An unlock for iOS 4.2.1 is almost ready to go, signals iPhone Dev Team member Musclenerd, via Twitter. Apparently, Apple tried to block their ultrasn0w unlock tool via “aggressive compiler optimization,” but the Team was able to crack it and is gearing up to release a new version that will do the trick for iOS 4.2.1 users, albeit only for those wielding an old-generation handset.

“Finally got ultrasn0w working fully on 4.2.1,” Musclenerd writes on Novemver 27. “Apple inadvertently(!) broke ultrasn0w via aggressive compiler optimization,” the hacker explains.

In a separate note that hit the micro blogging service just minutes ago, Musclenerd adds: “When we update ultrasn0w today, 100’s of thousands (maybe millions?) will see red badge. Trying to make it safe for all.” More »

The latest update from the famous hackers, titled “Thanksgiving with Apple”, reveals that “The best news of all is for owners of iPhone3G, older iPhone3GS, and non-MC iPod touch 2G.”

The Team explains that, “Due to a combination of our original pwnage2 exploit, the arm7_go exploit, 24kpwn, and limera1n, your device is “just as jailbreakable as ever.” You reap the full benefit of an untethered 4.2.1 jailbreak.”

However, the same thing cannot be said about owners of a new-generation device, or “more decent devices”, as the Team likes to call them.

There’s good news and bad news here as well.

For starters, the Team claims that “due to geohot’s limera1n exploit, all recent devices can be jailbroken (this will be true until Apple released new hardware that fixes geohot’s limerain exploit in the bootrom).” More »

We’d be the first to admit using Apple’s iPad isn’t exactly rocket science, and we will also admit that Apple is at the top of its game when it comes to easy-to-use products.

But if you didn’t take the time to read the owner’s manual, we have some quick and neat tips and tricks that can help you get the most out of your tablet.

From managing the sound levels of your tunes, to organization your apps, to muting in the case of emergency, we have 10 handy hints for you to work your way to iPad ninja status.

Check out our tried and tested iPad tips, and impress your friends when they come to you for help with their iPad. Be sure to let us know if there are any shortcuts you’d like to share in the comments below. More »

This step-by-step guide presents the safest procedure to be used when you want to restore your iPod to its factory settings.

If you have an iPod, you must have come across at least one of the following problems: your iPod freezes while playing a movie or song, does not respond to any of your commands, or just goes blank and nothing you tried brings it back to life.

If you haven’t experienced any of these problems until now you are a lucky guy/girl and this guide is not for you. You may still hang around though, reading the rest of the article, just in case your iPod will one day decide to show you its ugly face.

Almost all these problems appear because all Apple iPod devices’ firmware. An iPod’s firmware is a layer between its hardware and software which is closely tied to your iPod’s hardware and it basically controls all its basic functions from the moment you power it up. More »

Have you ever had your iPhone/iPod touch‘s language changed by a malevolent friend that just stood there afterwards, watching you squirm while you were trying to understand Chinese? Or, even worse, have you ever changed your language by mistake and, after trying to change it back countless times, ended up at an Apple Store having to face the snobbish looks the “genius” gave you?

While this will still allow you to use your device (make and/or receive calls on the iPhone, load and play a playlist or track on your iPod), you will definitely be extremely annoyed by this situation. If your last measure would be to just restore a backup on your device and get back your personal settings and, hopefully, your preferred language, I have good news for you: there is a simple procedure you will have to follow that will not have you jumping through hoops.
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