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How-to Setup iTunes WiFi Sync in iOS 5

Apple unleashed it’s greatest and best mobile operating system, iOS 5, at the WWDC 2011 earlier this year. It was again talked about at the ‘Let’s Talk iPhone’ event and the iOS 5 GM was let loose to developers. Finally, after much wait, Apple released the final version of iOS 5 to the public on October 12. If you haven’t upgraded to iOS 5 yet, then you should. It’s compatible with iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS, iPod Touch 3/4G and iPad 1/2.

iOS 5 brings about 200 new features, while most of them are not that prominent enough, the new Notifications, iCloud, iMessages, Camera features and WiFi sync are very noticeable. iTunes WiFi sync is pretty cool, since this completely eradicates the need of a cable to connect your iOS Device to the PC or Mac. Using this feature, you can sync everything from your computer to your iOS device wirelessly. Before you setup iTunes WiFi sync, make sure both, your iOS device and the computer are on the same WiFi network.

Setup iTunes WiFi Sync

  • Open iTunes on your Mac or PC and then connect your iOS device.
  • Select your device and click on the Summary Tab. Scroll down and you should see an option ‘Sync with this iPhone over Wi-Fi’. Check the option and click on Apply.

iTunes WiFi Sync

  • Now, on your iOS device, under Settings>General>iTunes Wi-Fi Sync, you’ll see the option to Sync your device.

  • Select Sync Now and see the magic happen.

This is very useful if you’re one of those people who don’t like wires and even if you’re a normal person, this can really make syncing easier for you. Once this is enabled, and both your iOS device and the computer are on the same network, you should see your device listed in iTunes even when not connected.

Drag and drop any content from iTunes to your listed device to wirelessly sync. It’s that simple and yes it works. Don’t blame iTunes if the syncing is slow, it’s most likely your WiFi connection that’s responsible.

Do let me know if you faced any problem setting up iOS wi-fi sync? If you find this tutorial, informative, don’t forget to share it on Google plus and Facebook.

How to Enable Hidden Panorama Mode in iOS 5 [Jailbroken]

Looks like at least two new hidden features have been unearthed in the latest iOS 5, and they’re pretty useful. I’m sure all of you must’ve heard of Panorama, a mode that lets you take wider pictures in a single shot. There are many apps out there that you could use to take Panoramic pictures from your iOS devices camera, but imagine a built in feature. Yes, there’s a hidden Panorama mode in the iOS 5 camera app.

How to Enable hidden Panorama Mode in iOS 5

The hidden Panorama mode in iOS 5 lets you take wider pictures and uses the Gyroscope in iPhone 4 and iPad 2 to tell you if your sweeping motion is balanced. It works pretty good for a stock and hidden camera feature and although it doesn’t go all the way to 360 degrees, it covers most of the view. It’s a useful feature then, and here’s how you can get it enabled on your jailbroken iOS 5 device. For now, this only applies to the iPhone 4 and the the iPad 2, because only those come with a gyroscope. There are two ways to enable panorama mode in iOS 5, and below are both of them:

Using iFile to Edit plist Files on iPhone

  • Launch Cydia and install iFile.
  • Open iFile and navigate to var/mobile/Libraries/Preferences and look for the string com.apple.mobileslideshow.plist.
  • Open com.apple.mobileslideshow.plist using the Property List Viewer.
  • Now click on the + button located at the bottom to Add Item.
  • Use the name as EnableFirebreak and the Type as Boolean. Create the new item.
  • Go back and you should now see a toggle to switch on/off EnableFirebreak.
  • Turn it on, exit iFile and respring your device.
  • Open the camera app and you should see Panorama Mode in the Options menu.
That is one way of doing it. Now let me tell you about the second method, which is much simpler and easier for people who don’t like to play with plist files. It involves installing a Cydia tweak called Firebreak.  This tweak is available in the Big Boss repo for free, alternatively, you could also search for it on Cydia and try the Panorama mode out.
Have you unearthed the hidden panorama mode in iOS 5? Do check it out and let us know if it’s going to help you out on your adventures. 

Semitethered Jailbreak for iOS 5 Released [Updated]

Most of the users who’re on iOS 5 haven’t jailbroken their device yet, even those who had jailbroken before are thinking twice. Why? Right now, iOS 5 is pretty new and the awesome jailbreak developers have only managed to conjure a working tethered jailbreak for all devices except the iPad 2. So, obviously nobody would want to tethered jailbreak their iOS device.

An untethered jailbreak is however in development, as reported by iH8sn0w, but we have no time or date for the release or any updates on the work. Thus, a semitethered jailbreak seems like a better idea right now. If you haven’t heard of this term before, then let me tell you what it is. It’s somewhere in between an untethered jailbreak and a tethered jailbreak, it’s better than the latter, but comes with a catch.

Earlier today, Cydia developer, BigBoss released a semitethered jailbreak for iOS 5, which is now available for download from the BigBoss repo in Cydia. A semitethered jailbreak will let you reboot your device when away from your PC, you need not connect your iOS device to the computer every time you want to reboot. However, after rebooting, Cydia will not work, nor will any of the jailbroken apps or tweaks. Also, some of the stock iOS apps such as Safari and Mail will not work.

Now, that’s bad to an extent. But, it can be useful in certain scenarios, where you will need to reboot your iOS device, but aren’t close to your PC. You can get the Cydia package from the BigBoss repo by adding this to source: http://thebigboss.org/semitether.

Will you be performing a semitethered jailbreak on iOS 5? 

UPDATE:  The semitether jailbreak for iOS 5 has been updated to fix certain bugs, here’s the list.

1) Much more stable with new mobile substrate
2) Can patch safari so it works in the non-jailbreak reboot mode
3) App to monitor the status of your semitether and reapply. Check after Cydia installs.

This means that you can run Safari and all those jailbroken Notification center widgets after performing a semitethered boot. Here’s a tutorial on how to semi-tether jailbreak your iOS 5 device.

IntelliScreenX is the Best iOS 5 Jailbreak Tweak

It’s been almost over a week since Apple released the final version of iOS 5 to the public, and almost everyone has gone ahead and upgraded their devices. Not many have jailbroken their iOS devices yet, mainly because there is no untethered jailbreak for iOS 5 yet. But, no matter, this post about this amazingly awesome jailbreak app for iOS 5, will definitely make you go all tethered jailbreak on your iOS device.

Yes, I can guarantee you, that after watching the demo video for this new jailbreak tweak called IntelliScreenX, you will or will want to jailbreak. IntelliScreenX is a notification center Cydia tweak, that adds a ton of new widgets on to your Notification tray from Twitter to RSS feeds and much much more. When I say ‘much more’, I actually mean about 15 widgets in this single tweak. Yes, it’s pretty impressive, but it has another amazing features as well, that all the iOS 5 users are really going to like.

IntelliScreenX can be accessed from the iOS lockscreen! That is awesome and also one major missing feature in iOS 5, because every time you want to check your Notification Center widgets, you have to unlock and then view them. This Cydia tweak fits perfectly in your Notification Center and adds various widgets such as an in-depth weather reporter, RSS feed reader, Twitter widget, Email widget, Facebook widget, System utilities, Power buttons and much more.

You can do many things from sending a tweet from the Twitter widget, updating your Facebook status to opening and reading email directly from the notifications. There’s also small little feature that lets you collapse a list of notifications. For example, you can collapse a list of 17 emails so that you’ll have space to see the rest of the notifications. Check out the complete demonstration by the developers after the break.

This tweak is not yet available on Cydia, but they have promised us that it will be in the coming week. So what do you think of this jailbreak tweak. I believe it’s a must have iOS 5 jailbreak tweak and this should give you enough reason to perform that jailbreak. We will update this post when the tweak goes live on Cydia.

Siri on iOS 5 Coming Soon

Some more interesting news regarding the Siri port to iPhone 4, well this is even better. Earlier, we had told you about a certain project that’s main goal is to make Siri, the iPhone 4S personal assistant, work on the iPhone 4. However, it was not very successfully since there was no way to connect to the Apple servers and Apple for sure wouldn’t let that happen. But, new reports and information has risen on another Siri port project that happens to work on any iDevice running iOS 5 and does connect to Apple’s servers, no problem.

Developer Jack (@Jackoplane ) has been working on this from quite some time and has now confirmed that Siri on iOS 5 will be available soon to everyone. When I say soon, I don’t mean next 2-3 days, it could be a week or even a month. Jack has managed to make Siri work on iOS 5 without any problems, lags or bugs, but he’s worried about the distribution part. He can’t obviously make it public as Apple is bound to take the tweak down. So, that’s why he’s working on a delivery method and has asked every one to wait.

Siri, is Apple’s greatest feat yet, it is even more magical than anything magic. You can say/ask a lot of things to Siri and it will reply as though it was another human being. It has a sense of humor, a slight attitude and respect. It is currently the most advanced Voice recognition software on the planet, but there are alternatives and apps for Android that work similar to this.

Running Siri on iOS 5 is pretty easy, according to Jack, but we are still not sure if it will work on all iOS 5 devices. This tweak needs Cydia and that means that you’ll have to JAILBREAK your device to have this working. You can see a screenshot of Siri working on iPhone 4 below and in the background you can also see the Cydia icon.

How many of you want Siri on your iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS, iPod Touch, iPad and iPad 2? This could also be a hoax. We’ll find out soon.

Download iOS 5 GM for iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad

At Apple’s iPhone Event yesterday, October 4, they also announced the availability of iOS 5 to all iPhone users on October 12. Yes, soon after the keynote, the iOS 5 GM version was seeded to all developers. But, that meant that you’d have to have a developers account to actually be able to download iOS 5 GM. However, since we live in the world where anything is possible through the internet, the iOS 5 GM can also be downloaded from other sources.

This version of iOS 5 GM is the pre-release of the final product that will be provided to all existing iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad users. There have been about 200 additional features added to iOS 5 and hopefully all of them will be available on the GM version of iOS 5. So, in case you’re a developer or even if you’re not, you can install iOS 5 GM and check it out on your iOS device. You will of course also need the latest version of iTunes 10.5 beta to install it, which again can be downloaded from Apple Developers site.

For everyone else who is not a developer, we’ll have to wait till October 12. But, in case you want to download it and try it out on your device even though you aren’t a developer, it’s no biggie. There are lot of places on the internet that you can download the ipsw firmware file from, just take dear Google’s help.

This version is compatible with iPhone 4, 3GS, iPad 1 & 2. Try it out and let us know.

New in iOS 5 Beta 3: Assistive Touch & AirPlay Mirroring for FaceTime

This is something customary, every time a new version of iOS is out, it is our duty to keep you well informed of the most promising and interesting new features they bring along. The latest release of iOS 5 adds two new major features, Assistive Touch and the ability to mirror FaceTime calls through AirPlay.

Apple released iOS 5 beta 3 few days ago and everyone started to spend time on it and set on to discover new features. Not many new features were discovered, but there were some minor bug fixes and some bug upheavals. All that aside, let’s discuss the two new and very interesting features.

Assistive Touch

A very cool feature that lets you accomplish tasks such as going back to the Homescreen, increase or decrease volume, mute or unmute, change screen orientations  and many other custom gestures. This feature is currently only available in beta 3 and can be activated by going to Settings>General>Accessibility>AssistiveTouch. This function was also there in the previous releases of iOS 5, but did not function. In the latest release it actually does a lot and makes using an iPhone even more easier.

assistive touch

As you can see in the image above, the Menu is launched using a gesture that you can create and lets you use all the basic and even not-so-basic tasks right from the touchscreen. Creating custom gestures is also super easy and assigning them as well. If you’re running on the latest beta of iOS 5, then you should try this feature now.

AirPlay FaceTime Mirroring

FaceTime calls can be mirrored on an iPad 2 using AirPlay, but this feature was never available for the iPhone 4. Now, it’s also possible to mirror FaceTime calls on a big screen and let more users enjoy that Family call. Normally this would require lot of cables and that is not something people enjoy, hence wireless FaceTime calls on a big screen is pretty awesome, don’t you think?

AirPlay FaceTime Mirroring

However, the quality might be compromised if you have a poor internet connection, since you’d be mirroring on a huge display. But, wireless is better!

Do try out these new features and let us know if you think they’re useful.

4 New iPhone Camera Features in iOS 5

We all know that iPhone camera is the most used Smartphone camera in the world and couple of days back iOS 5 is announced and we have already shared iOS5 download link. More over we shared what’s new in iOS5. We just installed iOS5 developer account on iPhone 4 and we are checking out all new features in new iOS 5. It’s a developer version so all features are not activated but here I’m sharing how iOS5 new features will enhance your camera.

New features in iOS camera:

In this video we talked about many new iPhone camera features like quick gallery access, volume button click, zoom in zoom out, Exposure lock. We didn’t covered photo editing feature for now, but we will be adding another video for that too soon.

 

For me, I liked the new Zoom in and Zoom out and quick volume click feature. This will make my work easier while using iPhone camera.

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Do let us know which iOS5 Camera feature you liked the most?