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4 years ago

Daily tip: How to install a beta version of iOS via XCode or iTunes beta [Mac only]

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Daily tip: How to install a beta version of iOS via XCode or iTunes beta [Mac only]

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Here is a tip for developers on how to install a beta for iOS using XCode or iTunes. One of the coolest things about being an iOS developer is being able to check out new versions of iOS before they're publicly released. With WWDC 2011 upon us, we should see a beta of iOS 5 soon. If you're a new developer, or you're testing for a current developer, you'll want to make sure you install beta firmware correctly. If you don't, this can lead to problems when upgrading to official or later versions of iOS.

As a forewarning, betas are only intended for developers and testers. Don't expect a beta to be flawless, expect the opposite. I also recommend installing betas on a test device when you can in case something goes wrong.

So if you're new to this process, hit the jump for a walkthrough of how to provision your device and install a beta version of iOS. And obviously, betas are Mac only.

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4 years ago

iOS 5 jailbroken in less than 24 hours

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iOS 5 jailbroken in less than 24 hours

Last night @musclenerd posted a tweet saying that iOS 5 has indeed been jailbroken using the limera1n exploit. In his tweet he posted a picture of an iPod touch 4 Springboard with the Cydia icon placed nicely on it.

The full jailbreak story after the break!

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4 years ago

David Ashman talks LockInfo post iOS 5 notifications

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David Ashman talks LockInfo post iOS 5 notifications

David Ashman is the developer behind LockInfo, the popular notification and lock screen information app for Jailbreak -- and he's just seen Apple add their own version of both those features to iOS 5. So how does he feel about that, and what does it mean for the future of LockInfo?

Check out the video above, shot at WWDC 2011 the day after the keynote to see what he says. (Spoiler: While Apple may fill the needs of casual users, LockInfo is going to make the pros very, very happy for a long time to come.)

[LockInfo]

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4 years ago

iBooks update brings 'read-aloud' feature

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iBooks update brings 'read-aloud' feature

iBooks for iPhone and iPad has been updated to 1.3 and includes new read-aloud feature that reads the book to you. It's only available for "enhanced" books and some books will even highlight the words as they are read to you.

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4 years ago

iTunes 10.3 now available with beta iCloud support

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iTunes 10.3 now available with beta iCloud support

With the iCloud unveiling yesterday, Apple also announced that a new version of iTunes and a beta version of iCloud would be available now (with the rest rolling out in the Fall). Users have been reporting iTunes 10.3 downloads becoming available over the past 24 hours. Now, it appears to be available for everyone.

Keep in mind only some iCloud services are available now (and they're still considered beta). The rest will be rolled out this Fall. You should already see changes to the App Store on your devices as those were rolled out wireless yesterday.

iTunes 10.3 will let you do the following right now -

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4 years ago

Poll: Will you still jailbreak post iOS 5?

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Poll: Will you still jailbreak post iOS 5?

Will you still jailbreak post iOS 5?survey software

So will you still Jailbreak now that Apple has included notifications, lock screen info, and so many other features into iOS 5? Granted most of them don't do as much as their Jailbreak counterparts, but you aren't required to Jailbreak to use them either.

Are you a hardcore Jailbreaker and you're going to do it no matter what? Are you taking a more wait-and-see attitude? Or has Apple finally done enough to convert you from #TeamJailbreak to #TeamPure?

Vote in the poll up top and give me your reasons in the comments below!

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4 years ago

iOS 5 contains references to new iPhone and iPad models

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iOS 5 contains references to new iPhone and iPad models

As with all new beta firmware, it appears there are references to new hardware in iOS 5. I expected there to be references to a 5th generation iPhone model but there are also placeholders for new iPad models as well. TUAW is reporting that they found references to not only two difference 5th generation iPhone models, but 2 different iPad models as well.

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4 years ago

iPhone Live 155: Enter iOS 5 and iCloud

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iPhone Live 155: Enter iOS 5 and iCloud

Rene, Seth, The Keith Newman, Ally, and Leanna talk WWDC 2011 Keynote: iOS 5, iCloud, what it means for Apple, for users, for Jailbreak, and for apps. Yes, we snuck in an early, secret show on you... This is iPhone Live!

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  • Rene Ritchie (@reneritchie)
  • Seth Clifford (@sethclifford)
  • The Keith Newman (@thekeithnewman)
  • Ally Kazmucha (@iMuggle)
  • Leanna Lofte (@llofte)
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    4 years ago

    iOS 5 beta gallery

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    iOS 5 beta gallery

    You're flooding us with screen shots of iOS 5 (sometimes without removing your personal info first -- please do that!), and we're going to keep adding them here. Here's some of what we're seeing:

    • iPod app is dead. Long live Music and Video apps. (More consistent with iPad, iPod touch.)
    • Tap and hold a lock screen notification icon, then slide to view it
    • If you hate the new style notifications, you can turn them off or switch back to the old popups
    • You can update more than one app at once
    • The square toggle sliders are round now
    • There's a "buy more storage" button in iCloud
    • There's a wireless iTunes sync setting
    • Calendar now has week view in landscape mode
    • Move Camera Roll photos to existing albums or create new ones
    • Add multiple Twitter accounts in Settings
    • Storage usage by app
    • On-device software updates
    • Open Safari links in background
    • SMS/iMessage are the same app, sends depending on what receiver can handle (AT&T/Verizon must hate that)

    Photo gallery after the break, and we'll update if/when we're sent more.

    [Thanks Ethan, Richard, K, and anonymous!]

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    4 years ago

    Find My iPhone updated to include Email notifications

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    Find My iPhone updated to include Email notifications

    Apple has quietly updated its Find My iPhone application to include a couple of very handy new features. After you have updated the app, when you try to locate one of your devices that is currently offline, you will receive an email to tell you when it has reconnected to a network.

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    4 years ago

    iOS 5: What we didn't get

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    iOS 5: What we didn't get

    Now that the excitement has died down after the WWDC keynote, let’s consider what is missing from iOS 5. There has been a huge amount of speculation over the last few months about what to expect. This often leads to huge disappointment when the actual details are revealed. These are a few of the areas that are still lacking in iOS 5. Of course things could still change and get added into iOS 5 prior to its debut in the Fall.

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    4 years ago

    New and updated iPhone and iPad apps for Tuesday, June 7

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    New and updated iPhone and iPad apps for Tuesday, June 7

    Every day, TiPb gets flooded with announcements for new and updated iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad apps and games. So every day we pick just a few of the most interesting, the most notable, and simply the most awesome to share with you!

    • Find my iPhone: Now you will be notified when an offline device you are trying to find comes online. [Free - iTunes link]

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    4 years ago

    Daily Tip: How to join Apple's iOS dev program and legitimately test iOS 5 beta

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    Daily Tip: How to join Apple's iOS dev program and legitimately test iOS 5 beta

    Just heard about Apple's shiny new iOS 5 beta and curious how you can test it out early? Unfortunately, a bunch of shady characters will no doubt pop up offering to sell early access to unsuspecting users, often leaving them high and dry when betas expire. Luckily, Apple provides the betas directly to anyone signed up for their paid iOS developers program (not the free ones, sorry). Sure it costs $99 a year, but it gives you a year of beta access for iPhone, iPod touch, iPad, Apple TV, iTunes, Xcode, etc. and leaves you in control of your own destiny when it comes to updating.

    If you're thinking about developing for iOS 5 and want to test it out, follow on after the break and we'll tell you how!

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    4 years ago

    iOS 5 features: LED flash, custom vibration patterns for alerts

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    iOS 5 features: LED flash, custom vibration patterns for alerts

    Apple is once again upping their accessibility game with iOS 5, this time adding LED flash and custom vibration patterns to better inform users when calls and other alerts come in.

    It may not be as sophisticated as BlackBerry or Android notification lights, but it's an option in iOS 5. Will you use it?

    [Thanks Dylan]

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    4 years ago

    New settings for Automatic Downloads now available

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    New settings for Automatic Downloads now available

    If you take a look at your App Store settings, you'll find some new options for Automatic Downloads. This new feature allows you have new purchases made on other devices automatically download to the device you're accessing the settings from.

    For example, let's say I purchase 1password Pro, a universal application for iPhone and iPad on my iPhone. If I have Automatic Downloads for apps enable on my iPad, 1Password Pro will automatically download to my iPad over the air. This feature is available for music, apps, and book purchases.

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