Browsing Archive November, 2014

iOS 8.1.1 Security Flaws, Apple and Pangu Jailbreak

The Cupertino-based company offers the new update to users who can download iOS 8.1.1 for iPhone and other supported iDevices. Is there iOS 8.1.1 jailbreak available right now? Do Pangu security codes work on this new firmware just like they do on previous iOS 8 – 8.1 versions of Apple’s mobile operating system?

These questioned are finally answered. Sadly, the iPhone maker has patched several iOS 8.1.1 security flaws and thus the new improvements and enhancements brought to iOS users also kill Pangu jailbreak. Hackers can’t used the same exploits anymore once they are closed by Apple.

Both Chinese hackers and Apple have confirmed that iOS 8.1.1 exploits are patched and Pangu jailbreak no longer supporting this latest firmware upgrade. Thus, anyone who likes to stay jailbroken and doesn’t wish to wait till developers find other ways to jailbreak iOS 8.1.1 better avoid installing this update.

According to the source, hackers found exploits in dyld, kernel and sandbox profiles and all these three security patches are now listed by Apple.

If you have installed iOS 8.1.1 by accident you still have time to downgrade to iOS 8.1. As soon as the iPhone creator, Apple, stops signing this version you will no longer be able to complete this procedure via iTunes.

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iOS 8.2 IPSW Direct Links Just Went Live [Download]

Download iOS 8.2 ipsw direct links just went live for supported iPhone, iPad and iPod touch iOS devices. iOS 8.2 release came only a day after Apple company has launched iOS 8.1.1 final version to public that gained performance improvements and fixes for iPad 2 and iPhone 4S owners. iOS 8.2 got 12D436 build number.

iOS 8.2 is compatible with such iPhones: iPhone 4S, iPhone 5/5c/5s, also iPhone 6/6 Plus. Additionally, available with: iPad Air, iPad Air 2, iPad mini 2/3, iPad 2, iPad (third-generation), iPad (fourth-generation). And of course with iPod touch (fifth-generation).

iOS 8.2 updated with the WatchKit support, that helps to connect to and run Apple Watch apps processes on your iPhone in the background.
Analyzing the Apple’s release notes the iOS 8.2 doesn’t include any other noticeable features except WatchKit support. You can now start testing apps established for the Apple Watch and its innovative interface. Work with new technologies including Force Touch Taptic Engine and Digital Crown.

Developers can create notifications that allow users to take action or respond right from their wrist such as turning the lights off after they’ve left the house, quickly accessing flight details at the airport, and rerouting their transit when a train or bus is late. Developers can incorporate Glances, which quickly show users information they care about most, such as the latest news and sports scores, alarm system status or the next step of a favorite recipe.

Apple claims that the new WatchKit tools coming with iOS 8.2 and the new Xcode release include “templates and other tools you need to design, develop, and debug all three types of Watch interfaces.”

Here you can find download iOS 8.2 ipsw direct links

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iMessage Not Delivered And Received In iOS 8 Fixing Tips

iMessage not delivered in iOS 8 is not the only problem that users faced with after installing iOS 8.1.1 version. iOS 8 brought many useful features for iMessage as self-destructing messages, audio clips, group management and more. Gained also new WhatsApp and Snapchat. But besides pluses iOS 8 also brought a lot of bugs. A huge amount of devices users reported about different issues that refer to Message like iMessage not sync between iPhone and Mac and others. Here we will try to fix it.

Among them are such bugs as messages won’t get sent, photos won’t download, even after reading messages, you’ll get an alert sound but won’t see the actual message, you’ll continue seeing the unread mark and others.

We gathered together common Messages problems and here are some tips how to fix them.

Force Quit Messages

If you see that you’ve got a notification for a new message, but don’t actually see it the Messages app. You should force quit the app:

  1. To open the multitasking switcher, Double press the home button.
  2. Swipe up on the Messages app, and once it disappears, the app gets killed.
  3. Now go back to your home screen and click on the Messages app icon to launch the app again.
  4. Now you should see the unread messages.

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iMessage Activation Error

If you have problems with your 3G or WiFi connectivity, in this case your phone will be unable to send SMS to a designated number via iMessage service. You can try:

  • Restarting the iMessage service by turning it off and on via Settings > Messages

This actions will force the activation request again and then you should connect to your mobile network.

Reset Network Settings

If you have proper phone or internet connectivity and you see that you cannot send Messages, try to reset your network settings:

  1. Open the Settings app
  2. Navigate to Settings > General > Reset
  3. Then click on Reset Network Settings

Reset Network SettingsiMessage Group Chat

If you try to send a message to more than one person on iOS 8, but it is send as a text message. You can send individual iMessages to each person without a problem if all the people in the group use iMessage. But in case you try to add more than one person to a message it somehow changes to SMS and iMessage not delivered in iOS 8. Try:

  1. The old group conversation should be deleted
  2. Then begin a new one with the same people and it will send as iMessage

Another issue with iMessage Group Chat

From a member of a group not using iMessages/iPhone iOS 8 iMessage don’t receive messages. If persons in the group message who aren’t iPhone or iMessage users and anytime you send a group message, they don’t receive your message and you aren’t get answer from them either.

Another issue with iMessage Group ChatYou should:

  1. Go to Settings App
  2. Then go to Messages
  3. Please make sure that group messaging is enabled

The third issue with iMessage Group Chat

If you, for example at work, use a group thread and after update iOS fails every iMessage or only sends while on WiFi. To fix the issue with iMessage not working:

  1. Go to settings>Messages>turn off iMessage
  2. Go back to settings and make sure you are logged in to iCloud
  3. Then go Settings>iCloud (click the banner at the top) enter your Apple ID password.
  4. Go back and turn iMessage back on

You may also have to delete threads and allow them to reappear

Phone Number Issue

iMessage ignores phone number to send messages. The phone number option is shown in grey color.

After upgrading to iOS 8 you can’t send iMessages using your phone number. In the phone settings your phone number appears in grey color and it is enabled to be selected or activated. That’s why all iMessages are being sent by email or iCloud ID alone. How to fix it:

  1. In the Settings Menu turn iMessage and Facetime off.
  2. Then being in Settings go to General
  3. Scroll down to Reset
  4. Then click on “Reset Your Network Settings.”
  5. After everything has been reseted, please make sure you have Wi-Fi connection
  6. Reactivate iMessage and Facetime.

Now your phone number appears as an iMessage sending option. Hope this solutions will help you to fix iMessage issues.

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iOS 8.1.1 Donwgrade Tutorial Guide to Keep Jailbreak

Users who have accidentally update to iOS 8.1.1 which is the most recent firmware version released by Apple can now downgrade iOS 8.1.1 to iOS 8.1. This is important to anyone who wishes to jailbreak his or her smartphone or tablet using the Chinese Pangu jailbreak tool which doesn’t support the new firmware.

Apple will soon stop signing iOS 8.1 and it will become impossible to downgrade then. While there is still time to take this step after iOS 8.1.1 installation and return to the previous operating system version on your iPhone or iPad, you better take this chance and downgrade. We’ll explain how to downgrade iOS 8.1.1 in the guide below.

Notes.

  • It is currently possible to get back to iOS 8.1 only. Once Apple stops signing this version you will fail to downgrade.
  • You are following this instruction at your own risk.

How to Downgrade iOS 8.1.1 to 8.1

Step 1. Backup your iDevice via iTunes or iCloud. You can use any of these two options and the backup copy is a must have when you are downgrading or jailbreaking. It saves all your personal data and allows you restoring in case anything goes wrong.

Step 2. You should download iOS 8.1 version for your particular device. Just Google it and you will find the link for your model of iPhone, iPod touch or iPad.

Step 3. Plug in your iDevice [the one that is already updated to iOS 8.1.1] to your Mac / PC and launch iTunes.

Step 4. You should now choose your smartphone or tablet in the iTunes’ top right corner menu.

Step 5. Click on Shift [if you are using Windows] or Alt/Option [if you are on Mac] and at the same time press Check for Update option in iTunes.

Step 6. iTunes will allow you pointing to iOS 8.1 ipsw file that you got in Step 2. Do so and confirm this step when iTunes asks you if you wish to update to iOS 8.1. Select Update option.

Step 7. When iTunes finishes downgrading your iOS 8.1.1 iPhone back to iOS 8.1 your smartphone will restart and ask you to “Slide to upgrade” which you, of course, do. You’ll have to enter your passcode and the process will continue. Sometimes users are asked to activate their gadgets.

Step 8. Hooray! Everything is finally performed and you are now running iOS 8.1 again. Congratulations!

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Detailed iOS 8.1.1 Installation Guide [iPhone, iPod touch, iPad]

Not all my friends are fond of jailbreaking and they wished to update to iOS 8.1.1 as soon as it was launched. It is surely fun to be able to install various tweaks and hacks, but there are people who value Apple warranty and official software much more than those tricks. Personally I think it’s cool when you can jailbreak but I also understand my friends who avoid installing third-party programs and apps on their iPhone 6 and other iDevices.

I hope that this iOS 8.1.1 installation guide will be helpful to users who update rarely and don’t exactly remember what to do. It’s rather simple and all you have to do is be attentive while completing each step. Once again, remember that once you install iOS 8.1.1 you won’t be able to jailbreak because there is no programs that can jailbreak this new firmware at the moment.

How to Install iOS 8.1.1 on Your Apple Device

Step 1. Before you follow the instruction check out what iPhone or other device you have. The new software version supports iPhone 4S and all newer smartphones, iPod touch 5gen and iPads beginning with iPad 2. In other words, if you have the original iPad, iPhone 4 and earlier or early versions of iPod touch you won’t be able to upgrade to iOS 8.1.1.

Step 2. Now as you know that your iDevice model is you can learn how to update to iOS 8.1.1. To protect yourself from any errors and unpredicted situations you need to backup the gadget. It is possible to do with iCloud or iTunes program. Any program is good to use.

Step 3. You can now connect to your computer with a USB cable. Open iTunes so that it can detect the smartphone or tablet you have.

Step 4. For OTA update it is better to use Wi-Fi network as this saves you money on your cellular connection. Go to Settings program on your iDevice, select General menu where you can find Software Update menu. Everything will be done automatically as your gadget should check on new firmware and see that iOS 8.1.1 is available for download. Just click on Install Now option and the device will download and install the new operating system.

If you don’t want to update via OTA, skip the step 4 and continue to the next one.

Step 5. For users who don’t like OTA updates, just press on Check for Update menu in iTunes. Do not hold down any extra buttons while you are doing this. If the program sees the new firmware it will allow you downloading and installing it. In case it isn’t available through iTunes for you, just download the direct firmware file for your gadget model and point iTunes to this unzipped file [unzip it beforehand]. When iTunes asks you to confirm that you wish to update to iOS 8.1.1, say yes and continue by clicking Update option.

Step 6. During iOS 8.1.1 installation you will have to accept the Terms and Conditions and click Next to continue. Just follow the guide that will appear on your screen and you will do great.

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iOS 8.1.1 Update Available to iDevice Owners with Bug Fixes

Apple has launched another mobile firmware update. While most users didn’t expect to see iOS 8.1.1 release date so soon, the Cupertino-based company decided to rush the updates this year and now offers iOS 8.1.1 update to iPod touch 5G, iPad 2+ and iPhone 4S+ users. In other words, if you have iPad 2 and up version of Apple’s tablet device, iPhone 4S, 5, 5S, 5c, 6 or 6 Plus you are welcome to download iOS 8.1.1.

The new release is available under the build name 12B435. Developers saw this version a couple of weeks ago when Apple first seeded the new beta for testing. The company released the iOS 8.1.1 update that has numerous enhancements and fixes to bugs found in previous versions. For example, it promises stability to iPhone 4S and iPad 2 devices. It also solves some previous problems and it reportedly kills the iOS 8 jailbreak vulnerability used in Pangu tool.

You can upgrade to the new firmware only if you don’t like to be jailbroken. Pangu jailbreak iOS 8 – 8.1 program doesn’t work on the current iOS 8.1.1 so hackers warn all users to avoid updating if they wish to keep the jailbreak possibility available.

Users who are going to install iOS 8.1.1 can easily do so via OTA update or using direct firmware file links. The new firmware is 64.7 MB [for iPhone 6 Plus users] so keep this in mind before you start upgrading.

Here are the direct links where you can download iOS 8.1.1 for your iPhone or other iDevice.

iPhone users can upgrade to the new firmware 8.1.1 through these links:

If you have one of Apple’s iPad gadgets that are supported by iOS 8.1.1, you should get the upgrade from here:

iPod touch 5G users can update from here: iPod touch 5 gen.

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What Apple Has to Say About Masque Attack on iOS Devices

The cybersecurity company FireEye reported about iOS Masque Attack vulnerability in November assuring that there are third-party dangerous programs that can possibly replace native iOS apps from the App Store and even collect user’s personal information along with passwords.

According to Apple, iOS malware is nearly impossibly if users download apps and games from trusted sources, for example, from the App Store. Besides, the company says that it doesn’t know any consumer who has been affected by the malicious program called Masque Attack. It also asks users to be attentive and read all the warnings [if any are mentioned] while downloading apps.

Apple virus protection is strong on its firmwares as the Cupertino company has developed its iOS mobile operating system with built-in security safeguards, Apple notes. These safeguards always warn users before they install potentially dangerous programs and software.

While Apple is calm about the possibility of the malicious app to replace App Store programs on the iPhone and iPad, researchers still warn users about such an attack. You have to know about it as knowing about the possible danger is better than not knowing about one. Being aware of such malware-infected iOS apps is always good. Just pay attention at the programs you install on your iDevice and you’ll be protected.

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The iOS 8.1.1 Date of Release Is Coming Soon

When official iOS 8.1.1 release date? This question bothers a lot of Apple users. Some rumor claims that it will be this week. It will be a real surprise as the iOS 8.1.1 beta update has spent the last few weeks in beta form. It is only the question of time before public release will be pushed and will be available for download.

There is no settled day of official iOS 8.1.1 release date. Although learning Apple iOS updates past history we should wait for its launching at some point in the afternoon Eastern time.

This iOS 8.1.1 update is very important for older iOS devices owners. Because it will gain a lot of performance improvements for the iPhone 4s and the iPad 2.These two devices that experienced many issues from updating to iOS 8 and iOS 8.1.1 should fix mostly all of them.

Many older iPhones owner reported slowdowns since that time when updating to iOS 8. It is so because the latest versions of Apple’s iOS 8 and iOS 8.1 mobile operating systems are aimed at newer devices. It’s no surprise that users who have iPhone 4s are complaining about this problem as it is the oldest iPhone that supports iOS 8. From this upcoming update these users should also expect quicker user interface.

iOS 8 in the older iPhone doesn’t make animations and pretty effects look really great as iPhone 4s’s processor can’t keep up with all this tasks. So it is better just to switch them off.

The one important improvement in iOS 8.1.1 the new update will block the Pangu iOS 8 jailbreak. It means that iOS 8.1.1 devices will be unjailbreakable until the Pangu team will find the resolution.

It will be a really good idea to updated your iPhone or iPad to iOS 8.1 so that you wouldn’t be locked in even after iOS 8.1.1 will be released to public. Because when iOS 8.1.1 release date  be and Apple will launch it you won’t be able to update to iOS 8.1. Automatically it force you to use iOS 8.1.1 and make iPhone or iPad unjailbreakable.

If you haven’t updated to iOS 8.1 yet and are interested in jailbreaking to open all your iPhone use function you must update to the latest iOS version right now before the official iOS 8.1.1 release.

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New iOS 8 Attacks: Masque Attack Vulnerability Found

iOS vulnerabilities list is getting longer these days as iPhone and iPad become more popular among customers. The latest iOS Masque attack can actually harm users as it allows attackers to get your personal data by replacing official legit applications with malicious programs.
A couple of years ago iOS attacks were mostly dangerous to jailbroken iDevice users. Now everything changes with iOS malicious apps becoming improved and being able to self-install even on gadgets that are not jailbroken.

You can check if your iPhone is not affected by any possible virus.

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According to researchers who have discovered the Masque Attack vulnerability, it can work on different versions of Apple mobile firmware, including iOS 7.1.1 and up to iOS 8.1.1 beta 1. Even the latest beta allows the vulnerability to work and replace your legitimate programs with malicious applications that steal user’s information.

Masque Attack was discovered by FireEye company and it states that the dangerous bug is capable of accessing your iPhone or iPad via the malevolent program that replaces the genuine applications you install from the App Store on your iDevice. The malicious app can install itself via Wi-Fi network or USA cable if you use third-party programs. Sticking to Safari Apple’s app is most likely safely for now because preinstalled programs can’t be replaced by the malicious application.

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The bug exists because of the bundle identifiers that are the same for different applications. If iOS enforces matching certificates this will be gone and attackers won’t be able to possibly steal your email, passwords, phone number and other personal data.

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iOS 8.1 iPhone 6 Battery Drain Fixing Tips

If you faced with the issue how to fix iPhone 6 battery drain please read this information to solve this problem. A huge amount of users reported that they have battery life problems after upgrading to iOS 8.1.

Battery life issues is based on usage pattern. So it is very difficult to point out things that cause the problem. Look through these tips. They should help to do iPhone 6 ios 8.1 battery drain fix.

First tip is iOS 8.1 battery usage. Follow these instructions to identify the apps that eat battery life.

How to find battery usage in iOS 8.1

  1. Launch the Settings app
  2. Click on General
  3. Click on Usage
  4. Click on Battery Usage
  5. By default this service will show you the apps that eat battery life in the last 24 hours or by clicking on Last 7 Days tab- in the last 7 days.

How identifying the app that eat your battery life?

The battery usage gives you information about how much battery is consumed by different apps and services on your phone. An app with a high percentage battery usage does not mean it is the app that eat your battery life. It could happened because you were using it a lot, or it upload or download content.

  • If you have already find app that drains battery life on your device. Here is what you can do to extend your iPhone’s battery life.
  • If you can live without the app just delete the it.
  • Close apps that you don’t want to use.

Before using the app you should look at disabling Location Services (Settings > Privacy > Location Services) and Background app refresh (Settings > General > Background App Refresh) features for the app as they can constantly consuming battery life.

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Another tip is Location Services

Apps that use the location services can have a huge impact on battery life. Disable location services for all the apps. Go to Settings app and navigate to Privacy > Location Services. After the work is done you need to identify which apps should use location services and enabled them individually. Apple has added in iOS 8.1 new setting in Location Services named While Using the App. It use location services when you’re using the app, and won’t use it all the time. Click on the app, you will see the While Using the App, then click on it to use location services only while using the app.

One more tip is Background App Refresh

To disable Background App Refresh go forward to Settings > General > Background App Refresh > and turn it off for apps like Facebook or other apps that don’t need to be updated all the time. You don’t need Background App Refresh for every app.

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Another tip is email.

Push email can be a main cause of battery drain issue on devices. To find out if your email is Push or Fetch, start the Settings app, and go to Mails, Contacts and Calendars > Fetch New Data. Check if the email account has been put in such option as Push, Fetch or Manual.

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General Tips to Save iOS 8.1 battery

  1. Notification Center Widgets. Please review the list of Notification Center and remove the widgets that you don’t want to ensure they don’t consume battery life.
  2. Turn off Dynamic Wallpapers
  3. Disable Motion effects, parallax
  4. Disable App Store’s automatic updates
  5. Disable unwanted indexing in Spotlight search
  6. Turn off Push Notifications
  7. Turn Off LTE/4G
  8. Another tip is Restore iPhone as New

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Then the battery life problems could be due to some issue with the backup, if you’ve setup your iPhone by restoring from backup. Then restore your iPhone by going to Settings -> General -> Reset -> Erase All Content And Settings. And then set it up as a new iPhone , but not from the backup.

Another way to solve iPhone 6 battery drain is to double iPhone Battery Life on iOS 8.1 using updated Cydia tweak BattSaver for iOS 7 & 8. This tweak will automatically scan components on the deice system that are making excessive draining requests on the battery life. And then shut them down if they aren’t in use.

The BattSaver tweak also has got a built-in system that double the battery life by reducing the charge cycles number. That allows users to observe the battery in real-time, as it provides a clear and intuitive monitoring view.

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