Browsing Archive January, 2015

Developers Get iOS 8.2 Beta 4 Launch from Apple

iPhone and iPad developers can finally download iOS 8.2 beta 4 this week. Apple has seeded a new version of its mobile operating system for testing, but ordinary users have to wait a bit till direct links for iOS 8.2 beta become available to public.

Right now this launch works for devs only. You have to register in Apple Dev Program which is not free to get a chance to test all new mobile firmware versions. iOS 8.2 beta 4 release is seeded, but the company is also expected to unveil iOS 8.1.3 this week [if the rumors are true].

Are you looking for where to download iOS 8.2 without UDID? This platform isn’t public yet so you can’t find it on Apple sources. Still soon after devs get a new beta release, ordinary users also find direct links where they can update to it without UDID and registered developer account.

According to reports, this version comes with WatchKit support. This is the dev SDK for future Apple product Watch which is believed to be presented in spring of 2015. This SDK allows developers creating Notifications, Glances and WatchKit programs.

The previous third beta of iOS 8.2 was launched over three weeks ago.

Just as all other iOS 8 firmware releases, the new update supports the ‘fruit’ smartphones beginning with iPhone 4S and up to iPhone 6 Plus, iPod touch 5G and all iPad Air, iPad mini models along with iPad 2, 3 and 4.

Developers can install the fourth beta through OTA update or Dev Center.


It Seems That iOS 8.1.3 Launch Date Will Be This Week

According to the recent reports Apple is planning iOS 8.1.3 launch date on sometime this week. Although it is not known whether it will be a public release or just a beta release.

Traces of this version have been indicated for over a month now, and the first glimpse of its activity logs was founded in December of last year. It was also recorded a jump in traffic from devices that run iOS 8.1.3. These all facts suggest that Apple would be swift on its release.

Due to reports the recent jump in traffic is because Apple has seeded iOS 8.1.3 with 12B460 build number to select retail employees for testing. Some days ago it was also reported that Apple company was planning to elongate its pre-release internal testing to select retail employees.

As for the present time it is not clear what’s new in iOS 8.1. But as it will be a minor update, it may include improvements and some bug fixes. It is unclear whether Apple will patch the exploit used in the TaiG jailbreak to stay ahead from jailbreakers.

Since the iOS 8.1.2 software update had been launched on December 9th already has passed two months. It included bug fixes and addressed a problem where ringtone purchased through iTunes Store may have been removed from your device. Apple company is also testing iOS 8.2 version. And it has been already seeded three beta versions to developers. iOS 8.2 will be major software update, which will include WatchKit SDK. And is likely that it will be launched with the Apple Watch released. It is suggested that Apple Watch sales will start in March.

But as for iOS 8.1.3 launch date, we should expect it next week.


New iOS App Prices Come to Europe, Canada and Russia

iOS developers from Europe, Canada and other parts of the world are informed by Apple about app price changes for iPhone and other iDevices. We’ve heard before that the Cupertino-based company has to follow the new EU rules and increase the cost for some European countries but right now it seems that the new iOS app price 2015 list gets not only EU, but also other places.

According to reports, the company sent emails to devs from a number of countries about the cost increase for some applications. The changes come to the App Store, and Canada, Norway, Iceland and Russia are on this list.

Apple changes prices in Europe and outside the European Union, and the new costs for apps will be available as soon as by the end of this week. Such short changes were expected but will still come as a surprise to a lot of customers.

How does the iPhone maker explain this increase in the application price? It says that everything happens because of the exchange rates, local currency rates and value-added tax rates in the countries where the new rules to start working in 2015.

It is curious that while the App Store prices in Russia, Canada, Norway and across the EU are going to suddenly grow, they will go down in Iceland. The changes should be applied within 36 hours.

We wonder how big the price difference will be on the apps sold within the U.S. and in the regions mentioned above. What do you think about this?


iPhone 6 Back in Stock with 1 Day Shipping in the U.S.

We noticed iPhone 6 Plus and iPhone 6 back in stock in Apple Store in the U.S. The company finally has enough smartphones to ship in only 1 business day. This is the first time from the official seventh-gen models public release when the Cupertino-based giant is eager to ship the purchase so soon.

The news about iPhone 6 in stock in USA is great for anyone who hasn’t yet purchased the gadget in 2014 and is eager to get it in 2015. All variants are currently in stock and the high demand for the cell phones is finally caught up by the ‘fruit’ company.

Apple has also began to sell unlocked SIM-free iPhone 6 and 6 Plus and both versions are also available with 1-day shipping estimate. If you think that these models are the same as T-Mobile’s version, you can learn the difference between SIM-free unlocked and T Mobile iPhone 6.

All locked variants are also sold with fast shipping option. You can purchase Sprint, AT&T and Verizon iDevices from Apple Store and later unlock iPhone 6 through factory IMEI safe service or buy the SIM-free model right away.

Some customers are eager to pay more at once, while others are ok with getting a cheaper gadget and later paying some price for getting rid of carrier’s restrictions and being able to switch between networks with ease.

Apple had hard times when high demand for its new smartphone was outstripping supplies. It has finally improved the situation in the market and all customers who want to own this device can use their chance now.

Here is how to set up a new iPhone 6.


Stuck on iOS 8.1.2 / 8.1.1 Jailbreak TaiG on iPhone? Fix It!

Users who tried to perform untether process with TaiG tool got iOS 8 jailbreak stuck problem. It occurs when they reach 30 percent of installation. Is there a way to fix iOS 8 jailbreak problems which people experience on both iOS 8.1.1 and 8.1.2? Yes, sure, you can solve the issue by following the instruction below.

TaiG is a program that was developed by a group of hackers from China. It is the only tool that can jailbreak iOS 8.1.2 and 8.1.1. So if you are stuck on iOS 8.1.2 jailbreak, you have to be patient and learn what experts say.

As Saurik mentioned [he has created Cydia store so you probably know who he is], the issue appears when you run Windows version of the tool on Mac through a virtual machine. TaiG just freezes and can’t finish installing software on your iPhone or iPad.

Hackers and some users note that iOS 8.1.1 jailbreak stuck problem is resolved after 20-30 minutes [sometimes an hour] from the moment it starts. In other words, you can either patiently wait for half an hour to jailbreak or try to restart your iPhone and computer which also seems to fix the issue for a lot of users.

You can also switch to a different computer and complete iOS 8 jailbreak with TaiG on it. What else can you try?

Firstly, try to go to Settings and turn off Find My iPhone in iCloud menu.

Secondly, disable Touch ID & Passcode in Settings [turn off your passcode].

Thirdly, adjust Auto-Lock in Settings – General to “Never.”

At last but not least, remember that you must run TaiG program as administrator on Windows machine. This is important for it to go smoothly and untether your iDevice.

Here is how to jailbreak iOS 8.1.2 with TaiG step-by-step guide.


iOS 8.1.3 Release Date Might Come in Mid-January

The next iOS 8.1.3 release date is believed to come pretty soon. Apple is expected to release the new firmware update earlier than mid-January, right the next week. iPhone and iPad users who wish to install this new version should keep an eye on its launch.

We’ll post download iOS 8.1.3 links for all iDevice models as soon as they become available to public. It is not confirmed when exactly the ‘fruit’ giant is planning to post the upgrade, but experts think it will happen sooner than later.

The update to iOS 8.1.3 might become available as either beta version or public release. No one can clears this up right now, so we have to wait and see what the Cupertino-based company has planned for users and developers.

Different sites notice that jump in iOS 8.1.3 traffic which might indicate that soon firmware update for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch 5G.

iOS 8.1.3 Activity

This firmware was already reported seeded for testing under the name 12B460. Developers haven’t seen it yet, since Apple chose retail employees for looking into the beta.

Once and if iOS 8.1.3 release becomes public, you shouldn’t expect it to be a major upgrade. The operating system version should bring minor changes and improvements along with fixes to previous bugs.

Will iOS 8.1.3 kill TaiG jailbreak exploits or not? We don’t know the answer yet. Maybe the jailbreak will remain active until 8.2 release, maybe Apple will patch the holes.


Learn The Ways To Protect iCloud Password From Attacks

At present time there is a real need to protect iCloud password from different hacking tools like iDict. This tool use brute-force techniques in order to success the iCloud account. The users with weak password become first to be hacked. Although, according to latest reports, the exploits were patched by Apple within a few days.

The developer launched the code and did not provide details in advance to Apple, which is unusual. The standard practice says that in order to give a company time to patch the vulnerability, you need to disclose this information privately.

iDict counted on exactly what the creator stated was obviously a “painfully obvious” problem with exactly how Apple managed repeated password failures through a particular URL. This type of problem is the same as reports that turned out after last summer’s iCloud hack, which involved a variety of unthrottled password efforts towards iCloud and attempts to response security questions determined by celebrities’ biographies and other options. It was not also a secondary authentication bypass. It was a way for hacker to avoid answering security questions. As for now the iDict developer page is closed, and the tool is patched by Apple.


Let’s learn the anatomy of an hack tool attack and how protect iCloud account.

iDict and similar remote brute-force attacks rely on three elements: a way to perform excessive tests of passwords for an individual account; a way to bypass an account protection and a weak password.

The users with the strong password that are used only to current account should not worry about brute force attacks. If you pick a weak password, brute force method allow attacker to capture, encrypt passwords and test it with home-computer equipment against billions of passwords only per second. In this case, finding one password match helps the attacker to find all accounts that use the same password. So in order to protect personal iCloud documents you need to create strong password with 15 to 20 characters or mix of letters, numbers, and punctuation.

apple idiDict came with a list of a few hundred default passwords that meet Apple’s minimum requirements for an Apple ID. These could be added to any person that use the code. Making these short lists even more dangerous, it’s possible for hackers to chain attacks.

Two-step verification is real way to protect iCloud password against attacks. If you’re using any password on about list, or anything similar, you need to change it immediately. Or better please enable two-step verification. The other two elements required for an iDict attack to work. Although this process again is under the control of Apple. The company should pay a real attention on its problem.


What Is The difference Between iPhone 6 SIM-free Unlocked and T-Mobile Version

Apple sells two unlocked smartphones: SIM-free iPhone 6 and T-Mobile gadget in its online store in the United States. What is the difference between these two models? Are they similar or identical? Some customers wish to get the answers, so we are here to explain to you what the difference between SIM free and unlocked iPhone 6 / 6 Plus from its T-Mobile version is.

This is the only carrier that offered both iPhone 6 Plus and 6 to be used with some mobile companies around the world. Both iPhone 6 SIM-free vs. T Mobile are sold at $649 for the 16GB 6 model and $749 for the same space capacity iPhone 6 Plus. So is there a big deal or not?

You might think that SIM free unlocked T-Mobile iPhone 6 Plus / 6 is the same as T-Mobile smartphone, but you are wrong. These two models are different.

According to Apple, T-Mobile iPhone 6 Plus is available as model A1522 while the same unlocked iPhone 6 Plus comes as A1524; and T-Mobile iPhone 6 comes as A1549 while unlocked model is named A1586.

While both versions support the same frequencies there is a big difference between them. Unlocked and T-Mobile gadgets come with support for different bands: TD-SCDMA and TD-LTE. The SIM-free models support more mobile companies across the world than the T-Mobile iPhone 6 and 6 Plus.

For example, Apple unlocked iPhone 6 will work on China Mobile, Unicom and Telecom networks and T-Mobile iPhone 6 won’t support these carriers. The list of supported mobile operators can be found on the Cupertino-based site or at retail stores. If you are planning to travel abroad and wish to connect through local SIMs you better purchase the unlocked smartphone instead of T-Mobile version [even though this cell phone also supports a huge number of both local U.S. carriers, such as AT&T and Verizon, and worldwide networks such a Bell, Rogers, MTS, Telus, Telcel, Movistar and others].


iOS 8 Users Get Error Message After Photo App Is Removed from iCloud by Apple

Do you remember iCloud Photos app? It was available on website and users were able to use this web application for their iOS 8 devices. It is strange but Apple has removed this program from its server and everything was done silently, without public announcements.

iOS 8 iPhone users who tried to follow the direct link to Photos app and signed into their iCloud account failed to get it. All they saw was an error message that stated that a problem occurred while loading the program.

Photos App Upload Error on iCloud

The news about Photo app being removed from iCloud quickly spread the web. When you load the site you see no link to Photos web tool. Since the Cupertino-based company said nothing about this fact yet a lot of users are disappointed and upset. It is not clear why the app has disappeared. Maybe it was removed to return later. Maybe Apple decided that something was wrong with the application. Who knows… Let’s wait for the official announcement to appear. It might clear everything for us.

iOS 8 release came with new Photos application that helped a lot of people to store their photos and videos in the cloud and keep them up-to-date on their smartphones and tablets. For now, while the app has somehow vanished, you are advised to go to Settings and choose iCloud to disable iCloud Photo Library feature until Apple tells us what is going on.


How to Fix iOS 8.1.2 OTA Update Problems on iPhone and iPad

Some users faced iOS 8.1.2 OTA update stuck issue when they tried to install this operating system version on their iPhone or iPad. The problem began when they had to agree to Terms and Conditions and simply couldn’t get past this step thus update failed. You can fix iOS 8.1.2 install problems by following the instruction below.

Issues with iOS 8 have been present on all versions, including the latest public iOS 8.1.2 release. It’s ok and luckily everything can be repaired without headaches and nerves.

Step 1. You have to login to your iCloud account.

Step 2. If you are trying to use OTA update and can’t Agree to the Terms and Conditions just click to Disagree and installation will be cancelled.

Step 3. Launch Settings app and choose iCloud menu.

Step 4. Click on your Apple ID / email address and provide your password. If you are asked to accept the Terms and Conditions click on Agree.

Step 5. iOS 8.1.2 update problems should be gone so you can go to Settings and choose General – Software Update menu to install the new firmware on your iPhone 6 or other model. This time you should be able to get past the screen with Terms and Conditions agreement.

There should be no more problems while installation, but in case the guide above doesn’t help you to solve the issue, you can try to restart your iPhone and hard reset it. Then you can once again try to upgrade to iOS 8.1.2 and hopefully once your iPhone reboots everything will work out just fine.

P.S. If you now wish to downgrade from 8.1.2 to 8.1.1 you can do so. You might also like to jailbreak your iOS 8.1.2 iPhone with TaiG.