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  (Source: twitter.com/musclenerd)
Tethered jailbreak works day after new Apple OS is announced

It's only been a day since Apple announced iOS 5 and the updated OS has already been jailbroken. 

IPhone Dev Team member MuscleNerd posted evidential screenshots on his Twitter account depicting SSHing utility app iSSH successfully installed from Cydia on his 4th-generation iPod touch. 

According to Redmond Pie, the jailbreak is currently limited to tethered boot only, meaning the device has to be connected to a computer during every reboot. However, MuscleNerd and his crew are no doubt working on an untethered jailbreak (although it probably won’t be released until iOS 5 goes to Golden Master). 

IOS 5 is currently available to developers only in beta 1 form and is set to launch to the general public later this fall. It includes 1,500 new APIs and 200-some new features, the following 10 of which were highlighted yesterday: a new Notification Center, News Stand, integrated Twitter support, updated Mobile Safari, Reminders, some new functions in the Camera app, greater functionality in Mail, OTA software updates and activation, iMessage, and updates to Game Center.  

One other feature that wasn’t highlighted on stage yesterday was Wi-Fi Sync for iOS devices. Users will now be able to wirelessly sync with their Mac or PC (Hello, Microsoft Zune). Syncing (including apps, music, and backups) will take place when your iOS device is plugged into a wall charger.



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RE: I wonder...
By tayb on 6/7/2011 8:59:41 AM , Rating: 0
I don't know of any equal offering to what Apple is offering with iCloud. I'm in the Google Music Beta and when it uploaded my songs it didn't include almost 200 of them because they were purchased and included some sort of DRM. From what I can tell of iCloud that won't be a problem.

Also, everyone steals from everyone. You aren't going to get that many original OS ideas and iOS/WP7/Android are still so different that stealing ideas from each other look completely different when they are actually implemented. Besides, this is essentially what Apple is known for. Taking good ideas, making them better, and marketing them as new wonderful features.

I don't mind. The notification system, among other things, is what made me switch to a Droid X about a year ago anyway so stealing or not it's a great upgrade.


RE: I wonder...
By snapilica on 6/7/2011 9:28:22 AM , Rating: 2
Well you have a point, but Apple is also famous for desperately trying to sue everyone who mimics the smallest thing that resembles what they are doing. I guess it doesn't work both ways right?


RE: I wonder...
By aharris02 on 6/7/2011 11:08:47 AM , Rating: 3
I'm a jailbreak-only iOS user, and I've had this 'magical' notifications functionality for a while now.

When I look at the mobile market, I see the following:
Jailbroken iPhones > Android > stock iOS > Win7 Phone > all of those other companies that refused to evolve to market demands and have consequently been left in the dust.

Reasoning: a jailbroken iPhone combines the gaming options of iOS with the openness of Android; Androids OS is more functional than stock iOS; stock iOS has a greater app and games selection than Win7 Phone; I despise companies that refuse to evolve with market demands when they have the operating capital to do so solely because they'd rather post higher short-term profits (yeah, talking to you BlackBerry & Palm).


RE: I wonder...
By bplewis24 on 6/7/2011 1:55:35 PM , Rating: 3
You forgot to add that a Rooted & ROM'd Android phone is better than all of them put together and mashed in between two slices of bread.

Seriously though, you can do nearly anything with an Android phone that has an unencrypted bootloader, including make it look and function essentially like a WP7 phone (but with the Android app store) or an iPhone (but with all of the Android OS advantages like open app store, sideloading, widgets, integrated cloud support without time restrictions, etc.).

Brandon


RE: I wonder...
By aharris02 on 6/7/2011 2:29:32 PM , Rating: 2
It's very true that a rooted Android is more open than a jailbroken iPhone.

I personally game exclusively on iOS nowadays because I'm always on the go, so until (if) Android catches up on game availability, I can't see myself considering a move from iOS. When you consider that 65M iOS users have purchased games from the app store, I'd say that's a critical advantage Apple currently has to Android.


RE: I wonder...
By B3an on 6/7/2011 4:46:05 PM , Rating: 1
Google need to seriously sort out there Android Market for developers. Even though Android has far more users now, apps still sell way less than on Apples App Store. My app and many other devs that i know often have literally 10x more sales on the App Store compared to the same version of an app on Android Market.

Some of the reasons are that with the Android Market it's not forced upon users to register a credit card in order to use the market. So most people cant be bothered to ever do it at a later date.
Secondly, when you put your app on the market as free, you can not change it to a payed app at a later date, which is a proven and good way to make money on the App Store.

I mush prefer Android apart from these big issues.
One thing that seriously annoyed me with the App Store, apart from having to jump through a million hoops to get my app on there, is that i NEEDED to use a Mac in order to actually upload my app to the store.


RE: I wonder...
By aharris02 on 6/7/2011 5:16:42 PM , Rating: 2
Agreed on all counts.

Apple is currently being sued for anticompetitive practices related to their "Must have Apple to create/upload iOS apps" practice. We'll see what comes of it; I'd like to see iOS development opened up, but I highly doubt it'll arrive.


RE: I wonder...
By Pessimism on 6/8/2011 9:10:44 AM , Rating: 2
Strongly disagree. I absolutely HATE, with a passion, any sort of site or service that puts a registration wall between you and the product or service. Even worse is requiring credit card preverification when you may have zero intention of EVER purchasing a paid app and wish to stick to free software. Choice for the consumer is never a bad thing.

Apple shoots themselves in the foot by making it prohibitively difficult to publish an app, and requiring that it be done from a mac.

RIM shoots themselves in the foot by requiring developers to pay $20 for a certificate to access most of the phone's functionality (proprietary/device specific java APIs). This alone has prevented me from writing a couple little mini utilities I have thought up in the past.


RE: I wonder...
By kmmatney on 6/7/2011 5:11:26 PM , Rating: 2
Same here - I have a jailbroken 3GS and love it. I really hope they are still able to jailbreak it by release time - it would be nice to upgrade my OS. If not, then I can't complain - version 4.0 is running perfectly. I can still get 3 days of battery life as well, even though my 2 years is coming up next month.


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