I’m just now finishing my upgrade to iOS 5.0 on my 4G and waiting on the sync to finish, takes about an hour once the code downloads. Servers are giving failure, just click again once you click ok to acknowledge the alert. It will download eventually.
I’m going to file this one under maybe. Apple may be flirting with some sort of Nettop based on a rumored quad-core A6 chip, but ditching Intel processors is a long shot for its Pro line of Laptops and Desktops. ARM is the low power darling, but Intel has been no slouch in this department and has been driving power reductions further with each new generation of chips. The A6 may never be able match the processing power of an Intel processor, but yes it could still beat it in power consumption.
The most logical situation is that universal binaries would exist that would allow an app to work on Apple’s mobile devices and also work on desktops just like some apps are universal for iPad and iPhone. This makes sense, but not making iOS all things to everyone it just would not work and would only serve to fragment the market. See my earlier opinion on the downfall of several prominent companies because they forget their core business and try to branch into everything.
Apple’s best position is to make universal binaries that are cross compatible, sometimes a single-minded app is what people need, and full screen apps do tend to improve productivity when it blocks out all other apps. Turn off your communicator or email while at work and see how much more you can get done.
It’s All Tech is reporting that IOS 5 Beta 3 has been released along with an updated version of iTunes. Carrying build # 9A5259f
There are a lot of changes related to Location Based Services which can be turned off or selectively turned on.
Interestingly enough Apple seems immune to their rules, they have placed a link to the iTunes store in the Music App. Classy.
Update: Apple has now stated that they will patch the hole in the next few weeks. Source: Yahoo
Security researchers are warning that due to the exploit that JailBreakMe.com uses we can quickly expect malicious hackers to develop back doors to modify and install malware on your IOS devices. This impacts any iPhone/iPad/iPod Touch that is running the latest version of IOS 4. Hackers could find ways to steal data from non jailbroken products that run IOS such as passwords and documents. When asked Comex who developed the tool to JailBreak the latest IOS stated that Apple may deploy a security update soon. The next version of IOS version 5, includes safeguards that do not allow loading of custom rom’s on the iPhone unless they’re specially signed by Apple. So if you upgrade to 5.1 only certain flagged builds of 5.0 would allow you to downgrade.
Gevey Sim, a sim card that could activate your iPhone by exploiting a baseband loophole for the emergency dialer has now been blocked by Apple. Despite the legit function of allowing people to unlock their iPhones when their carrier would not despite being outside a contract, the Sim could in theory also be used to activate a stolen iPhone on a different network from the one it was stolen from. iPhoneDownloadBlog speculates that Apple was pressured to and I can see where carriers who charge 200 for the phone and 350 early termination would have a problem with people buying the more expensive phones and canceling service to save some money.
This report over at AppleBlogz points out a change that Apple is making where restoring to previous iOS 5+ firmwares will no longer be possible except certain “Blessed Versions”. This probably is to help with OTA updates which could cause problems if you rolled back, but is also probably to thwart JailBreakers as well.
Gene Munster believes that Apple will release a iOS based TV set sometime in 2012. He also projects that by 2014 these TV’s could be generating 6 billion dollars in extra revenue for Apple. Source Business Insider
iMikeBeas @ Twitter posted this photo of what appears to be some new notifications for events in the Calendar App. Finally we wont be awoken at 12Am for someone’s birthday we can set it to say noon. Cause who has a birthday party before lunch?
So in an interview over at Computing UK, Kaspersky’s CEO said Apple should open iOS code up to them so they can help prevent viruses and malware. It’s hilarious that this guy would think that opening the system up would allow them to “Help” us. Frankly I think the AV companies play both sides of the fence which goes to explain why there are millions of definitions on normal AV programs, back in the 90′s when this was not a big issue, the virus definition table was a few hundred to a few thousand. I believe Apple is doing the right thing being the single choke point for App approval, there have been a few malware attempts for Jail Breaking phones, and in that case, Jailbreaks are actually using holes malware could exploit in the first place. Which to me is the service Jailbreakers provide. Exposure. Aside from having an antivirus program on your phone most search engines provide alerts to infected pages, and frankly AV on iOS will just kill battery life and add complexity to the phones.