In iOS 6.1, Apple switched from using the unique identifier in the actual hardware of its iOS devices (UDID) to the more software-centric Advertising Identifier. This way, advertisers can track user behavior for the purpose of serving them relevant ads anonymously, and those very same users can reset and even turn off that tracking feature. It gives us users just a bit more control over who sees and can use our data, even the anonymous kind that advertisers track.
If you want to control your own advertising destiny on your iOS device, here’s how.
Open the Settings app on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch with a tap, and then navigate to the General tab. Tap on About, and scroll to the bottom to tap on Advertising.
To reset your identifier, simply tap on the Reset Advertising Identifier button. To turn this feature off completely, tap on the toggle switch next to Limit Ad Tracking to ON. This will keep advertisers from knowing what apps you have on your device, but it won’t keep them from seeing web cookies. That’s managed elsewhere. If you want to read more about Ad Tracking on your iOS device, tap the Learn More button at the bottom.
Not everyone has a problem with getting advertising relevant to them, but if you do, this is a great way to turn off the feature completely, or at least reset it and begin fresh.
Apple has an unfortunate history of lockscreen vulnerabilities with iOS, and 6.1 it turns out isn’t immune. Folks with a lot of time on their hands are finding random combinations of actions to unlock the display using emergency calling in iOS 6.1 (meaning that iPads and iPods likely aren’t vulnerable). The two videos below show how these actions can unlock the home screen of an iPhone running iOS 6.1, giving access to important user data. One example was posted by Jailbreaknation with steps below:
Apple will likely fix this and other issues in a forthcoming release.
1. Lock device.
2. Slide to unlock.
3. Tap emergency call.
4. Hold sleep button until the power down prompt shows. Click cancel (you will notice the status bar turn blue). Type in 911 or your emergency number, click call, and then cancel it ASAP so the call dosen’t go through.
5. Lock your device with the sleep button and then turn it on using the home button.
6. Slide to unlock, and then hold the sleep button, and in 3 seconds tap emergency call. This will spazz out the phone and cause it to open.
[Make sure to continuously hold the sleep button until you are done looking in the phone.]
And there you go. The phone will reveal its contact, call, and voicemail information.
You can also create a contact and view the photo gallery in doing so. You can even send emails and texts through the sharing-a-contact feature
As expected, the popular “evasi0n” untethered iOS 6 jailbreak tool has just been updated to version 1.3 (as revealed by the Evad3rs team on Twitter). The update adds support for iOS 6.1.1 on the iPhone 4S, which Apple released earlier today.
From the release notes:
- – Support for 6.1.1 on the iPhone 4S.
The update is only necessary for users who have already updated to iOS 6.1.1. In any other case, it should not be necessary to re-jailbreak your device using the new tool. The updated tool can be downloaded directly from the official website.
The evasi0n jailbreak tool has now been updated twice since its initial release on Wednesday. The latest version which sees it hit the 1.2 release mark contains some reasonably important enhancements. If you have been holding off jailbreaking and decide to do it today or in the near future, make sure you get the latest version.
Since release, the evad3rs team have fixed various issues with the jailbreak some of which include long reboot issues, timezone problems and the strangest one of all, the weather app appearing on iPads. A lot of people had been experiencing that last issue when jailbreaking your iPad all of a sudden the Apple stock weather app appears on your home screen.
Another important feature of the latest 1.2 release is the option of disabling OTA (Over The Air) software updates. This will prevent you from accidentally updating your iOS software when a new version gets released which would subsequently lose your jailbreak.
If you have already jailbroken your iOS 6.0 or 6.1 device with earlier versions of the Evasi0n jailbreak, there’s really no need to do it again. Each of these updates are available through Cydia as an update on your device. The Evasi0n jailbreak has certainly proved popular; we heard a few days ago that Cydia had received visits from over 7 million devices since the evasi0n jailbreak release.
After the untethered Evasi0n jailbreak was released for iOS 6 devices, we told you about a bug that was causing Apple’s stock Weather app to crash on jailbroken iPhones. On the iPad, the jailbreak was unhiding an old iPhone version of the Weather app.
There was a manual way to fix the bug, but now an official patch has been released in Cydia for all devices that have been jailbroken with Evasi0n.
One of the hackers behind Evasi0n tweeted the news about the patch earlier today.
The update to UIKit Tools should be available under the “Changes” section of Cydia on your jailbroken iOS device. If you don’t see it, refresh the Changes page and it should appear. There’s also an update to the Evasi0n untether itself that fixes an issue with long reboot times.
Source: Cult of Mac.
Image files hidden in the iPad’s iOS 6.1 firmware may add support to the longstanding rumors that Apple will soon launch a Pandora-like “iRadio” service.
The image files have been present in the iPad since at least iOS 6.1 and were discovered Monday as a result of the release of the iOS 6.1 jailbreak “evasi0n,” which, among many other things, allows users to dig in to the system files on a jailbroken device. Surprisingly, the image files are not found on a similarly jailbroken iPhone.
The images discovered by 9to5Mac (top) and the iTunes 10 Radio icon (bottom).
Images have been enlarged for legibility.
At this point it is unclear if the image files are meant to apply to a rumored premium online music streaming service, standard internet radio streaming (as has long existed in iTunes), or traditional terrestrial radio capabilities. Many of Apple’s iPod nano models have included an FM radio tuner with the ability to “tag” songs to purchase later from iTunes. It’s possible, although not likely, that a similar feature could make its way into a future iPad.
It’s also possible, however, that the image files were unintentionally left in the finished code and that they have no bearing on any of Apple’s plans for the iPad or internet radio. The images’ absence from devices other than the iPad suggests that even if they do foreshadow a future Apple service, it may be long before it is unveiled to the public
Source:The Mac Observer.
Yesterday we read the news that the iOS 6.1 jailbreak tool for iPhone 5 and other iOS 6.1 powered devices was almost ready for launch. Evad3rs – the team behind the new jailbreak – announced publicly on its website that it was just adding some finishing touches to the GUI yesterday. Today, there’s some more progress (as reported by iDB): the Mac and Windows tools for jailbreaking have been completed and the release date is still set for Sunday.
The last stage is some private beta testing to iron out any potential bugs before the big launch. It’s fair to say we’ve waited a long time for this new jailbreak to be released, possibly the longest time from a new iPhone launch to a jailbreak we’ve ever had. But with tweaks like Auxo and InstaSnapwaiting to be tried and tested by countless users, I’m guessing this year’s jailbreak is going to be the most popular yet.
Not long to go now. We’ll keep you up to date with any more developments as the next few days pass. If you want to keep up to date with the update, hit Evasi0n’s site for a live progress report.