Are You An ‘iPhone Hater’?

 

iPhone:  Love it or hate it?

Are iPhones the novelty we’ve all being missing?

Just over an hour before Apple’s latest big announcement which could see iPhone OS 4.0 being release I’m going to ask the question – do you hate the iPhone??

I, like the 100’s of 1000’s of other’s over the festive period, decided to either treat themselves to a spanking new iPhone 3GS or were lucky enough to get one from Santa but has the iPhone become so popular that non-iPhone users are ready to scream??

I walked into my local bar last Sunday evening for a quiet drink and 30 seconds after entering I noticed three seperate guys all with their heads in their iPhones with their partners/friends/colleagues all looking on pretending to be interested but in reality they were surely terribly bored.

If you’re anything older than your mid 20’s you will probably remember how mobile phones of any description received this sort of attention when they first appeared in our pockets and the novelty of the monochrome screen and annoying ringtones was enough to draw a crowd in the local boozer.

That’s all different now.

Like it or not the novelty of showing your mates a new phone has gradually worn off and now it’s just plain normal to pull the latest Nokia or Sony Ericsson out of your pocket (and you dare not start changing ringtones in public).

So has iPhone brought a return to this annoying behaviour of spending the first half hour of your nights out with your mates comparing iPhone’s, becoming Facebook buddies and helping with the configuration of push e-mail and the App Store?

Will there be a new array of features to show off and demonstrate in all their glory such as proving to everyone beyond a resonable doubt that you are in fact sitting exactly where you thought you were and Google Maps via your built in GPS receiver can’t be wrong?

Well sadly the answer is – most probably Yes.

Consumer Smartphones are becoming massive and so massive in fact that those without one are becoming either very jealous or worse yet are becoming ‘smartphone haters’ or more precicly – iPhone Haters!

iPhone has a massive 70% of the market and it doesn’t look like slacking despite the launch of the new Nexus One from Google.  Vodafone in the UK sold 100,000 iPhones in the first week of launching it in the UK.

Perhaps the novelty of consumer smartphones will wear off far quicker than regular mobiles when they got popular in the lates 90’s.

Let’s hope so eh cause once it does I can start taking mine out of my pocket again, to make a call of course, without getting glaring looks from all the iPhone Haters among you!

HOWTO: Jailbreak iPhone/iPod Touch (Software Version 3.1.2)

Introduction:

Jailbreaking is a process that allows iPhone and iPod Touch users to run unofficial code on their devices bypassing Apple’s official distribution mechanism, the App Store. Once jailbroken, iPhone users are able to download many applications previously unavailable through the App Store via unofficial installers such as Cydia, Rock App, Icy, and Installer. Cydia is popular with users whilst Rock App has a small catalog of mainly paid apps. Icy and Installer are officially unsupported by their developers and rarely used. Cydia founder Jay Freeman estimates that 8.5% of all iPods and iPhones are jailbroken.[1] A jailbroken iPhone or iPod Touch is still able to use and update apps downloaded and purchased from Apple’s official App Store.

Jailbreaking is distinct from SIM unlocking, which is the process by which a mobile device is made compatible with telephone networks with which it was not specifically licensed to be used. Jailbreaking, while not illegal, gives a user the ability to install cracked and pirated apps, which is illegal. Jailbreaking, according to Apple, voids Apple’s warranty on the device, although this is quickly remedied by restoring the device in iTunes.

Instructions:

  1. Ensure you have the latest version of iTunes (Version 9.0.2 at the time of writing) installed
  2. Ensure that your iPhone or iPod Touch is on Software Version 3.1.2
    • You can check this by opening iTunes, clicking on your device on the left and looking at the version line on the right as shown below
      iTunes showing iPod Touch at Version 3.1.2
    • If your device is on a lower version then click the ‘Check for Update‘ button
    • If your device is on a higher version then check this site for a newer article!
  3. Download Blackra1n by geohot
  4. Launch Blackra1n
    • In Windows, double click blackra1n.exe
    • In Mac, extract blackra1n.zip and then double click the extracted blackra1n application
    • In both cases a window similar to the below one will appear
      blackra1n jailbreak RC3 by geohot
  5. Click make it ra1n button
  6. The application will now perform the jailbreak process and reboot your iPhone/iPod Touch.  Be patient and ignore anything iTunes tells you for a few minutes.
  7. When your iPhone/iPod Touch has rebooted the process is complete
  8. You will now have a new app on your iPhone/iPod Touch screen called blackra1n.  Launch this app and install the package installer of your choice.