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RBC expects new MacBooks in late Q2, next-gen iPhone in Sept., Oct.





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RBC’s analyst Amit Daryanani issued predictions that Apple would revamp its MacBook portables later this quarter and release a new iPhone in September or October, echoing expectations for Apple's near-term plans.

The iPhone is the company's "flagship product". 43 percent of Apple's revenue in fiscal 2011 came to iPhone. Apple's apparent two-year design cycle could cause "increased seasonality" as consumers catch on to it and hold off on purchases. That explains  just 21 percent growth in iPhone shipments year over year in the fourth quarter of 2011, compared to 91 percent growth in Q4 2010.


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Written by Svetlana Osipova

Tuesday, May 29th, 2012. 22:42

Facebook reportedly hiring former Apple iPhone engineers for phone project



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The New York Times claims that Facebook is drawing upon former Apple engineers and has hired "more than half a dozen former Apple software and hardware engineers who worked on the iPhone" to develop its own phone. The New York Times’ report also said that Facebook is interested in buying a smartphone company. It raised $16 billion during its recent IPO, enough to purchase either Research in Motion or HTC.

One tipster suggested that the current effort is the company's third attempt to build a smartphone. People who reportedly worked on the first attempt told the Times that the project fell apart because it proved to be more difficult than expected. As a result, Facebook is believed to have realized that it needs industry-experienced veterans to develop hardware, specifically Apple alumni.


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Tuesday, May 29th, 2012. 16:34

Production ramp of Apple's next-gen MacBooks creating labor shortages in China



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DigiTimes reports that demand for Apple's redesigned line of 2012 MacBooks is so strong that Apple’s component suppliers are facing a labor shortage as they racing to produce enough parts to supply the Mac maker's production lines.

"Component manufacturing plants in eastern China have been suffering from labor shortages for a long time, and although May and June are the IT industry's traditional slow season when shortage issues are usually not as significant, the strong orders from Apple's new MacBook are leaving many upstream makers unable to satisfy demand."


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Written by Svetlana Osipova

Monday, May 28th, 2012. 23:06

Apple Researching Stylus Concepts with Optical Tracking and Haptic Feedback



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Back in 2007, then the first-generation iPhone was launched, Steve Jobs offered an idea of a stylus for the iPhone. And it seems that Apple is still researching his ideas for stylus-based input. Unwired View has recently posted Apple patent applications filed in late 2010, highlighting optical and haptic stylus concepts. However, there is no evidence that Apple is seriously looking at incorporating a stylus into its products, but it remains clear that the company is thinking about how such pen-based input could be used in novel ways.

Apple's optical stylus is based on a tiny camera on the tip of the pen, allowing it to track patterns on a device's screen that is invisible to the user's eye.


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Monday, May 28th, 2012. 15:52

Nearly 1,000,000 Apple devices already jailbroken using Absinthe 2.0



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The Chronic Dev-Team has announced that nearly 1,000,000 iDevices have already been jailbroken with Absinthe 2.0.

Some stats since release of #Absinthe - 211,401 jailbroken iPad3's and 973,086 devices newly jailbroken! #JBFTW ! ;D

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Step-by-step Tutorial: How to Untether Jailbreak and Unlock iPhone 4 Using Sn0wBreeze 2.9.5 (Windows) [iOS 5.1.1]



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Using this tutorial you will be able to create a custom firmware, untether jailbreak and unlock iOS 5.1.1 running on iPhone 4. This tutorial uses Sn0wBreeze 2.9.5 for Windows.

Sn0wBreeze will also preserve baseband version if you need carrier unlock.


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Sn0wBreeze 2.9.5 released: added iPhone 4 (GSM) 9B208 support and GPS fixed for iPhone 3GS



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iH8Sn0w released Sn0wBreeze 2.9.5. What's new:

  • Added 5.1.1/9B208 untether payload for the iPhone 4 GSM.
  • Added iPhone 3GS (iPad Baseband users) location services fix.

Just like version 2.9.4 the new 2.9.5 version supports untethered jailbreak of A4 devices on iOS 5.1.1. Sn0wbreeze can be used to create a custom firmware with jailbreak and preserve iPhone modem (baseband) version for unlock.

Sn0wbreeze 2.9.5 supports iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPad 1, iPod Touch 3G, iPod Touch 4G and Apple TV 2G. It does not work with A5 devices, like iPad 2, iPad 3 and iPhone 4S.

You can download Sn0wBreeze 2.9.5 from here.

Our step-by-step tutorials for Sn0wBreeze 2.9.5 are available here:

   

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Step-by-step Tutorial: How to Untether Jailbreak and Unlock iPhone 3GS Using Sn0wBreeze 2.9.5 (Windows) [iOS 5.1.1]



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Using this tutorial you will be able to create a custom firmware, untether jailbreak and unlock iOS 5.1.1 running on iPhone 3GS. This tutorial uses Sn0wBreeze 2.9.5 for Windows.

Sn0wBreeze will also preserve baseband version if you need carrier unlock. It can also update your modem version to 06.15 if you need unlock and stuck with 05.14 or higher baseband. If you have new iPhone 3GS that was made after 28 week of 2011 upgrading modem will not help to unlock.


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Inside Foxconn's iPhone Plant [Video]



Check out this video that takes a look inside Foxconn's iPhone plant in Zhengzhou, China.

Interesting, each production line in the Zhengzhou plant is 148-meters long, consists of 80 workers, and produces 10,000 iPhones every day.

Take a look:


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Sunday, May 27th, 2012. 18:53

Updated Absinthe 2.0.2 released



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Chronic Dev Team released an update to untethered iOS 5.1.1 jailbreak utility - Absinthe 2.0.2. New version supports the latest iOS 5.1.1 9B208 firmware for iPhone 4 GSM. If you experience problems with previous versions - try 2.0.2

You can download Absinthe 2.0.2 here.

Step-by-step tutorials are available here.

   

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Seas0nPass Updated to Perform Untethered Jailbreak of Apple TV 2G



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FireCore has announced an update to Seas0nPass that provides an untethered jailbreak for the latest 5.0.1 (5.1.1) firmware for the Apple TV 2G. Unfortunately Seas0nPass is not yet compatible with the new ATV3.


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Save your SHSH blobs for iOS 5.1.1



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Don't Forget to Save Your iOS 5.1.1 SHSH Blobs to preserve the ability to do iOS 5.1.1 untethered jailbreak in the future. Apple might release updated iOS firmware soon to fix and disable the jailbreak. After next firmware release you will not be able to restore to 5.1.1 any more.


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Apple Releases New Build of iOS 5.1.1 for GSM iPhone 4



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Apple has released a new build of iOS 5.1.1 for the GSM iPhone 4, notes iH8Sn0w.

Was just about to push sn0wbreeze 2.9.4 and Apple pushes 5.1.1 (9B208) for the iPhone 4 (GSM) only. I wonder what changed...

same baseband.

it seemed rushed. They compiled it yesterday morning. Probably released it just to troll. :P


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Sn0wBreeze 2.9.4 Supports Untethered Jailbreak of iOS 5.1.1



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iH8Sn0w released Sn0wBreeze 2.9.4 with the ability to perform an untethered jailbreak of A4 devices on iOS 5.1.1. Sn0wbreeze can be used to create a custom firmware with jailbreak and preserve iPhone modem (baseband) version for unlock.

Sn0wbreeze 2.9.4 supports iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPad 1, iPod Touch 3G, iPod Touch 4G and Apple TV 2G. It does not work with A5 devices, like iPad 2, iPad 3 and iPhone 4S.

You can download Sn0wBreeze 2.9.4 from here.

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How to backup your SHSH blobs using TinyUmbrella for Mac OS



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Every time Apple releases a new firmware it stops the ability to restore to an older firmware. If you need to restore to old firmwares you need to save your SHSH keys as soon as possible.

Here are instructions on how to backup your SHSH blobs using TinyUmbrella utility for Mac OS.

Step One
Download the latest version of Firmware Umbrella from here to your Desktop.


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