The ZTE Peel, a Sprint-branded iPod touch case that allows the device to have mobile hotspot functionality and EV-DO connectivity, is said to be hitting the Sprint stores November 14th. So far, there is no word on how much the Peel will cost however BG has stated that they just received word that “Sprint plans on charging $29.99 per month for 1 GB of data usage with no contract.”
Apple has released the new version of firmware for all devices (besides first generations of course), version 4.2, to developers. The final, gold master file is ready. This means it will install even if you’re not a developer. This is the firmware that brings folders and backgrounding to the iPad and printing to all devices! The firmware will probably be out officially from Apple via iTunes within a week or so but if you want it early, follow the directions below. If you want to jailbreak, see the instructions following the update instructions.
As of the writing of this article, Cydia isn’t ready for 4.2 and I’m also not sure that this will work on the iPad for sure. Please correct me on this. The dev team blog says to point redsn0w at firmware 4.1. The iPhone runs 4.1 but not the iPad. You may be able to point it a previous iPad firmware but I haven’t tested this yet. I’m honestly waiting to jailbreak myself once Cydia is ready. We will update this article once we can confirm. I recommend syncing your device before starting this. [Read more...]
For a limited time, Ragdoll Blaster 2 is free for the iPhone and iPod touch. The developers are trying to promote the new version of the app for the iPad ($4.99). This game is really addicting and has 4 1/2 stars in the App Store. It comes with over 150 levels and there is some great creativity in the designing of some of these levels. I definitely recommend downloading this game. [Read more...]
Today iFixit released a teardown guide for the 4th Generation iPod touch. Yesterday in episode 18 of i101 we had mentioned that, according to Apple’s website, the 4th gen iPod touch was going to have a vibrate alert. Today that information is no longer on Apple’s website. It seems that Apple made a slight mistake saying that the 4th gen iPod touch would have a vibrate feature. This was further confirmed by iFixit’s teardown of the device in which they did not find a vibrate motor. Bummer Apple. You can view iFixit’s complete teardown guide HERE.
When Apple releases a new firmware they don’t like people using older firmware. Sometimes jailbreaking new firmware takes a while and if you ever need to restore to your older firmware it won’t work unless you have your SHSH info. This only applies to the iPhone 3GS, 3rd Gen iPod touch and iPad because they all have a ECID in them which stands for “Exclusive Chip ID”. So, to restore to an older firmware you need the SHSH info for that info and for your device. To backup this info from your device there is a sweet little program called AutoSHSH. This is a Windows only program.
Once downloaded just follow these easy steps:
1. Open iTunes
2. Connect your device to the computer via USB
Mophie is soon releasing the popular Juice Pack Air for the iPod touch. The Juice Pack Air is the thinner, newer model extra battery and case combo from Mophie. This should be a pretty popular accessory for iPod touch owners. Everytime I am using mine and a friend with an iPod touch sees it they try to fit their iPod touch in it and then ask if they make one. I really like mine for the iPhone and would reccomend this for any iPhone or iPod touch user. There is no release date as of now; their website just says coming soon. It is priced at $79.95 and comes in black, blue and red.
Many store will have deals on the iPod Touch tomorrow. It looks like Apple won’t let them discount the device so stores are giving away gift cards with purchase. Most deals do not allow you to use card toward the purchase of the iPod Touch. Here are the deals I can find. If you find any others, please feel free to share it in the comments.
32GB iPod Touch
Target: $295, Includes $30 Target Gift Card
Quantities limited; no rain checks. Terms and conditions apply to GiftCards. Prices good November 27–28, 2009 [Read more...]
Ok, so I couldn’t find a list (at least the correct one :) ) of the games that were demoed in the iPod touch ad Next Level of Fun, so I decided to figure it out myself. I think I got them all right. Below is the list in order that they appear (links to App Store).
• Top Gun
• Real Racing
• Monster Trucks Nitro
• 3D Rollercoaster Rush
• Touch Hockey: FS5
• Homerun Battle 3D
• Tiger Woods PGA Tour by EA Sports
• Finger Foos
• Slope Rider
• A tiny second of a game… I can’t tell what it was!
• 2XL Supercross [Read more...]
Apple’s events starts today at 10am Pacific, 12pm (noon) Central, & 1pm Eastern. I’d say for sure there will be a camera in the iPod touch, possible the Nano and updates to iTunes making it more “social”. There’s also been talk of the App Store approval process practically coming to a halt the last few days, so maybe there are some new apps coming, or new features to the App Store. (push notifications please!) I’ll be posting anything and everything I can find that effects the iPhone or iPod touch here
over the next few hours so refresh often!
1:21 – Well the event is over and no camera for the iPod touch. CRAZY! We’ll get some articles out with details on all the news from today shortly.
1:09 – Nora Jones has come out to play. Seems they are not adding a camera to the iPod touch. Major #fail here…
1:03 – Not iPhone news, but nano is getting an FM tuner, pedometer, larger display, voiceover, microphone and speaker too.
1:02 – Just the Nano has gotten the camera so far…
12:56 – They are moving on to the iPod Classic. No word on camera for the iPod touch yet…
12:55 – iPod touch will now support Open GL.
12:52 – New Prices and sizes for the iPod touch! $199 for 8GB, $299 for 32GB, $399 for 64GB!
12:48 – EA demos Madden NFL 2010 for the iPhone and iPod touch! Available in the App Store now!
12:45 – Gameloft demos a new FPS called Nova.
12:36 – There are 607 titles on PSP, 3680 on DS, and 21,178 on iPhone OS
12:32 – iPod Touch now does genius mixes as well.
12:23 – You can even share iPhone apps between 5 home computers. (btw, you can already do this by having two iPhone/iPod touches on the same iTunes account.)
12:13 – Improved Syncing, App Management, Albums will come with videos, lyrics, etc, Store Redesign, Drag and drop sharing music between 5 home computers.
12:10 – Over 30,000 ringtones can be bought right from the iPhone, at $1.29 a pop
12:05 – 3.1 is a free download, beginning today.
12:03 – STEVE IS IN THE HOUSE!
Ok, so we’ve been busy for a few days but we’re home from the hospital and I just received a tweet that a friend of a friend just jailbroke his iPod Touch 2nd Gen using this guide without tethering! How sweet is that! So props goes to @sethreineke for sending me the tweet and @ericjd for testing it out. I’ve also checked online and haven’t found any risk or problems with this app. This guide only works with windows. Let us know if you have a Mac solution.
NOTE: Untethered means you do not have to have the cable hooked to your iPod and computer. The previous test versions required this but is no longer needed!
The Dev Team, specifically MuscleNerd, has released a video via qik.com of a jailbroken iPod Touch 2G (2nd Generation). Unfortunatly the jailbreak only works when tethered (connected via USB) to a computer. They are working on a fix for this but have proven the jailbreak to work by running terminal, Cydia and an NES Emulator (Nintendo). Let us know if the comments if you have an iPod Touch 2G waiting to jailbreak. Here’s the video:
Watch “redsn0w demo — first iPod Touch 2G jailbreak” from your iPhone or iPod Touch
Apple announced the release of the new iPod Touch today. They are now shaped more like the iPhone with the curved back but are made out of stainless steel instead of plastic like the iPhone. They also come with volume control buttons which goes along nicely with the new internal speakers.
Another huge feature for the iPod Touch is Nike+ integration. Nike+ is a combination of a sensor on your Nike shoes and software on the iPod that integrates your running and music.
8GB, $229, 16GB for $299, and a 32GB for $399
This all means no GPS, no microphone, no camera, no bluetooth…
Apple is having a huge event at at 10 a.m. Pacific, 1 p.m. Eastern on Tuesday. There are rumors from new Nanos, MacBooks, the longed for tablet and even an update to Apple TV with an HD Tuner, Blueray and DVR (yeah right). We’re gonna stick to the iPhone and iPod here which is still a lot of info.
So far rumors include firmware 2.1. What will this include? Copy and Paste? Background notification service such as instant messaging we’ve seen in previewed in other keynotes. The iPhone itself most likely won’t get any upgrades. If anything it would be colors or capacity changes. The big deal is probably the iPod Touch. Changing to a look like the iPhone and adding a couple features like external speakers or mic is my guess. I’d also hope for a camera, GPS, Bluetooth, volume controls, etc, just like the iPhone. Basically and iPhone without the Phone. I know this would be huge! I know a couple friends that bought the 1st Gen iPhone just to jailbreak it and use it without service to get the camera, mic, speakers, etc. [Read more...]
From the blog of Kevin Rose comes rumors about future iPod including the iPod Touch. Here’s the rumors:
- Revamp of entire iPod line.
- Small cosmetic changes to Touch, Nano to see significant redesign (see pic below).
- iPods to see fairly large price drops to distance itself from the $199 iPhone.
- iPod touch 2.1 software, iPhone to get update very soon after.
- iTunes 8.0 (“it’s a big update w/new features”).
- All of this coming in the next 2-3 weeks.