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Untethered iOS 6 Jailbreak On December 22nd? (Updated: It’s fake!)

A lot of people have been waiting with varying levels of patience for a Jailbreak to their iOS 6 devices. No luck so far, and the Dev Team has been reporting very little progress on that front, to everyone’s dismay. A sliver of hope is now appearing from an unusual source. An unknown hacker going by the name “Dream JB” has generated a lot of buzz with a claim that he has a working untethered Jailbreak for newer iOS devices, including the iPhone 5, and he’s going to release it on December 22. He’s not affiliated with the Dev Team, and for this reason has drawn the scorn and skepticism of many. But also the enthusiasm and interest of many more.

He does have a website setup, with an FAQ section, and he claims he’s going to post an unedited video today that proves the Jailbreak is working. As to why he’s waiting until December 22nd, Dream JB says that he’s basically waiting to finish his semester so as to not be overloaded while still in school. It is for anyone running iOS 6.0.1 on the following devices: iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, iPad (gen2 and beyond), iPad Mini, iPod Touch (gen4 and beyond). And it does use a software exploit which means that Apple can easily patch it with an update, so it’s going to be important for anyone interested to remain on 6.0.1 until the Jailbreak is released… if it is in fact released.

Of course, everyone knows that the world ends on December 21st… so there’s speculation this is all a joke. We’ll find out soon enough.

Update: Aaannd… it’s a fake. Something about this being “a social experiment” and “trust the Dev Team.” Yeah, ok, you got us. The hunt for the elusive Jailbreak continues…

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Apple Fixes “Life-Threatening” Bug, But Could There Be More?

Apple Maps, found in all iOS 6 devices, is quite probably the company’s most infamous failure to date. It’s been plagued with glitches, bugs and general design flaws from the get go. The latest, perhaps most embarrassing hiccup comes courtesy of a few unfortunate motorists in Australia who got stranded while looking for the town of Mildura. It turns out that Apple Maps gave them a location in the middle of the desert, some 44 miles away from the actual coordinates. To be more specific, the Australian Murray-Sunset National Park in the middle of summer is a hot, and inhospitable place; perhaps worst of all, the erroneous location of Mildura was in a zone absent of cellular coverage. Some motorists got there, presumably ran out of gas, and were unable to either call for help or drive away. In some cases, they were stranded for 24 hours. Sure enough, the police got in touch with the Cupertino giant to inform them of the potentially life-threatening situation, and the latest information is that the glitch has been fixed. Great.

But the damage and loss of trust in Apple’s product remains. What if there are other such “bugs”? Of course there are those who argue that one shouldn’t rely on GPS alone and we should use common sense. But in a situation like this, one that didn’t involve driving off road, are the motorists really to blame?

Apple’s stock has been mostly stagnant since April and a string of high profile layoffs makes one wonder if this could be the start of the world’s most valuable company’s decline, or just a regular bump on the road.

VIA [ CultOfMac ]

iPhone Cake Pan Will Produce An Obsolete Cake

If you’re going to go to the trouble of making an iPhone-shaped cake, it’s because the person it’s intended for probably really likes Apple. Yeah, you know the type. The fanboy, the one who camps out days in advance whenever an iPhone launches, and who has all kinds of answers to every valid criticism of an Apple product that’s thrown at him. He’s… an Apple snob. So, you know what, the above cake mold is very likely to product a cake that will leave him disappointed. Because, you see, that’s not an iPhone 5 cake: there are only four rows of icons. He will eat it, and smile, but deep inside he’ll be thinking that if only you’d done your research you’d be eating the latest generation Apple cake. Geez.

No, we’re kidding. People like that don’t exist. Right? Right.

It’s about $15 (€12).

[ Product Page ] VIA [ ChipChick ]

Apple To Pay $21 Million For The Swiss Clock Design They… Borrowed

When iOS 6 came out, it didn’t take too long for the Swiss Federal Railway to take particular notice of the design of the clock. See, it turns out that particular design was theirs, created in the 1940′s by Hans Hilfiker, and Apple hadn’t asked for permission to use it, or even offered compensation. Granted, it was probably unintentional, but the Swiss wanted to get paid anyway. And they did eventually, in a settlement that has now been revealed to be in the amount of $21 Million. That works out to about $0.10 per iOS 6 device, though there aren’t enough details to determine if that’s how the number was reached. $21 Million however is a drop in the bucket of the Swiss Federal Railway’s $8.2 billion in revenue (2010), so the settlement is mostly a matter of principle than anything else.

VIA [ Gizmodo ]

Here Is A Passive Gramophone Dock For The iPhone

There’s an entire industry dedicated to accessorizing the iDevices. Most of it is rubbish, but every now and then we come across a product that stands out for one reason or other. The iPhone Gramophone from Restoration Hardware is one such product, providing your household with a particular allure that traditional docks just don’t have. It’s a passive amplification device, meaning it uses no power to project the sound coming from the phone, but still manages a three to fourfold increase in volume. The base is made from solid walnut and walnut veneer, and the horn from iron and brass. It looks like it belongs in a pre-industrial setting and provided you’ve decorated your living space tastefully, will stand out a lot more than some futuristic looking dock from the likes of Bose or Altec Lansing.

It’s $249, and an iPad version costs $299.

[ Product Page ] VIA [ ChipChick ]

The iRock Is An iPad Dock With Rocking Chair Built Around It

This is a rocking chair. We think people who like rocking chairs will dig it. Unlike a regular such piece of furniture though, this one has a few tricks up its sleeve. For one, it has an extendable boom which features an iDevice dock. Clearly an iPad would be more adapted to the intended use here, but an iPhone of iPod will work too. Once connected, you can playback amplified sound through both of the 25W speakers located on either side of the backrest. And better yet, a connected generator will make electricity with every rocking motion, recharging up to 35% of an iPad’s battery in one hour.

Of course a fancy pants rocking chair that doubles as a recharging iDevice doesn’t come cheap: you’ll pay $1,300 for the privilege of owning it.

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Sensus iPhone Case Adds Two Touch-Sensitive Surfaces

Here’s a product we’d love to see succeed but for which we have little hope. It’s called the Sensus and is technically yet another case for the iPhone. However, it’s got a couple of features that could make it pretty awesome: its surface is touch sensitive. The idea is that it could add PS Vita-like controls to your phone. So you could play games and control them with your fingers resting on the back of the device rather than directly on the screen, which has always been a chief complaint amongst mobile gamers. Another use would be reading, and being able to turn pages without smudging your screen. There are two separate touch surfaces, one on the back and another along the edges, and it even contains a processor of its own that’s dedicated to processing the touch inputs. This could in theory free up processing power on the iPhone itself, so it could focus more on non touch-related tasks.

It all sounds pretty cool, so why are we a little hopeless? Well, mainly because the Sensus’ success will depend on developer support. It just won’t work if developers don’t code their applications with the Sensus’ functionality in mind. And while the company claims to have “excited developers” on board, that’s a claim that’s easy to make. Until we see who and how many, it’s dead in the water. Still, you should know it’ll be available for $59 in Q1 2013, but you can pre-order now for $39.

[ Product Page ] VIA [ Gizmag ]

The Readycase Is The Swiss Army Knife Of iPhone Cases

iPhone cases?! Yaaawwn!! Amirite? But hear us out: the Readycase doesn’t look like your average, run-of-the-mill case. Although it is primarily a 3mm thin protection for your mobile, it also doubles as a multipurpose tool. It’s loaded with a bunch of things that could actually be useful now and then. For instance, it’s got a “headphone clip; a magnetic quick-snap ring for interchangeable camera lenses; a 8GB/16GB USB drive which doubles as a multi-orientation, adjustable kick-stand; a multi-tool with a bottle opener; serrated blade, and screwdriver.”

Right now it’s a fully-funded project on IndieGoGo and $40 will get you started. At that price you get both an iPhone 4S and 5 body, as well as a 8GB flash drive.

Hit the jump for pics and links.

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Stupid Apple Ad: Why Should Headphones Be Round?

Why indeed? Why, dear Apple, were yours painfully round for, what, 13 years?

If you’re going to make an ad, please make sure it’s not made by folks whose memory spans less than one month.

VIA [Reddit ]