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I have been researching and trying out different ways to unlock the iphone 4/4s for a while now. I wanted to share some of my experiences, so if you are looking to switch to a new carrier without having to deal with contracts, you’ve come to the right place.

What I found when I was researching and doing unlocks was that there are a ton of scams out there. It’s amazing what people put out there to make a buck or two. That’s what prompted me to write this article. I want to save as much frustration as I can for as many people as I can. An unlock should be quick and easy and you shouldn’t have to break the bank for it.

So here is what I found:

Software Unlocks

Software Unlocks do not and have never existed for the iPhone 4/4s. They are a scam and you should avoid them like the plague! I tried purchasing software unlocks a couple of times, and both times I got the same result. Nothing! Plus, the sites I used had my credit card information and wouldn’t refund my money. I had to go through the trouble of cancelling my cards and ordering new ones so that they wouldn’t have my information for future use. Software unlocks- just don’t do it!

Hardware Unlocks

These are basically alternative SIM trays, that supposedly make your iPhone work with ANY sim card.

I ordered several of these. They actually did work, but they come with pretty harsh consequences. First of all, shipping takes forever. I waited about 3 weeks, give or take a couple of days. So if you are looking to get your phone unlocked quickly, this isn’t the way to go. But that isn’t even the worst of it. Most of the SIM trays are actually larger than your phone’s original SIM tray, so there is a huge chance that you will damage your phone when your replace the SIM card. The new SIM has a tendency to get stuck as well because of the larger size.This will void your warranty, so don’t expect any help from Apple. Unless you are willing to take the risk, don’t do the hardware unlock.

Network Unlocks- a.k.a. IMEI Unlocks

This is the way to go when you want to unlock your phone. There is a global database of iPhone identification numbers (called IMEIs) that can be accessed. Then your phones number can be added to Apple’s whitelist (which is a list of numbers allowed on any network). When the process is complete, you will get a confirmation email. Then just connect to iTunes and you will see:

Your iPhone is officially unlocked! And, with no risk of damage or voiding your warranty! Plus, because it is on Apple’s whitelist, the unlock is permanent.

I used several IMEI companies for a few iPhones and for some friends… I had some good and bad experiences. I have listed the best of them below, beginning with my top choice.

Top IMEI network unlocks

#1 best IMEI unlock – iUnlock Pro (10 out of 10)

This is the company I use and recommend to all of my friends. I have yet to find anything faster or cheaper.

Customer service is phenomenal. I signed up on a Saturday and expected them to start working on my unlock on Monday – but just a couple hours later I had my email in the inbox… And after connecting to iTunes – an unlocked iPhone, free to use on any network I pleased! It was so simple and painless.

For unlocks, these are the go to guys to go to. Check them out here: iUnlock Pro

#2 Official iPhone Unlock (7 out of 10)

I have to be honest with this one. These guys really aren’t all that. Customer service was sub par. My experience with these guys is that they take several days to get back to you. Not to mention they are very limited on what payment processors they can accept, and their website is very poorly designed and difficult to navigate.

Despite all of these things, they are the only decent unlock company I have found aside from iUnlock pro. Some of the others don’t work, or I am still waiting after weeks to hear back from them. So I include these guys as an option because at least I know you will get the unlock you paid for. That’s more than I can say for a lot of the companies I have found out there.

Update: As of about an hour ago their website was down. I will keep checking and keep you posted.

#3 IMEI Codes

Really it’s the same story with these guys. If you have the patience and the time, you will get your unlock. Customer service and navigation of the website are a bit worse than Official unlock’s site, but as a last resort these guys will do.

To sum it up

OK so the basic rundown is this:

1. Software unlocks for iPhone 4/4s are a scam. Period. Avoid them.
2. Hardware unlocks do work. But they are risky and cause damage to your phone and will void your warranty. Plus you have to wait weeks to get your SIM tray.
3. IMEI unlocks are quick, inexpensive and safe. This is the absolute best option for unlocking your iPhone. If you go to a good site, like iUnlockpro, it can be done within hours.

So there you have it. If you want to be done with being tied down to one carrier, and you want to go with the safest option, go with an IMEI unlock.

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There is often little news on how to unlock your iPhone 4/4S, as few individuals (mostly business or leisure travelers) discuss the matter; however, there are times when vital news comes along. When iPhone 4/4S unlock news surfaces, we here at iunlock4s.com will be the first to let you know. This week’s unlock news involves US soldiers overseas, as well as Verizon’s new unlocked iPhone 5.

 

First in iPhone 4/4s unlock news involves unlocking contract iPhones for military soldiers. AT&T agreed earlier this month to unlock the contract iPhones of soldiers on military duty overseas. Prior to the announcement, soldiers could only get their iPhones unlocked through online tech support, retail stores, or by dialing “611” on their iPhones. When soldiers did get their iPhones unlocked, they needed to be in good standing with their monthly payments and were required to present a phone for unlocking that was not classified as “lost” or “stolen”. Now, soldiers will be able to apply for their unlocked iPhones by way of AT&T’s newest online application known as “Device Unlock Portal”. To apply for the unlocked iPhone, military soldiers must:

 

  • Be active and serving on military duty at the time of deployment overseas
  • Have an AT&T account that has a $0 balance
  • Verification of deployment to a specific place overseas (provided through the military)

 

An unlocked iPhone is an ideal item for military men and women who fight the powers of terrorism and evil overseas. Their mission takes them on the road for months at a time (if not years, for some), and multiple deployments within a one-year time span are common in wartime (such as the War on Iraq). Not only will American military men and women have a smartphone that allows them to contact relatives on FaceTime; they will also have a more convenient way of receiving an unlocked iPhone without the obligation of getting their iPhones unlocked for themselves. When they deploy on a military mission for months, they can stop at a local store and pick up a European SIM card from any carrier to use in their iPhone. Unlocked iPhones ease the process by which businessmen and leisure travelers can pick up a Sprint SIM card and use it on an AT&T-locked iPhone in European countries.

 

Unlocked iPhones have always been said by iPhone researchers to be related only to local SIM cards in European countries and overseas. In the United States, iPhones have always been locked, meaning that you cannot take your Sprint iPhone and use it on an AT&T network or SIM card once you decide to switch to AT&T. Phone carriers once placed a carrier lock on unlocked iPhones, and “unlocked” once meant unlocked everywhere except the United States. However, the concept of unlocked as phone carriers have defined it is changing. Some phone carriers have decided to unlock their iPhones in the United States in the fullest sense – such that “unlocked” now means “fully unlocked”. Two cases of the new, transforming unlock smartphone definition are AT&T and Verizon Wireless.

 

Earlier this Spring (April 2012), AT&T decided to do something unprecedented for one of the nation’s largest phone carriers: the company decided to unlock your iPhone 4/4S (or any earlier model), provided that the iPhone is out of contract and the customer is in good standing with AT&T in a current contract (this includes non-military civilians). The following requirements are what AT&T expects of you if you are the owner of a new iPhone 5 and want your iPhone 4/4S unlocked:

 

  • Have paid all past balances on your monthly bill
  • Completed at least one full-length contract with AT&T (having been a customer of AT&T for the past two years)
  •  Pay an early termination fee for unfulfilled contract
  • Eligible for a smartphone upgrade

 

First, any AT&T customer can get his or her iPhone 4 or iPhone 4S unlocked if he or she has paid all past balances on his or her monthly bill. If a customer has not paid up and is currently in debt with AT&T, the privilege will not be awarded because privileges with phone carriers have always been restricted to valued customers who pay each month. If you want AT&T to unlock your iPhone 4/4S, then you must pay all your debt to AT&T in the month in which you want to receive an iPhone 4 or iPhone 4S unlock.  Next, the individual that wants his or her iPhone 4/4S unlock must be a second-term customer with the company and have completed a prior, two-year contract with AT&T. First-time customers do not get this privilege, but second-time customers do because of their prior two-year commitment. This is why AT&T only services out-of-contract iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S: the company allows out-of-contract iPhones to be unlocked because it presumes that you, the customer, are in a new contract with AT&T and are no longer using the old iPhone.

 

If you are an AT&T customer, however, you will become agitated with AT&T’s process by which customers can apply for an unlocked iPhone. Research surfaced today shows that out-of-contract, unlocked iPhone 4S is possible by way of an iTunes restore. The process by which an AT&T customer must apply for an unlocked iPhone 4S consists of filling out an application, faxing it to AT&T, then waiting for seven days to hear from the company. This process has been the norm for some time, but many customers will start to question AT&T’s actions; after all, who would go through the trouble of forms and faxes if the individual could unlock an iPhone 4S without AT&T assistance?

 

AT&T has begun its iPhone 4/4S unlock process with iPhones that are out-of-contract. Verizon Wireless, on the other hand, is nudging the competition up a bit with its new unlocked iPhone 5s. While the unlocked iPhone 5 model will cost $649 base price for a 16GB, $749 for 32GB, and $849 for a 64GB model, it will not be available for some time for consumers who do not want to commit two a two-year contract with a phone carrier. While the locked iPhone 5 model went on sale at Apple Stores across the United States and world on September 21, 2012 (one week ago), the unlocked iPhone 5 will not come to retail stores and phone carriers until three or four weeks from now, if then. The unlocked iPhone 5 will allow Verizon customers the opportunity to use GSM network SIM cards such as those of AT&T and T-Mobile in their unlocked iPhones to place calls on other networks. Verizon customers, however, would still pay their monthly bills to Verizon Wireless; the new unlocked iPhone 5 would allow Verizon customers to have access to other networks. The idea seems to be a risky one for Verizon, but the company trusts in its reputation over the years as well as the number of new customers who come because the company sells the iPhone 5.

 

Can it be true? Has Verizon turned a new leaf with its unlocked iPhone 5 model? I believe so. Last week, tech writers confirmed Verizon’s new unlocked iPhone 5 with a tinge of hesitancy, and many presumed that the unlocked iPhone 5 was “for a limited time only”; nevertheless, Verizon (in a response that sent shocks through the tech world) announced that the company would stick with its unlocked iPhone 5 model and has no future plans to relock the iPhone 5 for its customers. According to Yahoo News:

 

“The Verizon version of the iPhone 5, which went on sale Friday, came with an unexpected feature: it works on the network of AT&T and many other phone companies, as well as on Verizon’s.

 

It’s the first time Verizon, the country’s largest cellphone company, has sold a phone that works on competing US networks with no complicated hacking, or ‘unlocking’ procedures.

 

Last year, the first shipments of the Sprint iPhone 4S were unlocked and worked on AT&T, but Sprint later issued software updates that turned off that capability.

Verizon Wireless spokeswoman Brenda Raney said Monday that Verizon does not plan to relock the iPhone 5” (Peter Svensson, “Verizon Says IPhone 5 Won’t Be ‘Relocked’”, Yahoo).

 

If you are a Verizon customer, however, you can pick up your unlocked iPhone 5 at your local Verizon Wireless store or any retail store such as Walmart, Target, or Best Buy. One week ago, one of the nation’s top phone carriers said that Verizon customers (even those on contract) would be able to purchase the unlocked iPhone 5. How does the unlocked iPhone 5 benefit the consumer? Normally, unlocked iPhones allow you to use any SIM card overseas when making calls and surfing the web; in the case of Verizon, the Verizon unlocked iPhone 5 will not only allow you to substitute any SIM card in Europe, but also allow the same concept here. That is, you can be a Verizon customer here but use an AT&T SIM card in your Verizon iPhone 5, access AT&T’s network, and yet, still pay Verizon each month for your monthly bill. This is a new concept of the unlocked iPhone 5 that Verizon is the very first to consider. One downside to Verizon’s new unlocked iPhone 5 is that it will not allow you to access AT&T’s LTE network, which is said to be the best in the United States. AT&T allows both voice and data operations on its 4G LTE network simultaneously, while carriers Sprint and Verizon Wireless force you to choose one of two operations to perform each time. Verizon, however, has a broader and more consistent network than AT&T.

 

After all this talk of the unlocked iPhone 5 model, you want to see the unlocked iPhone 5 in action, right? Well, look no further. The following demonstration video will prove it. As a last tip, you should remember that the iPhone 5 requires a nano-SIM card as opposed to the iPhone 4S that used a micro-SIM card (and earlier versions, that used an original SIM). AT&T offers its SIM cards with your two-year contract renewal of the iPhone 5; T-Mobile, on the other hand, looks to offer nano-SIMs for sale this coming mid-October 2012. The problem with T-Mobile, however, is that its 3G network is not compatible with the sixth-generation iPhone; if you plan to take your unlocked iPhone 5 to T-Mobile for a off-contract agreement, know that 2G EDGE is the only kind of cellular network available. While this may place a damper upon the excitement surrounding T-Mobile’s latest move, it shows you that unlocked and locked smartphone agreements come with advantages and disadvantages. Eventually, you must pick the smartphone and plan that works best for you.

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The new 4G LTE technology found in Apple’s newest phone, the iPhone 5, has been a must-have for many iPhone 4S users for some time. Android phones have had 4G LTE for the last two years or so, and many iPhone customers feel that Apple could have implemented the technology months ago; as with Siri, however, Apple decided to wait 8 or 9 months until it could see how the new technology would survive before featuring it into a new iOS device. Apple did the same with 4G LTE, which seemed as though it was a smart move.

Unfortunately for Apple, the iPhone 5 presentation on 4G LTE last Wednesday (September 12, 2012) has been the highlight of 4G LTE. Right after the technology was announced on stage, news spread that 4G LTE would become a thorn in the side of phone carriers and customers. Prior to the iPhone’s announcement, AT&T announced that it would only grant FaceTime over 3G to its mobile share data plan customers, enraging many AT&T customers and setting many on the path of leaving AT&T for Verizon Wireless. Finally, after a week or more had passed, AT&T admitted that its 3G network could not handle the data load of voice and Internet data surfing. Last Wednesday when the iPhone 5 was released, AT&T announced that it would allow its customers to retain their unlimited data plans or upgrade to one of their new mobile data share plans to access 4G LTE. AT&T announced in a press release,

“We offer customers the flexibility to keep the iPhone data plans they already have or choose any of our individual or new Mobile Share plans. We’re proud that more customers choose AT&T for iPhone than any other U.S. carrier and look forward to making iPhone 5 the newest addition to our lineup” (http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/att-to-offer-iphone-5-on-the-nations-largest-4g-network-on-sept-21-169517146.html).

 

With 4G LTE technology now in the works, the question remains: will AT&T allow FaceTime over 4G to only mobile share data plan users? Apparently so. It appears that mobile share data plan users will have access to FaceTime over 4G, but the remaining data plan customers will need to use WiFi to access FaceTime. In time, users will see their data plans save money—which allows them to save money for other luxuries and necessities.

 

FaceTime over 4G will be a problem for AT&T customers who do not adapt mobile share data plans, but it will also serve as a problem for Sprint and Verizon customers as well. Mashable’s Kate Abbott stated last week that neither Sprint nor Verizon will allow customers the ability to both talk and surf the web simultaneously:

 

“Verizon has confirmed that its version of the iPhone 5 will not support simultaneous use of voice and data over its LTE network—and that means Sprint’s model won’t, either…According to Apple, both Verizon and Sprint will offer the same version of the iPhone 5, so Sprint’s phone will not support simultaneous use either…AT&T’s iPhone—which uses GSM technology rather than CDMA—does allow for simultaneous talking and web surfing” (http://mashable.com/2012/09/13/verizon-sprint-iphone-5-still-wont-let-you-browse-and-talk-even-on-lte/).

 

Why does AT&T allow voice and data operations side-by-side while Verizon and Sprint do not? An Apple spokesperson responded:

 

“[The] iPhone 5 supports simultaneous voice and data on GSM-based 3G and LTE networks. It is not yet possible to do simultaneous voice and data on networks that use CDMA for voice and LTE for data in a single radio design” (Kate Abbott, “Verizon, Sprint iPhone 5 Still Won’t Let You Browse and Talk.” Mashable: September 13, 2012).

 

AT&T, running on GSM (Global Systems for Mobile Communications) technology, can allow them; Verizon and Sprint, running on CDMA technology (code division multiple access) cannot. As the Apple spokesperson said, it is currently “not yet possible” to allow both operations with a CDMA+ LTE processing chip such as Apple’s A6. If you want to use FaceTime over 3G while surfing the web as an AT&T customer, you can. If you want to use FaceTime over 3G or 4G while surfing the web as a Sprint or Verizon Wireless customer, you will be unable to do so. Jon Fingas at Engadget gets right to the point:

 

“…iPhone 5 units for Verizon, Sprint, and every other CDMA carrier still won’t let you check your email in mid-call without WiFi. If that’s an issue, you’ll have to turn to AT&T (or T-Mobile with an unlocked phone) to get your fix” (Jon Fingas, “Apple Confirms IPhone 5 Won’t Do Simultaneous Voice and LTE Data on CDMA Networks.” Mashable, September 13, 2012).

 

This will prove to be difficult for both Verizon and Sprint customers who want to incorporate 4G LTE as they have done their 3G cellular network. Although AT&T allows voice and data simultaneously, customers who want FaceTime over 3G (and now 4G) must have a mobile share data plan. It seems as though AT&T is the way to go.

AT&T has one more factor in its favor than just simultaneous voice and data; it also has faster speeds than Verizon Wireless. While Verizon has a legitimate 4G LTE network, AT&T operates on what is known as an HSPA+ network, a network that has faster Internet, voice, and download speeds than Verizon Wireless. Unfortunately, not all places across the globe will have HSPA+ (since it is rare when compared to LTE networks), so Verizon will provide the most consistent data and voice experience if you are someone who travels for business purposes often. If not, staying with AT&T is an excellent idea.

So, you may have your carrier figured out (the race is between Sprint and Verizon) for your iPhone 5 voice and data services. However, the iPhone 5 is still a “Catch-22,” even if you decide on your phone carrier; why? Because Apple and the new product may be slammed with a lawsuit in the near future. CNET and Mashable report that Samsung (prior to the iPhone 5 announcement last Wednesday) plans to sue Apple for its use of 4G LTE technology in its newest flagship phone. Upon further research, I learned that HTC plans to sue Apple along with Samsung in a dual-partnership lawsuit against the Cupertino, California company. Nokia owns the majority of LTE patents at 18.9%, while Samsung owns 12.2%. HTC has numerous patents, since it was the first company to produce a 4G device back in 2010 with its HTC Evo 4G smartphone. With two of the top LTE patent holders in alliance against Apple (Nokia being excepted), Apple’s iPhone 5 may have many customers upset if the phone is banned between now and the Christmas season. As one site commenter said:

 

“While Apple has a couple of LTE patents, Samsung has over 800. You should be very scared for Apple right now. Apple knows they are infringing on HTC’s patents. Instead of trying to license them, they are trying to invalidate them. If a US judge won’t invalidate patents on gestures and black rounded rectangles, how do you figure they [sic] are going to invalidate some real technology? HTC will be in full position to invalidate Apple’s iPhone (yeah, they stole nearly ever piece of tech the software has). I don’t think HTC will ban Apple’s device, but I know one company that will happily do it—Samsung. Be afraid, iFan. Be very afraid.”

 

I do not agree that the technology of Apple’s is not real (in contrast to the site commenter), but I do agree that Android manufacturers will win the 4G LTE patent lawsuit. After all, the commenter makes sense: if rounded corners and icons are what made a jury (with little technical knowledge whatsoever) rule in favor of Apple, what makes Apple think that a jury will not rule in favor of Samsung and HTC when these two manufacturers pull out their patents and claim they have owned their patents for a much longer time than Apple? What defense could Apple amass that would make a jury believe them over long-standing LTE patent owners? If a jury saw Apple as having rights over its patents that should be respected, what makes Apple think a judge and jury will not see that HTC’s and Samsung’s LTE patents should be respected as well?

These issues with 4G LTE (carriers, simultaneous voice and data, Internet speeds, and lawsuits over LTE patents) makes the new iPhone something of a Catch-22 for iPhone customers. If they decide to purchase the iPhone 5 and place it in their hands, will they have to compromise on its 4G LTE service? In many ways, the answer to this question is “yes”.

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With the new media announcement about the iPhone 5 up and running, tech writers and ordinary consumers are anticipating quite the “show and tell” with the Apple Corporation this Wednesday as the sixth-generation iPhone is revealed. With all the excitement surrounding the surprise and all the attention that the company has on its shoulders, I thought now would be an excellent time to cover the rumors that have been circulating and point out the rumors I think will be the most realistic with regard to Wednesday’s presentation. The significant rumors surrounding the new gadget are listed below:

 

  • IPhone 5 pre-order and official selling dates
  • 4G LTE connectivity
  • Thinner body
  • Larger screen display (greater than 3.5 inches)
  • Multiple screen display manufacturers
  • A5X processor chip
  • Chomp application in iOS6
  • ITunes makeover
  • Smaller pin dock connector
  • Touchscreen and liquid crystal display (LCD) combo
  • Nano SIM card
  • Other surprises

 

The iPhone 5 looks to be available for pre-order on September 12 from the first moment Apple makes the iPhone 5 available for media viewing. This past June at the WWDC, Apple made iOS6 (the alpha version) as well as the MacBook Pro with retina display available to its iOS developers. On September 12, the iPhone 5 will have the same treatment (I believe) as Apple’s other products have: developers will be given first “dibs.” While Apple will not release the iPhone 5 to the public (the media only), I can see Apple making the iPhone 5 available for pre-order on this date. After all, the Cupertino company cannot hide the cherished new item from Apple fans forever. The official selling date of the iPhone 5 looks to be September 21, 2012. If Apple fans can wait nine days beyond the announcement, they can expect to find the product at their favorite stores (Best Buy, Apple Store, etc.).

 

4G LTE connectivity is another feature of the sixth-generation iPhone that you can expect when the new iPhone is announced. It makes sense for Apple to bring 4G to its five-year legacy item, particularly when you consider that so many other manufacturers (such as Samsung) have provided 4G LTE within their new smartphones already. The Samsung Galaxy S3, one of the hottest phones of the year, contains 4G LTE. Samsung has been busy since the advent of its S3, producing other phones that also contain 4G LTE connectivity. With other competitors such as HTC, Samsung, Motorola, and others unfolding 4G, Apple would make a huge mistake by withholding 4G LTE for the iPhone 6. It is as certain as the sun will rise that 4G will emerge in Wednesday’s announcement.

 

Do you not like the size of your current iPhone 4S? Have no worries: the iPhone 5 will take care of that! Apple pays attention to its customers and the company has seen the demand for a thinner and smaller phone, one that is not too big to hold in your hands or pockets. The iPhone 5 looks to be taller than the previous iPhone 4S but thinner than the 4S model as well. This will allow the new iPhone to be a pocket favorite while providing a wider screen for viewing movies and playing games. If Apple makes the screen taller, you have more viewing space when you turn your iPhone to “landscape” mode. The thinner iPhone 5 will also have a “nano” SIM card to accommodate the smaller-size iPhone. The new nano SIM is a practical and necessary accessory with the new Apple gadget.

 

A larger screen display is another iPhone 5 rumor that you can expect to see with the new iPhone 5 on Wednesday. As it is with 4G LTE, Apple is forced to enlarge its screen display. Samsung, for example, produced a 4.8-inch screen in its stellar Galaxy S3. The S2 was 4.3 inches wide, and the Samsung Galaxy Note (smartphone) was approximately 5.5 inches wide while Apple’s current iPhone 4S is only 3.5 inches wide. When you consider that companies such as Samsung and HTC are producing larger screens that measure at 4 inches and up, Apple must produce a wider screen in order to compete with Samsung, its top Android competitor. Look for wider screens for Apple’s iPhones in the future.

 

Multiple manufacturers will produce Apple’s new iPhone 5 screen displays. Business Insider reports that Sharp and LG (two of the manufacturers) will produce iPhone 5 screens. There are other manufacturers that will make iPhone 5 screens as well. Among the multiple manufacturers the company hopes to put to work is Samsung. TechCrunch reports that Samsung will manufacture screens and chips for both Apple’s iPhones and iPads—including the new ones set to emerge this Fall 2012. Samsung will donate $4 billion to this effort; no company donates $4 billion to a cause in which it will not participate. At the same time, however, what is noticeable about the multiple manufacturers is that Samsung will not produce the same amount of screens and chips that it once did. CNET claims that Apple has cut its demand for Samsung through its partnerships with other manufacturers “as it tries to reduce its dependence on its legal foe and competitor, according to industry sources.” John Paczkowski of All Things D reported that relying on sources outside of Samsung prevents the company from lagging behind on production when natural disaster such as tsunamis, earthquakes, hurricanes and landslides take place. Other sources such as Reuters claims that Apple wants to become a cooperative partner in the smartphone market industry as a whole, but Apple has clearly said (in the words of Tim Cook) that “Apple does not want to become the developer for the world.” If the company does not want to become a world developer, why is it trying to incorporate the world in its list of manufacturers?

 
If the iPhone 5 looks to have a faster speed than the iPhone 4S with 4G LTE connectivity, it cannot work without the faster A5X processor chip. The A5X has been used in Apple’s latest iPad 3 (called “the new iPad”) that comes with retina display, but it will become acquainted with the iPhone 5 this Wednesday. The new processor chip will provide faster speeds for games, surfing the web, and other leisure activities that unleash the power of Apple’s popular electronic tablet. Steve Kovach of Business Insider says that the new iPhone 5 may have an A6 chip instead of the iPad 3’s A5. It seems more likely that the new iPhone will have an A5X chip to match the latest iPad. The A6 chip will come with the iPhone 6 and the iPad 4.

 

Apple’s current collection of iPhones and iPads (from iPhones 1 to 4S and iPads 1 to 3) have been marvelous; nevertheless, developers barely make enough to keep their projects going to develop more improved games for iOS users because few Apple customers know how to find developer game apps at the App Store. With iOS6 (that’s right: a new iOS!), Apple hopes to solve this problem by way of an application known as “Chomp.” Chomp will allow Apple users to find the applications they need faster—despite the 600,000 or more applications located in the App Store. IOS6 will be a welcome surprise for iOS users, since it offers over 200 new features to users, including the following:

 

  • Notification Center
  • Siri across all devices (Mac PC, laptop, iPhones, iPads)
  • Facebook Integration

 

As I said, there are over 200 new features in iOS6, and you will have lots of time to find all the new features contained within the new iOS6 update. While there are many good updates to enjoy, I am excited about acquiring Siri on my iPad 3.

 

The iPhone has always had a touchscreen that works with user touch responses. The iPhone 5 will do the same, but with a twist: it will feature a combination of touchscreen and liquid crystal display (LCD) where the touchscreen will be built within the LCD. This will maintain the iPhone 5’s thinness while providing a more “seamless” experience in surfing the web with the new iPhone. The new screen will be made by way of the company Toshiba, and would be as huge of a technological addition as OLED (organic light-emitting diode) technology. Samsung makes its Galaxy S phones with OLED technology; the S3 is one of the company’s phones that comes with a “super AMOLED” (active-matrix organic light-emitting diode) screen display. What makes the new LCD/touchscreen combo so dangerous is that, since the LCD and touchscreen will merge rather than remain separate, you have one less layer of protection for your iPhone. If you drop your iPhone, the screen may crack easier because what once served as two layers (LCD layer and the touchscreen layer) has now merged into one (LCD + touchscreen). Additionally, the touch capacity becomes vulnerable, should you damage your phone. This will make your phone less reparable than others—and, depending on the damage, you may end up with an inoperable iPhone 5.

 

Lastly, the new iPhone 5 looks to have a 9-pin dock connector instead of the traditional 30-pin dock connector that the 4S had. This means that Apple fans will have to purchase the new dock connector and throw away the old one (unless you intend to keep the old 4S). If you choose to recycle your iPhone 4S model, you can receive an Apple gift card of $345 towards the purchase of the iPhone 5 or iPhone 5 accessories (or older iPhone 4 or 4S accessories, if you remain with older iPhones and refrain from the iPhone 5 purchase).

 

Despite all the hype, there are rumored features that will not appear in the iPhone 5, according to tech experts:

 

  • Near Field Communication (NFC)
  • Liquipel, or waterproof coating
  • Holographic display
  • Rubberband technology
  • Fingerprint scanning

 

Near Field Communication allows two phones in proximity to transfer information or “beam” (to use an Android term) information from one phone to another. The new iPhone 5 will not have NFC, so you cannot use Google Wallet on your iPhone 5 to purchase food, clothing, gas, and other conveniences. There will be no Liquipel coating or waterproof coating at all. This was a rumor that kindled a lot of fire earlier this Spring (2012), but has died down since before this past summer. Liquipel coating will cost you anywhere from $65-$75 per phone, and you can send your phone to Liquipel and request the waterproof coating work for your iPhone if you prefer. Fingerprint scanning has become a possibility for the iPhone, but chances are, this technology is too novel for Apple to place in its iPhone 5. After all, Apple just acquired the fingerprint company AuthenTec a few weeks ago—so it looks as though it will take a few months before Apple is comfortable with releasing the new fingerprint technology. Some tech experts seem to think that the acquisition of AuthenTec to Apple is nothing more than Apple striking back at Samsung (AuthenTec was a company Samsung hired for a few of its services). I place fingerprint scanning in the same category as voice demand: while it is an excellent piece of technology, it needs more time to develop. Fingerprint scanning will certainly exist with the iPhone 6, however.

 

This Wednesday will be quite a surprise, as Apple reveals its newest tech gadget. At the same time, however, it is fun to read of the rumors and meditate on what is to come.

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In my last post, I stated that Apple’s reputation would be trashed as a result of the Apple-Samsung ruling. Over the last few days, my opinion has not changed. I still believe that Apple will lose some of the respect it has gained over the years because of its ruling. The company has had some illegitimate practices within the last few month (read on the Proview and Jingsu Xuebao rulings in China against Apple) and is in no position to call out Samsung on anything.

 

In this post, my goal is to cover a few more implications from the Samsung ruling. The next implication of the ruling, apart from Apple’s trashed reputation in the consumer mindset is that Apple could go on to hold a monopoly on the smartphone market. In his article titled “Apple, a Monopoly? It Could Happen,” Roger Kay provides the foundation for Apple’s hatred of Google (and its associates) as well as the future of the smartphone industry:

 

“Steve Jobs harbored a well-known vendetta against Google based on his belief that that Eric Schmidt, while sitting on Apple’s board, had leaked the iPhone’s critical characteristics to his own design teams, who then copied it. Jobs swore he would spend as much of Apple’s considerable wealth as necessary to stop Google cold, and he wasn’t interested in licensing to Google’s partners. The offer that Apple made to Samsung, which came out during the trial, would have absorbed all of Samsung’s profit. In other words, the terms were unreasonable, and Samsung rejected the offer. But Apple wasn’t serious, or else it would have done something more like what Microsoft has done: license on reasonable terms” (Roger Kay, “Apple, A Monopoly? It Could Happen.” Forbes, 8.28.2012).

 

Apple has had a vendetta against Google from the very beginning, and Samsung is one of Google’s partners. Thus, Apple would have a problem with Samsung and would want to sue the company to send a message to Google (the real target of Apple’s wrath). Apple negotiated with Samsung to squash the company at all costs, but the Korean manufacturer refused to forfeit all of its income to Apple. The lawsuit, happened, thus, because Apple was not reasonable. Then, in the lawsuit itself, Apple put forth its ridiculous patents—another sign of the unreasonableness of the Cupertino, California corporation. The rationale behind the lawsuit? To “stick it” to Google:

 

“…Apple doesn’t want money from Samsung. Of course Apple is happy to add the jury-verdict winnings (to be appealed) to its already staggering hoard, but this matter is not primarily about money. It’s about wanting Google dead, at least in the high-mobility-platform business, and, really, entirely, just for being cheeky” (Roger Kay, “Apple, A Monopoly? It Could Happen”).

 

One implication of the Apple-Samsung lawsuit pertains to Apple’s vengeance against Google: Apple will use this lawsuit to press its hate campaign against Google. Just today, I read that Apple has already filed a lawsuit to ban 29 HTC phones some weeks ago; now, Apple wants to ban 21 Samsung phones as a result of its victory in court over a week ago against Samsung. What are the two newest smartphone bans? The Galaxy S3 and the Galaxy Note! The Galaxy Note had nothing to do with Apple’s lawsuit in court. The court lawsuit was only against the Galaxy S phones, but, if you are a company like Apple that can win a childish lawsuit, why stop when you can have blood (as Roger Kay says in his article)?

 

Roger Kay believes (as do I) that Apple’s problem with Samsung is that, like Google, the company is qualified competition. In other words, Samsung is a capable rival that can stand up to Apple. This is the reason why the lawsuit took place. Kay notes the real reason behind the lawsuit had little to do with patent copyright infringement. Although he believes that Tim Cook may still carry the vendetta against Eric Schmidt that Steve Jobs once did, Tim Cook has a bigger reason as to why he took the case to court against the Korean company:

 

“Apple seems to want to drive all viable competitors from the high-mobility game…If Apple succeeds, then it will have no viable competitors and might draw attention from public authorities around the world…it would be a bad thing for the market if Apple were to become the only supplier of high mobility products, software, and related services. And yet, that’s where we’re heading” (Roger Kay, “Apple, A Monopoly? It Could Happen.”, underline and italics mine).

 

Some may say that this notion is preposterous: the market could never survive the kind of takeover that would deepen Apple’s pockets; however, if Apple succeeds in getting the latest Samsung phones banned from sale in the United States, then the smartphone market will become solely Apple’s. Can you imagine going to purchase a new smartphone upgrade every two years and only seeing Apple phones in the store? I like Apple’s products—but I also like variety. If one company made all the smartphones in the United States, the market would become boring despite the fact that the phones would be produced by a company as famous as Apple.
The jury in the Apple-Samsung lawsuit made a ruling that it believed was in Apple’s best interest. The jurors feel as though they did the right thing; they looked at charts and noticed how similar the two phones may seem to be. When the jurors came to their final decision, they did so because of the look and feel of the phones (an issue of design). Yet and still, they probably never imagined the impact their lawsuit can and will have upon the smartphone market. While it may be fair to protect your patents (depending upon the logic of the patent in question), it is not acceptable to crush your competition simply because it has sold more smartphones than you and has made more money than you. Those who choose to sell under these circumstances endorse what Richard Weaver calls a “spoiled-child psychology.” I will cover more of this in my next post.

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In my last post, I stated that US carriers do not carry “unlocked iPhones,” even if you purchase the phone and it is listed as “unlocked.” The only unlocked iPhones that exist are those that are jailbroken—and jailbreaks void your iPhone 4S warranty. Apple has a strict policy against the practice and calls it “software modification,” something that the Cupertino, California company does not endorse. With that being said, your iPhone 4S will remain bound and locked as long as you honor your Apple warranty and remain in the United States.

 

What many consumers do not know about the iPhone 4S is that, similar to other manufactured phones, there are two locks on your phone: 1) US carrier lock and 2) Apple lock. Think of the two locks as two gates that block access to files. If I can use an analogy, the locks found in your iPhone 4S are like two passwords that you must guess correctly in order to access certain company files. While one password protector is enough, the company provides two to ensure that its files are not accessed by anyone except company admin. The two “passwords” in the case of the iPhone 4S are the restrictions your carrier places on the iPhone and those that Apple places on the iPhone. While these two restrictions ultimately do the same thing, how they achieve the goal differs. The US carrier places restrictions on your iPhone 4S because you purchased the phone from the carrier; therefore, you must obey the carrier’s rules in order to enjoy monthly service from the carrier. If the carrier requires you to pay roaming charges on your monthly bill, you must pay roaming charges. If the company decides that you must pay for 3G LTE capability on your iPhone 4S (despite Apple’s new FaceTime over 3G feature), you must pay for 3G service. The carrier has a right to do this because you are paying the carrier monthly for phone service. You must abide by the carrier’s laws even if you decide to enter into a prepaid iPhone plan with, say, Boost Mobile or Virgin Mobile. Contract or no contract, the phone carrier has a right to implement restrictions and force customers to adhere to its laws.

 

The second “password” or lock on the iPhone 4S is that of the Apple Corporation. According to jailbreakers past and present, Apple does not consider your iPhone to be your iPhone; in the company’s mindset, your purchase of the iPhone 4S is nothing more than a loan, a borrowing of Apple’s technology. This does not make sense, particularly when you consider that a minimum of $500-$600 (if you purchase an unlocked iPhone 4S through a prepaid plan) for Apple’s latest technology. Nevertheless, company policy dictates that Apple’s customers pay for Apple technology in order to follow Apple’s rules regarding what they can and cannot do with its technology.

 

What are some things that Apple “locks” away from customers?

 

  • Carrier Name
  • Slide-to-unlock label
  • Desktop wallpaper themes
  • Increased folders for apps and other utilities
  • Icon motions
  • Additional emoji icons

 

Did you know that a jailbreak tweak called “FakeCarrier” will grant you the privilege of changing your carrier’s name? You can change the name of your carrier to anything you want, including your own name! If you want to put a special nickname or special name in the place where “Verizon” or “AT&T” now sits, you can do it by way of the FakeCarrier application. If you are tired of seeing the phrase “slide to unlock” at the bottom of your screen whenever your iPhone 4S locks, you can change the phrase of this function by using a jailbreak tweak known as “Springtomize.” Springtomize is considered to be one of the major jailbreak tweaks you will find at Cydia because it contains many jailbreak tweaks into one jailbreak application. When you activate Springtomize, there are many customizations you can make to your iPhone 4S, such as battery percentage, GPS tracking, voice control, multitasking, making your icons larger or smaller, and so on. If you select the “lockscreen” label in your Springtomize settings section, you can decide whether you want the traditional slider label or a customized slider label. These are customizations that you cannot perform on your iPhone 4S—as long as it remains under Apple’s control.

 

Desktop wallpaper themes are another customization that you can receive when you jailbreak your iPhone 4S. You may be surprised to learn that an iPhone, Samsung Galaxy S III, HTC Hero, and Windows 7 phone can all look the same when you jailbreak your iPhone 4S. Cydia provides a number of wallpaper themes by way of an application known as “DreamBoard.” DreamBoard provides all sorts of smartphone themes that you can place on your iPhone. My iPod Touch 3G has the Windows Metroon theme, HTC Hero theme, Endroid theme, HTC Evo 4G theme, Samsung’s Ice Cream Sandwich theme, Windows 0S 7 theme, and so much more. The one theme I enjoy most on my iPod Touch is the “Blackberry Droid” theme, a desktop wallpaper that combines little “Android” and “Blackberry” icons for each application. If I do not like the wallpaper, I can download others and change it. Can you do this with your Apple-controlled iPhone 4S? It is very unlikely.

 

Last but never least, can you activate icon animations on your desktop with an Apple-controlled iPhone 4S? I’m afraid not. Apple has such tight reins over its iPhones that the company shuts out a lot of cool customizations from its customers. Apple tells you in its warranty policies that jailbroken iPhones and iPads are subject to slow processes, viruses and malware, and other dangerous events. I’m still at a loss as to how the company can claim this, when Cydia checks its applications to make sure there are no viruses or malware. There are third-party applications that Cydia warns you to stay away from (Cydia does not investigate or check those!), but the applications at Cydia are tested before they are released to the jailbreaking community.

 

Jailbreaking is the only solution if you want to perform an iPhone 4S unlock correctly and completely. For more details on how to unlock your iPhone 4S by way of jailbreaking, visit us at http://ijailbreak4s.com/.

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How many times have you viewed the Apple website and seen “contract” versus “unlocked” phones? The assumption made at first viewing is that contract phones are locked in to their phone carrier while unlocked phones allow you to take your phone to any carrier that will support your phone’s network. You decide to go to Apple’s website and purchase an unlocked iPhone 4S, thinking that the money will be worthwhile when you finally terminate your service with your current phone carrier and join with another company whose prices you have been eyeing with delight for some time. If you are like a cousin of mine, you cherish the thought of leaving US Cellular (a carrier that has turned down the potential of iPhone sales) and heading over to Verizon Wireless, a company that owns enough iPhones to go around the world and come back again.

 

So you join Verizon Wireless. Your bill comes every month on time, and for a while, you love your service. Then, for some reason, you grow to dislike your bill and the data plans your service offers. You hear of other US carriers that offer iPhones but charge much less per month in data charges. At this point, you have been with Verizon Wireless for two years and are ready to make your break with the company. You leave Verizon and head for another US carrier that sells iPhones. You are convinced that you can take your iPhone, visit the new carrier, sign a contract with the carrier, and activate your iPhone 4S on the new data plan. Much to your dismay, however, you are told that you cannot activate your iPhone 4S on the new plan; instead, you will have to purchase a new iPhone from the new carrier when you sign for a monthly data plan.

 

Why is it that your unlocked iPhone 4S cannot be used on any carrier—be it Verizon, Sprint, AT&T, and other iPhone-selling carriers, but will work perfectly when you are on vacation overseas in other countries? Let me explain this by saying that your iPhone is “locked” into a carrier when you purchase it. If you purchase an unlocked iPhone 4S from a US carrier like Verizon, the phone will always be “locked” to the Verizon network. You cannot purchase an iPhone 4S at Verizon and then take it to Sprint for a new data plan.

 

The reason behind the failure of this adventure pertains to economics. If carriers allow you to purchase an iPhone 4S at one carrier and then bring it to another when you are under contract, your new phone carrier loses money that it could have made had you purchased an iPhone 4S with the new carrier. Carriers need to make a certain income in order to stay afloat; this is one reason why US carriers offer you up to $150 to trade in your iPhone or smartphone and place the funds toward a new phone on the new carrier. Carriers offer the $140 incentive (such as Sprint) or the $150 incentive (such as US Cellular) to attract your business, while remaining true to their desire to make a profit from your new contract. It is the same idea behind an “unlocked” iPhone 4S that is “locked” to a carrier, as is behind the notion of “unlimited” data plans that come with a memory storage limit. Unlocked does not mean completely unlocked, neither does unlimited mean completely unlimited!

 

There is one way to have a satisfactory iPhone 4S unlock: you must perform an iPhone 4S jailbreak. When you jailbreak your iPhone 4S, you free it from Apple’s controls (and carrier controls, too). To jailbreak your smartphone, you need to follow three steps:

 

  • Know your iPhone 4S software version (you can find this under the settings icon in the general section)
  • Match your iPhone 4S software version with the jailbreak program that matches your iPhone’s software
  • Select one of many jailbreak programs (some examples are Absinthe, Green Pois0n, Sn0wbreeze, Spirit, Redsn0w); we recommend Unlock Easy
  • Decide whether you want a tethered or untethered jailbreak

 

If you want to find out more information about jailbreaking, visit our website at http://ijailbreak4s.com/. At the jailbreak 4s site, we provide all sorts of work on iPhone 4S news, as well as jailbreaking advice and recommended software programs for a successful iPhone 4s jailbreak.

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The summertime is perfect for travel, and many individuals wait all year long to get that two-week or one-month vacation to relax and catch up on some sun. In some cases, individuals get all summer off (such as teachers), though others work through the summer. The weekends are always perfect for vacations, and with travel comes the question: “What will I do with my IPhone?” This question can be answered only if you know what it is you want to do this summer and where you want to be. If you want to vacation outdoors, you would be wise to purchase a waterproof iPhone case so as to snap pictures in the water or underwater when a friend or family member makes a funny face or blasts another with a water gun. For those of you who do not care for water-blasting fun as much and just want to do something different with your iPhone, the following iPhone cases may help your personality shine through.

 

 

A useful iPhone case for every student, doctor, lawyer, or forgetful grocery shopper is the Binder Clip Case. The Binder Clip Case comes with a small tablet under a clip that is attached to the back of the iPhone case. It is useful for medical doctors and lawyers, but it is rather handy for everyday customers who forget to run errands or forget to pack their grocery list and realize it after arriving at the grocery store. Now, with the Binder Clip Case, you do not need to worry about forgetting; the case will retain the sheets of paper for you. This means that you have less to worry about in the long run. Currently, the case is sold in Japan and costs 1980 Yen, or $25 dollars (American currency).

 

Have you seen the latest Star Trek movie? While there are talks of a sequel coming in 2013, the latest movie on file bearing the name “Star Trek” is an excellent movie. For die-hard “Trekkies,” the Vulcan IPhone Case is a way to show your love for Star Trek and model your pride. The Vulcan case comes with a Spock ear on the back of the protective cover; when you place your cover (phone inside) to your ear, it looks as if your normal ear has been traded in for an ear from another place! The case is made of silicone rubber and comes in both black and white colors. Jeff Chris designed the Spock ear case specifically for both the iPhone 4 and iPhone 4s. This case will cost less than the Binder Clip Case at just $15 per case. For a price this small, showing off your “Spock ear” will draw attention when you enter the movie scene in 2013.

 

There are other cases that you may find appealing, but these crazy iPhone cases may need some time before they show up at an Internet site or electronics store near you. Of the twenty-five crazy iPhone cases presented by Mashable, there are a few that stand out. One notable case is the “Angry Birds Rhinestones,” a case that is made with an Angry Bird symbol from the iOS/Android game app “Angry Birds.” This is for the hardcore gamer who cannot get enough of this game. If you are a teacher who likes to carry your iPhone 4s with you, make it a “school material” by placing it in a Pocket Calculator IPhone Case. If you are a chocolate lover who wants to make people stop and stare, purchase an Artificial Chocolate IPhone Case. It may not be edible, but maybe your artificial case will deceive your family and friends.

 

Believe it or not, there is also a Gameboy IPhone Case for the iPhone 4s. It mimics the original GameBoy video game console (with the joystick and buttons to match). This is a retro iPhone cover for individuals who want to return to “the good ‘ole days.” When I was a kid, the Gameboy was the best video game console around. Although video game consoles have become more 3D and user interactive these days (XBox Kinect, for example), the Gameboy is a reminder of just how far video game consoles have come.

 

 

To add to these crazy iPhone cases, you can also get a Saltine Cracker IPhone Case and a Credit Card IPhone Case. Similar to the artificial chocolate case, the saltine case will deceive people from a distance into thinking that the case is actually food. According to Mashable (regarding the iPhone covered by the Saltine Cracker case), “This phone also smells like Saltine crackers. No joke. We tested it.”

 

As always, you have a manifold array of cases from which to dress your iPhone 4s. The question remains: Which will you choose? Which iPhone case most reflects your personality?

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ICloud: Convenience or Risk?

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