Monthly Archive for October, 2007

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Unlock iPhone 1.1.1 With New Version of Free AnySim

At long last, there is a free unlock for the 1.1.1 iPhone firmware. This only works with phones that haven’t previously been unlocked, though they are working on a fix for phones that were unlocked when running 1.0.2 firmware.

The process for installing software on 1.1.1 phones isn’t as polished as we are used to with earlier versions of the firmware, so right now this is for the more determined user.

Update: Tools for simplified jailbreaking of 1.1.1 iPhones to allow easy installation of 3rd party apps like AnySIM have been released for Windows and Macintosh.

Huge News! iPhone SDK to Come in February and it supports the iPod Touch Too!

Apple pushed an item to their “Hot News” page this morning that they will be releasing an official SDK for iPhone apps in Febrary.  Even better, it’s also for the iPod Touch!

I figured that the first officialy 3rd party iPhone apps would basically be Dashboard widgets, but it sounds like this is much more than that, and that they plan on having good security infrastructure in place to prevent the spread of malicious applications.

The timing of the announcement suggests to me that Apple is doing everything to stay in the news in the run-up to the release of Leopard.  I wonder what else they have up their sleeves.

The full text of the announcement hasn’t been published on a unique URL, so I’ll quote it here for the curious.

Third Party Applications on the iPhone

Let me just say it: We want native third party applications on the iPhone, and we plan to have an SDK in developers’ hands in February. We are excited about creating a vibrant third party developer community around the iPhone and enabling hundreds of new applications for our users. With our revolutionary multi-touch interface, powerful hardware and advanced software architecture, we believe we have created the best mobile platform ever for developers.

It will take until February to release an SDK because we’re trying to do two diametrically opposed things at once—provide an advanced and open platform to developers while at the same time protect iPhone users from viruses, malware, privacy attacks, etc. This is no easy task. Some claim that viruses and malware are not a problem on mobile phones—this is simply not true. There have been serious viruses on other mobile phones already, including some that silently spread from phone to phone over the cell network. As our phones become more powerful, these malicious programs will become more dangerous. And since the iPhone is the most advanced phone ever, it will be a highly visible target.

Some companies are already taking action. Nokia, for example, is not allowing any applications to be loaded onto some of their newest phones unless they have a digital signature that can be traced back to a known developer. While this makes such a phone less than “totally open,” we believe it is a step in the right direction. We are working on an advanced system which will offer developers broad access to natively program the iPhone’s amazing software platform while at the same time protecting users from malicious programs.

We think a few months of patience now will be rewarded by many years of great third party applications running on safe and reliable iPhones.


P.S.: The SDK will also allow developers to create applications for iPod touch. [Oct 17, 2007]“

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iPhone and iPod Touch Jailbreak Beta

It looks like there is another schizm forming in the iPhone hacking community. Fortunately for the rest off us progress is still being made. Hacker “Niacin” has announced that they’ve come up with a easy to use jailbreak of the iPod Touch and the iPhone v1.1.1
that can be used to run 3rd party apps. They are currently doing a limited beta in preparation for a full release soon.

It’s worth noting that this hack depends on a security vulnerability that Apple is sure to fix soon, but perhaps it will provide hints about how to implement a more durable hack once people have full access to the running iPhone OS.

Major iPhone 1.1.1 Hacking Progress, Sweet!

TUAW carries news of a preliminary iPhone 1.1.1 Jailbreak from the “iPhone Dev Team.”

Its going to take more hard work before it is easy to install apps as it is for earlier iPhone firmware versions.

  • Some third party apps work, but it looks like changes to the UI frameworks will require recompilation.
  • Apple appears to have hardwired which apps will show up in Springboard, the iPhone app launcher.
  • There are hints of features involving radio and Nike hardware are coming.
  • iPhone 1.1.1 apps like the music store don’t run very well or at all when copied to a 1.0.2. phone.

This is good news!

iPhone 1.1.1 Hacked: Filesystem Access

This is sweet!  Last night two iPhone hackers, “diopio” and “ediPhone” found a way to access the entire filesystem on the 1.1.1 iPhone by modifying the filesystem on a 1.0.2 phone and then upgrading it.  Today Erica Stadun over on TUAW live blogged as she reproduced the iPhone 1.1.1 hack and started experimenting.This access is read-only for the important areas of the iPhone, so there is still work to do before getting 3rd party apps running.