Jailbreak iPad running iPhoneOS 3.2.2 with Limera1n

Limera1n is the new jailbreaking tool released by geoh0t. Geoh0t had been working on this tool for quiet a long time and according to him this tool can jailbreak any version of iPhoneOS and iOS. You can jailbreak your latest iPad running the latest update of the firmware using this tool. Just follow the below steps and it will take you only 1-2 minutes to complete the whole process. If you are wondering why I am writing this howto now, because I just jailbreaked my iPad with limera1n.

Step 1: Update your iPad to latest firmware i.e iPhone OS 3.2.2 if you have not already. If you have bought the iPad recently it must already have the latest.

Step 2: Download limera1n from http://www.limera1n.com/

Step 3: Connect your iPad to your computer via USB cable, make sure to close iTunes when it is launched upon connecting the iPad.

Step 4: Launch the limera1n on your computer and click the “Make it rain” button. and then keep an eye on the limera1n window on your computer.

Step 5: Limera1n will instruct you to hold the Home+Power button, press both the buttons simultaneously.

Step 6: After few seconds limera1n will instruct you to release the power button, keep the home button pressed but release the power button.

Step 7: Then limera1n will show you that the device is in DFU mode.. and soon the limera1n icon will appear on your iPad screen during which limera1n will perform the exploit on the device.

Step 8: As soon as the limera1n performs the exploit on the device the iPad will shutdown and limera1n will show you the “Done” message on your computer screen.

Step 9: Boot your iPad and then click on the limera1n app in your iPad.

Step 10: Select the Cydia package and click Install.

Enjoy your new jailbroken iPad with latest iPhone OS 3.2.2

Jailbreak iPad running iPhone OS 3.2 using Spirit

So you own an iPad and you are one of those curious people who want to break into things to see how they work? Or you don’t like being restricted and controlled by Apple. What ever your reasons are the iPhone OS hackers were able to Jailbreak the iPad in just 24 hours of its availability in Apple Stores. So, here is the little guide to help you jailbreak your iPad running on iPhone OS 3.2.

NOTE: First you should take backup of your SHSH blobs so you can restore to iPhone OS 3.2, later.

We will use Spirit to jailbreak the iPad. Using Spirit is very simple. Follow the steps below to Jailbreak the device.

Step 1: Most important step, backup your device using iTunes.

Step 2: Download the Spirit jailbreak for Mac OSWindows or Linux, depending on the OS you are using. [ Alternate link for Windows Spirit ]

Step 3: Connect your iPad to your computer.

Step 4: Run the Spirit jailbreak application. If you are on Window run it as administrator.

Step 5: Click the “Jailbreak” button.

Jail break iPad using Spirit

Step 6: Upon successful jail-breaking you will see the message on Spirit “Jailbreak complete” and the “Quit” button, also the iPad will restart.

Step 7: When the iPad is booted again, you will see the Cydia app store installed.

Thats it. Enjoy your jail-broken iPad, you can download and install any application you want, the applications you install does not have to be approved from Apple. Do you have an iPad? Have you jail-broken it? Or will you jailbreak it?

Blogging on iPad using Apple Pages

Apple Pages a perfect application for writing blog posts on iPad. As I previously posted about WordPress application for iPad and Blogpress for iPad, both the application had their limitations. None of them were true WYSIWYG editors.

After getting disappointed by WordPress app and Blogpress, I decided to give Apple Pages a try. The applications is a bit costy but I think it’s worth the price.

See the screenshot below to get the idea on how Apple Pages looks like.

Adding images is piece of cake, you can not only just add images but you can resize them, move them and rotate them.

Apple Pages is a complete word processor app, which you can use for editing and creating your documents too. It comes with. Few standard templates which you can use as base for your document.

You can also export your documents to PDF.

Publishing the content you create on Pages is as easy as copying and pasting, or better say it is actually copyingnthe content and pasting into wordpress compose window.

Have your tried Apple Pages on your iPad?

Save SHSH Blobs (ECID SHSH) of iPad 3.2

UPDATE: This howto is obsolete, please follow the steps mentioned on Save SHSH Blobs of your iPad/iPhone and iPod touch before upgrading to iOS 4.2

SHSH Blob needs to be saved if you want to jailbreak your iPad. If you don’t save SHSH Blob all your Jailbroken functionality will be lost if Apple may release the new firmware. Why it needs to be saved? we will see later in more detail. But first let me tell you what the heck is SHSH Blobk or ECID SHSH anyway?

SHSH Blobs are basically signature of your firmware installed on your iDevice. They are checked against Apple servers and allow you to restore a particular firmware on your device. This applies to all devices including iPhone, iPod touch and iPad. When Apple releases new firmware it stops signing the old firmware and hence you can’t restore back to older firmware through iTunes.

You must have got the idea why you need to save SHSH Blob before, let me give you a bit more insight on this. The developer of Cydia has configured a server which provides Apple like verification service and can save your SHSH signature to allow you to downgrade or restore the older firmware. So if you don’t have your SHSH blob saved and update your firmware you know that you will lose your jailbroken functionality, not only that but you won’t be able to downgrade to older firmware or rejailbreak your device.

There are numerous ways to store SHSH blob but the most easiest is to use AutoSHSH. Follow the steps below to save your SHSH using AutoSHSH.

Step 1: Backup your device. Open iTunes connect your iPad and make a backup.

Step 2: Download AutoSHSH (rapidshare link). (Note: You will also need JVM installed on your machine).

Step 3: Connect your device in recovery mode by turning your iPad off and then pressing “Home” button while connecting to USB cable, keep Home button pressed until you see “Connect to iTunes” message on your iPad.

Step 4: Start AutoSHSH which you downloaded in Step 1.

Step 5: Click the “Grab my SHSH blobs Automatically” button.

AutoSHSH saves SHSH blobs

Step 6: AutoSHSH will ask you the location to store your blobs. Select a safe location.

Congratulations you have saved your SHSH blobs, now you can go and jailbreak your iPad.

Testing blogpress for iPad

I bough blogpress hoping that it will turn out to be better then free word press aap, but so far it seems to be more worse. Please don’t bother buying blogpress as it crashed after adding the first blog. But if you can ignore the crashes like me, then go for it.

Still trying to figure out how to access the rest of the options for this post like specifying categories, tags and other stuff. I even can’t modify the slug.

Blogpress seems to have wysiwyg editor, but how format the text is still unclear. Let me make this text bold.

– Posted using BlogPress from my iPhone

The iPad Expereince

Once again I have not been able to update my blog for quiet a long time. I had been working on few things which kept me busy during those days. Now the reason of writing this post is actually I am test driving the WordPress App for iPad.

Yes, yes I remember that last time I wrote how an iPad is just a big iPhone. But after using iPad my views have been changed. iPad is not just a big iPhone, at least not for me. Writing this blog justifies having an iPad for bloggers, designers, developers, system admins and business people.

iPad Home Screen

I am planning on jailbreaking my iPad later today, so expect blog posts about jailbreaking experience and hoots over the couple of next days. I also have many cool applications to share for almost every possible use that I can think of.

The only thing that is frustrating is the WiFi bug, but Apple has promised to fix that with the next firmware update. The games are amazing and I have already been addicted to Need For Speed, Fast and Furious, Fifa and Iron Man 2.

As I mentioned I am writing this post to actually test WordPress application for iPad, the applications seems a little buggy. Still haven’t tried the WordPress admin stuff, but I am assuming it should work out of the box.

Wordpress application for iPad

Expect couple of other posts this week about how to jailbreak the iPad. Have you tried the iPad? Do you think it is useful for Bloggers?

iPad? Are you kidding me?

Apple’s announcement of iPad has sadden the fans. There are plenty of die hard fans of Apple that are not happy with new Apple device. They think iPad just doesn’t stand upto Apple’s reputation. iPad that uses the same iPhone OS lack many features that are supposed to be in a tablet. But looks like Apple was in a hurry to get their Kindle killer in market they even didn’t bother to add very basic features to the OS. Yes the OS still lacks multitasking, I ain’t kidding you.

Not only that iPad lacks multitasking but other features which would have definitely made iPad a usable device. But one thing is sure, the version that Apple announced on Jan 27th is not a game changer, may be the next version will be. Below are the few things that I personally think iPad should have and without them its not worth it.

  • First and foremost multitasking.
  • Camera
  • USB Support
  • Headphone Jack
  • Print

With out the above features iPad is nothing more then a bigger size defected iPhone which cannot make calls. Do you think iPad is not just bigger iPhone? If yes, then share some features that makes it different from iPhone. Why would someone on the earth will buy an iPhone then an iPad?

People going crazy about Apple announcement

It will not be wrong if I say everyone is going crazy about Apple announcement. The Apple event will start in few hours from now. But I am impressed by the craziness of Apple fans. Be it a top blogger Sobleizer from USA or a tech blogger from Pakistan, they all are excited about the event, they all are talking about it. The reason as always for the excitement is that Apple will be announcing something new. Most of the internet is full of leaked pictures of Apple Tablet. So, even if they weren’t planning to launch that Apple Table they will have to do it now because they just can’t disappoint there fans.

Scobleizer has even said, I will stand in that line again to get Apple Tablet the day it is available. He also shared his story that he and his son were the first ones in line of thousands of people who wanted to get iPhones.

People are so crazy about the Tablet that they have started running the contests. Guess the weight of the Apple Tablet and win iPod Touch. Mashable reports that Stand Alone Inc is working on the first game for Apple’s Table.

I am not an Apple fan, neither I am an Apple hater. I have always admired Apple’s hardware because in my opinion it is second to none. Lets see what Apple will be announcing after few hours, will it be a tablet? or a new iPhone OS? or an Apple-TV? or something really different? I am not that excited what ever it is and like Robert Scobleizer I won’t be buying what ever it is but definitely I am interested to know. What do you think it will be?

P.S: Picture from http://sciblogs.co.nz/