January 27, 2012

This Jailbreak Tweak Could Fix All Of Your iPhone 4S & iOS 5 Battery Life Problems

This Jailbreak Tweak Could Fix All Of Your iPhone 4S & iOS 5 Battery Life Problems

Ever since the iOS 5 and the iPhone 4S first debuted, a small but extremely loud and angry minority of handset owners have reported extraordinary battery drainage, and despite the iOS 5.0.1 update, the problem is still unresolved.

It’s well known that the iOS 5battery issues are a software problem, but since Apple hasn’t been able to fix the problem in three months, maybe it’s time to give the jailbreak community a shot at things. In fact, that’s what a new Cydia tweak called iOS 5 Battery Fix claims to do… and initial buzz suggests that it may just have delivered on its promise.

The iOS 5 Battery Fix tweak is only available on the Insanelyi VIP repository, which costs $ 4.99 and can be accessed here. Once installed, the iOS 5 Battery Fix applies a number of hacks and tweaks, all in the aim of extending iPhone battery life as long as possible.

According to the Insanelyi forums, the tweak works quite well. Some users report battery is draining about twice as slowly with the tweak applied than before, while others are only reporting slight improvements.

Basically, if you have battery issues, this tweak seems like a good investment, even at $ 4.99. Apple is rumored to solve the battery issues once and for all with iOS 5.1, but if you’ve jailbroken your iPhone, the choice will be either get your battery life back or sacrifice the jailbreak. This $ 4.99 tweak seems like a good solution that will help most users make the most of their device’s battery, while not sacrificing their jailbreak.

John BrownleeJohn Brownlee is news editor here at Cult of Mac, and has also written about a lot of things for a lot of different places, including Wired, Playboy, Boing Boing, Popular Mechanics, Gizmodo, Kotaku, Lifehacker, AMC, Geek and the Consumerist. He lives in Cambridge with his charming inamorata and a tiny budgerigar punningly christened after Nabokov’s most famous pervert. You can follow him here on Twitter.

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Sony’s next-gen camera sensor could allow Apple to make thinner iPhones

By AppleInsider Staff

Published: 03:12 PM EST (12:12 PM PST)
Sony, which builds the camera modules used by Apple in the iPhone 4S, has announced a smaller next-generation CMOS image sensor that could allow for even thinner iPhone models in the future.

The new complementary metal-oxide-semiconductor (CMOS) image sensor announced by Sony on Monday is a back-illuminated module that allows superior image quality in a more compact size. Sony has promised that the new sensors will allow cameras to continue to evolve.

The new image sensor layers the pixel section containing formations of back-illuminated structure pixels onto chips containing the circuit section for signal processing. Benefits of the new stacked CMOS image sensor touted by Sony are:

  • Large-scale signal processing circuits required for higher image quality and better functionality are built in
  • More compact image sensor chip size
  • Even higher image quality of the pixel section by adopting manufacturing processes specialized for superior image quality
  • Faster speeds and lower power consumption by adopting the lead processes for the circuit section


The camera components are currently one of the thickest pieces of the iPhone’s internal hardware. It was said before the release of the iPhone 4S that the height of the 8-megapixel camera found in the handset presented design challenges for Apple, forcing the company to keep the same form factor as the iPhone 4.

Back in April of last year, Sony CEO Howard Stringer accidentally confirmed that Apple planned to add an 8-megapixel camera to its next-generation iPhone. That eventually proved true when Apple unveiled the iPhone 4S in October with a greatly improved lens sporting more pixels, faster picture taking, and image stabilization when shooting 1080p video.

In addition, Sony’s entrance into the iPhone camera supply chain was confirmed by iFixit and Chipworks, who disassembled the iPhone 4S and did an X-ray cross-section of the 8-megapixel camera found in the iPhone 4S. Written on the base layer of the camera they found a die marking that clearly reads Sony’s name.

Previously, Sony did not provide image sensors to Apple. Before the iPhone 4S launched, OmniVision had been Apple’s primary camera supplier for the 5-megapixel camera on the iPhone 4 and the 3.2-megapixel sensor for the iPhone 3GS.

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FaceTime Over 3G Could Be Set To Make Its Debut In Germany

FaceTime Over 3G Could Be Set To Make Its Debut In Germany

When FaceTime was first introduced back in June 2010, Steve Jobs noted the video calling feature would be available to users over 3G once the necessary agreements with carriers had been made. Nearly a year on, FaceTime still requires a Wi-Fi connection, but it could be about to make its debut over 3G in Germany.

German site Heise Online reports that Deutsche Telekom, the parent company of T-Mobile USA, is preparing to support the FaceTime feature over its 3G network. But it may not be free.

The rumor was sparked by screenshots of internal sales documentation with mentions a paid “VoIP/FaceTime option,” suggesting FaceTime over 3G will require an additional fee.

FaceTime Over 3G Could Be Set To Make Its Debut In Germany

Let’s hope that this isn’t the only carrier Apple has struck a deal with, and that FaceTime over 3G begins launching worldwide during 2012.

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Killian BellKillian Bell is a freelance writer based in the U.K. He has an interest in all things tech and also writes for TechnoBuffalo. You can follow him on Twitter via @killianbell, or through his website.

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New Apple Patent Reveals Upcoming Apple TV Set Could Have DVR Capabilities

New Apple Patent Reveals Upcoming Apple TV Set Could Have DVR Capabilities

Apple is expected to revolutionize television with a set of its own later this year, and while we’re all expecting the device to feature Siri, there’s very little else we know about it. But according to a relatively new Apple patent, credited to Steve Jobs, it may also feature digital video recording capabilities that allow you to save your favorite shows for viewing at a later date.

The patent is part of a series published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office earlier this week, and discovered by Patently Apple. It details a feature for recording episodic TV broadcasts that has never made its way into the Apple TV, but could make its debut in Apple’s upcoming television set.

Patently Apple reports:

The patent goes on to state that the menu items, could, for example, “correspond to television shows that have either been recorded from a broadcast or purchased from a content provider. Recording broadcast TV shows isn’t an option available today on Apple TV, so it’s interesting to see that this option was listed in this 2006 Apple TV patent which also credits Steve Jobs as one of the inventors.

The patent also mentions the “Apple TV working with a cable network” — another feature we’re yet to see from the Cupertino company’s set-top box, that could be part of the television.

The patent was first filed back in 2006 and is credited to Apple’s co-founder and former CEO Steve Jobs, in addition to Rainer Brodersen, Rachel Goldeen, Jeffrey Ma, and Mihnea Pacuraiu.

But this isn’t the first indication that the Apple television will offer DVR capabilities. A recent report from The Wall Street Journal revealed Apple has met with executives from several major studios to discuss its set, which would reportedly “integrate DVR storage and iCloud.”

[via 9to5Mac]

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Episodic TV patent credited to Steve Jobs could be used for rumored Apple TV

By Mikey Campbell

Published: 06:42 PM EST (03:42 PM PST)
Among a batch of new intellectual property granted to Apple by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office was a patent regarding a method of organizing episodic content, with the filing being credited to Apple co-founder Steve Jobs.

In a series of newly-granted patents published on Tuesday by the USPTO, a filing regarding a method of TV episode organization was revealed that could potentially be instituted in a much-rumored Apple HDTV, reports Apple IP website Patently Apple.

Since Jobs was quoted in his biography as having “cracked” the secret to creating an intuitive HDTV, a not-so-quiet storm of rumors has been gathering momentum of a possible upcoming product release. Now, with the episodic TV patent credited to Jobs, the rumors are beginning to see some traction as the concept inches ever closer to reality.

The patent, one of twenty-two published, was first filed for in 2006 and includes an illustration of a TV episode hierarchy akin to the multi-level menu system found on the current Apple TV.

Specifically, the patent calls for:

A computer-implemented method, comprising: receiving episodic content including one or more episodes of television programs and storing the episodic content in a data store; receiving metadata associated with the episodic content and storing the received meta data in the data store; displaying on a display device a menu arranged in an interface environment, the menu comprising a list of menu items associated with the episodic content; displaying on the display device a sort interface arranged in the interface environment, the sort interface defining a plurality of sort options and being configured to receive a selection of a sort option and to sort the list of menu items based upon the selection

The claim goes on to define limits on sorting metadata based on information received from the “content provider.”

Interestingly, the diagram displays shows and dates which could mean that the company is looking to include a recording or cloud-based on-demand feature in the future. This would jibe with what Jobs envisioned of a TV that “seamlessly synced with all of your devices and with iCloud.”

Also in the filing is an illustration showing a block diagram of a sample device including a “data store” and a control engine and what appears to be the current Apple Remote.

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HzO’s WaterBlock technology could make it to Apple products

While our very own Victor Agreda, Jr. checked out the Liquipel waterproofing technology at CES last week, others were checking out competitor HzO’s WaterBlock technology. The Utah company told the Pocket-lint blog that they’ve been talking to both Samsung and Apple about applying the nanoscale waterproofing technology to upcoming phones.

A spokesman for the company told the blog that they’re “in the process of signing up a major smartphone partner” and a headphone manufacturer. Headphones manufactured with the process would be impervious to sweat or rain damage, and could be used while swimming or taking a shower.

Having this technology applied to a next-generation iPhone would make waterproof cases like those from Lifeproof obsolete, although you’d probably still want to keep your baby safe from drops. For those who want existing devices to be protected from the ravages of liquids, it appears that ZAGG is planning on distributing the technology and hopefully providing aftermarket application of the invisible vapor coating. Check out the video below for an explanation of how HzO’s nanotechnology works.



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Apple could water-proof future devices with HzO technology

By Slash Lane

Published: 01:16 PM EST (10:16 AM PST)
HzO, the maker of a “WaterBlock” technology shown off at last week’s Consumer Electronics Show, has said it is in talks with Apple about using its material in future devices, including the iPhone.

HzO was promoting its nano-scale film barrier at CES last week, pitching it as a potential solution to waterproof expensive electronic equipment. One of their demonstrations included submerging an iPhone into water, and having it remain in proper working order.

While speaking to attendees at the show, officials with HzO said that Apple is among the companies that have shown interest in the water repelling technology, according to Pocket-lint. Company officials said Apple was interested in making a future iPhone waterproof, potentially with a sixth-generation model expected to be released later this year.

“We expect HzO to be in next season’s phones,” the company reportedly said.

In addition to Apple, its rival Samsung is also said to have shown interest in HzO’s technology. The company said it showed a Samsung executive a waterproofed Galaxy S smartphone, and that company officials were “really excited” by what they saw.

HzO’s WaterBlock technology protects the insides of devices on a molecular scale. It has been used in demonstrations to protect a number of Apple products, including the iPhone 4S, iPads and iPods, after the material has been applied to the devices in a vacuum deposition process.

The company says that WaterBlock is a non-toxic, organic material that is safe for people to use. It also doesn’t change the aesthetics of a device or add any weight.

The technology is intended for “accidental encounters” with moisture, meaning use in deep waters or being submerged for an extended period of time is not recommended. However, HzO coated devices have reportedly been immersed in water for “many continuous hours,” and they continue to work fine.

“The technology is designed to protect against failure due to jumping in a pool and forgetting your phone was in your pocket, or dropping your iPod in the sink while doing dishes, or getting caught in a torrid rain storm and getting soaked, or leaving your smartphone in your pants when they go through the wash,” the company said.

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iLuv’s DreamTraveler Could Charge A Whole Apple Keynote By Its Lonesome [CES 2012]

iLuv’s DreamTraveler Could Charge A Whole Apple Keynote By Its Lonesome [CES 2012]

iLuv’s DreamTraveler Could Charge A Whole Apple Keynote By Its Lonesome [CES 2012]LAS VEGAS, CES 2012 – Wandering the showfloor of CES as a juiced-out gadget writer, charging solutions can take on a bizarrely exotic appeal. That external battery pack you passed over the press release for with a yawn months ago can suddenly become this season’s must-have gadget, just because your MacBook’s battery icon is blinking red, all the outlets are taken in the press room and you’ve got three stories to file.

As such, it’s hard to tell if I like iLuv’s DreamTraveler so much because I’ve got a desert wanderer’s thirst for electricity or because it’s genuinely a sexy, useful product. Certainly the Cult of Mac team could have used one in the press room this week. But I’m definitely leaning towards ‘sexy’ and ‘useful’, because the DreamTraveler isn’t just a good looking power strip, it’s also a dock that can charge six Apple gadgets at a time from just one outlet.

iLuv’s DreamTraveler Could Charge A Whole Apple Keynote By Its Lonesome [CES 2012]

Pyramidal in shape, the DreamTraveler power strip first and foremost features a collapsible tray in which any iPhone, iPad or iPod can be charged at 10W. On the other side, three grounded AC outlets allow you to plug in up to three other chargers at once, including MagSafes and Apple USB chargers.

iLuv’s DreamTraveler Could Charge A Whole Apple Keynote By Its Lonesome [CES 2012]

Don’t have your USB chargers handy, only the cables? No problem. On the side of the dream traveler are two USB ports, one of which will charge iPads at 10W, the other a more typical 5W.

Ultimately, the DreamTraveler is probably only going to appeal to road warriors who habitually travel with a deep gadget bench. But since that describes Cult of Mac’s CES 2012 team to the ‘T’, we would have bought one today if they’d been on sale. Unfortunately, they’re not, and if you’re eager to get your hands on a DreamTraveler, you’ll have to wait until April-May when the DreamTraveler will go on sale for a reasonable $ 49.99.

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Apple Could Allow Users To Upgrade The Rumored iTV Every Year Using A-Series Modules [CES 2012]

Apple Could Allow Users To Upgrade The Rumored iTV Every Year Using A-Series Modules [CES 2012]

Samsung’s usually accused of copying Apple, but their next-gen Smart TVs can be upgraded over time with faster processors and graphics, a strategy Apple might also employ.

Apple Could Allow Users To Upgrade The Rumored iTV Every Year Using A-Series Modules [CES 2012]LAS VEGAS, CES 2012 – Like many TV makers at CES, Apple’s rumored entry into the HDTV market was the specter in the room at Samsung’s Monday afternoon press conference. However, unlike other makers who are flailing around blindly trying to add new bullet points to their spec sheets in the face of Apple entering the industry, Samsung’s next-gen Smart TV has a plan… and it’s just compelling enough that you wonder if Samsung has been tipped off on just what the iTV will, and is preparing in kind.

Here’s the primary dilemma of Apple entering the HDTV market. Apple’s whole business strategy essentially rests in selling customers a newer, shinier, better version of a device every two-three years. How do you apply that model to televisions, though? They are huge, expensive devices that most households don’t upgrade more than once a decade. So how do you get families to shell out a couple grand on a new 50-inch TV every couple of years?

Samsung’s got a compelling answer: you can’t. People don’t buy televisions that way. But what if, instead of selling people a brand new TV every two-three years, you make your money by selling them modular upgrades on a yearly basis, and a major new set only every five-ten years.

This is what Samsung is intending on doing with their so-called Smart Evolution initiative. Think of it as an expansion slot for your TV. Every year, you can give Samsung a couple hundred bucks, open a door on the back of your day, and slap a new module in that will give it improved video and processing power.

Samsung claims that they are uniquely positioned to offer modular updates to their line of Smart TVs because they are the one TV maker who makes their own systems-on-chip, or SoCs. And that’s certainly true… for now. But if Apple gets in the game, they’re going to have the same advantage.

So imagine this. You spend $ 2,000 on an Apple iTV with a top-of-the-line A6 processor, but when Apple announces the iTV 2, it’s not an upgrade to the display: it’s an affordable upgrade to the iTV A6 module that gives any iTV out there the same core processing and video power as the latest model.

I think Samsung may just have nailed it on the nose. It’s not enough for Apple to just release a TV that cracks the control problem. Everyone at CES is showing off TVs with gesture control, voice control, internet connectivity and apps. No, what Apple has to figure out is a way to make people waiting in lines around the block for the next iTV every year. Maybe it’s as easy as embracing again a concept Apple has long since abandoned with their PCs and laptops: the self-upgradeable television.

John BrownleeJohn Brownlee is news editor here at Cult of Mac, and has also written about a lot of things for a lot of different places, including Wired, Playboy, Boing Boing, Popular Mechanics, Gizmodo, Kotaku, Lifehacker, AMC, Geek and the Consumerist. He lives in Cambridge with his charming inamorata and a tiny budgerigar punningly christened after Nabokov’s most famous pervert. You can follow him here on Twitter.

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Liquipel could make your iPhone waterproof without a case

Yeah, it sounds too good to be true. But that really is an iPhone in the cylinder above. Liquipel claims to make your smartphone water resistant by bonding it inside and out with a “nano” coating which repels water. While this isn’t for deep sea diving, it appears to be an ideal solution if you are clumsy or happen to be around water quite a bit. In the image below, I snapped a pic of a tissue paper coated with Liquipel technology. The tissue is impervious to water absorption, acting more like wax paper. Pretty neat stuff.

The downside (for now) is that you’ll have to send your device off to Liquipel for a few days for them to coat it. A rep I spoke to said they are hoping to work directly with manufacturers to integrate their coating before you buy a phone. In that case, you’d buy a water resistant phone automatically, eliminating the need for a LifeProof case or OtterBox if you’re just going to have your phone by the pool. I’m hopeful Apple will license or acquire this tech and implement it as soon as possible. While it won’t help with gravity, Liquipel certainly seems capable of preventing those spills and splashes that we’re all accustomed to — the ones which make us cringe or, at worst, place our iPhones in a sealed container filled with dry rice overnight (and prayer, for the devout).

Currently the Liquipel coating costs $ 59 for a 1-2 day turnaround for coating your phone. While the iPhone is certainly supported, it isn’t the only smartphone you can protect. But really, if you have one of those other phones, is it worth it? I kid. Check out Liquipel’s YouTube videos for more of this product in action. Here’s hoping Apple shows some interest in using the material soon — I’d love my iPhone 5 to be water resistant.



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