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iBrickr: Easy Windows Installer for 3rd Party iPhone Apps

Mac users have had easy to use tools for installing iPhone mods and 3rd party apps like iFuntastic for a while now, while Windows users have had to work through a series of steps using a collection of tools. All that has changed now, thanks to Nate True, who recently released the amusingly named iBrickr, which provides easy iPhone ringtone / app management for Windows users.

He also maintains a library of 3rd party iPhone apps packaged for easy installation.

Easy iPhone App Installation with Installer.app

I’ve been looking for an easy way to install apps on my iPhone from my Windows PC and I came across this:

Installer.app Beta
Installer.app is a UIKit based package manager for the iPhone. It works by downloading packages over WiFi (wireless networking) or EDGE. It supports installing, updating and uninstalling applications.

It’s amazing how far things have come in the last few weeks.  They even have a tool that makes it easy to install Installer.app on the iPhone in the first place. Unfortunately, there still aren’t any quick and easy Windows tools.

First 3rd party GUI App for iPhone, More Apps Coming Soon

A new page on the iPhone Dev Wiki has basic source code for creating a native GUI application for the iPhone. It’s just a proof of concept, but it is huge news, and comes less than a week after people were able to run the first 3rd party app on an iPhone.

“Here’s the source to a UIKit Hello World. The iphone-binutils project has a set of header files for the UIKit in the include/ directory on the Subversion repository. If you compile this, place it in a bundle with the appropriate files, and add the appropriate entry to /System/Library/CoreServices/SpringBoard.app/DisplayOrder.plist, it’ll show up on the main menu.” from http:// iphone.fiveforty.net / wiki / index.php / UIKit_Hello_World

The first iPhone apps could only be accessed via a remote terminal connection. This latest news is a big step towards being able to create apps that look and act like the native apps like the notepad, calendar, maps, etc.

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Image from Netkas, he also has a compiled executable.

Update: There is now a GUI application for unlocking the iPhone.

Hello World! Basic iPhone Toolchain Working, Cool Apps to Follow

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.


3rd party iPhone apps can’t be far off!

The awesome team, led by Nightwatch, working on developing a toolchain for compiling apps for the iPhone has announced success at compiling a “hello world” application. This is huge, because it now means pretty much all the pieces are in place to develop and install 3rd party apps.

Work still continues on trying to unlock the iPhone so it can be used with other carriers. In the meantime though, we have the ability for custom iPhone ringtones on Windows (mac too) & themes, and now, 3rd party applications. Since I’ve signed a 2 year contract with AT&T, I’m much more interested in the customization options.

Get the toolchain for Mac OSX at the project page.

This is pre-alpha software. Be warned. Many things are unimplemented, many things do not work.

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Full File system access :iPhone Hacking Update 7/10/2007

Update 7/18: The iPhone wasn’t unlocked over the weekend, but there has been progress today.  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.


Progress Report
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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