Rumors of a new iPad, unofficially dubbed “iPad 3″, have been ongoing for several months now and just a couple of days back, the whole iPad 3 fiasco was dumped for good, for this year at least.
Today, more sources are indeed confirming that we’ll see a new iPad early next year, in line with Apple’s previous release schedules.
While not much is yet known about the new device, one feature seems almost hard to argue against at this point: a high-resolution display. Currently, the iPad sports a 9.7-inch screen with a resolution of 1024×768. Allegedly, the next-generation iPad will have a resolution of 2048×1536 while maintaining the same display size.
An increased resolution could be used to provide additional screen real estate or, more likely, to enable the crisper display of text and images.
The iPhone went through a similar change last year, with the introduction of the iPhone 4, which saw a major increase in resolution on the same size screen. This “feature” is marketed by Apple as “Retina Display”, since it aims at making every individual pixel indistinguishable to the naked eye, essentially causing the content viewed on the display to look like it’s printed on paper. In order to achieve this increase, developers were required to increase the size of all their graphics in their apps, which they have done.
If you feel like you lack in style and your image needs a bit of a re-jig, it sounds as though you could be missing an app which allows you to unlock your iPhone with style, thus gaining some street credibility.
Enter StyleUnlock, one in a growing list of Cydia tweaks which allow you to change the way you unlock your iDevice. Jokes aside, this is probably the best app to date in its field, living up to its name and while it’s not exactly James Bond-esque, it provides yet another good alternative to the tiresome Slide To Unlock.
Many developers for these sorts of apps tend to deviate from the primary function by overloading them with additional features rather than concentrating on the reason for the app in the first place. Thankfully, StyleUnlock doesn’t follow this motif, and only includes the functions you will need – hide the slider, which is optional, and the gestures themselves.
Of course, there are some gestures available in Activator which enable you to unlock your device, but this app, which might I add is free over at the BigBoss repo, takes it to the next level – adding pinch, two finger swipe, tap & hold as well as many others. In total there are 13, and after testing the app out, the gestures seem pretty responsive and work as advertised.
Two weeks ago, iOS 5 beta 5 was released and can already be jailbroken using Redsn0w, but those who were looking forward to using Sn0wbreeze on beta 5 are now able to do so with a new version of the tool that was released today.
Sn0wbreeze version 2.8 Beta 5 was announced today by iH8sn0w, the developer behind this tool, in a statement on Pastie, a site often used to share code between developers but also suitable for sharing plain text.
The main feature most users will benefit from will indeed be the ability to jailbreak iOS 5 beta 5, which was previously only possible using Redsn0w.
Launch Apps Or Perform Different Tasks From iPhone’s Lockscreen Using Gestures With This Jailbreak Tweak
In our installment of today’s new Cydia releases, we present to you another handy tweak. There have been many attempts to bring a decent gesture-based system to iOS, and it seems as though they’ve finally cracked it – well, at least for the lockscreen.
LockGestures, by developer Akhil Tolani, enables you to perform a variety of actions using various different gestures while on the lockscreen. There are many aspects of the iDevice’s behavior which you can control with gestures including a single tap, double tap, triple tap, pinch (as you would if you were zooming in on a webpage), swipe up, down, left and right as well as many others.
You can activate any of the apps on your device just by setting one of the commands.
The app certainly cuts out the middleman, and even relieves the burden on the essential SBSettings. You can activate your power options and even change brightness settings with a simple gesture.
All things considered, this may not exactly be the official Facebook Video Chat app, but it is pretty darn close: Tinychat FB for iPhone, iPod touch and iPad lets you chat with up to 12 friends from your Facebook lists simultaneously for free!
Tinychat FB is an entirely web-based chat service that allows users to, well, chat over instant messages, voice calls or video calls. Because it is web-based, it means that it works on a wide variety of platforms as all you need is Adobe Flash installed. Their first iPhone app was released recently and it packs quite a punch!
Tinychat FB, as we mentioned before, lets users video chat with up 12 friends from Facebook at, yes, the same time. Once you have downloaded and installed the app, you sign in with your Facebook account and invite friends for a video chat.