Once the gold master version of iOS 6 landed in the hands of developers, the iPhone Dev Team was quick to release an iOS 6-compatible version of its Redsn0w jailbreak tool. Now that iOS 6 is available to the public, select iPhone and iPod touch owners can download the tool and jailbreak their device.
This latest version of Redsn0w includes support for iOS 6 devices with an A4 processor, which limits the jailbreak to the iPhone 4, the iPhone 3GS and the fourth generation iPod touch. You should also note that this is a tethered jailbreak, so you will have to connect your iOS device to your Mac every time you reboot your phone. If you don’t mind the tethered part of the jailbreak, Redmond Pie has an excellent set of directions that’ll step you through the process.
A pioneer in the field of mobile browsing has now set its sights on Google and Apple with a brand new patent lawsuit. A company called Unwired Planet, which used to be known as OpenWave (and helped to create the original mobile browser protocol known as WAP) has filed a patent infringement lawsuit against both Apple and Google, claiming it has patents related to their cloud messaging, content, and mobile advertising applications. Unwired Planet started to transition away from actual mobile browsing last year, and is now basically a bundle of patents that the company is trying to “maximize shareholder value” with.
Of course, the courts will have to figure this one out, but it seems like Unwired is grabbing at straws here, hoping that one of their patents actually does apply so they can leech some licensing fees off of Google or Apple. Yes, if they did the work, they should reap the rewards, but this just smacks of desperation to me. Depending on what Unwired is actually asking for, they may even just be hoping that Apple or Google would rather pay out than worry about what happens in court. We’ll see.
The Hans Hilfiker-designed clock has become a symbol of Switzerland itself. The newspaper article notes that Apple Switzerland declined to comment. The clock face has been licensed elsewhere.
Navigon has quickly updated its apps to mesh with iOS 6 and the new iPhone. The apps have added public transportation features, Apple Maps integration, and support for the new 4-inch screen on the iPhone 5. The apps already support Google Street View and searching with the Google POI database.
“With our recent updates our apps can now serve as an extension to Apple Maps, providing iPhone users advanced navigation capabilities,” said Joern Watzke, vice president mobile phone business at Garmin Wuerzburg GmbH. “This includes our new public transportation functionality as well as many additional premium features that aren’t available on free navigation apps.”
While this is based upon data taken from people using Chitika‘s service, we’ve found overall trends are quite nicely tracked by this data. The latest report says that a full 15% of eligible iPhones, iPod touches and iPads are already running iOS 6. Considering it was released just yesterday? That’s impressive.
As TechCrunch points out, after two months of Jelly Bean (the latest Android OS) availability, Google has seen an adoption rate of only 1.5%. Apple customers are a little quicker to react and install whenever a new iOS appears, it seems.