With Apple's legendarily stringent App Store submission guidlines, there are are countless developers out there who have chosen, or in some cases were forced, to offer their wares through other outlets besides the iTunes App Store. One of the best-known and most reliable alternate iPhone App Stores out there is called Cydia. If you've already jailbroken your phone, no doubt you'll have noticed that in most cases a Cydia icon has been added to your home screen. Clicking it is arguably the easiest and safest way to find and download great software for your jailbroken iPhone. With all of Cydia's transactions handled by either PayPal or Amazon, your personal information stays just as safe as it does with Apple or any other major online retailer. Also, as when you're buying from Apple's App Store, when you purchase an application from Cydia, the software is downloaded and installed on to your handset automatically--no fuss, no muss.
To start you off right, Mac|Life has listed ten of our favorite apps available via Cydia. Some are free and some will cost you. All of them will change the way you use your iPhone and make you love it just that much more.
There's always some new phone on the market trying to beat the iPhone, and today's offering is the BlackBerry Torch - RIM's latest attempt at compete with both Apple and the Android market. The phone, like the iPhone, will be tied to AT&T--but can it hold down the fort when AT&T's exclusive iPhone contract ends?
Isn't it nice when a company can step forward and admit that they've gotten something wrong? The folks over at TUAW are reporting that two of the biggest names in the video game industry have been busy licking their wounds and learning from their mistakes after somewhat dismal showings in the iTunes App Store.
With a browser-based method for jailbreaking any iPhone or iPad, including the iPhone 4 now out in the wild, freeing an Apple mobile device has seldom been easier. As a matter of fact, it's become so easy that an intrepid jailbreaker found the time not only unlock his own hardware, but also to filddle with handsets that don't belong to them.
Whose hardware did they get their mitts on? Um, Apple's.
At the moment, there's a security bug that affects all iOS 4 devices and the iPad that allows hackers to gain total control over your device. It's a lot like the Mobile Safari one-click jailbreak we posted about yesterday, only a lot less friendly. The device owner just has to visit a web page and load a PDF.
We've heard it all--the white iPhone 4 has been delayed because it's harder to make a white phone than a black phone, because of an antenna issue, because of a light leak, and because of a little bit of extra press coverage in the form of a salacious photo leak. Well, now we've got yet another rumor to add to the group.
My oh my, it's been a huge week for iPhone and iPad jailbreaking, hasn't it?
On Monday, word came down from the Library of Congress that Jailbreaking your iPhone (or any mobile handset) for the purpose of providing a carrier unlock or to purchase software from any App Store you darn well please has become 100% no grey-area legal. Today, those inclined to tinker with their iPhones and iPads were provided with another gift: a browser-based hack that will jailbreak just about any hardware rocking iOS.
It was the week to fight zombies, the week to jailbreak your iPhone, the week to kick iOS 4 to the curb for 3G owners. Holy cow, it sounds like a week of revolutions, or as things go lately when we're talking Apple, just another week of thrills, chills, and bellyaches. How did the Mac|Life staff handle it all, barricaded in the office, fighting off the brain hungry hordes? Not too shabby, we have to say. Now if you'll excuse us, we have to reload.
It was inevitably going to happen, and now that your friends and neighbors are walking around looking to sink their rotting teeth into some braiiiiiins you have to get out of here. Wait, what are you reading this for? Run away!
(Actually, keep reading, otherwise you'll never know how to utilize all those Apple products you hoarded into your bag to help save your life.)
The App Store and its approval process is one of Apple’s biggest headaches and one of its biggest black eyes (and will be around, causing trouble long after the antenna issue is resolved). Apps get denied just because some prickly worker is having a bad day, despite being identical in offerings to other, approved apps, or someone at Cupertino changes their mind and pulls a previously approved app. But HTML is a lovely thing, as Google demonstrates with their "apps," and now there's a whole new app store for you to check out.