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Apple Stops Signing iOS 11.1.2, Killing Downgrade Possibility For Upcoming Jailbreak

By | December 16th, 2017

Well that was fast. Shortly after we published a guide on how to prepare for upcoming iOS 11.1.2 jailbreak, Apple stopped signing iOS 11.1.2 firmware.

What this means is that those of you who didn’t upgrade or downgrade to iOS 11.1.2 in time can now no longer do so as Apple is no longer signing that firmware for any compatible iPhone, iPad or iPod touch device.

Why does that matter? Well, if you are a jailbreaker, then this might be a big deal for you given Google’s Ian Beer’s recent release of an exploit for iOS 11.0-11.1.2 firmwares which could potentially bring first iOS 11 and iPhone X jailbreak to public. We say potentially because even though the main exploit is here thanks to Ian Beer, someone will still have to pack it in an easy-to-use jailbreak tool for everyone to use.

Given the active talent we have these days in the form of Tihmstar, Abraham Masri, siguza and even Luca Todesco to some extent, chances are that we are going to see a jailbreak for iOS 11.0-11.1.2 based on Ian Beer’s exploit sooner rather than later. The only problem is that those of you who didn’t upgrade or downgrade to pre-iOS 11.2 firmwares will now be out of luck.

Those of you who are running any firmware between iOS 11.0 to iOS 11.1.2 and are interesting in jailbreaking, it goes without saying that stay on those firmware versions and avoid upgrading to iOS 11.2.x.

As always has been the case, we will keep you updated on all the latest from jailbreak world. Stay tuned to RP for more!

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iOS 11.2.1 / 11.2 Untethered Jailbreak Has Been Successfully Achieved

By | December 15th, 2017

iOS 11.2.1 / 11.2 jailbreak fully untethered has been successfully achieved on iPhone X as claimed by the folks over at Alibaba Pandora Labs.

The jailbreak, which has been discussed by Song Yang of the company, successfully installs Cydia, and allows the device to be rebooted as you would expect with an untethered experience, but there’s a catch; the company has no plans to release it publicly.

As we have seen in the past where new jailbreaks are concerned, Alibaba Pandora Labs has issued a statement on the subject which doesn’t exactly clarify everything, but does confirm that the team has no intentions on actually releasing anything to the wider public:

Although iOS 11.2 fixes some security issues, we confirmed the new iOS will still be jailbroken on the first day it was released. Although we escaped iOS 11.2 quickly, we were limited to security research purposes, our team won’t provide any jailbreak tool.

There is a little ambiguity in the statement, meaning that once Apple has actually patched the vulnerabilities in future versions of iOS then it could be possible that Alibaba Pandora Labs will share the jailbreak with the world. As it stands, the current best hope of a public jailbreak sits with the use of the Ian Beer’s exploit which was recently released supporting iOS 11.1.2 and below.

Image shared by the team shows “Pandora” jailbreak app and Cydia running on iOS 11.2.x, iPhone X.

This development is still positive news for the jailbreak community which was sitting pretty vacant and stagnant just a couple of weeks ago until this recent hive of activity.

With that said, it doesn’t mean that we should all jump into the Software Update mechanism and start downloading iOS 11.2.x. As it stands, and like we have previously mentioned, the best hope of a public jailbreak of any kind currently sits with iOS 11.1.2, which is why device owners should act while they still can and downgrade to that firmware if necessary.

(Source: Alibaba)

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Apple HomePod Firmware 11.2.5 Beta Update Released For Internal Testers

By | December 14th, 2017

Apple’s HomePod hardware may not yet be available for purchase or public consumption but that hasn’t stopped the Cupertino-based company from releasing an updated version of its firmware.

The new HomePod firmware has made it into the public domain alongside the recent release of the initial iOS 11.2.5 beta.

Unlike pre-release seeds of iOS, macOS, watchOS, or tvOS, Apple doesn’t seed the HomePod firmware into the testing community the same way that it does with the aforementioned platforms. Instead, this firmware is packaged up internally by Apple and made available to HomePod devices for those who are currently lucky enough to be in a position to test the company’s latest hardware prior to it being made available for sale in early 2018. The HomePod firmware is also being aggregated and listed as available for download on third-party sites who keep abreast of Apple’s software releases.

The iOS community went into overdrive earlier in the year when Apple released the initial HomePod firmware. On the face of things, that release would look extremely innocent but it actually contained a lot of information about Apple’s upcoming devices and services, including the iPhone X which hadn’t been announced at that time.

Developers who were able to dive into the codebase were able to learn a huge amount about the device, including the existence of the now famous “notch,” and the fact that it would ship with what we now know to be as Face ID. This was referenced in various places as “Pearl” in the initial HomePod firmware.

Apple has released additional HomePod firmware since then. Today’s release, carrying version number 11.2.5 beta, is the latest in that line but isn’t exactly as intriguing saying as there isn’t a great deal left to know about that hardware, its capabilities, or any other secrets to be revealed about devices in the pipeline. However, what it does show is that the HomePod testers, which are predominantly trusted internal Apple employees, are getting an updated version of the firmware to interact with directly on the device. This should hopefully take the development of the hardware closer to an actual release for consumers.

Apple’s HomePod is a Siri-based home speaker with a 7-tweeter array and a unique Apple-designed 4-inch upward-facing woofer as part of the company’s plans to introduce high-quality sound into the home with immediate access to Siri.

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iOS 11.2.1 Release Notes / Changelog: Here Are All New Changes

By | December 14th, 2017

Apple has now officially released iOS 11.2.1 to the general public, which, in all honesty, may have come as a surprise to some given how quickly it has arrived after the release of iOS 11.2.

The immediate availability of iOS 11.2.1 not only means that all compatible device owners have yet another version of iOS 11 to download, but also that they can get to grips with the official changelog provided by Apple to see exactly what has changed.

As is generally the case with Apple, when a version of iOS is in a pre-release state it’s very difficult to get information from the company about any changes. When that version moves to a public release, an official set of release notes are published alongside the update to let device owners know exactly what they are getting. iOS 11.2.1 is a slight anomaly in that process as there was no actual pre-release in place due to the nature of the fixes it contains. Where iOS 11.2 was a fairly big release with a number of new and important improvements and feature additions, iOS 11.2.1 is simply a bug fix which contains a very important patch for a 0-day vulnerability found which affects HomeKit and connected devices.

As previously reported, this issue would allow malicious individuals to take control of HomeKit-enabled devices, including smart locks protecting a property, when iOS 11.2 was installed on a device. Given the seriousness of that issue, Apple immediately introduced a temporary server-side fix to prevent the problem from happening and has now issued a proper fix for it in iOS 11.2.1 update, as reflected in the changelog below:

iOS 11.2.1 fixes bugs including an issue that could disable remote access to shared users of the Home app.

It seems that Apple is going through a slightly tumultuous time at the moment where software and the discovery of bugs are concerned. Rather than having the time to focus on making the right improvements in the right place, and ensuring that each release is error-free and fit-for-purpose, it seems that the company is firefighting and having to bring releases forward to patch bugs which keep popping up.

We’ve recently seen this with an urgent release of macOS 10.13.2 to properly fix the root login bypass bug, the early release of iOS 11.2 to fix a boot loop issue for date bug, and now the release of iOS 11.2.1 to fix a 0-day found in HomeKit.

Update x1: Apple has now also posted security content details on iOS 11.2.1:

HomeKit

Available for: iPhone 5s and later, iPad Air and later, and iPod touch 6th generation

Impact: A remote attacker may be able to unexpectedly alter application state

Description: A message handling issue was addressed with improved input validation.

CVE-2017-13903: Tian Zhang

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Tech Deals: Up To 60% Off Multiple PC Hardware, Up To $70 Off SONOS Speakers, iPhone X Wireless Charger, More

By | December 13th, 2017

It’s that most wonderful time of the day again when we present you with a collection of technology-based deals, all of which are designed to save you money whilst simultaneously introducing some wonderful new gadgetry and hardware into your life. Find a deal that meets your requirements, head on over to its page, and make sure to act quickly before the deal ends.

Starting off, we have huge saving on an array of SONOS products, with discounts of up to 10% on certain models.

If a laptop, big-screen TV, or gaming monitor was on your wishlist, we have a multitude of those as well with discounts reaching up to 60%. How about an inexpensive but equally effective wireless charging pad for the iPhone X? We have got you covered there as well. Last but not the least is a security video surveillance system from NETGEAR with a 40% discount applied. As always, make sure you act quickly to grab the product of your choice from the list here as these deals are usually time sensitive and subject to stock levels. Enjoy the savings!

Multiple Savings on TVs, Chromebooks, Monitors, Routers, and More (Up to 60% off)

This isn’t just a saving on a specific item. This is the holy grail of discounts and offers in the fact that there are multiple products being offered across multiple different categories. Regardless of whether you need a large TV for your living room, a new monitor for a loved one, or even an extremely handy Chromebook for your travels, this deal page has something for everyone.

Buy: Multiple Savings on TVs, Chromebooks, Monitors, Routers, and More from Amazon: Up to 60% off

Anker Qi PowerPort Wireless 5 Pad for Charging iPhone X ($ 18.59, usually $ 23.99)

This isn’t going to cater to your fast charging needs if you have iPhone X running iOS 11.2 but at this price, you wouldn’t really expect it to. This is going to be a lightweight purchase which doesn’t take up much space, offers wireless charging via the Qi standard, and the fact that it’s from Anker means that you are going to have a solid and robust product.

Buy: Anker PowerPort Wireless 5 Pad for iPhone X from Amazon: $ 18.59 | Original price: $ 24

Select SONOS Products (Up to $ 70 off)

SONOS is one of the leaders in audio accessories and products, which means when you see the words “Huge SONOS Sale” you really need to go running. It’s difficult to find hardware of this nature with better sound quality. If you have previously considered these purchases but were put off by the price tag which comes attached to SONOS hardware, then now is maybe the time to act.

Buy: Select SONOS Products from Amazon: Up to $ 70 off

Plox Official Star Wars Levitating Death Star Bluetooth Speaker ($ 154.99, usually $ 179.99)

What could possibly be better than a functional Bluetooth speaker with Alexa built-on, such as Amazon’s Echo? Well, a levitating Bluetooth speaker in the shape of the Death Star from Star Wars, of course. This gorgeous speaker will blast music out to your heart’s content whilst defying gravity right in front of your face.

Buy: Plox Official Star Wars Levitating Death Star Bluetooth Speaker from Amazon: $ 155 | Original price: $ 180

Arlo by NETGEAR 4-Wire-Free Camera Security System ($ 299.99, usually $ 499.99)

Those who have been in the market for a decent home security system should really be paying close attention to this deal. This hardware works with Amazon Alexa and comes with four wire-free HD camera to dot throughout the home for indoor and outdoor recording with night vision.

Buy: Arlo by NETGEAR Security System from Amazon: $ 299.99 | Original price: $ 500

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Holiday Tech Deals: $40 PlayStation Plus, PS VR Bundles, iPhone X Accessories, 75% Off Gaming Keyboard, More

By | December 12th, 2017

Normally, at this time of day, we would have a collection of technology deals which would give you the opportunity to save money on 5 or 6 products or accessories.

Those deals are always well-received but as we head into the crux of the holiday shopping season we think it’s only right and proper that we furnish you with a huge collection of wonderful savings. So that’s exactly what we have done here today.

Notable items on the holiday deals list include the wonderful Amazon Echo Show with Alexa integration, as well as the Philips Hue Starter Kit which gives you everything that you need to get intelligent lighting in your home. Of course, if you want to spend a little less and top up those Christmas stockings for loved ones, then there are some amazing deals on iPhone X cases and even a stunning Anker PowerCore portable charger, among many other items.

Check out all of the deals below:

Of course, if you see something that you like for yourself or as a Christmas gift for a loved one, the advice continues to be to act as quickly as possible. There is no telling how long these deals will last for or how long stock levels will be in place.

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Apple Hid A Holiday Season Easter Egg In The Apple Store App, Here’s How To Find It

By | December 10th, 2017

You’re probably already aware of the fact that it is almost Christmas. It happens every year, you know.

You would think we would be a little bit bored of it by now but with that clearly not happening any time soon, Apple has slipped a little Easter egg into a new Apple Store app update that has been made available via the App Store.

The Easter egg was originally spotted by a Reddit user before it started to do the rounds on social media, and it’s super easy to find. All you need to do is be using the latest version of the Apple Store app on an iPhone or iPad and then search for the string “let it snow.” Once you do, the Easter egg will reveal itself.

Now, no, there will be no added functionality and unfortunately, there will be no instant discount added to your order – which is something we would prefer, if we are honest – but what you will receive is something that is sure to make you smile. Once the search is completed, your device will instantly be transformed into a snow globe, with fluffy white specs of snow falling all over your screen.

Apple is keen to make sure everyone gets into the holiday spirit this year, and this new Apple Store Easter egg joins its new holiday ad as something that the company is using to put a smile on faces. The ad probably aims at getting people to buy new $ 999 iPhones, too, but let’s not split too many hairs, shall we?

Give the Apple Store Easter egg a whirl for yourself; it will only take a moment.

(via: Reddit)

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“They All Stink” Says Apple’s Phil Schiller About Android’s Face ID Competitors

By | December 10th, 2017

Apple’s head of marketing Phil Schiller is still on the public relations trail, this time speaking with Dutch website Bright.nl.

During the interview, attention obviously turned to the iPhone X, with its brand new Face ID security feature also receiving some attention. As you might expect, Schiller was keen to make sure everyone is well aware of how impressive Face ID is and, importantly, that the competition cannot come close to it.

According to Schiller, Apple’s aim is to make security something we are all keen to do, which can only be a good thing in our eyes. However, when speaking about the competing facial recognition technologies used by Android smartphone makers, Schiller took the opportunity to stick the knife in, twist it, and then do it all over again. According to the man himself, “they all stink.”

They don’t work in all the ways we need Face ID to work. We’re very aware that through the years the simple thing, this Home button, that started as the way you click to get to the Home screen, grew into doing so many things for us. We added Touch ID, it took you to the multitasking screen, paged Siri, activated Apple Pay. All through this one mechanical button.

So for Face ID we needed the best way we know of to enable us to easily unlock our device with our face, in a protected way with the Secure Enclave, and support all these other things. We had to solve all of that. Other things that people have tried with face haven’t been anything like that. Face ID is a very unique implementation.

Schiller also took the chance to remind everyone that no developers have access to Face ID facial recognition data, just as they did not have access to fingerprints with Touch ID authentication. Developers do, of course, have access to facial mapping data for use with augmented reality applications, but Schiller pointed out that this is “different than Face ID.”

(Source: Bright.nl)

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Apple Launches More iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch Accessories, Including New Fuchsia Cases

By | December 9th, 2017

Apple has continued to expand its accessory options ahead of the holiday season, with new iPad, iPhone, and Apple Watch accessories joining those that were announced earlier this week.

Starting off with the iPad Pro, the new Apple Pencil Case and the Leather Sleeve for the 10.5-inch iPad Pro are both available in a new Pink Fuchsia color, which is bright if nothing else and mimics the same color option that we have already seen elsewhere in Apple’s lineup. The Leather Sleeve costs $ 129, while the Apple Pencil Case will set fans back $ 29.

For those who love their Apple Watch bands, a new Hermes option is also available for purchase. The Noir Swift Leather Double Tour Médor is available for 38mm Apple Watch users and comes in at $ 589, which, let’s be absolutely honest, is considerably more than most people are willing to pay for watches, let alone bands to put them on. We would love to see sales numbers for these bands, but considering Apple won’t tell us how many Apple Watches it sells, we will not hold our breath.

Finally, and following on from the iPhone X cases that were made available earlier in the week, the iPhone 8/8 Plus and iPhone 7/7 Plus Silicone Case is now also available in three new colors, including Spicy Orange, Flash, and Cosmos Blue.

All three cost $ 39 each, which isn’t bad value at all and if you want to stand out, that Spicy Orange option will certainly get you plenty of attention.

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iOS 10.3.3 “Jailbreak” Root Exploit Announced, Here’s What You Need To Know

By | December 8th, 2017

Developer Siguza, who defines himself as a “hobbyist hacker,” has taken to the micro-blogging social network to confirm that he is currently working on an exploit for iOS devices known as v0rtex.

It’s been an information-packed week so far where the iOS jailbreak community is concerned, with this latest exploit able to achieve root on devices with an Apple A7-A9 processors running versions of iOS less than or equal to iOS 10.3.3. This comes hot on the heels of the release of a semi-jailbreak tool called Houdini for iOS 10.3.2 and below.

As with any announcement of this type, it is most definitely worth mentioning that this is not the announcement of a jailbreak tool itself, nor is it a guarantee that a jailbreak tool will follow on the back of the fact that another highly capable member of the jailbreak team is working on an exploit that could be used as part of the creation of a wider jailbreak. As mentioned by Siguza in the Twitter post, this exploit currently allows him to achieve root access on A7-A9 devices running iOS 10.3.3 or below but it doesn’t currently extend beyond that to allow code to be executed at a kernel privilege level.

It’s interesting to note that the comments in the v0rtex code – viewable by heading over to the project repository hosted on GitHub – suggests that even the developer himself isn’t sure “what’ll really become of this,” suggesting that the “hobbyist” part of his Twitter bio is once again kicking in here. The same comments are also suggesting that he will leave any attack on iOS 11 to Ian Beer of Google’s Project Zero team, who you may or may not know recently announced the existence of a tfp0 exploit applicable to iOS 11.1.2 which allows the highest level of kernel access. Siguza currently has tfp0 listed as “Very much TODO” on GitHub but it remains to be seen if anything will come of this.

We aren’t currently sure where this one will go, or if it will ever become useful at all. However, with Ian Beer announcing an important exploit which is soon to be released, and tihmstar recently demonstrating a JailbreakMe jailbreak for iOS 9 devices, it seems like it could once again be an important and exciting time to be involved in the jailbreak community.

(Source: @s1guza [Twitter])

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