If Apple's recently-filed patent has its way, then we may be going completely wireless in the near future. An inductive charging dock is depicted in the filing, which only requires a device to be placed inside of it for it to begin charging. In turn, eliminating the need for grabbing a cable while makes charging possible even when returning home after a drunken texting spree. (Disclaimer: iPhone Alley does not condone drinking and texting, however we do condone better-than-modern-sitcom humor...)
An individual by the name of Sherif Hashim has found a security flaw that makes it possible to unlock iPhone OS 3.1.3's baseband (05.12.01). The exploit has been confirmed to work by the iPhone Dev Team's MuscleNerd. The ability to unlock the 5.12.01 baseband in the OS 3.1.3 update will solve a lot of problems. It's great news for those who had unlocked iPhones but accidentally updated their baseband and made it indefinately broke the unlock. A release date is being left up to the Dev Team for whenever they think it's ready.
The new iPhone firmware is causing more problems for some users. Complaints are popping up on Apple's discussions forums about issues with wildly fluctuating battery life and iTunes playlists. The battery issue is pretty serious. Users have reported their battery life swinging from 25 to 7 to 10 percent, then jumping back to 24. Some even say their iPhone has lost hours of battery life, with the device running unusually hot.
Attention jailbreakers: We've just received word from BigBoss that Apple stopped signing iPhone OS 3.1.2 restore packages today, making it impossible to restore to 3.1.2 without a workaround. This only affects the iPhone 3GS, the third-gen iPod touch, and late-model, second-gen iPod touches; other iPhone OS devices do not use signed restore packages.
So what does this mean? Well, because Apple released iPhone OS 3.1.3 earlier this week, the Apple servers will only let you restore to 3.1.3, even if you have an older 3.1.2 restore package lying around. And since the current jailbreak tools only work on 3.1.2, updating to 3.1.3 will leave you jailbreak-less — at least for the time being. But wait, there's a workaround!
Apple has just released iPhone OS 3.1.3 Software Update, which includes a number of bug fixes and security patches for all iPhone and iPod touch models. The new version appears to be a very minor update, as the previous software version was 3.1.2. However, the update is recommended for all users (except those who jailbreak), as it includes the following fixes:
- Improves accuracy of reported battery level on iPhone 3GS
- Resolves issue where third-party apps would not launch in some instances
- Fixes bug that may cause an app to crash when using the Japanese Kana keyboard
As usual, the update can be downloaded and applied in iTunes by clicking the "Check for Update" button under the iPhone Summary tab.
iPhone OS 3.1.3 and 4.0 are apparently already in field testing according to a web site's access logs. The Boy Genius Report web site shows devices with iPhone OS 3.1.3 and 4.0 firmware connecting, alongside hardware at or before the present v3.1.2 revision. A v3.1.3 release could be imminent, as it would be a relatively minor update and just in time to support a flood of new iPhone and iPod touch owners.