Here’s something that might cheer you up on such a cold, dull Monday morning…
The latest ‘Apple In-Ear Headphones’ released by Apple recently includes both a remote and microphone. It has been designed for superior acoustic accuracy, balance and clarity. Unlike ordinary headphones, each earpiece of Apple In-Ear Headphones contains two separate high-performance drivers. Though we haven’t had a chance to test it ourselves, hopefully this means improvement over the original, rather ordinary Apple earphones that came with iPods / iPhones.
They currently cost $79 and from Apple’s official description it seems they’re not suggesting that it would be compatible with the iPhone (however, read the full review from Gizmodo via the link below to see why we think it probably will support it):
The remote and mic are supported only by iPod nano (4th generation), iPod classic (120GB), and iPod touch (2nd generation). Audio is supported by all iPod models.
Requires software version 1.0.3 for iPod nano (4th generation), 2.0.1 for iPod classic (120GB), and 2.2 for iPod touch (2nd generation).
Here’s the verdict from Gizmodo:
After a history of offering lackluster earbuds, Apple has come through with a product that sounds really good and is reasonably priced, all things considered. The balanced sound and dual drivers makes all the difference in the quality factor. While not necessarily thumpy, the bass has a nice resonance without drowning out many of the high end intricacies found in jazz or electronic music. The midrange audio is relatively flat and doesn’t overpower your ears, which is nice because it allows the high end noises to really stand out, letting you hear things you don’t get from your car or computer speakers.
As far as remote capabilities go, I tested the Apple In-ear headphones with an iPhone 3G and a first gen iPod touch (neither of which are officially supported. As Apple claims, the audio works fine with both devices. Neither the remote or the mic work with the iPod touch 1G at all, merely reducing it to a pair of headphones. On the iPhone 3G, you can’t use the volume. You can still play/pause a song, answer/end a call, change tracks and make use of the microphone. But all of those work perfectly fine on the iPhone.
Overall, the Apple In-Ear Headphones are a quality product at a fairly reasonable price. They sound great, and work as expected. That said, unless you really need a remote on your headphones (or just want to show the world you’re a card-carrying member of the Cult of Apple), there are still a couple of better values out there. Still, Apple’s latest headphone offering is not a bad choice.
For more info and the full review, we recommend visiting Gizmodo for the full review, linke below…
The Apple iPhone has established itself as the gold standard for comparison between other new and upcoming smartphones. There is no doubt why this photoshoot was done, Nokia’s latest N series flagship N97 is packed full of hafty specs, not to say the least it’s got a 32 GB of internal storage, support for microSD and a much more powerful 5 megapixel camera.
You may or may not have heard of Livestation which is a service that brings online users the ability to watch tele on their computer (Windows / Mac OS X /Linux) using their all-in-one software or web based application absolutely free. When you are subscribed, you can watch television streamed directly to your computer, via peer-to-peer, from anywhere that you are able to connect to the internet. And now the folks at Livestation are apparently set to announce an iPhone app that will do the same thing, in other words provide us iPhone users with live TV over WiFi.
However, Livestation have said that it’s still in development right now and no dates are yet available. Another issue is that their app is unlikely to come to 3G due to network related complications. There is no doubt that we’ll soon see streaming TV on the iPhone one way or another, but the qustion is how soon and from who?
If you have the iPhone 3G you will know that it doesn’t come with a dock! This is quite annoying as the iPhone 2G certainly did have one. That is why our friends over at Geeky Gadgets and Gadgettastic have joined their incredible imaginations to creating this very cool cardboard iPhone dock.
Now you might think, hmm… cardboard, surely it is strong enough to hold on to the iPhone and act as a dock. Actually this dock is brilliant! And the best thing of all is that our friends have also published a pdf document in which you just need to print out and have ready to follow the DIY instructions featured in the video below in order to make it. It really is dead easy and fun too!
Before you start watching the video, you might find it helpful to download and print off the pdf here…
[via Geeky Gadgets]
You will remember we recently featured a video review of the BlackBerry Storm, here’s a another video which is quite interesting, comparing the BlackBerry Storm’s browser with that of the iPhone 3G’s (Safari). The BlackBerry Storm has a clickable touchscreen which is probably one of my favourite feature on the RIM phone although the major issue I have with it is the lack of WiFi.
Whilst the iPhone 3G does have WiFi and fancy Apple patented drag to zoom functionality, etc… As you will know Safari isn’t the most stable app on the iPhone, nevermind being the perfect browser.
Update (22/12/08): Those who have come into this article looking for info on iPhone unlock, please visit for the latest video released by the iPhone Dev Team demonstrating their latest tool for unlocking the iPhone 3G.
Just a day or so after its release the latest iPhone OS firmware / software version 2.2 has been jailbroken by the iPhone Dev Team’s PwnageTool 2.2 and QuickPWN 2.2. Like we mentioned earlier, the iPhone Dev Team was bound to release their iPhone 2.2 jailbreak / unlock solution soon, but this time, it was unexpectedly quick!
Please be aware that firmware 2.2 jailbreaking / unlocking DOES require abit more attention than previous releases, any false moves could result in permanent, irreversible consequences (such as not being able to unlock your iPhone 3G in the near future!).
Please, please read carefully, we have illustrated a few scenarios and we hope you read through all this before going ahead, if in doubt, ask questions!
- The new Pwnage Tool 2.2 is not available to Windows users but only QuickPwn 2.2
- Here is the bittorrent link:
- If the above link isn’t working, try any of the mirrors below:
- Latest Pwnage Tool 2.2 and QuickPwn 2.2 are both available to Mac OS users
- Pwnage Tool 2.2:
- QuickPwn 2.2:
Before you read further, please quickly be aware of the following main points:
- iPhone 3G users, you have to update your iPhone 3G using Pwnage Tool if you plan to someday unlock your iPhone 3G
- Using the iPhone Dev Team’s latest Pwnage Tool will give you an end result of a Pwnage Tool-based iPhone 2.2 OS jailbreak which the team believes is the only way to preserve your iPhone’s older baseband firmware
What the heck is baseband and why should I care about it on my iPhone 3G?
The ‘baseband’ is the generic name given to the internal components of the iPhone that handle the phone calls and Internet access. This ‘baseband’ is a tiny and unique independent computer system that runs inside your iPhone, it is separate to the main system that handles the applications (such as email and google maps) and it talks to the main part of the phone over an internal communications network. Think of it like a cable modem or other peripheral that is attached to your home PC that needs occasional updates. When a software update is released and presented to you within iTunes the baseband is sometimes updated (to fix bugs or add new features). The 2.2 update for the iPhone 3G contains such an update, so running the vanilla updater straight away with iTunes will reprogram and update the baseband.
As we mentioned in the bullet point above, it is absolutely crucial at this point that if you have the iPhone 3G, you don’t plug it into iTunes and automatically agree to iTunes when it prompts you to update to firmware 2.2. We can’t stress this hard enough, you must update your iPhone’s firmware to version 2.2 using PwnageTool if you ever want to even dream about unlocking your iPhone 3G in the near future.
I have iPhone 3G, I’m not bothered about unlocking and just want to jailbreak…
If you are a loyal and happy O2 or AT&T customer and don’t think you will ever need to unlock your iPhone but just want to jailbreak so that you can download lots of neat applications off Cydia. All that you need to do is click agree to update to firmware 2.2 via iTunes then use the latest version of QuickPwn, version 2.2 to jailbreak your iPhone’s firmware 2.2.
I bought an iPhone 3G (from Asia for example) that was already manufacturer unlocked…
We got asked this by a reader for the last firmware. If this is you, we now know that you don’t need to worry about anything. Your iPhone was destined to be unlocked and won’t lock itself up after restoring or updating or upgrading using iTunes. So all you need to do is jailbreak if that is what you want, use QuickPwn 2.2.
I have the iPhone 2G (first generation), which tool should I use?
The iPhone 2G is the simpler of the two, it is no longer a difficulty for the iPhone Dev Team, it can be unlocked and jailbroken with no problems at all, the instructions below also applies to the iPhone 2G.
Will this work for the iPod Touch?
For first generation iPod Touch, yes just like the iPhone 2G, your iPod can be jailbroken to install Cydia apps. For second generation iPod Touch, your device is currently unsupported.
Now for the all important, crucial part. The following steps will take you through the process so that your iPhone 3G’s baseband is preserved for any possible future iPhone 3G unlock solutions. The below instructions also apply to unlocking and jailbreaking the iPhone 2G.
- Download the iPhone 2.2 OS firmware to your desktop:
- Download Pwnage Tool 2.2, (Pwnage Tool is not available for PC Windows):
- Now that you’ve downloaded Pwnage Tool, click it to start it up
- Select Expert Mode
- Select your iPhone version, iPhone 3G or iPhone
- Click Next
- Allow Pwnage Tool 2.2 to find the iPhone 2.2 OS firmware that you downloaded to your desktop
- Select the iPhone 2.2 OS firmware
- The iPhone 2G’s firmware 2.2 filename is iPhone1,1_2.2_5G77_Restore.ipsw
- The iPhone 3G’s firmware 2.2 filename is iPhone1,2_2.2_5G77_Restore.ipsw
- Now click Next
- Select the General category
- Click Next
- General Settings:
- If you are using your iPhone on a contract with your carrier or network you must uncheck the box next to Activate
- If you don’t have a legitimate iPhone contract with your carrier, you will need to ensure that the box next to Activate is checked, this will make your iPhone or iPhone 3G for use on an official iPhone carrier’s network
- Change root partition size to 1000MB
- Now keep clicking Next until you get back to the Build screen
- Now select Build
- Click Next
- Save the custom restore file to your desktop and this file should be named iPhone1,1_2.2_5G77_Custom_Restore.ipsw
- Wait for PwnageTool 2.2 to build your custom iPhone firmware 2.2 file
- When asked if the iPhone has been Pwned before, be honest and choose the appropriate option
- Now connect your iPhone
- Follow directions to enter into the Restore Mode, remember the trick is to press the power button slightly before pressing the home button!
- If you followed the directions correctly, you will then be given a blue window, now click on OK
- You will see I Can Haz Success, now quit Pwnage Tool 2.2
- Now start and go into your iTunes
- You will be told your iPhone needs to be restored
- Click OK
- Now here is a crucial part, make sure you hold down on options key on your keyboard while you click restore
- Now choose the iPhone1,2_2.1_5F136_Custom_Restore.ipsw from your desktop and click open
- The next part is to wait and can take up to a few minutes, be patient!
- After some more waiting, you will be told that your iPhone has been restored, click on OK
- Now disconnect your iPhone after iTunes recognises it, you can now restore the backup of your iPhone’s data
- Congratulations, all done!
Any comments will be appreciated, comments usually replied within 48 hours, we hope everything works out ok for you! We’ll be keep this guide updated, so come back soon!