Apple today has released iOS 7.1.2 as an over-the-air update for the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. According to iOS developer iH8sn0w, the update does not patch the Pangu jailbreak, so it is safe to upgrade.
The update fixes a mail attachment security flaw, a bug causing issues with third-party accessories, and it improves iBeacon connectivity and stability. Users can download iOS 7.1.2 by navigating to Settings > General > Software Update, or by going to iTunes.
The team of developers behind the Pangu jailbreak have delivered on their promise to add Mac OS X support. Pangu v.1.1 was released on Sunday. The update brings an English UI for U.S. users, a fix for the boot loop bug that was plaguing some devices, and the removal of the “PP25″ installer for users who select the English option.
Chinese users will still have the option to install the third-party software which includes a pirate app store. U.S. users should avoid this option because it may contain apps and tweaks with malicious intent. Besides the dodgy app store, Pangu is safe to install on your device. Two well known U.S. jailbreakers, MuscleNerd and iH8sn0w, have confirmed that Pangu does not contain any additional threats. However, you should always back up your device before installing any jailbreak.
There were quite a few App Store and app-related stories this week, so let's jump right in! Apple added a Best New Game Updates section to the App Store. As the title suggests, the new category highlights some of the best apps that have recently been updated with new levels and so on. You can find it underneath the Best New Games section on the App Store.
A Walmart spokesperson told CNET that starting Friday at 9 a.m. the iPhone 5c will cost only $29. That's $20 off its normal $49 asking price. The iPhone 5c is also being reduced to only $99, down from $149. The deal requires a new two year agreement with AT&T, Verizon, or Sprint, and it in-store only. However, Walmart representatives have misled us about Apple sales before, so make sure you call ahead to clarify your local location is participating in the sale.
Apple fans can also expect other retailers to follow suit as we get closer to the launch of Apple's next-generation handset(s). In previous years, retailers such as Best Buy and Target have slashed iPhone prices weeks before Apple's newest iPhone is announced, but unlike the previous generations, the iPhone 5c and iPhone 5s have both been heavily discounted since their release. Walmart has discounted the iPhone 5c at least four times, according to our archives, and the retailer has offered the device for as low as $29 at least once before.
After refreshing its iMac lineup with a low cost $1,099 model, Apple quietly updated its iPod touch lineup with a new 16GB entry-level version. Apple also reduced the price of its current 32GB and 64GB models to $249 and $299, respectively.
The new $199 model is now available on Apple.com in Space Grey, Silver, Pink, Yellow, Blue and Red. The 16GB version is also now equipped with a 5MP iSight camera with LED flash, and it ships with the latest version of iOS 7. Besides the new camera the new model features the same specs as before, a 4-inch Retina display and A5 processor.
Apple has added MLB.com At Bat to its roster of CarPlay supported apps. The baseball streaming service is the first app to be added to the list of originally supported apps such as Beats Radio and Stitcher.
MLB.com At Bat is free to download on the Apple App Store, however, it costs $20 a year (or $2.99/month) to access the entire 2014 season. The app allows users to listen to Home and Away radio broadcasts, stream out-of-market games, plus more. The app supports all devices running iOS 7.0 or later.
Apple suppliers in China are getting ready to start production on two iPhone models in July, according to Bloomberg. As expected, the iPhone 6 will be available in two sizes when it is released later this year. Two unidentified sources have confirmed recent rumors that Apple plans to release a 4.7-inch model and 5.5-inch model of its next-generation iPhone. Both versions will be larger than the current iPhone 5s model which only features a 4-inch display.
It is still unclear if both models will be released in September, but it is likely. However, production difficulty with the larger model may cause it to be in limited supply when it is initially released, according to Bloomberg's source.
"Production of the 5.5-inch model is more complicated than the smaller version, resulting in lower production efficiency that must be overcome before manufacturing volume can be increased, said the person."
After hovering around $92 for most of last week, shares of Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL) dropped below $91 on Monday, two weeks after a 7-to-1 split. Anticipation surrounding two major upcoming products, the iWatch and iPhone 6 has resulted in a flurry of news and leaks.
As the long-rumored iWatch gets closer to reality, reports have surfaced that Apple is working with star athletes to test the new device. While analysts have pointed to October as a likely release date, others claim the device might see delays due to FDA medical device certification.
A new iOS 7.1.1 jailbreak released by the Chinese team PanGu wasted two possible exploits that could have possibly been used to jailbreak iOS 8, according to developer iH8sn0w. In a tweet, iH8sn0w revealed that the untethered jailbreak burned two exploits pertaining to code signing and the kernel, plus the “syslogd chown vulnerability" discussed at the Black Hat conference in August. This means at least one vulnerability used for the PanGu jailbreak would have probably been patched by Apple in iOS 8 since it was already made public.
Another famous jailbreaker, Comex expressed his support for PanGu by saying it is "not healthy" to have a monopoly on public jailbreaks.
"Though I am of course supportive of @planetbeing @pod2g etc., I’m very happy that public jailbreaks are no longer a monopoly," he tweeted.
Amazon has added several HBO titles to its Instant Video app for iOS devices. Amazon Prime members can now stream HBO hits such as the The Sopranos and The Wire, plus early seasons of True Blood and Boardwalk Empire to their iPod touch, iPhone or iPad. The update also adds all new video playback controls, and the option to watch the first episode of selected TV shows for free.
The free option is ad supported with video ads before and during each episode. The all new video controls bring a one touch pause/play option, a 10-second fast-forward/rewind option and a skip to the next episode button. Version 2.7 of Amazon Instant Video also makes playback start times faster, and includes bug fixes and stability improvements.