout from Settings.
- Read pages with greater ease by increasing to even larger font sizes.
- Enjoy greater stability and better performance.
If you’ve already purchased ebooks from the iBookStore (US only) on your iPad, you can re-download them on to your iPhone for free. And if you’re wondering how to convert and upload all your old (non-epub) ebooks onto iBooks with your iDevice running iOS 4, you can check out our previous tutorial right here (ebooks can be uploaded in the same manner as the iPad via iTunes).
Apple Inc. , iBooks – Free
Anxiously awaiting for the iOS 4 to be released? Wait no longer as Apple have pushed the update through and it can now be downloaded from iTunes. Announced earlier in April, the highly anticipated OS update comes with over 100 new features, including folders support, an improved inbox interface and of course, multitasking. iOS 4 will only work with newer iPhones and iPods (sorry for you 1st gen iPod Touch and iPhone users), and even then, multitasking isn’t enabled on the iPhone 3G. If you want an excellent breakdown of the new OS, TiPb have posted a thorough look at some of the most notable features. A highly recommended read.
What are you waiting for? Connect your iDevices now and start downloading your new OS! (you’ll need iTunes 9.2)
This year’s WWDC debuted a load of eye candy, but iMovie caught my especial attention. It requires the extra power of the fast A4 processor that sits below both the iPad and the iPhone 4. Unfortunately, iMovie looks to work only for the iPhone 4. Things may change – God knows that the iPad should be better for movie editing – but ‘when’ and ‘if’ are somewhat dark. Another puzzling thing: iMovie won’t be able to export projects to the Mac version of iMovie.
Apple are losing the battle. Leak after leak, their stronghouse is dripping away. This time, it isn’t stolen hardware; it’s iOS 4 that’s been fed to the wolves. The latest GM release just got out the doors today, so it’s pretty safe to say that Apple haven’t patched the security holes that allowed the original iOS 4 beta to be jailbreaked. Anyway, this jailbreak release isn’t the official badboy – that will be released later this month. If you are some sort of iPhone Jailbreaking freak who knows all the do’s and don’t's, then have at it and let iOS 4 hang with the Spirit of the iPad.
Thanks iPhone DevTeam
While most of the world have already seen the prototype iPhone 4G earlier in April, what the next gen phone was exactly capable of remained a mystery. Well we no longer have to speculate as Steve Jobs finally showed off the upcoming wonder at the WWDC keynote event. Aside from the prominent design changes, the iPhone 4 features some new impressive specs, including the all new Retina Display, which has 4x as many pixels as the 3GS. Here are the notable highlights:
- Apple A4 Chip (more power, less battery consumption)
- Design: Optical quality, scratch-resistant glass, surrounded by stainless steel rim
- More juice: 7 hrs 3G talk, 6hrs 3G browsing, 10 hrs Wi-Fi Browsing, 10 hrs video, 40 hrs music, 300 hrs standy
- Retina Display: 960 x 640 pixels, 326 pixels per inch, 800:1 contrast ratio (4x better than 3GS)
- Front Facing Camera
- 5 megapixel sensor, LED flash, 5x digital zoom, backside illuminated sensor
- HD Recording: 720p at 30fps, tap to focus video,
- Thinnest smartphone ever
- Gyroscope (detects pitch roll and yaw. Together with Accelerometer, users will have 6-axis motion sensing)
- Video Chat
- 802.11n Wi-Fi
The new hardware specs, coupled with the features that are expected of the OS 4.0 (now called iOS 4), certainly make the iPhone 4 THAT much more appealing. Not sure about you, but I can’t wait to get my hands on one when it’s released.