Finally, the fine folks of the iOS development underworld have a (mostly) stable jailbreak available for iOS 5.1.1. It’s working great on my iPad 2 – if you are already jailbroken on a tethered 5.1.x jailbreak you can download “Rocky Racoon” from Cydia to untether it. Download link below – get it while it’s hot!
Supported Devices: iPod touch, iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPad (including v3)
Via OSX Daily
There’s been some buzz as of late regarding something “big” happening soon at $AAPL. A UPS worker confirmed seeing some packages bound for Cupertino, what it means nobody knows. Upon further investigation, I’ve seen numerous articles about how Apple will become a wireless carrier and sidestep it’s partners $VZ, $S & $T. The concept of Apple providing their own voice & data network isn’t exactly a new idea. Back when the original iPhone was released, Jobs stated that he wanted Apple to focus on what it was good at and partner with AT&T to provide the mobile infrastructure.
Things have changed a bit since 2007. Apple has a massive retail distribution network, over 150 million active credit cards on file and they’re sitting on a ton of cash. They could probably build out a nationwide network if they wanted to sure, but would they be willing to shift the company into the telecom industry? Currently, the carriers are paying much higher subsidies for iPhones than any other devices and the more that are sold, the more infrastructure costs grow. Building out a new 3 or 4th generation network requires extensive capital for switches, towers, cabling etc. With all of the regulatory headwinds that the major carriers face, is it worth it for Apple to take the leap? Would they really burn their past partners who have provided the data backbone for the wildly popular iOS platform? I’m not so sure.
One thing is certain – Apple needs a better strategy for getting people to pay for data on their iPads. According to ABI research, only 25% of iPads sold are 3G/4G capable and of those, only about half are activated on the cellular networks. If Apple were able to re-sell cellular data from major carriers, they would have the ability to deliver better pricing and performance to customers. iPad connectivity would only be focused on the data side rather than voice and it could help Apple get more mobile data subscribers. In the end, there are lots of moving pieces here. Check out the link below for more info on this topic.
Via E-Commerce Times
Image via MacObserver
“There has been a significant increase in Mac malware in the last several quarters, so what we’ve seen with the Flashback Trojan isn’t particularly surprising,” Marcus said.
“Cybercriminals will attack any operating system with valuable information, and as the popularity of Macs increase, so will attacks on the Mac platform.”
The web was buzzing Thursday about a new “Flashback trojan” that has apparently infected over half a million macs. The malware was installed by users through a fake Adobe Flash player update and can hijack machines and potentially connect them to botnets and steal personal information.For years, Apple boasted it’s dominance in the malware category but with the growth of Apple computer sales, they are now an attractive target. PC’s have always been more susceptible to viruses and the like because that’s what everybody used. At the end of the day, hackers are trying to make a profit for their efforts and therefore will go where their market is. There have been iPhone “viruses” reported in the past despite the tightly-controlled iOS ecosystem and these instances are on the rise.
As a Mac user for my personal computer, I use Sophos free antivirus and run scans every so often. Nothing has come up but I’m glad it’s there. As with all computers, it’s best practice to maintain good passwords, update regularly, run antivirus scans and back up your important data. Perhaps most importantly, is using common sense on the web. Do not open things from people you don’t know and be wary of links you click. A little-known but common malware source is PDF documents, which have traditionally been regarded as a secure and convenient file format. Adobe products are a common target for Apple products so make sure to update from
I didn’t want to write a lot about the over-covered iPad 3 launch, but I found the energy consumption aspect to be of interest. The “new iPad” may promise similar battery life as the iPad 2, however performing most tasks it uses twice as much energy. Apple increased the size of the batter and due to engineering magic, managed to pack it inside a thin slab along with powerful hardware and an impressive 2048 by 1536 display. The “hot tablet” has been reported to reach external temperatures of 116 degrees Fahrenheit which has drawn some bad press shortly after launch. Apple and experts have downplayed the issue and attributed it to how the device is used which varies greatly from user to user.
The statistics behind the increased battery size are interesting to say the least. In tests performed by Anandtech and Displaymate, the impressive display increases power draw from 2.7 watts on the iPad 2 to 7 watts on the new iPad. That’s not all:
In other types of tests conducted by various tech publications, the new iPad consistently performs more poorly than the iPad 2. Anandtech, for instance, found that the new iPad draws 4.58 watts while surfing the Web over Wi-Fi while the iPad 2 draws a mere 2.48 watts. DisplayMate found that the new iPad at maximum brightness sitting idle draws 7.32 watts. The iPad 2? Only 3.47 watts. CNET found that the iPad 2 draws 1.76 watts at 150 candelas per square meter (cd/m2) brightness for 720p video playback. The new iPad draws 3.32 watts. These results show that there is approximately a doubling of power consumption, yet the new iPad’s battery increased in size only 70%, from 25 watt hours to 42.5 watt hours.
As a happy iPad 2 owner, I am not compelled to upgrade at this point. The battery and heat issues, larger form factor and in my opinion, unneeded specifications, it isn’t worth it. The 2nd generation iPad has cameras for Facetime and can handle any GPU-intensive task I throw at it with ease. The battery life is great and it’s my best friend while traveling (on business at least). I am intrigued by the high resolution of the new model but for such a small screen, I think the original resolution does the job just fine. When apps have been reported to be twice the size for the retina-display based iPad and Apple still offers 16GB in the $500 wifi model, I think it’s a touch decision. My personal recommendation is for original iPad or non-iPad owners to get the new model and those with the 2nd generation to wait for next March. The $400 base-model iPad 2’s Apple sells directly are also worth looking at for those on a budget who don’t need all the bells and whistles.
So Apple has announced a media event where it’s certain the iPad 3 or iPad HD will be announced. A refreshed Apple TV 3 is also rumored to be announced with 1080p HD capabilities and eventually, Mac OS X Mountain Lion airplay mirroring support. From all I’ve read on these topics, the following are the most popular ones I’ve heard:
iPad 3 or iPad HD
- High-definition “retina display” similar to that of the iPhone 4 & 4S. Resolution is expected to be 2048×1536.
- LTE mobile broadband support as an option
- Faster, potentially quad-core CPU with improved graphics
- More RAM, 1GB likely
- Potentially higher pricing, up to $70 per model
- Siri compatibility
- On sale by March 16th
Apple TV 3
- 1080p HD support – Apple apparently requests 1080p copies of digital video sold and rented by the App Store so this is likely.
- A5 dual-core CPU or better
- Different form factor
Let’s see what happens on the 7th at Apple’s launch event, be sure to check back for updates.
Via PCMag & Forbes
Apple has already collected a small back catalogue of patent lawsuits over the last few years. Some it has handled successfully and some less so, like their ongoing battle with Proview over the ‘iPad’ trademark.
Proview Technology is suing Apple over the rights to the ‘iPad’ brand within China’s borders, seeking around $38 million for “damages” and, perhaps most unusually, an apology from Apple.
Apple is no stranger to patent lawsuits, this example being no exception. Essentially, Chinese company Proview Technology alleges that it originally filed an intellectual property patent in Taiwan back in 2001 trademarking the name “ipad”. In 2006, a company “IP Application Development” bought the patent for a mere $55k USD – once Proview realized the company’s ties to Apple, they took action against the tech giant. In 2010, Proview sued Apple for $1.6 billion but lost – according to Proview’s lawyers, the rights had only been purchased to use the trademark in Taiwan. Chinese patent laws have been accused of being biased towards Chinese companies which doesn’t bode well for Apple. On the other hand, the Foxcon (Apple-affiliated) facilities in Shanghai are one of the cities largest employers which certainly will draw negative attention to patent officials if they choose to aware Proview the damages. In the past, Apple hasn’t always come out on top in these debacles.
Stories like this bring to light how massive corporations such as Apple use shell companies for intellectual property purchases to get better bargains. Had Apple gone directly to Proview asking to buy the patent, it would have been assumed it could be a multi-billion dollar product thus a high price tag. Using a company whose name spells out the IPAD acronym is sneaky Apple, very sneaky.
Image Via Androidguys.com
Today marks a very important day in Apple history – the day it officially became the largest company in the world. After blowing out analyst expections for this quarter, AAPL climbed to nearly $450/share. Selling over 37 million iPhones in the last quarter, their market cap has reached $417 billion. Despite AAPL’s seemingly high per-share price, it is considered by many to still be a good buy:
Apple has “$98 billion in cash, 116 percent EPS growth, and a depressed valuation,” wrote Goldman Sachs analyst Bill Shope, who raised his 12-month forecast on the shares to $600 from $550. “Our target price continues to be based on a 15 multiple on our revised 2012 EPS estimate.
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Disclosure: I am long AAPL