Monthly Archive for January, 2008

iPhone 1.1.3 Jailbreak Released for Windows and Mac

As predicted, there was a jailbreak released today for iPhones running the new 1.1.3 firmware.  The jailbreak allows the installation of unofficial apps on the iPhone.  It does not unlock the phone so it can be used with carriers other than AT&T, but with any luck, an unlock for 1.1.3 will be coming soon now.

Windows and Mac versions are available.  It requires an iPhone running 1.1.2 or earlier firmware.  If you are already running the 1.1.3 firmware, you’ll have to downgrade.

iPhone 1.1.3 Jailbreak Could Arrive Soon

iPhone Atlas is reporting that a jailbreak to allow the recently released iPhone 1.1.3 firmware to run unofficial apps could be released soon.

Hackers have apparently identified three different techniques.  One technique requires a hardware modification, limiting it’s utility.  The current plan is to keep one of the software techniques secret until after Apple releases the official iPhone SDK in the hope that Apple won’t have a chance to close it.

We’ll have to see how this all turns out.  With any luck, an unlock will come along soon too so that people using unlocked iPhones on T-mobile, or an international carrier, can take advantage of the firmware update (I wonder if the Google maps cell tower triangulation will work).

iPhone 1.1.3 Firmware Secrets

Last week at Macworld, Apple officially released the latest update to the iPhone firmware which added some features (the improvements to the map app are my favorite). The firmware had been leaked a few weeks before, which gave hackers a head start at unlocking it’s secrets.

Nate True posted his interesting analysis of the iPhone 1.1.3 firmware’s behind the scenes changes. He found obvious signs that the iPhone is now ready for official third party applications. Applications now run as the “mobile” user, rather than “root.” This improves the security of the iPhone (so much for all those “experts” who thought Apple had blown security-wise it by running apps as “root” in the early releases). He also found extensive changes to the application frameworks, which will break a lot of existing 3rd party applications.

He also noted that the $20 software upgrade for the iPod touch demonstrates the application installation infrastructure is already in place. It may be that Apple won’t have to do another firmware release before they ship the official Software Development Kit next month.