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An idea for a new line of audio speakers that might change the industry…

In Ideas on 23/10/2015 at 7:36 AM

Have look at the Bang & Olufsen recently, I can’t help but admire the designs and of course the sound coming of these tiny speakers. Apple and Bang & Olufsen really do know how to make a good aluminum equipment. The more I look at the S8 satellite speakers, the more I want to own something similar that carry that authentic designs while have the power of portability and the decoration value. Those speakers are made to put in a deep impression for the house.

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At that moment it struck me hard. Can we made a speaker that have the similar authenticity while being portable? I want something that I can bring to any party or left it at home and turn it into a piece of house decoration. A pleasing device that I can’t take my eyes off while retain a beautiful sound and contain simplicity function. In order to accommodate such requirement, the speaker will need to satisfy these criteria:

• It need to be portable enough so I can carry around. Thus the need for battery compartment
• It need to be easily function. Thus the need for wireless connection
• It need to have a beautiful sound. Thus the need for the latest Bluetooth Aptx technology and the Airplay ability integrated to the device
• It need to have an expansion ability so that the speaker is able to keep up with the latest technology upgrade. Thus it needs to have an expansion slot
• It need to have a pleasing shape and look thus the need to design it into a decoration piece. I prefer it to be able to stick into a wall.
• It need to have an ability to connect with other devices to create 2.1/5.1 sound system with minimal effort. Thus the need for an app interface so users are able to setup connection.
• It need to become the central media of the house. The looker that nobody is able to resist to look at. Thus the speaker need to have its own sub-devices attached to it.

Can you get the ideas that I am trying to pitch here? Welcome to my ideas article, where i show you my ideas and love to see it come true. This is the 1st article on my future trademark speaker’s line: “Lunar & Earth” or “L & E”

Why the name Lunar & Earth?

The name suggests the shape of those speakers. A beautiful circular shape and a masculine, strong square shape speakers that you can bring anywhere you want or leave it at home to décor the house. They are portable for you to bring them anywhere and have so many possibility that they will soon become your central media player.
The name came from Vietnamese mythology stories that tell a story about a cake competition in the eon’s time of Vietnam. Once upon a time, the king open a cake competition to find the best person who can make an exciting cakes and a delightful taste that please all the gods. The prize for the winner was the throne itself. One man, received the help from god, made 2 cakes to compete. The first cake have a nice white color with smooth texture. One bite from that cake, will send the taster into a blissful state as the cake melt right down to the throat. The second cake had a beautiful light green color with a rough texture. Each groove in the texture was made by the crisscross of the rice which then wrap around a big green leaves. Upon biting the cake, the outer layer fall apart and reveal a rich beautiful layer of pork belly and all the goodness fat that keep melting on the tongue. Think of it as when you bite an wagu beef.

The king asked the man what are the name of those god like cake. And he replied: The white cake shall be called Lunar cake as it represent the smoothness and nice of the moonlight while the green cake shall be called Earth case as it represent the greenness of the Earth and the beauty it gave to humanity. A person who eat both of these cake can experience both the sky onward and the deepest of earth hence experience the heaven.

I want my speakers to give you the feeling like that. The moment you turn on the speakers, the moment you feel the music lift the whole body. That is what I hope can happen. I might not able to create these speakers within my own life but hopefully somebody is able to fulfill it and make it to production 🙂

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So how does this so called L & E work ?

Image the speakers with 1 and a half size of an S8 satellite speakers (Bang & Olufsen). It has a battery compartment that allow rechargeable and removable for future usage.

On the side of the speaker there will be a proprietary magnet connection that allow for recharging the battery or attach expansion components (tweeters, camera…)
This outer layer is able to rotate so the user can position the connection port to a convenient position

On the back of the speaker will contained magnet that allow it to attach itself to a surface (wall or ceiling or any surface that has a base attached.
ON the surface of the speakers will be LED light to indicate connection, battery and other status.

The beauty of this speaker is its ability to have an endless expansion set up. As the speaker has its own connection port, any attachment of subsequence module to the port will expand the functionality of these system.

On top of my head, it can be:

1> Circular expansion battery
2> Light modules to create mood: multiple light that attached to the speaker
3> Tweeter module
4> Additional speakers to expand the volume
5> Sensory module to turn the system into an alarm
6> Infrared module for convenient remote control other modules
7> IPhone/android docking module to allow the possibility of media playback
8> Any many many more.

The good side of these structure is that, L & E can sell the proprietary connection adapter so other developers are able to build their own modules to expand the functionality of the system

Also due to the shape and size of these speakers and component, a series of linkage will create a beautiful effect of decoration to the house. Imagine a system where the light will automatically turn to the mood of the music. And you are able to video chat from these system as well. Lunar & Earth system is limited less.

I attached a general concept so you can understand a bit more of what I am talking about.

Lunar & Earth

Lunar & Earth

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iPad 2 coming…

In Apple device on 03/03/2011 at 1:56 AM

At last, the most interesting news had arrived: “iPad 2 features, price and specs”. First look at the iPad 2 introduction video (which you can watch at the end of this post), i am impressed with the smart cover. Apple had come up with really nice magnetic cover which not only attach and fold as iPad 1G cover but also play as on/off button, keep new iPad sleekly look. With 10 colours Leather/Polyurethane materials to choose from, i am sure it gonna beats the whole iPad case business in Ebay 🙂

Now here are some of iPad 2 new features which i am sure everyone is happy: (For more information please visit Apple website)

  • Thinner & Lighter: 8.8mm when compare to 13.4 mm from iPad 1G
  • Colors (Black and White)
  • Front Facing Camera for FaceTime
  • HD Camera on Back for Shooting Videos in 720p (I love this feature 🙂
  • Gyroscope
  • iOS 4.3 (out on 11/3/2011)
  • Same Screen and Battery Life (No retina…)
  • HDMI 1080p Video Out cable

And we also have some interesting built-in app:

  • Photo Booth
  • iMovie
  • GarageBand
  • Face Time


 

How to jailbreak and hacktivate iOS 4.2.1 using Redsn0w 0.9.6b6&SAM

In Apple device on 07/12/2010 at 10:23 AM

As promised from the Dev-Team, Redsn0w 0.9.6b4 for both Mac and Windows had been released quickly for our “zombreaker” 🙂 According to Dev-Team blog, they successfully handled “7700 comments over just the first 12 hours (10 per minute for half a day)” Damn ! Wish my blog was like that 🙂 Another good news is from developer @sbingner, “His tool, “Subscriber Artificial Module (SAM)” tricks your iPhone and iTunes into creating legitimate activation tickets even though you’re unlocked with ultrasn0w.  This means you get the full benefit of push applications, and your battery life increases substantially” Self-explanation, eh ? In short SAM will help your iOS look like this:

And now some WARNING signs before moving on:

  • Unlocker should restrain from upgrading to 4.2.1
  • Again, new iDevices will be jailbreak as semi-tethered (required redsn0w every time your devices reboot)

I recommend you should visit Dev-Team blog, SAM website to fully understand the procedure !

What i need ?

  • Your (fully charged) iDevices with computer and iTunes 10.1
  • RedSn0w 0.9.6b6 for Windows or Mac. Or you can visit Dev-Team blog to find the links 😉
  • Your iOS 4.2.1 respective firmware from Felixbruns or you can update/restore straight from iTunes 10.1

Guide: (Source from Redmond Pie and SAM)

  • Jailbreak using RedSn0w 0.9.6b6 basically the same as 0.6.6b4. Please visit my old post:”Jailbreak iPad, iPod and iPhone 4.2.1 with Redsn0w 0.9.6b4″ to successfully jailbreak your iDevices.
  • I need to remind you that every time your iDevice reboot or stuck at Apple logo (4.2.1 jailbreak), please repeat step 8 to 10 from my guide to be able to run your iPhone/iPad/iPod touch.
  • Once your iPhone boot up, run Cydia and add new repohttp://repo.bingner.com”
  • Wait for the reloading and install “SAM” and “SAMPrefs”
  • Run RedSn0w again, select “Deactivate”, next…
  • Navigate to Settings > SAM and click “De-Activate iPhone”
  • Start iTunes, connect your iPhone, wait for  the activation.

Note: If iTunes says invalid SIM, you will need to manually select the appropriate carrier under one of the methods besides “Automatic” and click on a SIMID.

You are done ! Want to unlock your iPhone 3G and old 3GS module ? Follow this post

Jailbreak iPhone 3G/3GS with PwnageTool 4.1.3 for iOS 4.2.1/4.1 with 06.15.00 baseband

In Apple device on 29/11/2010 at 3:22 AM

Warning: make sure to read my earlier post for fully understanding the risks 🙂

Update: Some users reported GPS problem when upgrading their iPhone to iPad baseband 06.15.00. So be caution if you value your GPS function. Please wait for the next update from Dev-Team !

What you need ?

Guide (copy from Redmond Pie)

Step 4: Start PwnageTool 4.1.3 and point it to iOS 4.2.1 / 4.1 firmware file.

Step 5: You will now be prompted to update your baseband to 06.15.00 so that it can be unlocked using Ultrasn0w 1.2.

Step 6: Now point PwnageTool 4.1.3 to iOS 3.2.2 for iPad. PwnageTool will now fetch the exploitable 06.15.00 baseband from 3.2.2 firmware and will replace it the baseband in iOS 4.2.1 / 4.1.

Step 7: Click the next arrow now to allow PwnageTool to create this custom ipsw file for you.

Step 8: Now follow the following steps to enter DFU mode:

  • Hold Power and Home buttons for 10 seconds
  • Now release the Power button but continue holding the Home button for 10 more seconds
  • You device should now be in DFU mode

Step 9: You will now have to restore your iPhone to this custom firmware 4.2.1 / 4.1 file. Start iTunes, click on your device icon from the sidebar in iTunes. Now press and hold left “alt” button (“Shift” button on Windows) on the keyboard and then click on “Restore” (Not “Update” or “Check for Update”) button in the iTunes and then release the “Shift” button.

This will make iTunes prompt you to select the location for your custom firmware 4.2.1 / 4.1 file. Select the required custom .ipsw file and click on “Open”.

Step 10: Now sit back and enjoy as iTunes does the rest for you. This will involve a series of automated steps. Be patient at this stage and don’t do anything silly. Just wait while iTunes installs the new firmware 4.2.1 / 4.1 on your iPhone 3GS or 3G. Your iOS device screen at this point will be showing a progress bar indicating installation progress. After the installation is done, your iPhone will restart automatically and you should now have a fully jailbroken iPhone 3GS or 3G with 06.15.00 baseband.

Step 11: Please go to next post to unlock your iPhone using Ultrsn0w


Unlock for iPhone 3G/3Gs in iOS 4.2.1 (Mac version) have arrived !

In Apple device on 29/11/2010 at 2:48 AM

Thanks to Dev-Team, iPhone 3G and 3Gs can now safely upgrade to 4.2.1 along with unlock 🙂 Here are the whole article i copied from Dev-Team blog. You can find my summary and how to below and in separate new posts followed up.

Today we’re pleased to announce our free carrier unlock for iPhone3G/3GS owners with a baseband later than 05.13.04.  The unlock for that baseband exploited the AT+XAPP command, thanks to a crash initially discovered by @sherif_hashim (@Oranav also found this crash).  So what hole are we exploiting today, since Apple closed that AT+XAPP hole?  Well, we’re exploiting the exact same hole!

It turns out that the very first iPad firmware 3.2.2 has baseband version 06.15.00 still vulnerable to AT+XAPP. The iPad baseband is built for the exact same baseband chip as the iPhone3G/3GS — they’re fully compatible! Some of us have been running 06.15 for weeks now on our iPhones in preparation for this release.

SIMPLIFIED VERSION:

  1. Read and fully understand the warning below.
  2. If you have an old-bootrom 3GS and are already unlockable but want to get to 4.2.1, please wait til we release an “unofficial” bundle for you.  Read no further.
  3. Read update #1 for an updated 3GS bundle.
  4. Download this IPSW
  5. Run PwnageTool to create a custom 4.1 IPSW.  Tell it you want to use the iPad baseband you just downloaded.  Restore to this custom IPSW.
  6. Install ultrasn0w through Cydia
  7. Enjoy!
  8. If you don’t have a Mac, redsn0w will be released within a few hours to handle this.

FULL VERSION:

Since 06.15 is a higher version than 05.14 or 05.15 (where AT+XAPP is gone), anyone stuck at those versions can simply upgrade to 06.15 to unlock again!  Luckily for us, Apple *still* provides the iPad FW 3.2.2 with this vulnerable baseband right from their own servers. (Grab it now, before they take it down!)

We’ve been busy updating both PwnageTool and redsn0w to make the baseband update as seamless as possible.

  1. First up is “PwnageTool 4.1.3 Unlock Edition”.  It has a special dialog box which will ask you if you want to update to the iPad baseband.  You must already have the iPad 3.2.2 IPSW on your computer (see the above link)….so just point PwnageTool at it (or let it find it on its own if you’re in “simple” mode).
  2. Directly after PwnageTool 4.1.3 is available, the official ultrasn0w repo http://repo666.ultrasn0w.com will be updated with ultrasn0w 1.2, which covers iPhone 4 baseband 01.59.00 and iPhone 3G/3GS basebands 04.26.08, 05.11.07, 05.12.01, 05.13.04 and now 06.15.00.
  3. Finally, we’ll release an update to redsn0w today for those without Macs and can’t run PwnageTool.  The new redsn0w will give you the option to update your baseband to 06.15 too.

WARNING — YOU DO THIS AT YOUR OWN RISK!  PLEASE UNDERSTAND THE CONSEQUENCES OF UPDATING TO 06.15.

  1. There is no way to come back down from 06.15, and there’s no hiding the baseband version from Apple.  You’ll be voiding your warranty in a very obvious way.
  2. If some future baseband comes out with a critical fix, you won’t be able to update to it if it remains down in the 05.xx sequence (then again, you wouldn’t update to it if you wanted to keep your unlock anyway).
  3. Starting with FW 4.2.1 if you have 06.15 on your iPhone you won’t ever be able to restore to stock firmware (it will fail).  You’ll need to only restore to custom IPSWs (then again, if you’re unlocker you should already be doing that).

Certainly don’t update to 06.15 if you don’t need to!  Only do this if you need the unlock and you’re stuck on 05.14 or 05.15, and you’re willing to assume the above risks.

This PwnageTool also contains a 4.2.1 bundle for iPhone3G owners…for all else, it’s still only 4.1.  If you have an iPhone3GS with an old bootrom, the new redsn0w will handle 4.2.1 for you (in fact it covers 4.2.1 for all devices, even though some of them are still tethered at 4.2.1 until @comex can work some untethering magic).  iPhone3GS users with old bootroms who want to go to 4.2.1 should not use this PwnageTool! Update to stock 4.2.1 first, then use the upcoming redsn0w to update your baseband.

Speak in English, please !

  • Instead of finding new exploit in iPhone baseband, Dev-Team will replace it with iPad baseband 06.15.00 which served 2 purposes: give your iPhone new baseband but same old exploit (hack-able). That reminds me of this sentence: “Old wine, new vase”
  • Once update to 06.15.00 baseband, you will not be able to restore to stock firmware until Apple release new firmware with higher baseband than 06.15.00 (Ex:06.35.05 or 07.00.05…), which also means that you will void your warranty 😦
  • If you want a simplify/smooth unlocking experience and own iPhone 3GS, wait a little more for updated PwnageTool, or the OSX version of redsn0w. Patience is the key 🙂
  • You will need to download both iPad firmware 3.2.2 and iPhone 4.2.1 to be able to start the unlocking process. Then jailbreak with PwnageTool 4.1.3 and unlock with Ultrasn0w 1.2

Restore Orientation Lock button in iPad iOS 4.2.1

In Apple device on 26/11/2010 at 2:21 AM

Missing the good’ol lock button in iPad ? Thanks to Nicolas Haunold, you can change the function of the mute volume back to lock orientation button. All you have to do is run Cydia, wait for its update and search for “NoMute” under BigBoss repository then install it (FREE)

Update: Please remember to run “Tether boot” option to be able to boot into your jailbreak iPad as this install might require reboot. Follow this post from step 8 to know HOW 🙂

What you need ?

Jailbreak iPad

Jailbreak iPad, iPod and iPhone 4.2.1 with Redsn0w 0.9.6b4

In Apple device on 25/11/2010 at 2:36 AM

Caution: If you rely on unlock, please stay away from this update. Honestly, i only think that this update is good for iPad but your call anyway 🙂 Up to now, new iDevices such as iPhone 4G, iPad, iPod Touch 4G…can only be applied “tethered” jailbreak. Here are explanation i copied from Dev_Team blog:

  1. If you’re on an iPhone3G, old-bootrom iPhone3GS, or non-MC ipt2g, life is easy. redsn0w installed an untethered jailbreak and so nothing below applies.
  2. “Tethered” does not mean you cannot boot at all without PC/Mac assistance.  If you have not installed any tweaks that hook into important programs like SpringBoard or CommCenter, your device will actually boot. However, jailbreak programs like Cydia won’t work (and Cydia may still have a white icon).  Also, certain built-in apps that had to be moved by Cydia will fail (Safari being the most noticeable example).
  3. If you’ve installed MobileSubstrate tweaks that hook into SpringBoard or other important programs, your boot will actually fail (you’ll get stuck at the Apple logo).  You need to use redsn0w to “Just boot tethered right now”

For short, anytime your iDevices reboot or turn off, you will need to connect it to a Mac or PC then run RedSn0w, select “Just boot tethered right now” and follow the instruction to have yours working again (about 1 minute). This is quite troublesome if you need to make emergency phone call and your shinny new iPhone stuck at Apple logo 😦

What you need ?

Guide:

  1. Back up your iDevices and connect it to iTunes 10.1
  2. Hold Shift+Click Restore (Windows) or Option+Click Restore (Mac) then select your respective 4.2.1 firmware
  3. Wait for the upgrade finish and your device start up with nice Apple wallpaper. You can restore back up if you want
  4. Run RedSn0w then select 4.2.1 firmware you had just downloaded.
  5. Next,wait,continue…
  6. Turn off your devices then follow the prompt to boot into DFU mode and wait
  7. Finish ! You device will restart with Cydia not working 😦 Do NOT panic !
  8. Turn off your device and run RedSn0w ONCE MORE TIME
  9. Follow the same steps except in the selection screen: Deselect “Install Cydia” and select “Just boot tethered right now” 
  10. Continue, wait…Your device will boot up with “Pineapple” logo. Done !
  11. Everytime, your device restart or turn off repeat step 8 to 10

In case you want more detail, here is YouTuBe help clip from A to backward Z:

Have fun !

GreenPois0n is now available to jailbreak iPhone/iPod/iPad

In Apple device on 13/10/2010 at 1:57 PM

Just a couple of days after GeoHot released Limera1n, Chronic Dev Team quickly adapted Limera1n boot room exploit to their tool. Why ? To save the Shatter exploit for the next iOS 5.0 and new iPad/iPhone generation. So the good new is we “the newbie” will not need to wait a long time to pawn the next Apple iGen devices 🙂

Caution:

  • If you are using unlock (ie: ultrasnow) please do not update otherwise your iPhone will be upgrade to the newest baseband which is impossible to unlock !
  • Once again, GreenPois0n is Jailbreak tool NOT unlock tool
  • If you still want to update to 4.1 without upgrading baseband please follow this instruction to run TiniUmbrella to preserve your old baseband !

How can i do it ?

  • Go to GreenPois0n website and click on GreenPois0n editions you wish to download
  • When finished just run the application and follow the instruction. They are all clear so you should jailbreak iDevice easily

Guide copy from RedmondPie:

Step 1: Download GreenPois0n from the link given above.

Step 2: Connect your iPhone via USB to your computer and click on “Prepare to Jailbreak (DFU)” as seen in the screenshot below.

Step 3: Now follow the following onscreen instructions:

  • Press and hold the sleep button for 2 seconds

  • Continue holding sleep; press and hold home for 10 seconds.

  • Release sleep button; continue holding home for 15 seconds.

Step 4: Your device is now ready for jailbreak. Click on “Jailbreak” to inject the exploit.

Step 5: Your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch should now be successfully jailbroken on iOS 4.1 !

Step 6: Now start “Loader” found on the homescreen and install Cydia:

This is it! You are done !

How to jailbreak 3G iPhone 4.1 firmware using Snowbreeze without errors (1640.1610…)

In Apple device on 23/09/2010 at 2:45 PM

Hello my friends ! I bring a good new for you guys 🙂 The long awaited Snowbreeze 2.01 has been released ! It is time to update your iPhone 3G to the latest 4.1 firmware along with Cydia. If you encounter any errors such as 1640,1610… read on this guide to hopefully solve all the problems !

Update:

New Snowbreeze software version 2.0.2 has been released to fix 3 errors:

  • Fix for Error 17
  • Fix for Error 40
  • Fix for Hackivation issues

What software and sources you need:

Now, what ?

  • Run Snowbreeze to create custom 4.1 firmware
  • Run iREB with admin setting, you will find all instructions in there to put iphone to DFU mode
  • Let the software do the coding until it appeared message: “If you had custom firmware…bla,bla,bla”
  • Your iphone screen will appear ih8sn0w logo.. Don’t panic !
  • Run iTunes and Shift+click to your cooked firmware and you now have 4.1 with Cydia

Guide to create custom 4.1 firmware with Snowbreeze (Copy from RedmondPie)

Sn0wbreeze 2.0 supports following devices:

  • iPod touch 1G (Must be jailbroken on any firmware version)
  • iPod touch 2G (Non-MC Model, Must be jailbroken on any firmware, if not, then use iREB from here)
  • iPod touch 2G (MC Model, must be on iOS 3.1.2. Does not need to be jailbroken on 3.1.2)
  • iPod touch 3G (Must be previously jailbroken on 3.1.2)
  • iPhone 2G
  • iPhone 3G (Must be jailbroken on any firmware, if not, then use iREB from here)
  • iPhone 3GS new bootrom (Must be previously jailbroken on 3.1.2)
  • iPhone 3GS old bootrom (Must be already jailbroken. If you are jailbroken using Spirit or JailbreakMe, install Spirit2Pwn from http://repo.woowiz.net.

 

NOTE: Sn0wbreeze 2.0 WILL NOT jailbreak iPhone 4, iPad and iPod touch 4G.

Instructions are as follows:

Step 1: Download and install the latest version of iTunes.

Step 2: Now start iTunes and sync your iPhone with your PC so that it backs-up all your important data including settings, apps, music, contacts and photos.

Step 3: Download Sn0wbreeze 2.0 and the original iOS 4.1 firmware file for your version of iPhone or iPod touch (download links given below). Move all these files to your desktop.

Step 4: Start Sn0wbreeze and select “Expert Mode”.

 

Step 5: Sn0wbreeze will now ask you to browse for your .ipsw file. Select the correct iOS 4.1 firmware .ipsw file by clicking the “Browse” button. Sn0wbreeze will verify the selected file and then will present you with following screens.

 

 

Step 6: Now if you are on iPhone 3GS (New Bootrom) or iPod touch 3G, make sure you hit “General”-> and check “Use iBooty Method (3.1.2 Installation Required!).

Also check “Activate The iPhone” if you are on unofficial carrier and want Sn0wbreeze to hacktivate your phone.

 

Step 7: Now simply select “Build IPSW”. Sn0wbreeze will now create the custom .ipsw file for your iPhone which will be jailbroken.

Step 8: Now you will have to restore your iPhone to this custom firmware 4.1 that you just cooked using Sn0wbreeze for your iPhone. Click on your phone from the sidebar in iTunes and then press and hold left “Shift” button on the keyboard and then click on “Restore” (Not “Update” or “Check for Update”) button in the iTunes and then release the “Shift” button.

This will make iTunes prompt you to select the location for your custom firmware 4.1. Select that custom .ipsw file and click on “Open”.

Step 9: Now sit back and enjoy as iTunes does the rest for you. This will involve a series of automated steps. Be patient at this stage and don’t do anything silly. Just wait while iTunes installs the new iOS 4.1 on your iPhone. Your iPhone screen at this point will be showing a progress bar indicating installation progress. After the installation is done, iPhone will restart automatically and you should now have a fully jailbroken iPhone running on iOS 4.1.

Blocked iPhone’s IMEI ? Not a problem :(

In Apple device on 11/06/2010 at 3:10 PM

STORY:

As ex-iPhone owner and lost , i felt completely satisfy when service staff explained about blocked IMEI option. Ok so even i lost my iPhone, that bastard who stole my phone can only use it as an iPod Touch :)) and judge from iPhone community, there will be no ways to fix that wonderful protection ! An IMEI blocked iPhone will be useless in Australia for at least 2 years. YES !

WHAT I KNOW:

In case you don’t know about IMEI, please visit FAQAMTA website for more information. Here are some common answers i copied from them:

  • What is an IMEI number?

The International Mobile Equipment Identity (IMEI) number is an international identity number used to uniquely identify a mobile phone. The 15-digit IMEI number is an electronic fingerprint transmitted every time a phone is used, which reveals the identity of the mobile handset. They are independent of phone numbers and are usually stamped beneath the battery on the back of the handset

  • How can I find out my IMEI number?

Mobile phone users can also check their 15 digit IMEI number by dialling *#06# on their mobile handset

  • Where can I check the status of my handset to confirm whether it is blocked or unblocked?

You can check the status of your handset by going to the AMTA website for lost and stolen IMEI status queries

BUT ! YES, IT IS  BIG BUT !

The truth is these iPhones can still be used on everyday basic ! Why ? Because i once had a blocked iphone with full functions: calling, messaging…I bought it from eBay as a broken iPhone and intended to fix its smashed screen. After 2 hours  replacing its screen and hours restore, switch to DFU mode (Big thanks to my friend ‘s help), i got it worked :-). Eager to try out the new phone, i took my friend sim, plugged it in and voila normal calls and messages. I was so happy that i could fly up in the air 🙂 I got a bargain !

Soon my friend made me drop to the ground by checking its IMEI. “Your phone was currently blocked by…” WTF ? Why it still could call and message ? Thinking it took some time for mobile phone service to kick in, i leave it there for 2 hours. When i got my hand on the phone again, it still functioned normally 😦 However, when i restart it, the magic disappear 🙂 I spent my next day to experiment and figure it out that: The only reason why BLOCKED iPhone WORKED is i had used some kind of “sim-swapping” method when i quickly swap sim from normal working iPhone to my phone. As long as the signal did not run out or the iPhone did not suddenly restart, Blocked iPhone can be used normally. And i thought i could laugh at the one who stole my phone 😦

ENDING:

Luckily, the guy who sold the iPhone agreed to refund but now i got extra iPhone screen as a paper weight 😦  It seems that with every lock is created, there are always keys to unlock ! And with this simple trick i found, i can image underground market might have some kinds of “Unblocked device for iPhone” already 😦

For example a quick swapping sim slot that piggy back iPhone back case. When iPhone is blocked, you can simply switch on the device, pull out your sim, put it into swapping sim slot, wait for the green light then put it back and there you go ! 30 seconds at most. And to think that Apple iPhone is the most security smart phone 😦

Picture as illustrator only !