News tagged ‘iPhone 3GS’
We posted a very good comparison table with iPhone 3GS, Palm Pre, MyTouch 3G and Motorola Droid. Here is a new one comparing iPhone 3GS, Palm Pre, Motorola Droid and new Google Nexus One:
MuscleNerd, the member of DevTeam, started working on a new version of redsn0w. The update will add support of the latest firmware 3.1.2:
Redsn0w is an easy to use, multi-platform, multi-device jailbreaking tool for the iPhone 2G, iPhone 3G, iPhone 3GS (old iBoot) and iPod touch (first and second generation). It is available for Linux, Mac OS X and Windows. You can download redsn0w utility here.
Only a few hours ago we have shown the first video review of the Nexus One (Google Phone). Now we have full specs avaliable. They exceed all expectations:
Take a look at RAM size - it is double than what iPhone 3GS has. Great 5mp camera, wonderful 3.7 "WVGA AMOLED display, miniSD. The device will support many different cellular and wireless standarts. More specs:
OmniVision Technologies is the current manufacturer of the iPhone 3GS 3.2-megapixel CMOS image sensor. Digitimes sources are claiming that OmniVision won a new contract with Apple to provide new sensors for the next-generation iPhone (iPhone 4G?). The new CMOS image sensors are 5 megapixels. The orders are expected to be increased too, from 20-21 million estimated this year, to 40 to 45 million CMOS for the 2010.
The Unreal Engine 3 is a modern 3D gaming engine which powers games such as Bioshock, Gears of War and Unreal Tournament 3.
Anandtech spent some time with Mark Rein (Epic Games) last week and was shown a demo of the Unreal Engine 3 running on a 3rd Generation iPod Touch. The demo included a flythrough as well as a playable level from Unreal Tournament.
The game engine requires OpenGL 2.0 so this will restrict the game to 3rd generation iPod Touches and iPhone 3GSs only. Epic is planning on making the engine available to licensees at some point, opening the door eventually to Unreal-powered iPhone games. Epic tells Anand we're going to see Unreal running on another mobile platform at CES.
Let's watch the video demo:
The iPhone 3G was introduced in Japan in summer 2008 (the iPhone 3GS followed earlier this year). Sources in Japan say that the iPhone user base in Japan now stands at 3 million, which is an impressive 10% of the global userbase.
Here is a full Japanese Smartphone Market top list:
Apple has approved iVideoCamera, an application which lets you record video on any iPhone including the iPhone 2G and iPhone 3G. Now you don't need a 3GS to record and share videos with your friends and family. Works with firmware 3.1 OS installed and includes:
Ability to save to your camera roll or "Photos" and share via:
- Twitter and more coming soon
- The iPhone can only capture about 3 frames per second
- Videos are limited to about 1 minute in length
- Resolution is low: 160x213
You can purchase iVideoCamera in App Store for $0.99 (
This is a great step forward, because Apple did not allow such apps to be in Appstore before. The quality of the recorded video is quite low, however it might be improved in the future. Could the acceptance of iVideoCamera open the door for Cycorder, popular video recording app that can be installed via Cydia?
iPhone developer Pandav informed MacRumors that they, thanks to the scripts of statistics included in their application, have managed to record tracks for a new iPhone model, not yet released.
PinchMedia, which offers a system of statistics and analysis on the use of software, has noticed the same thing and the new device is identified with the code iPhone3,1. The last iPhone released to the public was the iPhone 3GS which carries the identification string iPhone2,1. Apple similarly began testing the iPhone 3GS (iPhone2,1) back in October of 2008 about 8 months ahead of its launch.
The next generation iPhone might include a multi-core processor and Verizon compatibility. It might be released as early as mid 2010.
TomTom navigation application updated to version 1.2. Added features include updates to maps and IQ Routes, advanced lane guidance, text-to-speech, integrated iPod player support and support for the iPod Touch and first-generation iPhone 2G.
To use the app on iPod Touch and iPhone 2G, TomTom's car kit is required. This is due to the fact that both devices lack an integrated GPS receiver. TomTom's car kit is a cradle which contains a GPS module, integrated speaker, charger, and line out. It is not required when the TomTom app is paired with the iPhone 3G and 3GS. The cost for the kit without the app is $119.95.
Full list of what's new in 1.2:
- Improved search and route summary screens
- Updated map from v8.30 to v8.35
- Updated points of interest database
- Updated IQ Routes database with millions of new measurements
- Added Advanced Lane Guidance in both portrait and landscape mode
- Added Text-to-speech in English US, English UK, English Australia, French Canada, Spanish Latin America
- Added Help Me! emergency menu
- Added iPod player support
- Added support for original iPhone and iPod touch (all models)
The TomTom app is available in App Store for $49.99-$139.99 (
Geohot has released his BlackSn0w utility. BlackSn0w is an unlock for the iPhone 3G and iPhone 3GS. It supports the latest firmware 3.1 and 3.1.2 with baseband 05.11.07 and enables official tethering. Available for both Windows and Mac.
Here is a quick tutorial:
If you havn't done the jailbreak: go to
If your device is already jailbroken - run Cydia, add repository blackra1n.com and install blacksn0w. That's it!
The latest version of blackra1n is RC3. It now has hacktivation support, 15 second speed improvement, Tiger+PPC support.
PS: If you just bought a new iPhone 3GS or have one that was made recently (approximately after 40th week after iPhone 3GS release): your device has a new BootROM. Unfortunately it is impossible to run regular jailbreak with this new BootROM. There is a sloution - tethered jailbreak. Everything including unlock will work fine. However every time you restart your iPhone, you need to plug it to a computer with blackra1n installed.
Geohot has posted the first screenshot of his blacksn0w baseband 05.11.07 unlock for the iPhone 3G and 3GS. The unlock which will be run after completing a jailbreak with the blackra1n jailbreak is expected to be released on November 4th.
GeoHot has just released a new video which shows his new hack in action. It's called Blacksn0w and is able to unlock the new baseband 05.11.07 of the iPhone 3G and iPhone 3GS.
This new baseband appeared in firmware 3.1. So all users who own locked iPhone can unlock it and use with any cellular provider. Users who have upgraded to firmware 3.1 or 3.1.2 by mistake can also use blacksn0w.
BlackSn0w will be released November 4.
Here's a one big table comparison between the most discussed phones. We're talking about the iPhone 3GS, Palm Pre, MyTouch 3G and the new Motorola Droid that will be available from November 9.
Motorola Droid is a new Verizon phone based on Android platform. The guys from Engadget, as usual, have already been able to try and test this interesting device. Here are the results:
iPhone OS hacker, GeoHot, released Blackra1n RC2 today, an updated jailbreak utility for the iPhone 3GS and iPod Touch.
This version provides a tethering jailbreak for the new iPhone 3GS with the updated Bootrom. GeoHot lists these new features on his blog:
- Fixed 3G issues
- Tethered jailbreak for 3.1 OOTB ipt 8GB and new 3GS units
- Fixed Icy issues
- Both Windows and Mac
You can download BlackRa1n