Alleged iPhone 5S Ringer Speaker Dock Connector Part Surface

Hong Kong-based components supplier SW-Box has posted photo of ‘Ringer Speaker Dock Connector Module For iPhone 5S’ which they have allegedly received from Apple’s part suppliers. The supplier is selling the part for USD 7.71.

apple_campus_flagTo the casual observer, the part looks identical, but there is a noticeable shift from current iPhone parts, which make us believe that Apple is reconfiguring the internal design of the iPhone. Although the various potential parts leaked till date doesn’t draw a clear picture on how the iPhone 5S will look like, but it does seem to point towards a new design (at least internally).

Comparison between iPhone 5S part and iPhone 5 Part

Comparison between iPhone 5S part and iPhone 5 Part

Rumors have suggested the new device will feature a redesigned interior plus Fingerprint sensor for added security that will be a significant departure from the current iPhone 5. In addition, Apple is expected to introduce the cheaper iPhone 6 for emerging markets such as China.

That said, it’s all just speculation until Apple’s CEO gets up on stage to launch the next generation smartphone and other rumored products.

Install Apple iOS 7 without a UDID Developer Account

Apple posted iOS 7 Beta 1 to developer on June 10th but in order to install on iPhone and iPod touch either you should be a member of Apple’s developer program or your device’s UDID must be registered against a developer account.

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In case you want to update your iPhone or iPod touch to iOS 7 without having your iPhone’s UDID registered in a developer account, you can do so easily? In order to install iOS 7 without UDID account you must first download an official copy of iOS 7 (build 11A4372q) IPSW file.

Be sure to download from verified source and it would be good if you can get it from a friend who have already installed it.

Once you have a copy of iOS 7 IPSW in hand, press and hold the Option key (Shift for Windows) and click Update in iTunes. Select the iOS 7 IPSW when prompted to install.

Yes, the process is straightforward and is working fine. Check it out on your device and share your feedback.

How to Unlock Samsung Galaxy Note 2 II and Galaxy S3 for Free [Guide]

Most GSM Galaxy Note II devices come carrier locked, and don’t work on other networks unless you remove all network restrictions by using 8 digit Samsung Galaxy Note 2 II network Unlock Code. Carriers normally charge $50 to unlock your device but developer at XDA forum managed to locate a hidden menu in Galaxy Note 2 that allows you to unlock a pre-locked device without having to pay premium.

The best part of this unlock is it’s free and doesn’t even require any sort of hardware or software alteration or modification. It’s just like a factory unlock. Here is a quick guide for Samsung Galaxy Note II owners who want a network unlock for their phone.


Ensure that the phone is actually locked. You can check by inserting a SIM card from a different carrier/provider. If your phone doesn’t work, it is ‘locked’.

  • Your Galaxy Note II phone must be running at least Android 4.1 Jelly Bean or higher.

Step 1: On Galaxy Note II, launch the phone app and press these keys: *#197328640#

Step 2: From the Main Menu, navigate to [1] UMTS > [1]Debug Screen > [8] Phone Control > [6] Network Lock > Options.

Step 3: Choose [3] Perso SHA256 OFF. Have patience and wait for 30 seconds.

Step 4: Press the menu key and then back once to navigate to [6] Network Lock

Step 5: Choose [4]NW Lock NV Data INITIALLIZ. Wait for one minute after making the choice.

Step 6: Reboot your Galaxy Note II.

Your Galaxy Note 2 phone should now be unlocked, and ready for use with any carrier. You will NOT receive any sort of confirmation on the screen, so just put in a different carrier’s SIM and try it out. If the new SIM card works then your phone is now unlocked. Once unlocked, it is permanent, and your Galaxy note 2 will be factory unlocked status even after updating your phone’s firmware. You will be able to use your phone with any network carriers worldwide without any restriction such as on T-Mobile USA, or on a prepaid international SIM while travelling abroad.

Unlock Galaxy note 2

We have independently verified the process listed above and were able to unlock Galaxy Note 2 AT&T SGH-I317 model within minutes. I was also able to unlock Galaxy Note II N7105 originally locked to Orange. We have received reports that the guide also works for the N7100 – and some Galaxy S 3 models as well (not guaranteed).

What about you? Try to unlock your device on AT&T, T-Mobile, Rogers Bell, Telus, Sasktel, O2 or Vodafone and let us know. For more details and troubleshooting tips, check out the XDA forum thread.

(Source: XDA-Developers)

Samsung unveils 4.3 inch Galaxy S4 Mini for mid-tier Market Segment

We’d seen quite a few pictures, but now its official: Samsung’s bringing mid-range Galaxy S4 mini to the world. Following the same design-language of full-size Galaxy S4, the miniature model packs 4.3-inch qHD Super AMOLED display (16:9 aspect ratio), a dual-core 1.7GHz processor which is complemented by 1.5GB of RAM.

The phone is just 8.94mm thin, weighs 107 grams and has only a single pair of cameras on board: one 1.9-megapixel imager for front-facing shots (video calls), and an 8-megapixel camera around back. With Galaxy S4 mini, you will get exclusive camera features such as ‘Sound & Shot’, which lets you record up to nine seconds of audio alongside a still image. Another feature ‘Panorama Shot’ will allow you to create awesome panoramas. Unlike its bigger brother, the smartphone can’t use both the cameras at the same time.

There’s also 8GB of onboard storage, an SD card slot for up to 64GB of additional storage and a 1900mAh battery inside which promises to allow owners of the Galaxy S4 mini to be able to use all day long with maximized performance. The phone runs on Android 4.2.2 (Jelly Bean) operating system out of the box.

There’s LTE support in 6 band sets, plus 3G HSPA and dual-SIM 3G versions for certain select markets.

The phone’s main selling point is the success of its big brother Galaxy S4 which found its way into10 million pockets in less than a month. And being a mid-sized smartphone, the Galaxy S4 mini will appeal to every consumer and will strengthen Samsung’s position in the smartphone market.

Even JK Shin, CEO and President of IT & Mobile Communication Division at Samsung Electronics, said the device followed “unprecedented demands” for the original Galaxy S4.

Samsung vice president Simon Stanford said the company expects the Mini variant will get a similarly positive reaction.

“Demand for the Galaxy S4 has been phenomenal since it launched in April and we hope to build on this success with the Galaxy S4 Mini. This new handset is the ideal smartphone companion for anyone who wants a compact device packed with innovation” .

The galaxy S4 mini smartphone will be retailing initially in two colors – White Frost and Black Mist. The device’s pricing and availability will be disclosed at the ‘Premiere 2013′ event in London on June 20 where the device will be launched officially. All invited partners will be provided hands-on product experiences of GALAXY S4 mini at Samsung Premiere 2013 GALAXY & ATIV event. We’ll keep you posted as we learn more.

Galaxy S4 Mini Press Images

Galaxy S4 Mini

Source: Samsung

Galaxy S4 Specifications Leak: 4.99 inch, Exynos Octa, PowerVR SGX 544MP

Some anonymous user who has got access to Galaxy S IV device has performed an Antutu benchmark test and revealed all the specifications. Per benchmark test, Samsung Galaxy S IV will feature an Exynos Octa 5410 CPU clocked at 1.8GHz, PowerVR SGX 544MP GPU paired with 2GB of RAM.

Galaxy S4

The device will feature 4.99-inch Full HD (1920×1080  pixels at 440 ppi. ) display , Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, NFC, a 13 Megapixel rear camera and a 2.1 front camera for video chat running Android 4.2 Jelly bean including. Unlike previous rumor, the Galaxy S IV does have the menu, back and home buttons.

The Galaxy S4 phone will support GSM/WCDMA/LTE networks making it a world phone, which means that the Korean company will manufacture only one variant – the GT-I9500.

Nothing is official, but we will have to wait until March 14 rolls around to see exactly what Samsung has up its sleeve.

After looking its impressive specifications, are you planning to ditch iPhone in favor of a Galaxy S4 this year? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

Leaked iPhone 5S Dock Connector Part hints at Fingerprint Sensor

iPhone part supplier Case Parts (a subsidiary of TVC-Mall) has posted photo of iPhone 5S Dock Connector with a charging port flex cable online and is selling for $8.10. To the casual observer, the part looks identical, but there is a noticeable shift from current model, especially the area around the home button where fingerprint scanning sensor is rumored to sit.

iphone-5s-dock-connector-flipped-over iphone-5s-dock-connector

Although the various potential parts leaked till date doesn’t draw a clear picture on how the iPhone 5S will look like, but it does seem to point towards a significantly new design. It also indicates that production of the next generation iPhone may have begun and new parts will continue to emerge up to a product launch.

Don’t Update iPhone 4S to iOS 6.1, Vodafone UK and 3 Austria Warn Customers

Apple recently released iOS 6.1 to improve LTE support, fix bugs and adding few features to Apple’s voice recognition software Siri. But iOS 6.1 seems to be having issues with connecting to the internet, and making and receiving calls on the iPhone 4S. iPhone users who updated their device to iOS 6.1 (build 10B144, baseband 3.04.06) are complaining of faster battery drain, 3G and syncing issues, significant increase in dropped calls and lost data connections.

iOS 6.1 connection issue

Some of them are even unable to connect their iPhone 4S handset to iTunes at all.

Two mobile operators in Europe Vodafone UK and 3 Austria are now advising their customers not to upgrade to the latest iOS 6.1 update till Apple releases a permanent fix for 3G connectivity issues. Vodafone UK flagged up the issue in a forum post late on Friday, and 3 Austria made a similar request, on Facebook page. The posting, however, says that the issue only affects iPhone 4S handsets and claims that Apple is investigating the problem.

“We’re aware of an issue caused by Apple iPhone 4S handsets that have been upgraded to iOS 6.1 which impacts performance on 3G. Some customers may occasionally experience difficulty in connecting to the network to make or receive calls or texts or to connect to the internet.

“Apple is working on a solution to their software issue. These connection problems are intermittent. While Apple’s investigations continue, we would recommend that anyone who has not yet installed iOS 6.1 on their iPhone 4S should delay doing so until Apple has confirmed that the problem has been fixed.”

Apple has yet to address or confirm any of the highlighted issues, but expect the company to drop iOS 6.1.1 incremental update very soon. Apple had already begun the process of seeding iOS 6.1.1 to developers for beta testing. The update is supposed to remedy the issues users have complained about since upgrading to iOS 6.1.

If you’re one of the few who installed iOS 6.1, share in the comments to let us know how it fares.

Source: Forbes

iPhone 5S and Low Cost iPhone Launching in Early September with TD-SCDMA Variant Coming Later

Next generation rumors are at fever pitch! Now Citigroup Global Securities has issued a new note claiming that Apple will launch both the iPhone 5S and a cheaper lower-priced iPhone starting early September. That’s in line with their own research note last month, which predicted Apple iPhone 5S will see an extended delay in delivery and would be launched in late August or early September.

After learning from anonymous suppliers and vendors working with Apple, the Citigroup Global Securities report further adds that following launch,  Apple will also introduce remodelled iPhone 5S and the cheaper iPhone supporting TD-SCDMA frequency in late September or early October for carriers like China Mobile (the world’s largest mobile carrier). The report contained no details about what features the next iPhone might contain.

Low Cost iPhone

Alleged photo of Low cost iPhone

The research firm believes that Apple will also push out the new iPad 5 and the iPad Mini 2 along with the two new iPhone models starting September, or October. In last few weeks, many other analysts have claimed iPhone 5S to arrive in August or in September or in October.

Of course, we won’t know for sure if any of these rumors are true until Apple makes an official announcement.

About the specifications, this is what other rumors hints so far about the upcoming devices?

  • iPhone 5S: Better camera and processor, Fingerprint sensor, new colors and slightly rearranged buttons on the left side of the device.
  • iPad Mini:  Retina and non-Retina refresh
  • iPad 5: Slimmer, lighter, thinner bezel and will adopt iPad mini-like design elements
  • Budget iPhone: iPhone 5 form factor and Plastic rear casing.

What is your opinion? Will you buy iPhone 5S? Or go for Galaxy S4 or HTC One.

Source: China Times

Apple Patches Evasi0n Jailbreak Exploits in iOS 6.1.3 Beta 2

After testing the evasi0n jailbreak exploits on the latest developer build iOS 6.1.3 beta 2 (10B318), the evad3rs’ David Wang, aka @planetbeing has now confirmed to Forbes that Apple has patched one of the five critical exploits that evasi0n jailbreak tool is currently using in iOS 6.1.3.

Apple Patches Evasi0n Jailbreak Exploits in iOS 6.1.3 Beta 2

Wang tells me that he’s analyzed the 6.1.3 beta 2 update and found that it patches at least one of the five bugs the jailbreak exploits, namely a flaw in the operating system’s time zone settings. The beta update likely signals the end of using evasi0n to hack new or updated devices after the update is released to users, says Wang, who says he’s still testing the patch to see which other vulnerabilities exploited by the jailbreak might no longer exist in the new operating system.

Hacker planetbeing noted that the evad3rs team could find the replacement for the fixed vulnerability, but could be forced to start all over again if Apple continues patch the other four exploits as well. He further stated that the group has already discovered enough exploits in iOS 6.x that will assist them to build a new iOS jailbreak even if all the bugs they currently use are fixed by the company

But then again, Wang says he hasn’t yet been able to check Apple’s patch for every bug it might fix–either the ones evasi0n employs or those he and his fellow hackers had hoped to keep secret for their next jailbreak. “If they patch most of the bugs,” Wang says, “Then we’re starting from scratch”.

Via – Forbes

DreamJB: Hacker Announces iOS 6.0.1 Untethered Jailbreak for 22 December

A new untethered jailbreak for iOS 6.0.1 under the name “DreamJB” could be released to public on 22 December, just two days before Christmas. According to the iOS hacker, the DreamJB tool will allow users to jailbreak iOS 6.0.1 on iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, iPad 3 (The New iPad), iPad 4, and iPod Touch 5G. Yes! Per hacker, it is untethered and will support both Windows OS and Mac OS X.

dream ios6 jailbreak

Currently there’s no way to jailbreak the new iPad 4 or iPad mini or the iPhone 5. Both Chronic Dev Team and iPhone Dev Team are hunting for a bug that could get them past of legal hurdle they are facing for public distribution. Yes! Untethered jailbreak (one that will happily survive a reboot) has been achieved but in the works, and this may take longer – may be few months. Nevertheless, Dev Teams have made a promising start and it could take time for the untethered jailbreak to arrive. There is no ETA being shared about iOS 6 A5/A5X/A6/A6X jailbreak developments.

Right now you can jailbreak the iPhone 3GS (New bootrom), iPhone 4, and the iPod touch 4G on iOS 6 using Redsn0w tool, but for now, it’s a tethered one. Only iPhone 3GS on old bootrom can be jailbroken un-tethered for life.

We have a little hope about the DreamJB jailbreak. Will the hacker stand by his word? What do you think?