Latest iPhone firmware unlocked
More jailbreaks than a spaghetti western
The latest version of the firmware for Apple's iPhone has fallen to hackers less than a week after its release.
Two hackers working separately have both succeeded in jailbreaking version 1.1.3 of the firmware, iPhone Atlas reports. One of the hacks requires hardware modification, so it's not suited for those of a nervous disposition or lacking in electronics expertise.
You can see the hack in action on this video:
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Another hack by Jonathan Zdziarski, developer of the NES emulator for iPhone, is software only but somewhat complicated. If previous experience is anything to go by, easier jailbreaks will emerge over coming days. ®
Ahh the fanboys strike back
Now Scott theres no need to shout, we have every right (remeber freedom of speech)to not buy a iphone and point to the reasons why, (they are both too expensive and not that good) now just go play with your mac for a while, theres a good boy. What is it with apple fanboys that makes them so touchy?
Oh good God 2
Don't panic, it is only graffiti perpetrated by the "anything Apple = very bad, must bitch and moan about it" camp. They have little else to do apart from post anonymously. These are the same wild-eyed people you can find on any day of the week at Speakers Corner, ranting their usual mantra. What they cannot stand is anyone having anything or opinion that does not match their tiny little world. So all they can do is graffiti all and any article published anywhere. Freud could probably have written an entire book on the psychology behind these poor inepts.
I find the Jailbreak/Gaolbreak (the 'Merikans will never get that) all way too funny for words. Apple need to learn that the iPhone will be broken into just on a matter of principle if nothing else. The people who do this will continue to do so for as long as Apple make the challenge. They can embed all many of technologies in the successive generations of iPhone and iPod Touch, each will in turn be Jailbroken.
Think about it, Apple, all this Jailbreaking is being done for entirely no money at all. For zero commercial gain. You threw the gauntlet down and quite a few picked it up and chucked it right back at you. Gawd bless them all, each and every one of them. While I have not Jailbroken my iPhone I 101% endorse the actions of the Jailbreak authors. Because I firmly believe that Apple have, in the way in which they have sold the iPhone, completely missed the public's reaction.
Apple would have been much better off selling the iPhone as a completely SIM-free device, usable on any network in the world. Then they could have formed an alliance with the likes of O2 to sell an iPhone+ package as O2 have it now. I, for one, would have bought into the iPhone+ as I see the practical value to me - yes it isn't suited to everyone. That would leave the market wide open for Apple to have their iPhones on every network in the world, legitimately and without all of this Jailbreaking nonsense.
Not much of an IT angle to this story however.
Probably not a surprise to Apple
Apple have been around, and working with DRM and the like, long enough to know that it's not possible to keep anything locked away from the 'Net community' for very long.
On the other hand they also know that content owners and service providers need to believe they'll have a monopoly before they'll undo their buttons.
Seems to me Apple are keeping both sides happy: get good deals out of music companies and telcos by providing locks; but keep the nerds happy by letting them hack the stuff if they really want to. And they do, and they will, and they do.
I imagine 90%+ of both iPhone and iPod users do it the easy way: accept the restrictions and live with them without grumbling. The small number of savvy and disgruntled types will bust through the DRM and service locks using freely available information - because they want to and can.
Ultimately everyone's happy. But it hardly seems appropriate to bitch at Apple for putting in the locks if they're bustable, nor crowing when you bust them - it's all planned for.