Update: There is now a GUI application for unlocking the iPhone that simplifies things greatly.
Update 7/28: The latest news is that someone has created a basic but functioning GUI app for the iPhone. This comes just a few days after people started compiling a range of open source command line apps for the iPhone.
Hot on the heels of the announcement of the iPhone Activation tool, the team behind all the work on the iPhone Dev Wiki is getting ready to release their iPhone Interface Tool, which has an amazing set of features, and more are coming. This is an update they issued a little while ago with their plans for the tool.
We have successfully written a tool named iPhoneInterface allowing for some basic manipulation of things on the phone, and are releasing it tonight. We are including source code so you can understand the techniques we have used so far. We will be expanding the functionality of this tool significantly tomorrow. The best news is that we have prototype code that allows the ability to:
- Run any desired application already residing on the phone.
- Control what processes run on the phone (currently implementation is very hackish)
- Move files around on the phone
- Enable viewing of verbose information during the restore process
- Activate the phone without iTunes and without a token
Note: Not all of the features listed above are necessarily included in tonight’s initial release.
We are continuing significant work on this tool and will probably have similarly worthwhile updates tomorrow.
I should note that right now, if you aren’t working on hacking the iPhone yourself, this release is primarily interesting for academic reasons. Still, this opens iPhone hacking to an even larger group, which will hopefully mean that the end-user useful features will be coming even sooner. Right now though, we are still in the early days so don’t expect too much from these early releases.
Link to tool:
Windows & Mac.
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I was so caught up in writing about the progress on hacking the iPhone activation process that I missed this juicy little update based on work with the cracked system image:
Custom applications: Still unknown. It was thought that the iPhone might only run signed code, but it seems that this is not the case.
It seems like there might be a hack to enable 3rd party applications rather soon. Also, this might signal that Apple’s future plans for officially supported third party apps was rather liberal, or it could just mean that they didn’t have time to create a subsystem for trusted applications since there were so many other things that had ot happen before lunch
Over at Howard Forums (a great resource for all sorts of mobile phone issues), a user named Inkhead posted a long list of iPhone enhancements that should be coming soon.Ã‚Â The source was a friend who worked at Apple.Ã‚Â I have no idea at all if these are credible, but I’m repeating them here, because I think pretty much all of them are plausible and sensible (unlike my wishful thinking that there were be other US iPhone cariers, beyond AT&T, in less than two years time).
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- There will be a build in file browser like the new finder in leopard for sorting through files
- There will be a disk mode
- The reason that there currently isn’t a file browser way to save files from web is because there isn’t a file browser on the phone, and they wanted to release the same one that’s gonna be in the upcoming leopard OS, complete with coverflow.
- There will even be a special version of “iWork” so you can show your keynote presentations
- So anyway a FULL file browser is coming so you can browse just like windows mobile explorer only in the cool way leopard’s file browser is
- Full spotlight like search is coming too
- Widescreen keyboard support will be coming in every app, not just safari
- Copy & Paste, Select Text is coming too (clipboard)
- Also mail will see an upgrade so you can add accounts without doing so through itunes.
- Most of the delays in this is because iTunes is the App Windows & Mac users are familar with for iTunes, so Apple didn’t want to do a bad interface that had a file browser hacked into iTunes.
- When Leopard FINAL release comes out, plugging in the iPhone will pop open a special window in the finder that has areas for dragging all your files like a file explorer only more advanced and designed specifically for the iPhone, it will make sure that it works so iTunes knows how much space is for data, and how much is for “iTunes” stuff.
- Apple will be putting iChat on the phone, very, very soon, before Leopard.
- Real Applications are coming to the phone shortly.
- These are all updates that will be software based for the iPhone you already have, so give it a little bit of time. In the meantime enjoy the features it already has.
- Oh and also there will be Photo Sharing, just like in iPhoto how you can check an option to let other people on the network view your photos.
- He said .Mac account would eventually sync your accounts to the .Mac server as well from the phone, and so forth.
- Simplified File sharing when on WIFI networks through bonjour (auto ip discovery) is coming, so once the file system software is up, your buddy in the same room will be able to navigate to his file browser > Network, and grab a file off your phone that you are sharing.
- Ringtones will be coming very, very soon.
- The Camera Software will get upgraded soon to have stabilization (software based)
- Flash is coming eventually, it’s just a matter of handling it in a way so when i page has dozens of flash apps running at the same time the page doesn’t slow to a crawl, so they have to take the Adobe flash and make some customizations, including for security.