For such a secretive company Apple sure does seem to have a lot of "leaks". The latest comes from a self-proclaimed iOS consultant Sonny Dickson, who leaked some pretty interesting internal Apple training videos and in-store repair guides. The first video entitled "iPhone 4 Vibe Motor Replacement" is a an iPhone 4 repair guide for Apple Store employees.
Other videos include the cult-like "Apple Authorized Service Provider 101", an iPhone 4 SIM tray replacement repair guide and directions on how to test the iPhone 4 camera. You can watch all the purported internal Apple videos on Dickson's YouTube channel, or check out a few below.
Accessory maker BodyGuardz is offering 15% off all their smartphone and tablet cases for Presidents' Day. The sale starts today and ends Monday, February 18th. The sale includes cases and screen protectors for the iPhone 4, 4S, 5, iPad and iPad mini. Non-Apple devices include the Samsung Galaxy S3, BlackBerry Z10 and Google Nexus 7.
BodyGuards offers many different skins, screen protectors, and stylish cases including its popular Armor Art lineup. The ultra-thin and durable Armor Art skins feature a lot different and interesting custom prints. The basic Armor lineup only features three colors, but are PVC based film / carbon fiber skins which protect your phone from scratches and dings. The mykase series not only protects your iPhone from drops and bumps, but also features a system of interchangeable plates so you can mix and match styles on the fly.
Case-Mate is offering 20% off its new line of Olo smartphone cases. The line features a variety of colorful and playful cases for the iPhone (4, 4S and 5 only) Samsung Galaxy S3 and even the newly introduced BlackBerry Z10. There are three categories of Olo Cases available: Sleek & Slim, Just for Fun and Rugged Protection.
There are six Sleek & Slim cases available for various Apple and Android smartphones, and three Rugged Protection cases available for the iPhone, some Android devices and even the iPad. However, the Just for Fun cases are what really make Case-Mate's Olo line standout. The group offers 24 different cute cases with various animal and other custom designed prints, such as the cupcake case pictured above. All the Just for Fun cases are made of impact resistant, flexible silicone and feature easy-to-hold grips to protect against bumps and falls.
The iPhone Dev-Team has released redsn0w version 0.9.15b1. The update brings a lot of changes for restoring to older firmware. It also now includes Cydia for the tethered iOS 6 jailbreak on A4 devices. iPhone 3GS and iPhone 4 owners can learn how to jailbreak their devices running iOS 6 by clicking here.
The changelog has a lot of information. The Dev-Team suggests visiting the comments section on their blog if you're confused or have any questions. This is also where you can get the download links for redsnn0w v.0.9.15b1.
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If you have you ever wished your iPhone was more like Batman's utility belt then you should check out the ReadyCase Indiegogo campaign. The surprisingly thin case (less than 3mm thick) not only protects your iPhone, but it also crams in a multi-tool, a USB memory stick, a kickstand, a headphone clip and three lenses for the iPhone camera.
The case ships with a knife / screwdriver / bottle opener multi-tool, your choice of 8GB or 16GB memory stick (which doubles as a kickstand) and an integrated lens ring for attaching a variety of lenses (a macro lens, a fish eye lens and a wide angle lens) specifically designed to work with the iPhone. The case keeps is slim pocket-friendly design by allowing you to snugly attach the multi-tool and memory stick to the back of the case, and the headphone clip eliminates knotted cord headaches by keeping your EarPods tangle free.
The iPhone 5 is 18 percent thinner and 20 percent lighter than the other iPhones, but the price has remained the same. Apple will offer the iPhone 5 for $199 (16GB), $299 (32GB), and $399 (64GB) on September 21. Pre-orders for the next-generation iPhone open on September 14. If you're looking to upgrade from the now discontinued iPhone 3GS, but $200 is out of your price range, you can now nab an iPhone 4S for $99, or receive a free iPhone 4 with a new contract.
Recent rumors about a September iPhone 5 release have caused a 70 percent increase to eBay's smartphone trade-in program. eBay said (via CNET) the number of trade-ins started to increase around the same time several well known sources purportedly confirmed Apple will hold a special event to announce the new iPhone on September 12. The company said "nearly" 100,000 smartphones were traded-in during a three day period following the announcements.
The 16GB model of the iPhone 4S topped the trade-ins, followed by the 8GB iPhone 4 and 32GB iPhone 4S. Last year eBay received 375,000 trade-in offers for smartphones when the iPhone 4S was officially announced. 89 percent of those smartphones were iPhones.
Apple promised a lot of new features for all iOS devices thanks to iOS 6, however, iPhone 3GS and iPhone 4 owners are being left out in the cold when it comes to the new Apple-developed Maps software. Pocket-Lint noticed some fine print foolery at the bottom of Apple's Maps page. It reads: “Flyover and turn-by-turn navigation will be available only on the iPhone 4S and iPad 2 or later.”
There is more bad news for iPhone 3GS owners. The device will not be receiving VIP List, Flagged Smart mailboxes, FaceTime and Offline reading. It's safe to assume that the iPhone 3GS will be discontinued in the fall when Apple is expected to announce their next-generation smartphone. However, iPhone 4 owners may be feeling a little burned by iOS 6 after its release.
Accessory maker PowerA previewed their limited-edition, officially licensed Star Wars iPhone cases at this year's Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) in Los Angeles. The lineup includes a fuzzy Chewbacca collector case, a detailed R2-D2 collector case, and two beautiful cases inspired by the original Star Wars movie posters.
The first four limited-edition designs will be available from major retailers later this year. The character cases will retail for $39.99 each, and the movie-poster versions will cost you $29.99. The hard-shell plastic cases are designed to fit the iPhone 4 and 4S.
Corona developer pod2g tweeted a quick update about his iOS 5.1 jailbreaking progress. The iPhone developer wrote: "Heya! My iPhone 4 running iOS 5.1 is now untethered." In April, pod2g announced that he had acquired all the exploits required to complete a new jailbreak. This latest announcement is good news since it shows that he has made some progress since we last checked in with him.
iOS hackers have been busy working on a new exploit since the release of the iPad 3 in March. Dev Team member MuscleNerd and Chpwn both tweeted pictures of a jailbroken iPad 3 running Cydia 1.1.5 shortly after the tablet was released. However, Chpwn warned that a new jailbreak "could be months away from a public release."