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iPhone 4 Revealed

iPhone 4 Camera with Flash

If you have been reading engadget.com or gizmodo.com at all this week you would have seen the numerous posts and leaked images about a new iPhone. Well today Gizmodo got their hands on the device for all the world to see.  The story goes that the iPhone was found in a bar in Redwood City disguised as an iPhone 3GS, unfortunately for whom ever it was who lost it and is now fired from apple it was not a 3GS.

iPhone 4 Side The most notable difference about the iPhone is that it no longer has the familiar curve of current generation apple products, but rather a flat back featuring what is probably a higher mega pixel  camera and a flash. This leads me to think that this is going to be Apples new “style” and I would love to see what a MacBook with this design would look like. The silent toggle appears to be about the same and volume buttons have been redone to be round and separated. One of the more interesting new features is a front facing camera which will mostly be used for an iPhone “iChat” like client that was discovered last week. The SIM card slot has been moved to the right side, probally as a result of the new camera, and now is now the smaller microSIM that is also in the new iPad.

They top of the phone also has what appears to be a small hole located beside the headphone jack, this hole is believed to be a secondary mic for noise cancellation purposes. The bottom is pretty much the same as the current gen iPhone except it has the new metal strip.  From what Gizmodo says the screen is apparently a much higher resolution (Lending credit to the rumored iPhone HD name), and that the device has a larger battery. The iPhone supposedly has iPhone OS 4.0 on it but this cannot be confirmed because Apple triggered a kill switch making it a useless monolithic device that wants to connect to itunes.

So what does this all mean? Well it looks like Apple is moving in a new design direction which may or may not carry over to the rest of its product line (what are the new iTouch’s going to look like?). The phone will have a new flash enabled camera (night pictures!) and a front facing camera for video chat. It will feature longer battery life and there will most likely be a 64GB version. As an iPhone 3G owner I cannot wait until June when Apple is expected to announce this.

For more information and the unveiling visit Gizmodo.com

Apple to Hold iPhone OS 4.0 Event April 8th

Apple recently sent out a notice to several media outlets yesterday telling everyone and their mother that they’re holding a new event.  What exactly’s in this event?  iPhone OS 4.0.  That’s what.

It’s no secret that iPhone OS 4.0 will bring major software enhancements to their landmark devices — the iPhone, the iPod touch, and of course, the recently released iPad.  But what will it bring exactly?  Only Apple can tell us. 

Will we finally get the multitasking features other smartphones already have, will Apple incorporate their recent aqusition of online music streaming service LaLa?  What about simply unlocking the FM radio already included in both the iPhone and iPod touch.  (Perhaps even the iPad?)  Time can only tell.  Be looking out on popular blog sites such as Engadget come April 8th.

There’s an FM Radio living in your iPod touch / iPhone.

Kudos to Jesse for pointing this out, however I thought I’d go into more detail on the subject.

A popular Apple rumor site, 9to5 Mac, is reporting that Apple is on the brisk of releasing an FM radio application for the current models of the iPod touch / iPhone, the networking chip inside the current models of these iDevices is already capable of receiving FM signals (and the newest ones even sending them) however, a software block prevents usage of the hardware and it’s use is limited to communicating with the Nike+ addon, similar to the software block on Bluetooth in the second generation iPod touch.

If you remember correctly, the newest additions in the iPod nano are FM radio and of course the video camera.  Now, if Apple’s already using FM radio on the iPod nano, what’s holding back the iPod touch and iPhone?  According the 9to5Mac, Apple’s simply extending the tagging feature on mobile iTunes, where you’d be able to tag a song you liked on the radio and instantly purchase it, like the iPod nano’s tagging feature, except more advanced with the iPhone OS’s features.  And hopefully we’ll even get to see the Live Pause feature if a iPhone radio app is released.

Even more interestingly, the chip inside the iPhone 3G S and 3rd generation iPod touch allow FM signals to be transmitted also.  If Apple plays it’s cards right, we’d no longer have to deal with those Belkin attachments to listen to our iPods wirelessly.  With the addition of an FM Radio application with the advanced features that are possible with the iPhone OS, this will eliminate the only advantage the Zune HD has over the iPod touch / iPhone, it’s own radio.

Before I end my post, I’d like to leave you guys with another bit of information, Apple also hasn’t enabled the 802.11N +5GHZ wireless networking (which we also hope to see updated shortly) in its latest iPhone and iPods.

I make it rain, iMake it rain. Blackra1n is here.

Attention all losers who updated to 3.1.2 – you’re not completely lost just yet.  GeoHot (yes, the guy who seems competely obsessed with himself, even to the point where he puts his face as the bootrom image when jailbreaking your iDevice) has released blackra1n a few days ago.

blackra1n
GeoHot's blackra1n jailbreak running on a iPhone.

What is this “blackra1n” you might ask?  It’s a software unlock for the iPod touch and iPhone. iPod touch 3G owners, this is a semi-tethered jailbreak for you guys, so you have to connect it to a PC and run this each time you want to turn your iPod on.) iPhone users, take heed!  This isn’t a baseband unlock, it’s software based.  More questions are shot this way asking “What’s baseband, exactly?” Consider it an extension on your iPhone, it’s the part that handles the networking aspects of the iPhone.  Kinda like a modem, video card, or any other extension that you might need on your computer.  It’s a separate piece of hardware living in the iPhone, who’s firmware differs from the iPhone OS’s firmware.

“Why do I give  a damn?”  Because if you’ve already upgraded via iTunes to 3.1+, your baseband also got upgraded, and as of now, there’s no way to perform a carrier unlock.  So if you were dependent on a carrier unlock to use your phone, and for some reason upgraded, you’re screwed, and you deserve to be.

For those who actually use the carrier your iPhone was intended to be used by (AT&T over here in the states), this doesn’t really matter now does it?  So let’s continue on to how to use this unlock.

If you remember a while back, this same GeoHot guy also released purplera1n, an unlock for the iPhone 3G S, when the iPhone Dev-Team was still working on one to upgrade their redsn0w program with.  It all came as a surprise really, but man were us hackers pumped… My new iPhone 3G S could now have the joy and open-ness of a jailbroken iPhone, and that’s where it’s at right now, 3.0, jailbroken, with a carrier patch to get MMS.  Customized just the way I like it, mobilesubstrate extensions, all my custom apps, and my lovely springboard theme.

Okay, now let’s get down to business… remember, if you’re not on a Apple approved carrier, then blackra1n won’t be able to activate your iPhone.  iPod touch users, go ahead with no worries, you don’t even have a baseband that you need to worry about.  For a summary of the whole “baseband” thing, here’s a quote from iClarified.

“WARNING: Even though the GeoHot jailbreak supports 3.1.2 do not update if you are on iPhone OS 3.0.1 or 3.0. You will lose your unlock. Use PwnageTool to safely update to 3.1 without performing a baseband update. If you really must have 3.1.2 then wait for the next version of PwnageTool. If you have already updated to 3.1 or 3.1.2 without using PwnageTool then you’ve lost the ability to unlock for the time being. You can now use BlackRa1n to at least regain your jailbreak :)”

So let’s get on to that jailbreak, finally.  Download blackra1n from blackra1n.com.  Click on the Windows logo at the bottom to download the .exe.  Once you’re done with the download, open the program.

It’s now safe to connect your iPhone / iPod touch, gather some dignity and click the giant “make it ra1n” button.  If you can’t seem to find it, go jump off a cliff.

Click it, and BAM, there’s the conceited bastard himself, right on your iDevice.  Okay, once your iDevice boots to the home screen, there’s a nifty new app called “blackra1n” somewhere on there.  Open it, you now have a choice between Cydia, Rock, and Icy.  Icy and Cydia are two of the the apps I’m used to, I’ve never used Rock, so if I were you, I’d go with the original and more popular choice, Cydia.  You can install all if you’d like though.  With your cellular or WiFi network, blackra1n will begin to download and install the application(s) you chose.

Once this is done, you’ll have Cydia (or some other installer) located on your homescreen.  You can now use this program to install further hacks and enhancements.  Congratulations, you’re on a jailbroken iPhone / iPod touch.  Enjoy, and try to resist downloading iSteamy.

If you have any problems, @reply / DM me on Twitter, @AdeptHavok.  I’ll help ya.  Pinkie promise.

UPDATE: A Mac version of this exploit is now avaliable on the blackra1n website.