Tag - IOS 4
Apple has asked US District Judge Lucy Koh to block a motion to turn an iPhone and iPad location tracking lawsuit into a class action, Bloomberg reports. The company says that the plaintiffs haven't shown that any personal information was collected by apps, and hence that any harm was caused. On top of this Apple alleges that the plaintiffs' lawyers have abandoned damage claims because they can't show any injury, and are just trying to recover legal fees.
A federal judge has tossed out a lawsuit accusing Apple of intentionally crippling the iPhone 3G with iOS 4, according to mocoNews. A San Diego resident, Bianca Wofford, claimed in the case that after installing the iOS 4 upgrade, her 3G and others were turned into "iBricks" that ran incredibly slowly. While such complaints were indeed widespread in online forums and the media, Wofford made the additional assertion that Apple's motive was to push people into buying the iPhone 4.
Nuance Communications, Inc. announced it is adding developer support for Windows Phone and a three tiered service structure to its NDEV Mobile Developer Program. The company's Dragon Mobile SDK is now available for all major mobile platforms, including Windows Phone 7.1+, iOS 4.0+ and Android 2.1+. A HTTP web services interface is also available. In addition, the company said all three service tiers will have access to eight new languages for voice recognition.
Jailbroken iPhones have long had access to a wide variety of "themes" to change the look of iOS, but a ModMyI user Timothy Elliot has upped the ante by making a high-quality, high-functionality "Lion" theme for iOS 4 called Lion Ultimatum that faithfully replicates many of the basic functions of the Mac OS X Finder and gives users the closest experience possible to "running Lion" on an iPhone. Elliot reports being overwhelmed with requests for the theme, the latest build of which is available by donation only.
Via iTunes, Apple has released iOS 4.3.4, a minor update of its firmware for the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. The update appears to concentrate primarily on security issues, namely the possibility of exploits using malicious PDF files. Vulnerabilities were present in FreeType's handling of TrueType and Type 1 fonts. A hole in IOMobileFrameBuffer, meanwhile, theoretically allowed an attacker to get system privileges.
A group of Russian forensic experts, ElcomSoft, has successfully cracked both the hardware and firmware backup encryption for iOS devices, reports say. Partly to increase appeal to corporate buyers, Apple began introducing hardware encryption with the iPhone 3GS, later improving the system with iOS 4. The firmware lets people assign a passcode for the hardware encryption keys, making it even more difficult for an attacker to see data.
Some iOS devices are once again having trouble connecting to Wi-Fi hotspots, accounts say. Both media reports and posts on Apple's support forums indicate that after applying the iOS 4.3.3 update, an iOS device may start spontaneously dropping connections, repeatedly disconnect and reconnect, or even fail to connect at all. In some cases Wi-Fi status is misreported, or a stable link may involve staying too close to the router.
Untethered jailbreaking and carrier unlocking is now available for iOS 4.3.3, the unofficial iPhone Dev Team says. redsn0w and PwnageTool have been updated to support jailbreaking the firmware, which was released by Apple on May 4th. Unlocking requires ultrasn0w, and carefully avoiding certain pitfalls. Only certain iPhone 4, 3G and 3GS basebands are supported for example, and people must skip using redsn0w, turning instead to a custom IPSW file to update to iOS 4.3.3 while preserving a compatible baseband.
(Updated with info on Verizon tech) Apple has released a relatively minor update of iOS, 4.3.3. The upgrade does however fulfill an earlier promise by improving the security of location data. The size of the location cache file has been reduced, and the cache should no longer be included in iTunes backups. When Location Services are switched off, the cache is deleted entirely, Apple says.
Apple's promised short-term iOS security update is known as iOS 4.3.3, and should arrive in two weeks or less, a source with the company says. The person notes that as expected, it should reduce the size of the location cache, and prevent the file from being backed up to iTunes. The cache should be deleted entirely when Location Services are off.