Wonder how your wonder iPad tablet was made and how the factory looks like?
Apple has given permission to Rob Schmitz of Marketplace to produce a short video documentary of how Foxconn workers in China build and assemble the iPads.
This video highlights iPad manufacturing line and Foxconn’s workers life in general. Despite the average wage of just US$14/day to produce this gadget, many Chinese migrant workers are still flocking to these factories to apply for work.
A series of reports from Schmitz and Marketplace on the “Apple Economy” reveal more about Foxconn and the true nature of factory working conditions in China. Hopefully this will give you some ideas of behind the scenes before this device reached your hands.
This latest version of TinyUmbrella has the ability to save your iPhone’s BBTicket. Some explanation on BBTicket – flashing a new baseband depends on having the correct BBTicket which can only be authorized by Apple and cannot be replayed as we do with APTickets when restoring iOS.
Any attempt to flash with baseband version lower than the one currently installed on your iPhone will fail. You will notice this when you successfully downgraded your iOS but the baseband stayed the same.
He didn’t specifically mention how they plan to use this yet, but he claims that it will be useful “later on.” He also added that BBTickets are stitched together with the SHSH files saved by TinyUmbrella. You won’t see this feature anywhere within the program as it’s done silently in the background. Be sure to check ‘overwrite saved SHSH’ as per notcom’s recommendation.
Somehow I have a sense that when you attempt to do a downgrade next time (assuming it’s 100% possible) e.g. from iOS 5.2 to iOS 5.1, the baseband gets downgraded as well. Now that would be awesome.
Although BBTicket will become less relevant as AT&T has started unlocking iPhones for free, it will still be useful for many locked iPhones locked to other carriers from different countries and for those who have got their unlock requests rejected by AT&T.
Be sure to download the latest version of TinyUmbrella directly from his website and save your BBTicket now!
After a long silence, ApplenBerry, the official distributor of Gevey SIM, finally made an official statement of the iPhone 4 unlock status which is still actively being worked on by Gevey Team in China.
Their last announcement was made back in February when they said there’s something “promising” for iPhone 4 users who are stuck on baseband 4.11.08 and 4.12.01. However, March came and there was still no news about the unlock. That made their followers furious and posted all sorts of negative messages on their Facebook wall.
Today they’re back again with the following announcement on their Facebook page:
“I understand the confusion people. As of today, our developers have not yet found an exploit that will allow our GEVEY hardware to unlock iPhones with modem firmware 4.11.X and above. Believe me when I tell you, we are working day and night to be the first to bring this unlock solution to market. While it is now perfectly legal to unlock cellular phones, network providers and equipment manufacturers are making it increasingly harder to do so. But when we do finally have it, rest assured we’ll tell the world. Hang in there guys!“
This news would make many people disappointed for sure but if you have an AT&T locked iPhone 4, don’t dismay as it’s possible for you to request for an unlock without paying a single cent. Many users have reported success.
The only “reliable” option for now is the R-SIM IV, which is expected to be launched “soon.”
Yeah, we know how happy you felt when you received that email from AT&T but you may want to stop and think first before doing a full restore that was suggested by AT&T.
UPDATE: If your request was rejected, you can still unlock your AT&T iPhone permanently. See here.
You should have known by now that if you do a full restore, you will:
Update the baseband
Lose your untethered jailbreak (if it’s jailbroken)
While losing your untethered jailbreak is not really the end of the world but losing your valuable baseband is, at least for many people!
Why? Many people who have received the unlock confirmation email from AT&T got too excited and did a full restore as suggested by AT&T. However, for some reason the unlock didn’t happen as expected; like what happened to one our Facebook followers:
There are two “safe” ways of unlocking your iPhone:
Use the latest redsn0w (no restore required) – simply launch it, click on Jailbreak, follow on screen instructions, uncheck ‘Install Cydia’, check ‘Deactivate.’
Build a custom firmware with sn0wbreeze (restore required) – launch program, follow on screen instructions and choose baseband preservation mode – this allows you to restore your iPhone to “stock” custom firmware while preserving its baseband.
For both methods above, once you have completed the steps, eject the iPhone SIM tray, connect to iTunes and you will get the following message:
In case you don’t see the screenshot above, that tells you the unlock (and activation) was not successful. Check with AT&T again on the status of the unlock.
If you’re still waiting for that unlock confirmation, be sure to take precautions before you proceed! Losing your unlockable baseband is the last thing you would want to happen to your iPhone!