25 February 2011

Preview of iOS 5 at March 2 Event

Apple will reportedly reveal iOS 5 alongside a new A5 iPad 2 with 512MB of RAM at its March 2nd event, according to Engadget sources.

The iPad 2 won't get that SD card slot and Retina Display as previously rumored due to "engineering issues", say sources that have been "dead right" in the past.

That SD card slot and higher resolution display won't make it into the new model (the latter we'd been hearing rumblings about for a little while). What's the cause of the switch? Well our sources weren't crystal clear on the exact reasons, but the gist of what was explained to us centered around vague "engineering issues" which may have forced some changes at the eleventh hour.

Engadget reports that the iPad 2 will be thinner, feature the more powerful A5 CPU, 512MB of RAM, and a camera or two.

It's also almost guaranteed that we'll see the next version of iOS (number 5 in all likelihood, along with its SDK for devs), and an expansion of Apple's cloud services (that part is a little... foggy right now).

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Brand New Apple Macbook Pro. Cheaper, More Powerful!

While not all the rumors leading up to the launch were true, many of the last minute leaks were accurate, and Apple still managed to sneak in a few surprises.

Apple launched the new MacBook Pros this morning after much anticipation. For the first time ever, Apple has included Quad Core CPUs into their notebooks. The 15″ and 17″ models offer Quad Core CPUs using the Intel 2.2GHz Quad Core 2720QM and 2.0GHz Quad Core 2630QM. While many applications may not take advantage of all 4 cores, these new Sandy Bridge processors include Intel’s Turbo Boost 2.0, which should increase the speed of the remaining cores when the others are underutilized.

Intel® Turbo Boost Technology 2.0 automatically allows processor cores to run faster than the base operating frequency if it’s operating below power, current, and temperature specification limits.
The maximum Turbo clock speeds for the 2720QM and 2630QM are 3.2GHz and 2.9GHz respectively.

Apple has also introduced a hybrid Thunderbolt/mini Display port on the new MacBook Pros. This represents Intel’s Light Peak technology which is said to offer high speed connections and is expected to replace the need for USB 3.0. We expect to hear more about it this afternoon at Intel’s press conference. From Apple’s PR:

Thunderbolt is a revolutionary new I/O technology that delivers an amazing 10 gigabits per second and can support every important I/O standard which is ideal for the new MacBook Pro.

Apple has posted a page dedicated to Thunderbolt.

The new models are at the Apple Store:

-17″ 1920×1200 Display. 2.2Ghz Quad i7. 4GB RAM. 750GB HD. AMD 6750M 1GB. RM 7699
-15″ 1440×900 (1680 option) Display. 2.2GHz Quad i7. 750GB HD. AMD 6750M 1GB. RM 6799
-15″ 1440×900 (1680 option) Display. 2.0GHz Quad i7. 4GB RAM. 500GB HD. AMD 6490M 256MB. RM 5499
-13″ 1280×800 Display. 2.7GHz Dual i7. 4GB RAM. 500GB HD. Intel HD Graphics. RM 4599
-13″ 1280×800 Display. 2.3GHz Dual i5. 4GB RAM. 320GB HD. Intel HD Graphics. RM 3699

23 February 2011

13-Inch MacBook Pro Specs, Photos, Light Peak Known As Thunderbolt? [Confirmed]

Fscklog posts a photo of what is believed to be from the box of the new 13" MacBook Pro that Apple is planning to release on Thursday. Amongst the features, the name of Apple's Light Peak implementation: Thunderbolt.

Translation of the specs by devilcm3:
Core i5 two cores at 2.3 GHz 3 MB cache
4 GB of DDR3 1333 MHz
Hard Drive 320 GB 5400 rpm
Screen 13.33 "glossy 1280x800
Intel Graphics GPU HD 3000 with 384MB of RAM shared with main memory
Camera HD FaceTime
Superdrive 8x
Thunderbolt yet compatible with the I / O devices and high speed MiniDisplayport
SDXC Card slot, Firewire 800 and two USB 2.0
Digital Audio Output
Integrated Ethernet
Backlit keyboard
Size and weight 32.5 x22, 7x2, 41 cm, 2.04 kg

Mac4Ever posts these photos that appear to be marketing materials for the new MacBook Pros, with a partial image of the notebook itself:

Finally, this image claiming to show a Thunderbolt port, which looks a lot like a DisplayPort. We're not sure of the original source of this image:

Update: We've confirmed that these images are legitimate. This is of the low-end 13" MacBook Pro, so it's possible that the higher-end model will have different features.

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19 February 2011

New MacBook Pros – Thursday, February 24th

Following the reports from this morning claiming that Apple will be launching an update to the MacBook Pro line late next week, MacRumors has independently confirmed that this update will occur on Thursday, February 24th. Get your plastic cards ready!

Rumor roundup:

-New MacBook Pros will feature faster, Intel Sandy Bridge processors

-New MacBook Pros will look and feel like Apple’s latest MacBook Air line

-New MacBook Pros will feature moderate design changes

-New MacBook Pros will be built with liquid metal, include longer lasting batteries

-New MacBook Pros will be lighter, thinner, cheaper, faster, have bigger batteries

Of course there is also the notion that Apple will bring the design and style from their latest MacBook Airs to the new MacBook Pros. Apple is calling the latest MacBook Air line the “next generation of MacBooks,” so it makes sense that the new Pros will follow the trend.

Apple’s “next generation of notebooks” have fast solid-state storage drives (flash storage) placed right on the motherboard, higher-resolution displays, bigger batteries, thinner and lighter designs, faster graphics, more connectivity options, and speedy processors.

16 February 2011

New Macbook Pros Coming Soon!

A new report from MacTrust claims to offer new information about improvements in the upcoming MacBook Pros .

All models are said to be between 15-20% lighter, being made of an amorphous alloy Apple purchased that is stronger, lighter, and more scratch resistant. The edges of the device have reportedly been smoothed and a new battery technology is said to provide 20% more battery life. A new display is also being utilized that uses less power. RAM and SSD upgrade price will supposedly be "significantly" lower.

MacBook Pro 13"
The 13" MacBook Pro will reportedly get an upgrade to the Sandy Bridge processor and receive a BTO option that ups the display resolution to 1440x900 in gloss or matte. Battery life is said to be increase from 10 hours to 12 and the weight is said to drop from 4.5 pounds to 3.7.

MacBook Pro 15"
The 15" MacBook Pro will reportedly get an upgrade to the Sandy Bridge processor, get a battery life of 11 hours, and a matte option on the standard resolution display.

This module is said to be gaining a modular bay for the optical drive, which would give users the option to replace the optical drive with a second hard-drive. It may also gain an ExpressCard/34 slot and a third USB port. The weight of the 15" will reportedly decrease from 5.8 pounds to 4.6 pounds.

MacBook Pro 17"
Finally the 17" MacBook Pro will also reportedly receive the Sandy Bridge processor, an 11 hour battery life, a modular optical/HDD storage enclosre, an additional USB port, and an advanced graphics option.

The weight is said to be dropped from 6.6 pounds to 5.3.

Base pricing is said to be as follows: $1099 starting for the 13", $1549 for the 15", and $2099 for the 17".

Read More [via 9to5Mac]

Devil May Cry 4 Refrain v1.01.00 iPhone iPod Touch iPad-iOSPDA

Devil May Cry 4 refrain By CAPCOM is here, thanx to group iOSPDA. Now you can play as “DANTE” in this new update! Requirements: Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. Requires iOS 4.1 or later.

“Devil May Cry® 4 refrain” immerses gamers in a gothic supernatural world, where a new protagonist clashes with evil. As Nero, players will unleash incredible attacks and non-stop combos using a unique new gameplay mechanic, his powerful “Devil Bringer” arm. Brilliant visuals and intricate details come to life as players explore new and exotic locales. Dynamic action and undeniable style combine with explosive fighting options and a gripping story to produce the incomparable experience that only a Devil May Cry game can deliver.

Game Features:
  • Experience the hit console game in the palm of your hand
  • Ten epic levels and eight boss fights
  • Signature blend of guns and swordplay
  • Deep combo system rewards stylish dispatching of enemies
  • Customize your play style by collecting and spending red orbs
  • Unique “Devil Bringer” arm opens up a range of combo options

Genre: Action
Publisher: Capcom
Release Name: Devil.May.Cry.4.Refrain.v1.01.00.iPhone.iPod.Touch.iPad-iOSPDA
Size: 130MB

12 February 2011

Angry Birds Seasons v1.2.0 iPhone iPod Touch iPad-ARBiTRAGEPDA

Rovio released v1.2.0 of Angry Birds Seasons to both iOS and Android devices. Apart from the other (still playable) levels, this time it adds a whole new set of levels in a “Valentine’s Day” setting. Still a lot of fun to play, it offers quite a few new playable levels with each their own love twist. Enjoy this game like I do! :)
Description: Game developer Rovio is at it again, with 18 new Angry Birds levels commemorating Valentine’s Day coming to Angry Birds Seasons. The updated expansion pack will make its way onto the App Store on Monday, a full week before the holiday. Those who already have Angry Birds Seasons will get the new levels for free.

Features in version 1.2.0:
  • Added 18 *NEW* Valentine’s Day levels
  • Bug fixes

Release name: Angry.Birds.Seasons.v1.2.0.iPhone.iPod.Touch.iPad-ARBiTRAGEPDA
Size: 12.7 MB
Links: Homepage | NFO

07 February 2011

How to Jailbreak Your iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4 Using Greenpois0n (Windows)

These are instructions on how to jailbreak your iPhone 3GS and iPhone 4 using Greenpois0n for Windows. Greenpois0n supports the iOS 4.1 and iOS 4.2.1 firmware. Use Limera1n if you want to jailbreak iOS 4.0, iOS 4.0.1, iOS 4.0.2.

Remember: Do not update to iOS 4.2.1 if you need the unlock. Ultrasn0w does not support that baseband yet. The only exception is the iPhone 4. You can update to iOS 4.2.1 without upgrading your baseband by following this tutorial.

Step One
Open your web browser of choice and navigate to Click the Windows link at the bottom of the screen.

Step Two
When prompted save the download to your desktop

Step Three
Double click the downloaded file then drag the greenpois0n.exe file to the desktop. Double greenpois0n.exe from the desktop to launch the application

Step Four
Power off your iPhone then click the large Prepare to Jailbreak (DFU) button

Step Five
You will now be instructed on how to place your iPhone into DFU mode. You can get help with this here.

You will be asked to press and hold the sleep button for 2 seconds.

Continue holding sleep; press and hold home for 10 seconds.

Release sleep button; continue holding home for 15 seconds.

Step Six
Once your iPhone is successfully in DFU mode you may click the Jailbreak button.

Step Seven
Greenpois0n will now jailbreak your device

Step Eight
Click the Quit button once the software application has completed.

You'll notice some verbose mode text scrolling on your device.

Step Nine
After the iPhone restarts you'll notice a new Loader application on your Springboard. Press to launch it.

Step Ten
Press to select Cydia then press the large Install Cydia button that appears.

Step Eleven
Once Cydia has installed successfully you can remove Loader by pressing the Options button then the large red Remove button.

Step Twelve
Restart your iPhone then run Cydia. Let it do all the necessary updates then follow our Unlock tutorial if possible for your device.

***A big thanks goes everyone who made this jailbreak possible.

04 February 2011

Apple to Unveil the iPad 2 at a Press Event Next Week?

Apple may be planning to unveil the iPad 2 at a press event scheduled for next week, according to sources.

Our sources from the accessories business told us Apple is planning an event next week where they're going to showcase the iPad 2 as well.

A release date between 2nd and 9th April seems quite likely, sources - not only ours - pointed to a release in early April. The only question is: When will the iPad 2 be presented? One manufacturer of iPad accessoires now told us Apple is planning on holding an event next week.

Rumors suggest the device will be thinner, have an anti-reflective display, gain two cameras, and get a dual core processor and SGX543 graphics.

Read More [via Max]