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2.2 iPhone Firmware Released, Proceed with Caution

Apple released a new version of the iPhone firmware tonight that brings with it a lot of fixes and enhancements, but if you are hoping to unlock your 3G iPhone, heed the warning of the iPhone Dev Team to wait until the iPhone 2.2 update is better understood before installing it. They haven’t released an unlock for the 3G phone, but they think they are getting close.

In the meantime, you can read more about the update:

Apple Releases iPhone 2.2 Firmware « Hot iPhone Apps
the v2.2 firmware brings a lot of new features, including Google Street View to the Map app. The map app gets other improvements, including transit information, reverse geocoding, email location sharing.

There are also other enhancements, like the ability to download podcasts over WiFi and the cellular connections without having to sync from iTunes. Apple also lists a dozen security fixes.

iPhone hacking progress.

The iPhone dev team recently posted an update on their blog.

They’ve gotten a hold of a beta of the upcoming 2.2 firmware and the good news is that it is still vulnerable to jailbreaking on current iPhone hardware, so we can count on being able to install unoffical 3rd party apps once the new version is out.

On the subject of unlocking the iPhone 3G, they council patience, pointing out that it took a while to unlock the original iPhone.

Finally, they are trying a new tack on jailbreaking the second generation iPod Touch.  I think its interesting that the Touch has prooven a tougher nut to crack.  I hope they don’t use similar techniques for the next generation iPhone.

Free WiFi for iPhones from AT&T

Hot iPhone Apps has breaking news of free WiFi access at AT&T hotspots for iPhone users.

Finally! Free WiFi for iPhones at Starbucks and Other AT&T Hotspots « Hot iPhone Apps
After multiple false alarms this spring, AT&T has finally started offering iPhone users free WiFi access at its hotspots. It looks like it is for real this time, since they are announcing it via text message, and I just received one.

This has been expected a log time, ever since AT&T let the feature slip out a few times this spring, only to disable it shortly after.

It depends on entering your 10 digit phone number, and clicking a validation link on a text message AT&T sends, so I assume this isn’t going to be very useful if you have an unlocked iPhone on another network.

QuickPwn iPhone 2.1 from Windows

Hot on the heels of the the iPhone dev team’s updates to PwnageTool and QuickPwn for Mac OS X, they’ve released a new Windows version of QuickPwn. Quickpwn makes it easy to Jailbreak your iPhone to allow installation of 3rd party apps. It also jailbreak the first generation iPod touch

While it can jailbreak both the original iPhone and the iPhone 3G, it can, at this point, only unlock the original iPhone for use with unofficial carriers.

For the Truly Geeky: Video Demonstrating Baseband Access on iPhone 3G

The iPhone dev team struts a little today with a new post on their blog with a video demonstrating video demonstrating access to the baseband chip. Important progress towards a soft unlock for the 3G iPhone.