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Get You Unlocked iPhone Ready for Upgrade with RevirginizingTool

Apple froze the code for the 1.1.1 upgrade just before the first unlocks were released.  That, combined with some problems in the coding of some of the unlocks resulted in a lot of unlocked iPhones breaking.  Now there is a RevirginizingTool that will let you fix up your unlocked 1.0.2 iphone prior to upgrading.

This is an advance of some of the earlier methods, but there is probably still some room for improvement.

Analysis of iPhone firmware 1.0.2 shows not much room for anything new

Nate True has analyzed the files changed by the iPhone 1.0.2 firmware update, and it doesn’t look like there is really any room for new features given that it’s just over 3MB. A few files got a little bigger, the kernel actually got smaller, and they seemed to do a little cleanup. Not too surprising then that few improvements or bug fixes have been observed, and it seems likely that at least a few of those were wishful thinking.

What’s new in iPhone Update 1.0.2?

Apple has just pushed out the second update (1.0.2) for the iPhone. Once again, they are only saying it fixes bugs.

People who have hacked their iPhone are already reporting issues, but again, it sounds like Apple has basically left the modders alone. Most of the problems can be solved by going in and is to go in and installing the hacks again. Some hacks will need to be updated, but someone has already come up with a fix for the Installer.app.

Update 8/22/07: Yesterday Nate True posted an analysis of the files changed by the update. The bottom line is that there isn’t much room for feature improvements or bug fixes. I’ve added notes below in cases where the observations seem to be wishful thinking because no relevant files were touched.

Other reports follow:

  • More and more people are reporting that the cellular signal seems more stable. Whether this is cosmetic, or actually represents an improvement in the way it interfaces with the cellular network is unclear. eas-This is probably a phantom, there were no changes in any files related to the cellular radio or status display.
  • Only 3.7MB, which makes it almost half as small as the last one. Doesn’t leave a lot of room for them to sneak in new features
  • You can now skip to the next chapter in movie file Apparently this worked before.
  • A few people think the bottom button-bar in Safari in landscape mode is shorter. eas-another phantom, no files related to Safari were changed
  • “Safari is snappier” but this may just be a result of rebooting the iPhone as part of the upgrade process. eas-as above, no safari changes, however, it is imaginable that changes to the kernel could have an impact here.
  • Safari reportedly allows scrolling on long pages now, even when there is a lot of the page left to load. eas- Another likely phantom, no changes to Safari or webkit, though it seems plausible that improvements to I/O or task scheduling or similar in the Kernel could have an impact here
  • Still no flash.
  • Faster WiFi performance. Some people are reporting 50% better speeds according the the speedtests they’ve tried. eas-it is not inconceivable that kernel changes could improve networking performance.
  • The music player still crashes sometimes while browsing the web with Safari
  • The iAsign activation hack still works
  • iFuntastic 2.5 works just fine (if you are on a frikin mac)
  • Engadget had a major freakout with their modded iPhone that broke their iPhone backup.
  • People who used iPhoneRingtoneMaker to add custom ringtones report that they ringtones are still there after the update, and that they did not have to do a full restore.
  • iPhone remembers password on secondary e-mail accounts for people who had problems before eas-No e-mail files were changed.
  • Fixes problems with closing “tabs” in Safari when you have a combination of pages in vertical and landscape mode open. eas-with additional use, it is obvious that this is still a problem.

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