Update 7/18: The iPhone wasn’t unlocked over the weekend, but there has been progress today.Ã‚Â It’s now possible to use the iPhone with a variety of pre-paid plans that use AT&Ts network.
More big news, or so it seems. I can’t be sure because the iPhone Dev hacking crew have been engaged in a disinformation campaign to throw off iphoneunlocking.com, who claims to have been testing their iPhone carrier unlocker since last week, and yet hasn’t made any new announcements, and is apparently spying on other hacking efforts.
However, if it is true, it’s now possible to get out of the filesystem “jail” in the iPhone (the files and directories that show up as a removable drive when you hook your iPhone to your computer, or would, if it had disk mode like an iPod), and read and write files into the root file system on a running iPhone. This should allow the easy addition of ringtones, custom icons and a lot more, including, potentially, 3rd party apps.
As a proof of concept, they’ve offered this screenshot of an iPhone where they’ve modified the icon hierarchy to move Safari out of the core launcher row, and into the list of secondary applications. I’d guess that they’ll be releasing a new version of the Interface tool in the next day so we can all try this for ourselves.
July 10, 2007 12:00 AM EST
Ok, I’m sorry about the false information given out about updates. I want to keep everyone informed of the progress. I am sorry about the rumors spread before. There has been some talk of a spy from iphoneunlocking, and we have to take precautions. I cannot freely post a tool up here tonight, but suffice it to say, we have owned the filesystem. And we have broken out of the chroot jail. The crux of tonights update is this, How to Escape Jail. I assure you that this works. If you understand this and do it, you get ringtones, wallpapers, and a lot more. You can PM me if you have an intelligent idea, but don’t pm us with stupid questions or problems getting this to work, we will release a tool when ready. I want to keep you all informed of the progress, and also say that we still don’t have a toolchain. Have fun
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