News tagged ‘Hardware’
Unlock for IPhone 3G - almost there
DevTeam posted a new interesting screenshot. They successfully downgraded modem firmware. This is not an unlock (yet), but it is a good illustration of the first progress made with regard to hacking the 3G baseband. They accomplished this by being able to execute their own code on the baseband that allows to circumvent security checks and flash the baseband with older, disallowed firmware. Please note this has been accomplished using software only, the iPhone 3G has not been disassembled or hardware modified in any way.
Safari benchmark - 2.0 is faster than 1.1.4
There is not much defference between Safari 1.1.4 and 2.0. But Under the hood, MobileSafari 2.0's performance is hugely improved over 1.1.4. Everything related to web surfing feels faster, web pages consistently load faster on 2.0, both via Wi-Fi and EDGE. This has nothing to do with the new iPhone 3G hardware — this is about dramatic performance improvements on original iPhones upgraded to the 2.0 OS.
In August last year,
|Test||1.0.1||1.1.4||2.0||Vs. 1.0.1 / 1.1.4|
|100,000 iterations||3.209||1.096||0.145||22× / 8×|
|10,000 divisions||0.413||0.181||0.029||14× / 6×|
|10,000 sin(x) calls||0.709||0.373||0.140||5× / 3×|
|10,000 string allocations||0.777||0.434||0.133||6× / 3×|
|10,000 function calls||0.904||0.595||0.115||8× / 5×|
The last column shows how many times faster the 2.0 version of MobileSafari was versus 1.0.1 and 1.1.4. The same results, charted (smaller bars are faster) can be viewed above.
For all the hubbub regarding the new App Store, most “iPhone software” runs in the web browser. But improvements in WebKit performance often help native iPhone app performance, too — a slew of my favorite native iPhone apps have built-in WebKit browsers (e.g., NetNewsWire, Twitterrific, Instapaper, and Cocktails). When WebKit performance improves, any app that uses WebKit improves, and WebKit improved a lot between iPhone 1.1.4 and 2.0.0.
IPhone's new patent application
The most interesting Hardware part is a GPS receiver and a camera for video conferencing.
On a software level, Apple describes addition of a text messaging (chat), in-line multimedia content (Quicktime and Flash) in the Safari browser. Further welcome additions described in the publication would include a dedicated blogging client, Java software downloads, MMS picture and video messaging, support for voice-activated commands, audio capture, video conferencing and more.
“Examples of other applications 136 that may be stored in memory 102 include other word processing applications, JAVA-enabled applications, encryption, digital rights management, voice recognition, and voice replication. ”
It sounds like Apple wants Java to be on the IPhone
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