Sprint To Begin Testing the iPhone 5 on Monday?

Those "well placed and anonymous sources" are at it again. The tech blogs Chip Hazard and West Coast Gadgets have kicked off a whole new set of rumors by claiming that the iPhone 5 is in the hands of AT&T and Sprint beta testers. Chip Hazard's "well places sources" in AT&T mobility revealed that beta testers have been testing the iPhone 5 since July 6. Citing no sources, West Coast Gadgets announced that Sprint beta testers will be spotted in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Dallas, New York City, and Chicago starting this Monday.

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Why is Apple purportedly using 3rd party testers? According to another tech blog, AT&T and Sprint are ensuring another Antennagate doesn't happen by checking for reception and connectivity. The author also points to Apple's own internal testers losing an iPhone last year, but wouldn't giving out more devices to 3rd parties increase the chances of a repeat, and more leaks? With all the so-called "inside sources" releasing so much information, it seems like Apple is having a hard enough time keeping their own people quiet these days.

iOS 4.3.4 Already Jailbroken

On Friday, Apple launched iOS 4.3.4 to patch a vulnerability that allowed hackers to remotely take over iOS devices. Unfortunately, this security risk was also the same PDF exploit used by Comex to release JailbreakMe 3.0 a little over a week ago. Not a big deal if you stuck with iOS 4.3.3, but for those of you who didn't get the memo, there is a savior in the form of a tethered jailbreak. Not as good, but better than nothing.

Cydia 4.3.4

Redmond Pie released a tutorial on how to jailbreak your iPhone, iPad (sorry doesn't work for the iPad 2) and iPod touch running iOS 4.3.4.

JailbreakMe: Verizon iPhone Stuck At Apple Logo? There's a Fix For That

Some Verzion iPhone owners are finding their devices stuck at the Apple logo screen while trying to use the newest version of JailbreakMe. If you are experiencing this problem, Comex, the hacker who created the tool, has released this fix.

"A bug in JailbreakMe 3.0 could cause iPhone 4 (CDMA, i.e. Verizon) to get stuck at the Apple logo and be unable to boot. If you are in this situation, there are two options"

1. Hold down the home and power buttons until you see “Connect to iTunes”, then use iTunes to restore to the latest firmware. This will lose data stored on the phone.

2. Apply a quasi-experimental fix using redsn0w. Download:

redsn0w 0.9.6rc19: Windows / Mac (do not use an earlier version)

Fix bundle, depending on firmware version: 4.2.6 / 4.2.7 / 4.2.8

IPSW for your firmware version, if you don’t have it: 4.2.6 / 4.2.7 /4.2.8

Open redsn0w, select your IPSW, choose “Install custom bundle“, and select the fix bundle. Then follow the directions. If it works correctly, after installation your phone will boot normally.

"There is a separate bug where choosing “Re-jailbreak” would cause a device to be unable to boot. If you have this issue and don’t want to restore, contact me

iOS 5 Streams FaceTime to Larger Screen

Developers playing with iOS 5 beta 3 have discovered that it features AirPlay mirroring. AirPlay allows you to mirror your FaceTime video chats to a larger screen. If AirPlay mirroring makes it to the final version of iOS 5, your iPhone or iPad could change business conferences, future Twilight fan club meetings, or long distance family chats. No more trying to huddle around your iPad to wave at Grandma.


The initial images of AirPlay from iOS 5 aren't that impressive (see above), but it seems like a small price to pay for the possible benefits. However, AirPlay may get a boost from the next generation iPhone or iPad, depending of what kind of camera they have.

HTC and GetJar Tell Apple: Quit Whining, We're Not Gonna Take It!

Apple filed another round of complaints with the International Trade Commission to try and block the sale of HTC devices which they claim infringe on their patent rights. The complaint is similar to the lawsuit Apple filed claiming Samsung's Galaxy products “slavishly” copied iPad and iPhone technologies.

HTC general counsel Grace Lei said HTC is "disappointed at Apple’s constant attempts at litigations instead of competing fairly in the market. HTC strongly denies all infringement claims raised by Apple in the past and present and reiterates our determination and commitment to protect our intellectual property rights.”

We're Not Gonna Take It

This is not the first time Apple has gone after HTC. In March, the company sued HTC over 20 patents mainly targeting their Android Devices.

GetJar CMO Patrick Mork issued a harsher reply to Apple's cease and desist over the name the "App Store:"

Analyst Report: Apple Will Add T-Mobile and Sprint in 2011

We've heard it all before, Apple is adding T-Mobile and Sprint to its roster of iPhone carriers, but Piper Jaffray analyst Chris Larsen and analyst Shing Yin of Citadel Securities believe 2011 is the year Apple will actually make the move.

Most analysts seem to agree that if Apple wants to compete with the growing Android Market, they will have to make their products more accessible. The days of Apple exclusivity are over, and Larsen's crystal ball says the iPhone being offered by all four national carriers will increase Apple's market share by 30 percent.

apple iphone 5 rendering aluminum back

"While we remain uncertain regarding the next-generation iPhone's specs and features, we believe the most noteworthy change could be the device's ability to run on more networks, specifically Sprint and T-Mobile in the U.S.," Larsen wrote in his analyst report.

iPhone 5: Thinner, Lighter, September Release Date

More reputable sources are coming out of the woodwork and pointing to inside information that Apple plans to release a redesigned iPhone by the end of September. None other than the Wall Street Journal reports that key components have already been ordered, including an improved 8 megapixel camera that will be installed in the back of the next generation device.

apple iphone 5 rendering aluminum back

The mockup above may look slick, however sources have told the Wall Street Journal the iPhone 5 will be more similar to the current generation iPhone 4 form factor. Regardless, Apple has redesigned the handset and the new model will be thinner and lighter than the iPhone 4. Other changes are coming to the hardware inside the device.

Speck CandyShell View iPhone 4 Stand Case Giveaway

Another day, another giveaway. This time Speck enters the fray with the CandyShell View iPhone 4 stand case. Like many of Speck's products the CandyShell View protects your device with a hard outer shell and rubberized interior. This model features a built-in retractable stand that props up the iPhone 4 in portrait or landscape mode for easy viewing.

Speck Candy Shell View for iPhone 4

When you're finished with the kickstand, simply zip it back into the case and the Speck CandyShell View will continue to protect your iPhone 4 from impacts and other wear. Thanks to lightweight TPE and polycarbonate construction this stand case weighs just 1.57 ounces.

O2 Guru TV Helps iPhone Owners Get More From Their Phones

O2 recently launched a new YouTube channel, called O2 Guru TV, which is surprisingly chocked full of information on how O2 customers and other smartphone owners alike can get the most out of their devices.
The channel is an extension of a program O2 began earlier this year, through which they offer over 250 in-store "gurus" to provide expert instruction and advice to customers. The idea has had many comparisons drawn to Apple's Genius Bar program.

o2 guru tv youtube

O2 Guru TV currently offers over 700 videos on topics ranging from how to perform an iPhone backup, to how to maximize your iPhone battery life, to setting up bluetooth and adding ringtones to your iPhone. Many commonly experienced problems with the iPhone are addressed in detail, helping users put frustrating dilemmas behind them. With almost 100 videos dedicated to the iPhone, O2 Guru TV even offers detailed video instruction on specific iPhone apps, such as installing and setting up apps like Shazam and Photoshop Express. Have you ever wanted to use your iPhone as a mouse? O2's gurus have put together a video showing you how.

iANGLE Combination iPhone Stand and Earbud Holder Giveaway 2

iANGLE is a new product that is designed to serve dual purposes. It is a small, sleek triangle of a device that satisfies two common needs of iPhone owners. It offers itself up as either a inconspicuous and effective stand for the iPhone and also is a keeper for those iPhone earbuds you're constantly untangling after you remove them from your pocket.These two functions may seem somewhat unrelated, but very few iPhone owners are unfamiliar with needs they fill.

iangle combination stand and earbud holder

If you're anything like me, your iPhone earbuds go everywhere with you. You also, then, have found yourself cursing the heavens as you try to figure out how the earbuds you neatly put in your pocket 30 seconds ago are so inextricably tied into a series of 64 knots. Enter iANGLE, which neatly holds your earbuds in compact form for easy stashing in purses, pockets, etc.


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