Apple have just released the latest firmware revision for the 802.11n AirPort Express, 802.11n AirPort Extreme and Time Capsule models. This has been released to resolve some of the bugs found in the previous release:
An issue with performance on overlapping wireless networks
An issue with AirPlay audio streaming
An issue with configuring multiple entries for DNS servers
If you already have a copy of the Airport Utility for iOS, you’ll be pleased to know you can update your device without having to boot up your pc or mac! Launch the airport utility and tab on your device, you will then be giving the option to download and install the update. You will then get a progress screen much like the one to the right.
Another perfect wireless implementation. Thanks Apple!
Now – there are obviously some caveats to this, you need to be on wireless for the download to initialize, this makes sense really! As the iOS installs are generally around 200-300MB in size, downloading over 3G could take a while!
So – to get yourself a copy of iOS 5.0.1 all you need to do is connect your device to a wireless internet connection, head over to settings, tab on General, then Software Update.
You phone will now head off to Apple’s update servers and show up a screen much similar to the one seen on the right.
If you feeling confident, and have plenty of battery to spare tab on Download and let it do its thing!
Once your device has downloaded and unpacked the update, it will automatically reboot and start updating itself as if it was connected to your PC or Mac.
Seamless! Strangely however, iOS doesn’t seem to (currently) do push notifications of the new update. So you may need to keep a keen eye on the net, to see when updates are released. This is something I am sure they are working on, and will no doubt be released in future iOS versions.
So last night a good friend of mine came over with an iPhone dilemma.. Stuck with iOS5 and a need downgrade.. We tried various solutions with non working completely. We then decided to try and jailbreak the device, to try and work around the issue. Knowing iOS5 jailbreaks are still in there very early stages we knew this would be tethered, but accepted its fate and carried on anyway.. The jailbreak went without a hitch, using RedSn0w all looked well! Apart from the fact it still didnt resolve the issue and now we were stuck with a tethered boot device for no reason at all.
On we went trying to un-break the device, using my MacBook pro, and as many ipsw’s as we could find.. All of which failed, with pretty much every error message found in iTunes. The most common one being “This iPhone is not eligible..” this proved to be the most persistent. Even standing when we tried to do the stock iOS5 install..
However.. The fix wasn’t as google suggested, it had nothing to do with the hosts file.. An TinyUmberella couldn’t help.. So I booted up my Windows 7 VM, installed iTunes 10.5 and straight away it restored the iOS ipsw without any error messages or questions asked!!!
Now, I’m not sure if it was OS X lion, or the fact I’d been messing with TinyUmberella all night long, but one things for sure.. The VM fixed it.. An I didn’t even have to touch my hosts file!
So my tip of the day is.. If iTunes doesn’t want to help, try another machine be it physical or virtual, before spending 4 hours trying to figure out why!!
Back in March I published a blog post (previous post) about Onyx for OS X. This app removes all the ‘complicated’ command like operations out of keeping your mac maintained. Using a simple GUI interface onyx provides access to several maintenance tasks at the click of the mouse.
This morning news has hit the wire that an update has been released to this popular app. The update brings with it a couple of new features, and some bug fixes:
- Show/hide QuickTime Player 7 Movie Inspector at launch
- Force enabling AirDrop
- Bugs corrected in the Parameters > iTunes panel
- Bugs corrected in the Infos panel
- Xcode isn’t required anymore to install the Network Link Conditioner Preferences Pane
- If the Spotlight icon is hidden, it remains after repairing permissions from OnyX
You can download Onyx over at Titanium’s Software website