Archive for March, 2012
After just hours of the new iPad being released Dev Team member Muscle Nerd has posted the first images for the a5x jailbreak on iOS 5.1. This comes as great news to all we now know that it is possible to jailbreak the new iPad. As usual there is no ETA on release the images below show root access and cydia on the new iPad.
Morgan Stanley’s Katy Huberty put out a new note to clients with three new price targets for Apple’s stock. According to her analysis of the market and Apple, the bull case price is now $960, the base case is now $720, and the bear case is $405.
Not surprisingly, the $720 base case was Huberty’s previous bull case. This has long-since changed due to the constant record-breaking statistics of Apple’s stock over the past few months specifically. According to Huberty, she believes that “Apple’s earning power is potentially far greater than investors believe” and that the difference from her previous bull case model reflects this thought as well.
The first reviews of the new iPad are in, and the likes of Walt Mossberg (All Things D) and company seem to be impressed.
The Display: Everyone Loves It
Mossberg called the new display, and LTE upgrades “massive,” and that the display was the “most spectacular he’d ever seen on a mobile device.” However, the glossy LCD (like all glossy LCDs) still causes problems for users trying to read in direct sunlight.
David Pogue of the New York Times piled on the praise as well calling the new display “jay-droppingly good.” However, that jaw-dropping awesomeness can only be fully realized on Retina Display optimized apps.
Edward C. Baig of USA Today called the display “a screen to die for” and The Washington Post’s Joshua Topolsky lamented “There’s something almost otherworldly about how good this screen is. For rendered text or high-resolution images, it just looks like a glowing piece of paper.”
Other notable display superlatives include Tech Crunches M.G. Siegler comparing the new screen to finally seeing clearly after getting glasses and Jim Dalrymple of The Loop being “in awe” of the display.
FaceTime, Apple’s very own video chatting solution for their iDevice and Mac owners, is available on the new iPad. Just like all the rest of Apple’s devices, unfortunately, we won’t be able to use it over the cellular networks like 4G LTE, which the iPad has just started to support. Like all of Apple’s other devices, the new iPad will require you to be connected to a Wi-Fi network to send out or to receive FaceTime calls.
This doesn’t come as much of a surprise as cellular providers are constantly trying to reduce their consumers’ data usage to keep their networks running as quickly and optimally as possible. It saves them money by keeping from having to upgrade their networks and putting pressure on the users instead.
Picking between one of two color options, black or white, for the new iPad might seem trivial to some or simply a matter of personal taste, but it’s a question we get asked a lot. Once you’ve decided to get a new iPad, settled on your storage capacity, and chosen between AT&T and Verizon if you’re going 4G LTE, color is what’s left. While the black and white iPads are otherwise identical in terms of size and weight, storage capacities and carriers, there are a few points to consider.
Note: Unlike the black and white iPhones, iPads all have the same aluminum back plate so it’s really only the front bezel border that changes.
If you’ve installed iPhoto on your iOS 5.0.1-powered iOS device you’ll find that iPhoto, as it’s not compatible with iOS 5.0.1, is a little buggy and crashes rather a lot. Fortunately, a new jailbreak tweak which has the power to smooth-out these compatibility issues has hit the Cydia Store, and is available to download for free.
The tweak is called “iPhoto501Fix,” and can be downloaded via cydia.iphonenerd.com . No new icons are added to the SpringBoard, and new panes don’t appear in the Settings app after the tweak has been installed. Instead, it works silently, behind the scenes, ensuring that iPhoto (under iOS 5.0.1) will run without encountering problems along the way and crashing.
As mentioned, iPhoto501Fix is available to download for free from our repo cydia.iphonenerd.com . Take a look at it now, and let us know if it works for you in the comments.
In the weeks and months before Apple’s media events, the newswires are stormed by tons of reports about Apple’s upcoming announcements. Due to the frenzy, it is hard to keep track of who said what and when. Therefore, we are putting together the more notable calls and how those reports turned out:
We did this for the iPhone 4S in October 2011, and this is our Apple iPad and Apple TV media event rumor wrap-up:
On Wednesday, Apple confirmed its new third generation iPad will arrive at Apple stores this Friday, March 16th at 8:00 a.m. local time in all “launch countries,” which include the US, Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, Singapore, Switzerland and the UK; along with Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands.
Although Apple can’t guarantee delivery times, those who preordered the new iPad (at least during the first day of preorders) and selected home delivery will also get the new tablet the day after tomorrow. As of this writing, new orders placed online with Apple are seeing a two to three week shipping estimate.
Originally supposed to be delayed for a little while longer, Mozilla’s Firefox 11 has made its way out to the public today. The highly popular browser is available for Mac, Windows, and Linux. The update isn’t entirely impressive, however it brings us some stuff Firefox 10 didn’t have.
Firefox 11 now comes with the ability to migrate your bookmarks, browsing cookies, and Web page histories from Google’s popular Web browser, Google Chrome. We can also synchronize add-ons between all of our computers using Firefox 11. Other improvements will make Web developers happy, including a CSS style editor and three-dimensional Web page view. If you are a user of Growl 1.3, Firefox 11 should now have working Growl notifications. The whole Firefox 11 change log can be read here.
The new iPad isn’t even out yet and rumors regarding a 7.85” model iPad are already flaring back up.
The Korean Times published claims by an unnamed Samsung source that Apple is expected to purchase $11 billion in components from Samsung by the end of 2012. This is up from the $9.7 billion outlined in the current contract between the two companies. The source claims a portion of that $11 billion is going toward 7.85” displays.
The source claims that Samsung is looking to be the first company to supply Apple with OLED displays for use in iDevices.