Category Archives: iPhone

Anything relating to the iPhone

LuminiOSity: A New Custom Firmware Project

For a while now I’ve been trying to assemble a team for a custom .ipsw (iOS firmware) project called LuminiOSity (“The Light at the End of the Tunel” might be one of it’s phrases :)). As of now the team consists of me (Saphiresurf) and a skilled scripter named Bcooperizcool. Right now where working on a bundle for Mac Owners to create a custom LuminiOSity .ipsw out of a 4.3.3 .ipsw. A current firmware version will be made due to the shsh problem, but our main focus’ are on iOS 4.3.3. We have a coder that may join, but we still need more team members. If you can code or script please comment or shoot us an email at the contact us page. We could also use testers that own the following devices at the end of this article (it’s preffered you run Mac OS X!). Thanks for reading; we’ll have a bundle out soon!

-Sean B. (Saphiresurf)

Devices (anything crossed out isn’t needed):
-iPhone 4
-iPhone 3gs (New Bootrom)
-iPhone 3gs (Old Bootrom)
-iPod Touch 4
-iPod Touch 3g
-iPad

Older device support will be soon. If you have an older device and want to start testing once we start working on older devices then shoot us an email or comment to. Don’t forget to tell us what device. Make it professional!

EDIT: How could I forget iPad! Crazy. Well we would appreciate if an iPad was donated, but we will try to make LuminiOSity for iPad to (You can’t make custom firmwares for iPad 2/iPhone 4S yet). iPad First Generation is now added to the needed testing list.

Sick of iOS 5?

Personally I’m done with iOS 5.0. Ever since I started using it I’ve felt more restricted especially in the fact that there are a lot of incompatibilities with other tweaks. Also I was disappointing because of things like the lack of widgets and all that. So now I’m venturing into some iOS related things and I think I’m going to cough out a nice .ipsw for us who want to be left behind from iOS 5.0 and stay with good ol 4.3.3 (what the .ipsw is going to be based off of). So just wait and I’ll have the first (VERY BASIC) one out soon enough!

Sign of Jailbreak for iPad 2? (Is Apple Really This Stupid?)

A new image has appeared on http://jailbreakme.com that illustrates a nice skiing resort, but when looked at closer you will see a sign at the front of the picture that has two symbols then clearly says PDF. Could this mean a PDF exploit has been found in iOS so iPad 2 users can finally have a Jailbroken device? Is Apple really that stupid not to have covered up most PDF exploits by now? It seems that it MAY be that way and I know a lot of us our cringing to our seats to see whether or not the iPad 2 will finally be jailbroken. Subscribe to our blog to stay up to date on this! Cheers!

[Review] V-iOS

Theme Review (Winterboard)

Author: Vanasian

Theme: V-iOS

Price: $2.99

V-iOS is a very unique Winterboard theme in the fact that it’s able to pull a sharp looking springboard without making it feel too unnatural. In my opinion this is due to the very musically enhanced UI sounds that gives it a sort of alien-like (but not to alien-like) feel that is more unique then any other theme I have used. The biggest reason I chose this theme was because of it’s increasing popularity; so I thought “Why not give it a review!” and I can assure you I was not disappointed when I first used this theme.

Graphical Interface

Every element in this theme seems to blend together in a nearly gap-less design that covers nearly every corner and touches almost every base. From a new dial skin in the phone app to a redesigned look in safari the only place this theme misses is it’s ability to add an automatic box to the icons of all applications downloaded through Cydia. Overall the theme radiates a very futuristic, alien-like effect that has been attempted in other themes that never had a feeling quite like V-iOS. Most themes I’ve used that aim for a look like this usually end up feeling very fake and fragile; though unlike other themes V-iOS has been able to pull this type of style off without feeling as if it was made out of plastic. It’s integration with the rest of the system gets to the point that things not only blend together on the springboard, but the springboard also blends in with the apps when launched making a smoother transition than most other themes. Some of the problems I have found with the Graphical Interface part is of course that the icons though include when it doesn’t box in the icons of most Cydia downloaded applications, the color mods don’t completely transform all of the colors, and not having a unique spotlight icon on the bottom of the springboard. Overall I am a big fan of the graphical interface, though it’s still not something I would use everyday (only because I’ve never found a theme I would replace the default iOS “theme” with), it is still a great theme for those who like these type of futuristic, alien-like themes.

Application Transitions

Application transitions are basically the pictures you see while an application is loading up and it is sometimes implemented in themes like this one. Some people think that it increases your loading time, but it does not; instead it gives you something prettier to look at than a blank template of the app your loading. Though this isn’t a big part of a theme, since it’s such a small time that you actually have to look at it, it’s still key to make transitions look great if you’re going to put these pictures in certain applications. Though in most themes the transition picture is what actually makes the theme a lot worse than it has to in V-iOS this is definitely not something they lacked on; the transition pictures in the default applications actually looked good. Though he put an iPhone 4 with the zoomed out icon of that application for the transition it still made the transition a lot smoother between being on the springboard and launching an application. Though this is not the most important part of a theme, when done right, it can make it a whole lot better.

UI Sounds

Another small part of a theme that usually isn’t implemented in most, and when implemented don’t always sound great are the UI Sounds. Though fortunately the UI sounds in V-iOS is another thing that this theme excelled in. Most of the sounds made implemented in this theme (for unlock, lock, text messages, mail, etc.) varied in many electronic sounds. Though they didn’t sound completely electric; they seemed to have balanced on the fence between electric sounds and natural. This is the part that helps give out the more natural feel then most other themes. The ability of visuals and sounds put together in a theme are usually very underestimated and can create a better experience for the user and this is something that Vanasian seemed to have noticed while creating this theme which makes me believe this combination is one of the reasons why this theme is so liked.

Value for Money

This is a theme that I can say would absolutely be worth the money. If you’re planning on purchasing this theme you will not be disappointed, especially if you experiment with different widgets and dock styles I’m sure you would be able to find a way to make this great theme even better.

Conclusion

This is my favorite theme for Winterboard so far, but it’s not to the point that I would use it everyday (which would be quite an accomplishment) though I believe that many others use it right now as there everyday theme and it wouldn’t surprise me. Overall I would like to give this theme four in a half stars for it’s ability to not only focus on the large parts of the theme, but also the smaller stuff.

iOS 5.0 Previewed; Beta 1 Released

iOS 5.0 was released earlier this morning at WWDC 2011 and caught me a little bit off guard. First of all the most anticipated feature (by me) was NO WIDGETS. I was ragin everywhere (not literally) until I found out that there was weather and all that good stuff in the excellent revamp of the notification system (which looks very Hajas-esque; though it could’ve been some help from Hajas since he recently got hired by Apple, though I didn’t report on it, he’s still an intern so I don’t think it’s likely he helped a lot with the notification system, but still possible). I will be doing an introduction to Beta 1 soon though we do need to renew our developers account with apple soon so if anyone would like to donate money please do so by pressing the button in the side bar. Cheers!

EDIT: You can find more information on iOS 5.0 here and if you’re still excited for Mac OS X Lion you can find more information on it here. I am thinking of making a seperate post for Lion, but unfortunately I don’t have anything to test out Lion with (also I don’t have a Mac OS X developer account or a Mac for that matter) so I won’t be doing a write up on it. If anyone wants to as always you can go to the Contact Us page and, well contact us. Cheers!

NOTICE: iPod Touch 2g and iPhone 3g have been discontinued for further iOS update and you should not expect anything new or “revolutionary” on your old, crappy device. Thank you for all the support and best of luck!
-Apple

^^Side joke for those of you still rockin the iPod touch 2g and iPhone 3g 🙂

P.S.S. Another note is that MobileMe is now free so enjoy it while you can! Also I’ll be making a guide soon on how to make your older device (below 3rd generation) seem like it’s using iOS 5.0. Though some features aren’t yet possible to replicate without making your own tweak I’ll cover as much as possible.

Making the iPad 2 Even More Magical

A (FAKE) preview of iOS 5 has been released by a German magician whom has done some quite impressive stuff. I’m not positive how he pulled this off without any mess ups (except when he drinks the coke the straw is actually above the liquid for the most part), but I’ve posted it here for you to enjoy.

WWDC Tomorrow

20110605-095907.jpgAs many of you know WWDC is tomorrow, but unfortunately we don’t have anyone to give us live coverage and I myself don’t have enough money and would have a schedule conflict anyways. If anyone would like to do live coverage for Siliconic whom is going to WWDC then contact us and we can try and work something out. Can’t wait for tomorrow! (for those of you who don’t know apple officially announced that they where going to release (or announce) iOS 5 and Mac OS X Lion during this years WWDC and there wouldn’t be a new iPhone).

Flare App Brings Realtime HDR Video Recording to the iPhone

Flare in Action

Using the HDR feature with the camera on my iPhone 4 I began to wonder “Why don’t they have this feature for capturing video?” because HDR (also known as “High Dynamic Range” which takes 3 pictures of the same scene with different exposures then puts them together) creates a quality image that normal cameras usually cannot take and really increases visibility in bright areas (and makes the colors pop depending on the picture). Well recently an app was released on Apple’s App Store called “Flare” which actually captures video in HDR and replays it to you simultaneously so that not only can you take video with HDR, but you can view how it looks with HDR at the same time. The only thing I’m interested about is the quality of the video only because of the usual HDR ghosts caused when an object is in motion while your taking an HDR picture which would make the quality of this app questionable because it’s HDR video which seems to contradict itself. If you would like to get your hands on it you can grab it here. There will be a video captured with this app posted soon!

Official Features List:

FEATURES:

✭ tone-mapping effects live as you film
✭ focus independently of exposure* – just tap then drag
✭ pinch to ZOOM
✭ easily lock white balance, exposure, and focus with a tap
✭ share full quality videos to facebook, twitter, youtube, tumblr, flickr, and more

[Flare]

Mobile Notifier Beta 5 Has Been Released!

The best notification system replacement out there for iOS by far is Mobile Notifier. Brilliantly crafted by Peter Hajas, Kyle Adams, and Time Novinger with some external help from Marc Easen with many more features than the normal notification system brought to you by Apple as well as a less intrusive way to present you with all of your notifications. One of my most loved feature in this release was the ability to reply to messages from the notification as well as the ability to immediately dismiss it (picture on the left).

Responding to a Message via Mobile Notifications

One of the other noticeable changes includes the new AlertDashboard. The new look really beats the old one because not only is it lighter, but it actually blends in with iOS (and let’s you see whats behind it when you bring up the multitasking bar). You of course need to be jailbroken in order to use this and if you are you can grab this great tweak at the following repo: phajas.xen.prgmr.com/repo . Unfortunately because of his discontinued work on his current projects a public release of Widge may never become available. Though if your still craving the use of widgets on your springboard you can always use PerpageHTML or the interactive version (though you have to pay for it) PerpageHTML+ (You also have the option of using Dreamboard for theming with widgets). Heres the official changelog and statement from Peter Hajas

What’s new?
– MobileReply. Reply to text messages while within other applications! It works like magic!
– Full message text! Read everything in the alert, not just the first few words.
– Redesigned minimalist alert display!
– A brand new AlertDashboard, inspired by our amazing lockscreen view!
– Dismiss alerts right from the popup! Hate going into the dashboard to remove alerts you’ve just archived? Simply hit the “X” in the popup to dismiss them for good!
– Recall the most recent alert easily with an Activator action. Then use MobileReply to reply to it!
– Thanks to work by Marc Easen, MobileNotifier now supports calendar invitation alerts!
– Way way faster.
What’s been fixed?
– Lockscreen no longer displays if you have it set to “off”
– Various small bugfixes.
– Did I mention way way faster?
You’ll need to reconfigure your Activator actions for MobileNotifier.
MobileReply, for you developers, is something you can use in your software too! It’s self-contained. Check out MNSMSSender in the MobileNotifier source.
Grab the release at the repo – phajas.xen.prgmr.com/repo – and enjoy yourself!
The MobileNotifier Team, Kyle Adams, Tim Novinger and myself, along with external help from Marc Easen, have been working on lots of great new features, and we’re truly happy to show them to the world. Along with Kyle, I tested over 100 builds of this release before shipping it.
All of us are also on Twitter! @peterhajas, @kyleadamsdotorg, @timnovinger and @marceasen. Say hi if you’d like!
I really hope you all enjoy this release, I know I’m ecstatic about it!
Like I said in my last post, I’m taking a break, but I’ll be back. I think we’ll see some great things.

peterhajas(dot)com

Refocusing

My lack of news lately has left this site a little desolate. After I switched to Linux I lost interest in windows 8 due to the lack of big updates so I have decided not to do build introductions for more insignificant builds which means that there will not be introductions for build 7955 and 7959. If an insignificant build is the first k e to go beyond a hundred marker (say something like build 8000 or 8100) then I will do a build introduction for it. Refocusing also means bringing back iPhone coverage (we never got rid of it but we did sort of stop it when windows 8 coverage went around) as well as other mobile devices. We still would like donations for Siliconic because we would love to get more devices to review :). We have a URL ligned up for he sight (Siliconic.org) and we will be getting hosting soon. A logo is also being made for Siliconic and we will have a site redesign soon! Don’t forget if you want your application/theme for windows/Linux/iOS then go to the contact page and we’ll get right on it! We have some dreamboard (and possibly winterboard) themes for iPhone ligned up for review as well so look forward to those. Cheers!
-Saphiresurf

EDIT:
A quick note: If you have any web design skill and would like to contribute to the website by making a design I would love to see what you can do. Go ahead and send me an email through the contact us page here

and I’ll check it out. Also I’m thinking of making some sort of prize system for donating; even though thats not what donating is about we still need da monies so I’ll figure something out (maybe a theme :)).