Browsing Archive March, 2015

What Apple Spring Event 2015 Will Present to Users

The new Apple spring event 2015 was announced on February 26. It will be hold on March 9 and live streamed so that all fans of this company can get the information about the upcoming Apple products and future products along with mass media that has been invited to the Yerba Buena Center in San Francisco [California].

The iPhone giant has called its media event ‘Spring forward’ and, according to reports, it will start at 10.00 a.m. PT / 1.00 p.m. ET. This information is official and media along with some outlets has already got colorful invitations. Apple has plans to live stream this conference and allow users following ‘every moment’ of it through the dedicated web pages.

Apple media event in March 2015 is expected to unveil details about the new Apple Watch wearable that could become highly popular and demanded among the iPhone users. Besides, some experts say that the Cupertino-based company can also introduce the new MacBook Pro and MacBook Air.

These are predictions since the invites sent out to media have no graphics or other information about what is coming soon.


Apple No Longer Signing iOS 8.2 Beta 2 and Beta 1

The last week of February was a successful one to a lot of iPhone and iPad users. Thanks to Chinese groups of hackers, both Windows and OS X Mac owners got a chance to untether jailbreak iOS 8.2 beta 2 and 1 using programs TaiG and PP Jailbreak. If you didn’t use this chance, you can no longer jailbreak if you are not running testing versions of iOS 8.2 because Apple no longer signing iOS 8.2 beta 2 and 1.

What does it mean? While the Cupertino-based giant signs its earlier firmware versions, it is possible for users to update their gadget to them. As soon as the company stops signing a version of its mobile operating system, it becomes impossible to update or downgrade to it.

Does Apple sign iOS 8.2 beta 2 or 1? The answer is ‘No,’ Apple has stopped supporting both betas. The new iOS 8.2 beta 2 signing status means you cannot install this version even if you can still download the ipsw file through direct links.

If your iDevice is running iOS 8.1.3 you can’t upgrade to iOS 8.2 beta 1 or beta 2. And all other betas [3, 4 and 5 which are still being signed] cannot be jailbroken with PP or TaiG jailbreak.

This is not surprising. The iPhone maker always stops signing previous versions once it releases new iOS to public. It is getting prepared to launch the official iOS 8.2 firmware in March and this could be the reason why both early betas aren’t supported now.

If you had a chance to update to iOS 8.2 beta 2 or 1 while Apple was signing them, you can use TaiG to jailbreak both betas on Windows or PP Jailbreak to do the same on Mac OS X computers.

Everyone else is out of luck for now. With the public iOS 8.2 coming out soon, users can hope that hackers from China find a way to present a working jailbreak for this firmware.


iOS 8.2 Release Date Predicted for the First Week of March

With the iOS 8.2 beta release date coming soon, iPhone and iPad users wanna see the public launch of this next operating system. There are reports that mention both iOS 8.2 and iOS 8.3 possible public release dates when all ‘fruit’ gadget owners can update their device to get more features, bug fixes and options.

Anyone who is curious to hear when iOS 8.2 will be release can pay attention at the rumor shared by BGR. It states that Apple might unveil its new firmware in early March. The iOS 8.2 launch date should be soon followed by iOS 8.3 which, based on predictions, could get only four betas with beta 1 and beta 2 already being available to developers.

It is interesting that a lot of iOS 8.2 beta 2 users have already jailbroken their device using TaiG that supports this testing version that never expires. The official version will most likely kill the exploits used to hack the beta 2 and the next iOS 8.3 will probably be not jailbreakable. This is the main reason why developers offer users who are interested in having Cydia store on their Home screen to untether beta 2 on iOS 8.2 iPhone or iPad while this is possible.

Apple Watch is also expected to be launched sometime in April and this device requires iOS 8.3 so this means that users will be offered a fast upgrade from iOS 8.2 to 8.3 this spring.

As reports also mention the firmware 8.3 should get a public beta presentation before its release. We might hear more about all these plans on March 9 as this is the date when Apple plans to hold its ‘Spring forward’ event.


Apple Watch Believed to Get 100,000 Applications

All developers who are making Apple Watch apps were asked by Apple to present their products by mid-February. The company wanted to take a look and see how these applications work to avoid issues in April when the new wearable will be officially shipped to public.

While Apple Watch app development process doesn’t interest customers that much, users wonder how many programs can be created for the Watch. As rumors mention, this ‘fruit’ device could be shipped with as many as 100,000 apps.

We don’t know how much the Watch lineup can cost. But experts are sure that all iPhone 6 and 6 Plus users will be happy to purchase this gadget no matter how expensive it could be. According to predictions, the new device can be a big success.

Can you think of any Apple Watch app ideas? Not everyone is sure that such astonishing number of applications can be created for the Watch, still those who got a chance to see some of the programs that are coming to this product say that everything is possible.

How many games and apps does an average iPhone user have? Experts mention the number of 65 applications per iDevice [some people love apps so much they have many more than this]. Apple Watch fans are expected to install about 100 applications in average per wearable, rumors state.

This device should be coming in early April [find out when you can buy Apple Watch online]. Android Wear is said to be the biggest competitor of Apple wearable. What company would you choose to buy your wearable from: Google or Apple?


Apple Court Battle Makes the iOS Giant Lose Over $500 Million

The report about Apple court battle is not news to users, fans and rivals. The iOS giant has a lot to protect or be accused of because it is impossible to make all people happy and excited about the successes of the iPhone maker. This time the Cupertino-based giant has been accused of infringing gaming patents.

The battle was between Apple and Smartflash LLC. The iOS company has lost it and will have to pay millions of dollars for this. Smartflash LLC filed a case against Apple assuring that the ‘fruit’ company used its patented inventions in iTunes and didn’t ask for such permission.

Apple has been ordered to pay over $532 million [$532.9 million to be exact] to Smartflash. Such a solution was ruled by the Texas jury.

What has caused such damages? According to Smartflash, Apple used ‘data storage and managing access through payment systems’ inventions in some iTunes apps. The firm mentions 4 Pics 1 Movie and Coin Dozer programs in its documents.

Apple believes that the inventions used in iTunes are not worth more than $4.5 million but SmartFlash LLC got the award of $532.9 million in damages though it was seeking even more. At first, this company was trying to prove that Apple infringed three of its patents worth $852 million but the jury decided that it’s too much.

It is curious that Smartflash LLC offers no services and makes no products. It only licenses the seven patents and this is how it earns money. Apple is not the only company that was sued by Smartflash which earlier also sued Google, Amazon and Samsung over similar infringement.


iOS 8.3 Specs Promise Faster Experience for Users with Older iDevice Models

How fast is iOS 8.3 update compared to iOS 8.1.3 or 8.2 beta 5? Apple hasn’t launched any of the new firmwares yet, but developers can glance into iOS 8.3 specs based on the second beta released in the end of February. Some ordinary iPhone users have already downloaded iOS 8.3 beta 2 using direct links for ipsw files and can also notice the difference in performace.

According to experts, the upcoming iOS 8.3 release date can bring a smile on the face of users with older iPad 2 and iPhone 4S. Both these gadgets have had performance problems with iOS 8. Users kept complaining about this, and Apple has most likely reacted and brought some improvements into the future OS version.

The latest iOS 8.3 beta 2 does make iPhone 4S and iPad 2 faster even though such better performance and overall stability was promised back in November but never appeared in iOS 8.1.1 or later versions. Users have been talking about issues with iOS 8 for a long while. Only modern iPhone 6 / 6 Plus and 5S / 5c / 5 owners had less problems along with iPad mini, iPad Air and iPad 3 and 4.

A user who has already compared iOS 8.1.3 and 8.3 beta 2 assures that iPhone 4S gets slight enhancement in its performance which is noticed when you launch different applications. The future iOS 8.3 should respond a bit quicker.

These changes can’t be noticed on iPhone 5 and newer versions though.