A new process for jailbreaking and allowing the installation of non-sanctioned third-party applications to the iPhone has debuted. It's called AppSnapp, and is unique in two respects: it automates the process on iPhones running software/firmware 1.1.1 (previous methods were multi-step), and it can be completed purely using the iPhone; no interaction with a Mac or Windows computer (as with previous methods) is required. The process will jailbreak the iPhone or iPod Touch then push Installer.app to the device, which contains a catalog of native applications that can be installed directly over a WiFi or EDGE … Read more
Ted Landau October 2007
As I write this, the release of Mac OS X 10.5 (aka Leopard) is only 48 hours away. The anticipation among Mac users is mounting as they eagerly await the arrival of Time Machine, Spaces, Boot Camp and the assortment of more than 300 other new features. Those of us with a special interest in troubleshooting can especially look forward to the redesigned interfaces for file sharing, firewalls, and network settings?as well as new options for Accounts settings, an intriguing new utility called Instruments, and much more.
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Herewith, a short philosophical and practical guide to upgrading to Leopard.
Your ground of being should be caution and forbearance. Consider the situation both for Apple and for developers:
Apple, having allowed this shipment to slip six months already, has had to get Leopard out the door before the end of October by hook or by crook. You may reasonably conclude that this cake is probably not entirely baked. As with Tiger, an early software update (10.5.1) will likely be needed to correct a multitude of issues. Until then, consider yourself a beta tester.
Most of the changes … Read more
Earlier, we published a tutorial explaining how to clone the Tiger installer DVD to an external FireWire drive. In that tutorial, we suggested that while you're doing this you should also have a second partition on the external drive on which you can actually install the system. Well, now the truth can be told; in that tutorial, we were just preparing you for a valuable Leopard installation technique.
You see, Leopard is the first Mac OS X system that comes on a Universal Binary DVD. The very same DVD can be used to install Leopard either on a PowerPC … Read more
Google recently added IMAP support to its Gmail email service, a major boon for iPhone users since it allows changes made by the user to be reflected on the server, won't put both sent messages in your inbox and more. In addition to text-based step-by-step instructions, Google has now posted a video demonstrating how to setup IMAP Gmail on the iPhone. The process is pretty simple: Enable IMAP in your Gmail account settings through a Web browser, then create a new "Other" mail account in your iPhone's mail settings (the "Gmail" icon for creating … Read more
This, Apple officially releases Mac OS X 10.5 (Leopard) -- a major update that will be installed by thousands of early adopters in its first few hours of availability.
The following guidelines are aimed at reducing common issues that occur during as a result of the upgrade process, including pre-update preparation, proper installation, and post-update maintenance.
Backing up your data: A prerequisite Performing a backup prior to embarking on a major Mac OS X upgrade is essential.
Apple offers some excellent tips for standard backups that can be accomplished using the Terminal, or the .Mac Backup application in Knowledge … Read more
Users who unlocked their iPhones under software/firmware revision 1.0.2 with AnySIM or iUnlock, then lost functionality (bricked) their iPhones by updating to software/firmware 1.1.1 now have an option for restoring their devices to an ostensibly factory-fresh state under software/firmware 1.0.2, then upgrading to software/firmware 1.1.1 again and performing a successful unlock using the new version of AnySIM. This is made possible through the release of a "re-virginize" tool that is loaded directly on the iPhone.
In other words, users like this iPhone Atlas reader:
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A version of AnySIM that is compatible with iPhones running software/firmware 1.1.1 has been released. In a nutshell, this means that iPhones running the new software release can be unlocked to run on carriers other than AT&T via an iPhone native application with a graphical interface.
A note from the iPhone/iTouch Dev Team reads:
"Please note that this version works only on VIRGIN 1.0.2 or 1.1.1 phones. We are working on a re-virginizer. DO NOT USE IF YOU HAVE ALREADY UNLOCKED WITH ANYSIM 1.0."
In other words, … Read more
The recently posted instructions for jailbreaking iPhones running software/firmware 1.1.1 is being met with difficulty for some, but has been successful for most. If you're having trouble, read the tips in our initial report.
Several readers have inquired how to put Installer.app -- the wondrous native iPhone application for finding and directly downloading other native apps to the device -- on their jailbroken iPhones. It can be done, and is relatively simple. Here are the steps for a Mac OS X system (this assumes you have jailbroken your iPhone, installed the ssh tools, and enabled … Read more
Tifel, a poster on the iPhone Dev Elite forums has posted a step-by-step solution for restoring full functionality to iPhones that were unlocked under firmware/software 1.0.2 then "bricked" -- phone functionality completely disabled -- by the iPhone firmware/software 1.1.1 update.
The 18 step process is not for novices, and requires the use of iNdependence, ieraser2, and familiarity with things like DFU mode. Fortunately, most of these terms and tools are thoroughly explained on the iPhone Dev Wiki. Also, phones that undergo this process will be left with firwmare/software revision 1.0.… Read more