February 10, 2013
The jailbreak community had much to celebrate this week as the first untethered jailbreak arrived for the iPhone 5. Called evasi0n, the new tool soon proved to be a hit with both seasoned jailbreakers and those new to the community.
Evasi0n arrivesease of use. This didn't mean that everything about the jailbreak rollout was positive. The tool itself affected the iOS Weather app, and the new tweak soon caused problems for Cydia where things quickly ground to a halt because of the increase in demand. By the end of the week, however, early problems with, and concerning evasi0n were largely resolved.
Tools to get you started with evasi0nDom Esposito, offered a number of great tools to assist readers new to jailbreaking. These included AppAdvice's Top Five Cydia Tweaks For iPhone And iPod touch and AppAdvice's Top Five Cydia Tweaks For The iPad. I also got into the jailbreaking fun with The Top 10 Jailbreak Tweaks And Apps You Need For Your iPhone 5 And iPad. Still have concerns about jailbreaking your iOS device? Check out Esposito's two video reports:
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Rumors continue about the next generation iPhone and iPadThe iPad 5 probably won't be arriving until fall. Still, the first renderings of the device did surface this week. Created by the team at CiccareseDesign, the renderings are based on the leaked iPad 5 enclosure that we told readers about a few weeks ago. As you can see, the tablet in these photos is noticeably smaller than the current model. It includes significantly thinner bezels in portrait view, with slightly smaller top and bottom bezels. Also, the renderings show an iPad 4mm shorter, and 17mm narrower than the current design. Not to be outdone, new generation iPhones also made some news during the first full week in February. Two Wall Street analysts suggested that Apple could release a so-called "iPhone Plus," later this year or next. The reason for the 5-inch device? Competition will demand it since sales of "phablets" are expected to increase from 27 million in 2012 to 230 million in 2015. Meanwhile, Aldrin Calimlim reported that Apple's so-called iPhone 5S and iPhone 6 have each been spotted in the wild.
The iPhone 5S is said to resemble the iPhone 5 (no surprise there), while the iPhone 6 is a lighter and thinner 5-inch handset. Both models may be released within the year.If this report is to be believed, the iPhone 6 is actually the iPhone Plus. Or, as Calimlim nicely summarized:
Apple apparently decided on the iPhone 5′s 4-inch screen on account of its being “a dazzling display of common sense.” But the upcoming release, if and when, of an even larger iPhone is now believed to be a sensible way for Apple to “regain its mojo.”
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