Can't wait for the new red iPhones? Achieve the crimson look with these 7 cases for the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus

Apple has lived up to the tradition of closing its online store in order to update it with new products, and this morning, Cupertino unveiled a new iPad model alongside two red-colored variants of last year’s flagship models – the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus. 
Although these crimson versions do not offer any software or hardware improvements compared to the iPhones from September of 2016, their unusual shade certainly catches the eye and will undoubtedly attract the attention of many consumers. Most importantly, they are part of Apple’s (PRODUCT)RED …


Analyst says all 2017 iPhones to feature Lightning ports and fast charging

There has been a bit of confusion going around as to whether or not the new iPhones released this year will feature Lightning ports or not. First, there was an oddly-worded WSJ story that seemed to indicate that Apple was switching to USB-C (although we’re not totally convinced about that), but now a respected analyst is claiming the Lightning port is staying but with a new trick.

Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI Securities isn’t always right in his predictions about Apple, but he’s right often enough to be taken seriously when speaking. Kuo claims (as we guessed) that rather than changing …

It makes no sense for Apple to switch its iPhones away from Lightning to USB-C

Apple is said to be planning some big changes to the upcoming iPhone 8. By now, it’s clear that the period of three years of unchanged iPhone design is coming to an end this year and Apple will introduce a radical new look for its new iPhone. A recent report by the usually very reliable Wall Street Journal and its customary ‘people familar with the matter’ unveils some welcome details around all that, but it also suggests an unexpected and surprising move: Apple switching away from the Lightning port that the company introduced with the iPhone 5 nearly five …

iPhones fail much more often than Android devices, according to study

Turns out iPhones’ reliability is more a myth than reality these days – just take a look at the iPhone 6s’ widespread battery problems and see for yourself. But it’s far from the only problem plaguing iPhone users, at least according to device diagnostics firm Blancco: in a recent report, it claimed users of Apple’s mobile devices experience a failure rate of 62 percent, which is a staggering difference when compared with Android’s 47 percent.
The data was collected in the last quarter of 2016, though the firm notes iPhones’ failure rates have been steadily increasing, …

WSJ: Next iPhones will replace Lightning connector with USB-C

According to a new report from The Wall Street Journal, Apple could displace the proprietary Lightning connector of its iPhone series in favor of USB Type-C, and the 2017 models could be among the first recipients. 

Cupertino has doubled down on its Lightning technology in recent years. Indeed, the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus ditched the 3.5 mm earphone jack, prompting a surge in demand for Lightning accessories and peripherals. On the other hand, Apple has adorned recent MacBooks with USB Type-C ports aplenty, and this creates quite the conflict. For example, how does one use their …

Apple vs Trump: iPhones are unlikely to be made in the US, Apple exec implies

President Trump used to be very vocal about Apple’s practices during his campaign. He believed that the iPhone should be manufactured in the United States, and not China. And despite not mentioning any of that in public after his inauguration, it’s safe to assume that The Donald is still convinced that Tim Cook and company should move their manufacturing facilities to the US.

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At a Goldman Sachs conference on Tuesday, Luca Maestri, Chief Financial Officer at Apple, addressed a question that stemmed from Trump’s continued criticism of Apple’s manufacturing facilities in China. He said:

One of the points that we are making in Washington is the fact that we have been a very large contributor to the US economy during the last decade. We made billions of investments in the United States. In the last 10 years, we created about 2 million jobs in this country – in the developer community, in our retail stores, in our call centers, and through the supplier chain.

While not directly saying whether Apple will start making iPhone on US soil or not, the answer Maestri gave makes us believe that Apple is looking to keep its factories in China. Furthermore, in order to gain some leverage, Apple is bringing up the argument that it’s actually creating jobs in the US, just not in manufacturing.

However, the CFO didn’t dismiss the idea of manufacturing iPhone in the US completely. “It’s very, very difficult to speculate at this point,” he said, adding that the Trump administration has yet to take any actions towards encouraging US manufacturing.

Maestri also talked about taxes, and specifically – border taxes, which were repeatedly mentioned by the Trump administration. According to the Apple’s CFO, nothing good will come out of a potential border tax. He said, “it is very hard for us to imagine that a border tax would be good for the US economy because it is a tax that would end up burdening the end consumer.”

All new iPhones will feature wireless charging

Apple is rumored to be launching three new iPhones later this year and KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo reportedly believes all three will offer wireless charging.

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We’ve only got about seven or eight months to go before Apple introduces its next iPhones and there’s been some chatter about Apple putting out three new iPhones instead of the usual two, with one being a super high-end model with prices for it approaching $1,000 in the U.S.

Now the site MacRumors is reporting that an analyst from KGI Securities, Ming-Chi Kuo, is claiming that all three new models will not only feature all-glass casings but wireless charging and OLED displays.

In a research note obtained by MacRumors, Kuo says that wireless charging increases the internal temperature of smartphones and Apple will be equipping the new iPhones with a new 3D Touch module with “additional graphite sheet lamination” to prevent the phones from overheating and wigging out.

We take all these analyst claims with a grain of salt, but the wireless charging rumors have been fairly persistent and it does seem like a logical feature that Apple might add to the next iPhones, whatever they’re called. All that said, Apple could simply come out with “S” versions of its current iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus.

Apple W1 Bluetooth chip explained

Apple’s AirPods aren’t just special because they are one of the few “truly wireless” earbud headphones available — models with separate left and right earpieces that aren’t tethered together with a cable. Along with three Beats headphones (the PowerBeats3 Wireless, the Solo3 Wireless and the BeatsX) they’re one of only a handful of products that incorporate Apple’s new W1 chip, a teeny-tiny piece of hardware that will make your forget how awful pairing over Bluetooth can be.

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What’s special about the W1?

Like the A-series chips that power iPhones and iPads, the W1 is custom Apple-designed silicon. In addition to standard Bluetooth 4.1 streaming and advanced power management, the chip adds a host of key features unique to the AirPods, including balancing all of that sophisticated syncing (between the two earpieces, the case and the audio source) with the sensor inputs (automatically pausing music if you remove one from your ear).

On one hand, headphones with the W1 chip are no different than any other wireless models: you can pair them with any Bluetooth-enabled device. But if you’ve ever gone through that process, it’s a bit of a pain: Press a button on the headphones to enter pairing mode, pull up the settings menu on the phone or tablet and — if everything works as planned — choose the headphone from the menu to complete the connection.

By comparison, the big advantage of W1-enabled headphones is that “they just work” — when you’re using them with a compatible Apple device, at least.

When you pull AirPods out of their case, they’ll pair with your iPhone within seconds — around 3 seconds, actually. Kind of like the way you just plug in wired headphones. After the first time you pair W1 headphones with your iPhone, it will also be added as a Bluetooth headphone on any other device tied to your Apple ID. From there, selecting it as the sound output is easy — no further pairing required.

The W1 chip also helps improve battery life. The W1-equipped PowerBeats3 Wireless and Solo3 Wireless, for example, last longer compared to their respective predecessors, which are otherwise basically identical. So the W1 is basically the secret sauce that wrings more juice from same-size batteries.

Do I have to have an iPhone 7 or 7 Plus?

Nope. Because the W1 chip is Bluetooth compatible, any Bluetooth-enabled devices can still be paired with W1 headphones like the AirPods. That includes pretty much any iPhone, Android phone, tablet, Mac and many PCs. When pairing with an Android phone, for example, it works the same way as pairing any other Bluetooth headset. Even though you don’t get the pairing benefits available for iPhone owners, you do seem to get the same battery life gains.

That convenient auto-pairing, meanwhile, only works with these Apple devices:

iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch running iOS 10.2 or later
Apple Watch on WatchOS 3 or later
Mac with MacOS Sierra or later
Which headphones have the W1 chip?

There are four W1 headphones available right now. Click through for full reviews of each one:

– Apple AirPods
– Beats Solo3 Wireless
– Beats PowerBeats3 Wireless
– BeatsX

The good news is that they start at $150, £130, AU$200, which isn’t a huge premium compared to similar models from other big-name manufacturers.

Will we see other brands use the W1 chip?

You probably noticed that the only W1 headphones available are made by Apple or its Beats subsidiary. Apple hasn’t expressed intentions to license the W1 chip, so don’t expect W1 headphones from Bose or the like anytime soon.

However, it should be noted that many Android phones offer a “tap to pair” feature (with accessories that are equipped with NFC chips) that delivers a similar easy-pairing experience. The problem (in our experience) is that it doesn’t generally work as smoothly or reliably as the W1 headphones do with iPhones.

Jailbreak 3G 4.0 iPhones

A few individuals think that to jailbreak 3GS iphones is not possible, but this is a fallacy. What follows is an easy step by step guide to hack and modify these models of mobile phones. After you download the required software programs you should be able to get this done in about 20 or 30 minutes.

1. Before you unlock your mobile device you need to jailbreak it and to do this you will need the genuine Apple IPSW. Plug in the iPhone and follow that up by clicking the restore key. The screen will ask you if you agree to do a back-up of the mobile phone and then you will need to download the utility that will start the restore process. As soon as you notice the download notification pop-up on the left side of the screen, unplug the mobile phone. You don’t actually want to let the restore complete; you solely need to download the IPSW file.

2. Next, open up redsn0w. Click “browse”. If you’re using iTunes, you’ll need to click the iPhone2, 1_3.0 7A1 file in your library, under your user account.

3. After you hit ok, and then next, you’ll be brought to the kernel. Here, you’ll put together the firmware that is used to actually do the jailbreak. It’ll load, and prompt you to select which options you want. Select those options by checking the requisite boxes – you want Icy and Cydia. Click next again.

4. Once the firmware is assembled, redsn0w will with no delay put your device into the DFU mode. Be cognizant that 3GS iPhones carry disparate processes with relation to DFU mode in comparison to older iPhones. Carefully observe the procedure to unhook, power off and plug in the device. Hold the button that says “home” until the iTunes logo is displayed. The utility will then start the process of hacking the phone.

5. When the hack process ends, connect to Wireless and then open up the Icy screen. You could have to wait for the tap sources. As soon as the looking at sources ends, then you should tap the edit key at the upper right section of the screen and follow that by press the plus key at the top right section of the screen. Next, click the Add button to input: http://repo666.ultrasn0w.com inside of the source section. Select the bigger add button so as to finish this part. Press the refresh key at the center-left in order to complete verification on the code that was just installed.

6. During the time that you have the Icy app open, you ought to go toward the bottom of the screen and hit the button that says “Utilities”. Ensure that you choose “Utilities”, not “Utility”. At the end of the utilities screen “ultrasn0w” should be seen”. Click this and then Click “Install”. After this finishes, your jailbreak 3GS is finished – restart the device and you are good to go!

The author is an old school mobile device hacker who got his start with the bag phones of 20 years ago. At the moment, he’s working on finding all of the ways to jailbreak 3gs phones. Read his article on how to jailbreak 3g phones now.

AudioAmp: Fix iPhone’s low Ringer Volume

ne of the complaints of the iPhone has surprisingly been iPhone’s low ringer volume. It seems to be well below the standard, in terms of volume, established by other mobile handsets.

Most of the users have blamed iPhone’s tiny speakers to be the culprit of this problem. However I had reported that the culprit in fact could be the audio itself and not the speaker and you could use a hack to fix this problem.

I had even published an iPhone tip on how to resolve the low volume problem of your iPhone’s ringer by using a a loud, high frequency audio custom ringtone rather than ringtones currently available on the iPhone.

However, Erica over @ Tuaw had figured out that the Celestial framework folder (/System/Library/Frameworks/Celestial.framework/) had a Maximum Volume property list. She had observed that adjusting the Default -> Default value up to 0.99, up from 0.7 had boosted the iPhone’s speaker volume.

iPhone hacking genius Nick “Drudge” Penree has apparently made use of this iPhone tip from Erica to develop a native iPhone application which will do all the work for you and thus save you of all the hassles. The iPhone App called AudioAmp is available as a package in Installer.app.

Let me know if the iPhone App helps!

Thanks Nick for the tool.

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Top Posts @ iPhone Hacks ne of the complaints of the iPhone has surprisingly been iPhone’s low ringer volume. It seems to be well below the standard, in terms of volume, established by other mobile handsets.

Most of the users have blamed iPhone’s tiny speakers to be the culprit of this problem. However I had reported that the culprit in fact could be the audio itself and not the speaker and you could use a hack to fix this problem.

I had even published an iPhone tip on how to resolve the low volume problem of your iPhone’s ringer by using a a loud, high frequency audio custom ringtone rather than ringtones currently available on the iPhone.

However, Erica over @ Tuaw had figured out that the Celestial framework folder (/System/Library/Frameworks/Celestial.framework/) had a Maximum Volume property list. She had observed that adjusting the Default -> Default value up to 0.99, up from 0.7 had boosted the iPhone’s speaker volume.

iPhone hacking genius Nick “Drudge” Penree has apparently made use of this iPhone tip from Erica to develop a native iPhone application which will do all the work for you and thus save you of all the hassles. The iPhone App called AudioAmp is available as a package in Installer.app.

Let me know if the iPhone App helps!

Thanks Nick for the tool.

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I had even published an iPhone tip on how to resolve the low volume problem of your iPhone’s ringer by using a a loud, high frequency audio custom ringtone rather than ringtones currently available on the iPhone.

However, Erica over @ Tuaw had figured out that the Celestial framework folder (/System/Library/Frameworks/Celestial.framework/) had a Maximum Volume property list. She had observed that adjusting the Default -> Default value up to 0.99, up from 0.7 had boosted the iPhone’s speaker volume.

iPhone hacking genius Nick “Drudge” Penree has apparently made use of this iPhone tip from Erica to develop a native iPhone application which will do all the work for you and thus save you of all the hassles. The iPhone App called AudioAmp is available