Browsing Archive September, 2012

Cydia Made $8 Millions Last Year For Tweaks Developers

JailbreakCon 2012 gathered in San Francisco a huge number of stars from jailbreak community. Also Jay Freeman aka Saurik, Cydia creator, was noticed at the conference. From the South San Francisco scene Jay told some interesting details about the alternative app stores Cydia.

It is no secret that some of the tweaks in Cydia sell for money like in the official App Store. Many people wonder whether it is possible to earn a living in the creation and promotion of tweaks, or is it nothing more than a hobby? Clear answer to this question we have not received, but Saurik said that over the past year, developers of informal programs for iOS earned around eight million dollars.

At the JailbreaCon 2012 Jay Freeman did not specify the total number of iOS jailbroken devices, but cited statistics, according to which, about 1.5 million users are using Cydia every day. If you believe the research firm Flurry, alternative app store is used by 6-12% of mobile devices of Apple. After the release of iOS 6 jailbroken devices significantly reduced, but not for long. Jay sure if hackers will release untethered jailbreak for iOS 6 the number of Cydia users back to previous levels.

It so happened that an alternative app store has to consider not only the position of the new features of mobile operating system, but also address the issues of piracy. Originally created for Cydia tweaks and apps that can not get into the App Store due to strict limitations. Given that the alternative app store almost has no restrictions, there was the place for such a service known as Installous, allows you to install hacked apps on iOS devices.

Ease of downloading applications from Installous is not like in the official App Store, but there are many in the world who wish to avoid payment of the beloved app. After Saurik told about Cydia usage statistics on the JailbreakCon many started to think that the problem of piracy was somewhat exaggerated by iOS developers. Assuming that only about 10% of iOS owners make jailbreak and use Installous service even smaller number of users, it is logical to assume that in fact the loss of developers are not so great.

In any case I do not want to support users of pirated software, but it seems to me that some iOS developers tend to exaggerate the attractiveness of its software to users. But if the application is really attractive and popular, the number of purchases will be much higher than the number of pirated copies.


iPhone 5 Battery Performance Tests

The Apple iPhone 5 models, 16GB, 32GB and 64GB, have a lot of pros. The new device is the fastest iPhone. It has a 4-inch screen and improved color accuracy. It supports LTE connection. It has improved quality of phone calls and a lot of other great features along with awesome built-in applications, iOS 6 firmware, 3D graphics, etc.

Still the new handset is not perfect. While Apple promised users to develop a device with a better battery performance, iPhone 5 battery has a lot of cons which we will cover in this article. Sadly, the battery cannot boast amazing life for cellular calling and many other things.


Get YouTube App Icon and Google Maps Full Screen on iOS 6

There is one way to setup Google Maps full screen and get YouTube icon on iOS 6 device including iPhone 5 and I will show you how to do it.

In iOS 6, Apple began using its own Map app on iPhone and iPad, instead of Google Maps, with which the company has worked before. Also you can’t meet YouTube app on your Home screen. Native Maps application got Navigator feature, and allows you to display 3D-views of some cities. But it is not enough for iUsers.


Watch the Video of the New iPad Mini Mock-Up

iPad mini has not even been officially announced yet but as new details about it comes and comes, it becomes increasingly clear that this device has a right to exist, despite the confidence of Steve Jobs to the contrary. And here you will be able to see the iPad Mini mock-up pictures.

iPad mini mock-up

At this time Japanese blog Macotakara, which is a reliable source of rumors from the world of Apple, has published a number of pictures of iPad Mini mockup on Flickr where were presented a layout for iPad mini and 15-inch laptop MacBook Pro in side-by-side comparison. Moreover, the design of the mini-tablet, reportedly based on leaks from Chinese manufacturer Foxconn, where the not yet announced gadgets produce.

Overall, the materials confirm my intuitions about the characteristics of iPad Mini. For example, a compact version of the tablet supposedly holds 7.85-inch touch screen with the same aspect ratio and a resolution of 1024 x 768 pixels like in iPad 2. In this case, headphone jack is located at the top of the device.


Of course, all this talk about the iPad mini is based on what is considered as credible rumors. Apple, as usual, does not disclose any information. The company even has not confirmed the existence of a mini tablet. But you can also look at real iPad Mini pictures and many say that they are genuine. Also below you can watch the video of iPad Mini mock-up and enjoy it:

According to rumors, iPad mini will be released in October. Apple will discuss at a special press event their vision of the product and tell the world why it believes that its creation (which will have to compete with Google Nexus 7) is the exactly tablet, which is best to spend money for. And this is the result of confidence of “fruit” corporation, that when all is said and done, it produces the best available products on the market. It is hoped that this confidence will share consumers’ wishes.


New Music Apple Service iTunes Streamer is Much Like Pandora

Last month the network actively discussed the topic of the creation by Apple its own music service a.k.a. iTunes Streamer, which would allow stream music from the iCloud without having to download it to your device. This future decision of Apple developers very much resembled the famous service Pandora, which provides its users with a similar possibility of streaming music.

Unfortunately, at the iPhone 5 presentation there was no word about the service, and resource New York Post knows why. Reliable sources report that Apple at the last moment could not agree with Sony / ATV on the provision of music for such a service. Right holder is not satisfied with the terms offered by Apple, so the announcement of iTunes Streamer at the last minute was excluded from the September presentation.

Sony / ATV is the largest music publisher and working with him was a must for Apple company, wanting to compete with Pandora and launch its own iTunes Streamer. Odds are, as usual, comes to money – Sony did not accept the amount of benefits that Apple offered for one song.

The creators of Pandora had an agreement with Sony via two owners association – Ascap and BMI, which now includes the company. However, next year Sony plans to move out of their composition, so Apple decided to negotiate directly with this company about the rights to the song. As we see, the success of these talks failed.

Despite the fact that the agreement signed with Sony failed, experts believe that the iTunes Streamer will be presented by Apple in the near future.

I hope that we will not wait long and soon every iUser can listen to the music not downloading it on his device.

Do you like this idea? Feel free to use comment section below and tell us what you think about iTunes streamer and its chances to become popular.


Find the World Price of iPhone 5 In Your Country

Yesterday (September 28) iPhone 5 became available for sale in 22 countries of the second wave of sales. But in spite of the simultaneous launch of the device, the inhabitants of different countries were still not quite in the same position. The official iPhone 5 world prices are known in the local markets is different, and very significantly. The primarily reason is import duties and the difference in exchange rates.


Download NameBench and Fix iOS 6 WiFi Problems

Not long ago I wrote a tutorial guide to fix iOS 6 WiFi problems using different methods and you can try it first. But if you still trying to find iOS 6 WiFi fix you can use NameBench program and my tutorial guide below.

iOS 6 users continue to complain on malfunctioning of wireless Wi-Fi, and the problem is not only with the iPhone 5, as previously thought.


Use iOS 5.1.1 SHSH Blobs To Downgrade iOS 6

Many iUsers are unhappy with latest firmware form Apple so if you are one of them I have a right tutorial guide on how to downgrade iOS 6 firmware to 5.1.1 using Redsn0w 0.9.14b1 and save SHSH blobs on your computer or Cydia. Downgrading process is not too difficult. The only thing there are three conditions for the success of the operation.


P0sixninja Preparing To Announce Untethered Jailbreak for iOS 6 At WWJC

Recently I’ve found interesting info regarding iOS 6 untethered jailbreak and updated version of Redsn0w for it. You may already know that after few hours the Worldwide JailbreakCon 2012 will begin (at 9 Am PDT). Famous iOS hackers from around the world arrive at San Francisco and preparing for tomorrow’s speech. iPhone Dev Team and Chronic Dev team will talk about untethered jailbreak possibilities for iOS 6 and other security questions.