Well, have we all cooled down since WWDC? Good. Sure, little bits of info keep on trickling in of this discovery inside the code of iOS 8's beta or in Yosemite's plist files, but for now we're firmly focused on new hardware - - until some new beta is released with lots of new goodies to dig into. For now, we've got some good news, some weird news, and some improvements all around, so let's get newsing.
You’ve almost gotta feel bad for the tech companies who have to announce quarterly financial results in the wake of Apple’s gangbuster $46.33 billion fiscal first quarter. Case in point: Nokia, the onetime giant of the cell phone business, whose fortunes have gone the other way in the last quarter, with a $1.3 billion loss. Hang in there, Nokia… it’s almost Friday, and the weekend is sure to be kinder on you than the last three months. Meanwhile, let’s have a peek at what else is making news on this Thursday, January 26, 2012.
Well, if you're a jailbreaker the you know this was quite a week in the news, and if you care at all about the Internet, you know this was the week the online communities came together to defeat some truly heinous legislation. And if you missed any of that, we've got the hottest stories of the week just waiting for you right here and now.
Glorious jailbreaking news! And during a holiday week, no less. Those developers must've been busy avoiding their families on Christmas day and powering through the iOS jailbreak. Well, that's to your benefit, jailbreaker. The Verge is reporting that the iOS 5.0.1 jailbreak is now untethered thanks to pod2g. Basically, you can now jailbreak your iOS device over the air, without having to connect it to your Mac.
On Monday, we reported that TechCrunch had revealed the secret behind Facebook’s missing iPad app -- it was hidden within the existing iPhone app. As impatient users rushed to tweak the app to try it out, Facebook decided to be party poopers and close the doors. But as always, jailbreak users have all the fun.
The history of jailbreaking on the iPhone is a long and complicated one, but twice in the past the hackers have been able to make it a one-tap affair courtesy of a website called JailbreakMe.com. Now make that three times, because iOS 4.3.x devices can now make the magic happen, even on an iPad 2.
Well, it was tons of WWDC news this week. Pretty much iOS 5 and OS X Lion and iCloud were about the only tech headlines anyone noticed. There were a few other things that we took note of, amidst the shuffle, though we must admit, we're pretty stoked about both new operating systems ourselves. But, just in case you missed it, here's a couple treats we couldn't just let pass by without a second look.
For most people, the new features Apple’s jammed into iOS 5 are a whole lot of awesome. For anyone that chooses to jailbreak their iOS devices, however, the bulk of what Apple’s offering is just more of the same. Lock screen information? Wireless syncing? Unbeknownst to many, we’ve been rocking features like this for years now. If you've got an older iOS device that won't support iOS 5, or can't bear the thought of having to wait for the next iteration of Apple’s mobile device OS to drop, you can snag a number of the bells and whistles associated with iOS 5 right now, thanks to some clever applications available via the Cydia Store.
There's a charming fiction that goes something like this: Apple hates jailbreakers and does everything it can to stifle them. The truth is a bit more complicated. For Apple, the jailbreak community is a great sounding board and a farm team from which to recruit talent. Take iOS 5's new Notification Center. It looks a lot like developer Peter Hajas' jailbreak app MobileNotifier -- and no wonder, Hajas now works for Apple.
And Apple isn't above stealing a couple other tricks from jailbreak-land. Take the prime real estate of the Lock Screen. It looks like Apple's given it an accessible notification overhaul too. Question is, can Apple's version compete with the jailbreakers'?