iPad Air 2 and iPad Mini 3 Unveiling: Live Video coverage via Evasi0n Jailbreak – Recently, beyond talk of a new utility to jailbreak 8.1 and iOS 8.0.2, be it either evasi0n or Pangu, the forthcoming iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 have arguably been the most exciting topics amongst Apple enthusiasts. As we highlighted yesterday on Evasi0n Jailbreak, the new iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 will further the current stealth development of the next UnTethered jailbreak for iOS 8, mostly because said iPads (and iOS 8.1) are the final pieces to the puzzle. Tomorrow, after what will be weeks and months of anticipation, the company’s annual October iPad unveiling event will commence with an opening keynote presentation at 10:00 AM Pacific Time (1:00 PM Eastern). During the event, Apple will unveil not only the iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3, but if recent rumors pan out, possibly a Retina-equipped iMac, the iPod touch 6, a new Apple TV and/or a refreshed Mac Mini. As a result of tomorrow’s conference, jailbreakers who own iPhone, iPad or iPod touch models successfully jailbroken on iOS 7.1.2, or any iteration of iOS 7 for that matter, should avoid any potential iOS 8 update, as it will unquestionably result in the loss of said devices’ current jailbroken state. Nevertheless, like the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus launch last month, this remains an exhilarating period for Apple fans – we’ll feature a complete live video feed on this post, as well as provide a link to detailed written updates.
Apple Airs New iPad Ads Prior to 6.1.2, Evasion Jailbreak – Last night, only days before iOS 6.1.2 is expected to be released to the public to address various bugs and a major security flaw, Apple published two new iPad commercials on their YouTube channel. Both ads, titled “Alive” and “Together”, feature the iPad mini and the full-sized iPad 4. In an effort to showcase a handful of the more than 300,000 iPad-exclusive apps found on Apple’s App Store, the company’s marketing team took a different approach when producing yesterday’s ads.
Apple Releases iOS 6.0.2 Firmware for iPhone 5 And iPad Mini, Evasion Jailbreak Unavailable – Today, a day after seeding iOS 6.1 beta 4 to developers, Apple has released iOS 6.0.2 – an update solely for the iPhone 5 and iPad mini. Coming in at only a 51.4MB update (when using the Software Update feature), the new version of iOS 6 carries only one change over 6.0.1: it corrects “a bug that could impact Wi-Fi”.
iPad mini Jailbroken on 6.0.1, 6.0 One Day After Launch – A day after Apple’s iPad mini and iPad 4 (4th Generation) launch, Musclenered tweeted proof that the brand new iPad mini has already been jailbroken on 6.0.1, iOS 6. For those of you who aren’t as well versed when it comes to jailbreaking and UnTethered jailbreaks, Musclenerd is the leader and public figure for the iPhone Dev Team: the group of hackers and security experts behind utilities such as Redsn0w and Ultrasn0w.
After announcing the new 13-inch Retina MacBook Pro and updates to both the iMac and Mac mini desktop computers, Apple unveiled the brand iPad mini and the 4th Generation iPad or the iPad 4.
While neither iOS 6.1 nor iOS 6.0.1 were announced during the event, like expected, it’s possible that the two iPads will ship with a newer version of iOS 6 than the current 6.0 firmware.
iPad 4 – Although only a minor update over its predecessor, the iPad 4 (4th Gen) offers double the performance thanks to its A6X processor. Based on a similar architecture as the new A6 processor found in Apple’s iPhone 5, the A6X chip brings quad-core graphics. While the A5X chip in the iPad 3 also features quad-core graphics, the new iPad 4 outperforms its predecessor in nearly every way.
Furthermore, Apple added 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi connectivity for improved speeds and increased support for a broader range of LTE technology. The new iPad’s FaceTime camera is also capable of recording video in 720p and the standard 30-pin connector has evolved to Apple’s redesigned Lightning connector.
iPad mini – The iPad mini is, as its name would suggest, a smaller version of Apple’s wildly-popular iPad tablet. However, the device’s display doesn’t feature the same high pixel density as it’s full-sized counterpart. The resolution is identical to that of the iPad 2’s display – 1024 x 768 – and because the screen measures at 7.9 inches diagonally (versus the iPad 4’s 9.7-inch display), the iPad mini offers the same aspect ratio as the regular iPad. Powered by Apple’s dual-core A5 processor, the iPad mini is on par with the iPad 2 as far as performance is concerned.
Featuring a 5MP iSight rear-facing camera capable of recording 1080p video and a 1.2MP FaceTime camera that can record in 720p, the iPad mini’s cameras are equivalent to the ones found in the new iPad 4. Moreover, the iPad mini also comes in WiFi + Cellular models that are built with the same 4G LTE technology as the new 4th Gen iPad 4.
As far as an UnTethered iPad 4 and iPad mini iOS 6, 6.0.1 jailbreak is concerned, both the iPhone Dev Team and Chronic Dev Team will need to have the devices readily accessible to both discover and test vulnerabilities. For now, the latest public information regarding the UnTethered iOS 6 jailbreak for the iPhone 5, iPhone 4S, 4, 3Gs; iPad 4, 3, 2, iPad mini and both the 4th and 5th Generation iPod touch remains planetbeing’s latest update on the iPhone 5 jailbreak.
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In a matter of hours, at 10:00 am Pacific time (1:00 pm Eastern), Apple is scheduled to hold their second fall media event at the California Theatre in San Jose, California. Last week, on October 16th, Apple sent invitations to certain members of the press with the following tagline printed on the rather colorful invite: ” We’ve got a little more to show you”.
Based on the majority of rumors surrounding the event, it’s likely that they’ll unveil the rumored iPad Mini, introduce a new 13-inch Retina display MacBook Pro and announce updates to their iMac and Mac mini products. According to a new report that suggests Apple is testing two new versions of iOS 6, it’s likely they’ll use tomorrow’s event to announce iOS 6.0.1, which is said to address various bugs and improve both Wi-Fi and cellular performance.
Unfortunately, while the staff at Jailbreaking iOS 6 cannot personally cover Apple’s press conference, the members of BestTechInfo have a live blog scheduled to cover the events in real-time. If you’re interested, be sure to check out their iOS 6 and iPad Mini live blog page and return once the event is underway at 10:00 am (the current local time for San Jose, California can be found here). Also, be sure to check JailbreakingiOS6 after the event for coverage on the various topics and keynote presentation.
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With less than two days left until Apple’s second fall iOS 6, iPad Mini and Mac media event, a new report was posted by 9to5Mac that claims to have insider information related to the pricing for the highly-anticipated iPad Mini. According to the report, the entry-level WiFi model iPad Mini is said to cost approximately $329 USD. Additionally, two higher-capcity models are also rumored to be announced, coming in at $429 and $529.
The three cellular-ready iPad Mini models will be available in the same capacities as their Wi-Fi counterparts and are expected to sell for roughly $130 more than the WiFi-only models, which places them at $459, $559 and $659.
iPad Mini mockup image
Since it’s safe to assume that the majority of our readers who purchase the smaller iPad will be interested in jailbreaking it, we decided to explain the situation. As of now, the latest jailbreak available for iOS 6 is in the form of a Tethered Redsn0w utility (the differences between Tethered, Semi UnTethered/Semi Tethered and UnTethered are outlined here). Also, the 6.0 Redsnow jailbreak only includes support for the iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS and the iPod touch 4th generation. Furthermore, it’s likely that with the release of the iPad Mini, Apple will push out a new firmware to correct bugs and or offer minor features – in which case, Apple will likely release either iOS 6.0.1 or 6.1.
While it’s public knowledge that certain members and contributors to the Dev Teams have successfully discovered usable exploits for newer devices, like the iPhone 5, pod2g reminded jailbreakers earlier this month that an UnTethered iOS 6.0 jailbreak utility is far from complete.
Somewhat related, the iPad Mini is speculated to be manufactured with cheaper iPad 2 components, which means an A5 processor will likely power the new iOS-based device. As most of you are aware, both the iPad 2 and the iPhone 4S featured A5 processors and the Dev Teams have successfully jailbroken both devices on earlier firmwares.
Does this mean the iPad Mini and the iPod touch 5th Generation, which also runs on Apple’s A5 chip, will be easier to jailbreak than an iOS device with a completely different processor such as the iPhone 5? Unfortunately, it’s almost impossible to tell until the device is released and Dev Teams have an adequate amount of time to run tests, as Apple could have changed the processor on a such rudimentary level that separate exploits are required.
Of course, for now, anything related to hardware and the jailbreak complexity of the iPad Mini is based on conjecture. With that said, don’t forget to subscribe to our official JailbreakingiOS6 and Jailbreak iPad Mini iOS 6 UnTethered news feed, follow us on Twitter and like us on Facebook to be promptly notified on any information pertaining to the upcoming iPad Mini and the status of the UnTethered jailbreak for Apple’s 6.0 firmware.
While not exactly our forte at JailbreakingiOS6, we figured some of our jailbreak and Apple enthusiast readers would find coverage on the rumored 13-inch Retina MacBook Pro interesting. Earlier this week, a poster from the WeiPhone forum created a thread dedicated to the smaller Retina MacBook Pro. More recently, the poster updated their forum thread with additional images that highlight the ports, battery design and other various internal components.
Although the photos are mostly small and are of fairly poor quality, it’s apparent that the poster has managed to obtain some version of the unreleased 13-inch Retina display MacBook Pro ahead of the device’s unveiling. Also, a few photos comparing the new Retina model against the standard 13-inch MacBook Pro were added to the initial post.
The port layout appears to be identical to that of the bigger 15-inch Retina MacBook Pro model, which was released nearly 6 months ago in June. As revealed in the below image, the left of the alleged 13-inch Retina MacBook Pro features MagSafe 2, USB 3.0 and two Thunderbolt ports, whereas the right side offers an SD card slot, another USB 3.0 port and a new HDMI port.
Additionally, the poster also included images of the logic board, an 8GB RAM configuration from Elpida, numerous internal components and a screenshot of the display options inside Windows 7 with a maximum resolution of 2560 x 1600.
Moreover, while offering a nearly identical layout as the 15-inch Retina MacBook Pro, there’s no confusing this laptop with its bigger counterpart. To conserve on space, Apple appears to have repositioned the speakers, as they’re not near the edge of the MacBook Pro. Furthermore, it appears that the MagSafe 2 port is colored blue, while the official reason for this is unknown, it’s likely that this is a pre-release version of the forthcoming 13-inch Retina MacBook Pro.
The new laptop will likely be unveiled next Tuesday, October 23rd, at Apple’s second fall media event. Of course, Apple is also expected to announce the highly-rumored iPad Mini, which will undoubtedly run some form of iOS 6 (possibly 6.0.1 or 6.1), during next week’s press conference. Don’t forget to subscribe to Follow us on Twitter, Like us on Facebook and subscribe to our JailbreakingiOS6 and UnTethered 6.0 Jailbreak iOS 6 news feed to be immediately updated on information pertaining to the new 13-inch MacBook Pro, Apple’s media event and the status of the iOS 6 jailbreak.
As a quick reminder in case some of our readers missed the latest Apple news, we decided to write this brief article. Earlier today, Apple sent invitations to select members of the press for a special October 23rd media event. While Apple didn’t specify what they’ll announce during said event, the following tagline is included in the invitation: “We’ve got a little more to show you”.
Judging by the majority of rumors surrounding a new iPad that’s unofficially dubbed the “iPad Mini”, Apple will likely use this second fall event to unveil a smaller variant of their popular iPad tablet. Although there isn’t much known about such a device, we can guarantee it will run some version of iOS 6. However, it’s unknown whether the iPad Mini will ship with 6.0 preloaded or an updated version of iOS 6 – maybe 6.0.1?
Moreover, additional reports suggest that Apple will also unveil a new 13-inch Retina display MacBook Pro, an updated Mac Mini and possible update their iMac lineup.
Scheduled to take place next Tuesday, October 23rd, Apple’s upcoming media event will be held in San Jose at the California Theatre and will commence at 10:00am Pacific time (1:00pm Eastern).
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How Likely is Apple to Release a $200 7-inch iPad Mini- September 12th, a date most members of the iOS community have come to recognize as the day Apple is rumored to hold their iPhone 5 unveiling event. While the next-generation iPhone will certainly dominate the upcoming conference, many reputable sources have suggested that it won’t be the only device shown and demonstrated. Numerous reports have proposed the idea of a smaller tablet with a significantly cheaper price tag than the third-generation iPad. Unofficially dubbed the iPad Mini.
Said to feature a screen measuring approximately 7.85 inches diagonally, the more portable tablet would be introduced into the market as a cheaper alternative to the full-fledged 9.7-inch iPad and as a formidable rival to the likes of Google’s Nexus 7 tablet.
As highlighted in a recent report, Apple has a long history of maintaining and selling their laptops in a variety of sizes. Why not do the same with their iPad line? They’d certainly dominate the recently established 7-inch tablet market and effectively dethrone both Amazon’s Kindle Fire and Google’s Nexus 7.
Speculated to have a starting price point as low as $199, the iPad Mini would certainly be an attractive alternative to the more expensive third-generation iPad, which starts at $499. But how would it make financial sense for Apple to offer a smaller iPad at such a reduced price over the current 9.7-inch model?
Reuters perviously reported that Apple’s gross profit margins for the iPad range from 23 to 32 percent – generating upwards of $13 billion dollars in profit from iPad sales alone. For those figures to be accurate, even at a 32% profit margin, that would mean Apple’s manufacturing cost averages out to $378 per unit. According to iSupply, materials and manufacturing costs for the 16GB iPad 3 model is estimated to be in the ball park of $316.05. Additionally, the 16GB iPad 2 is thought to have a significantly cheaper manufacturing cost of $240.10.
If an iPad Mini is released, it’s likely that Apple will equip the tablet with components that more closely match the iPad 2 than the new Retina Display iPad. With that said, Apple’s current cheapest iOS device available for purchase is the $199 8GB iPod Touch. The device’s estimated manufacturing cost is estimated at roughly $150, a 30 percent+ profit margin for Apple. If the cheapest model iPad Mini will be sold for the same cost as the iPod Touch with iPad 2-quality parts, how would Apple receive the premium margins the company is used to?
As suggested by iMore, an iOS device with a profit margin of less than 30 percent would cause investors to rethink their choice in stocks. However, that’s not to say there won’t be an iPat Mini. If Apple does release a tablet to compete in the 7-inch market, it will likely have a starting price closer to $299. Until Apple officially announces a smaller tablet, the finer details remain a mystery. Just note that it likely won’t be sold for a $199 price like its competitors.