Category Archives: iPhone 4S
OK, jailbreak fans.
It’s not complete, and it’s definitely not widely available, but the first jailbreak for the iPhone 4S is starting to make the rounds. It’s actually a jailbreak for iOS 5, and works not only on the iPhone 4S but also the iPad 2.
iClarified reported that the iPhone Dev-Team is demoing a preliminary jailbreak. Notes from the team state that “huge missing pieces prevent public release.
LOTS of work left” for the iPhone 4S jailbreak, similar to the comments made about the iPad2 “Just like iPhone4S, lots of hurdles remain, no ETAs.”
A video of the in-progress jailbreak working on the iPad 2 can be viewed below. Enjoy, and keep your browser pointed to TUAW for all of your up-to-the-minute jailbreak news.
Last quarter was a transition quarter for Apple and its iPhone. Sales of the 18-month-old iPhone 4 fell slightly as the company prepared to introduce the iPhone 4S.
This slowdown caused Apple to slip to fifth place in the global handset market and to the number two slot in the global smartphone market, according to Strategy Analytics.
Strategy Analytics’s report examines global handset shipments and reveals that Apple now trails Nokia, Samsung, LG and ZTE. Chinese manufacturer ZTE shipped 18.5 million handsets last quarter and beat out Apple which shipped 17.1 million. Nokia held onto its first place position by shipping 106.6 million handsets, most of which are feature phones.
In the smartphone market, Samsung climbed past Apple with 27.8 million in quarterly smartphone shipments. In the June 2011 quarter, Apple had slid past Samsung to claim first position, but it’s time at the top was short-lived due to several market factors.
Neil Mawston, Director at Strategy Analytics says, “We believe Apple’s growth during the third quarter was affected by consumers and operators awaiting the launch of the new iPhone 4S in the fourth quarter, volatile economic conditions in several key countries, and tougher competition from Samsung’s popular Galaxy S2 model.”
Unless their chipset has already been exploited and jailbroken on a previous device, it takes a lot of time for the iOS jailbreaking community to come with a jailbreak for a new iOS device.
The iPhone 4S and iPad 2, both of which are based on a still (bootrom) unexploited dual-core A5 chip, haven’t received a jailbreak for iOS 5 yet, but it appears that they’ll be getting one soon as a certain eminent iPhone hacker has let us know that the iPhone 4S has already been jailbroken with a jailbreak for iPad 2 in the works.
The news comes directly from MuscleNerd – famous iPhone hacker and member of the iPhone Dev Team – in the form of a tweet in which he shares a screenshot of a jailbroken iPhone 4S on iOS 5.
VERY preliminary 4S JB: twitpic.com/76vcp4 twitpic.com/76vct2 (Huge missing pieces prevent public release. LOTS of work left)
As you can see from MuscleNerd’s tweet, the jailbreak is “very preliminary” and is still some time away from a public release. There are no ETAs for this so we expect you all to show a little patience and let the Dev Team do their work.
Although we believe him completely, the two photos that MuscleNerd shared in his tweet verify his claim of the iPhone 4S jailbreak. The first screenshot shows root access on the iPhone 4S (codenamed N94) on iOS 5 whereas the second screenshot shows Cydia 1.1.1 running on iPhone 4,1 (which is another name for the 4S) with a Siri prompt at the bottom. You can see the two screenshots below:
Here’s the latest news from the front in the battle between Samsung and Apple: Apple is victorious in a skirmish in Italy.
Samsung was attempting to block the iPhone 4S release in Italy, which is scheduled for November 4, saying that the new phone infringed on two patents that the Korean manufacturer holds.
In the courts in Milan, Italy, judges turned down Samsung’s request, but agreed to requests by both manufacturers to submit more evidence to support their positions in the dispute.
After yesterday’s hearing, Apple is planning to release the iPhone 4S on schedule next Friday. This was the latest in a series of small, yet important, victories for Apple in the ongoing intellectual property war.
The iPhone 4S is the first iPhone to land at Sprint and sales are better than expected.
Sprint CEO Dan Hesse confirmed that early sales of the iPhone 4S have beaten internal estimates and the phone is bringing new customers to the struggling wireless carrier. Hesse wouldn’t divulge actual sales numbers, but did confirm the iPhone 4S is the fastest-selling smartphone Sprint has carried.
This successful launch comes with a hefty price tag. Sprint has entered a four-year agreement with Apple to sell the iPhone and is paying the Cupertino company a hefty subsidy of US$200 per phone. Over the four-year period, the iPhone will cost Sprint an estimated $15 billion.
Sprint hopes to compensate for this large upfront cost with a block of new subscribers who will stay for a longer period of time and subscribe to an expensive monthly voice and data service plan. Even with these new subscribers paying upwards of $60 per month, Sprint won’t balance its iPhone budget until sometime in 2015.