iPhone hacker, George Hotz, demoed an untethered jailbreak for the iPhone yesterday, which he believes will work on the iPad when it is released April 3. If you're unfamiliar with Hotz, he was the first person to unlock the iPhone back in August 2007... when he was only 17 years old. Considering Hotz's track record with hacking the iPhone OS, it is very possible this new jailbreak will indeed work on the iPad. The new jailbreak is supposed to be simple to use and will work on all current tethered models.
Following in the wake of Apple's rejection of the Google Voice app about six months ago, the cool cats at Voice Central went a different route and created Black Swan, an app with similar functions to Google Voice, though instead of functioning as a web app, Black Swan is stored locally on the iPhone.
According to The Unofficial Apple Weblog, jailbroken iPhone users can simply go here and download the software, which supports features such as easy access to voicemails and quick access to the call or SMS buttons. Other features include a link to a list of recent calls, just like the iPhone OS app while other nice bells and whistles include landscape mode functionality.
Attention jailbreakers: We've just received word from BigBoss that Apple stopped signing iPhone OS 3.1.2 restore packages today, making it impossible to restore to 3.1.2 without a workaround. This only affects the iPhone 3GS, the third-gen iPod touch, and late-model, second-gen iPod touches; other iPhone OS devices do not use signed restore packages.
So what does this mean? Well, because Apple released iPhone OS 3.1.3 earlier this week, the Apple servers will only let you restore to 3.1.3, even if you have an older 3.1.2 restore package lying around. And since the current jailbreak tools only work on 3.1.2, updating to 3.1.3 will leave you jailbreak-less — at least for the time being. But wait, there's a workaround!
The iPhone Dev Team has released the Redsn0w beta version 0.9b3. The update is able to jailbreak OS version 3.1.2, but unfortunately still won't jailbreak the third gen iPod touch. Newer iPhones with the new bootrom (iPhones purchased after the 40th week of last year) will still have to be tethered to a computer running redsn0w in order to be jailbroken, as well as every time you want to reboot. It's pretty inconvenient if you just want to jailbreak for the sake of jailbreaking, given that Blackra1n doesn't have those limitations.
It might not seem like one person pirating apps would costs developers much money, but it really adds up when you consider all the people who do it. You have to jailbreak your device to get the most widely-used piracy tools, and after a recent report, it's easy to see why Apple tries so hard to counteract it. A report earlier today estimates the total cost of pirated apps to be $450 million.
If you jailbroke your iPhone, you understood there were both positive and negative elements to doing this. Still, if you're staring at a picture of Rick Astley that you never installed or the new iPhone worm is sending personal information out to others, you're in a bit of a bind and need to remove them. Presently, the three known worms out there for the iPhone are as follows: Ikee changes your wallpaper to Rick Astley, iPhone/Privacy.A pores through all your personal information, and the third as-yet-unnamed worm copies your personal data and redirects online banking customers of a Dutch bank to a fake phishing website.
Apple has posted a job opening located at their corporate headquarters for the position of "iPhone OS Platform Security Manager." The individual would be responsible for a team of securing the booting, installation, and running of firmware. We're guessing that this lucky individual will be the one responsible for thwarting jailbreaking and unlocking efforts from our heroes in the iPhone Dev Team.
Several jailbroken iPhone users recently had their iPhones held hostage by a Dutch iPhone hacker. They were surprised one day to find a message on their device stating that their precious iPhone had "been hacked because it's really insecure," saying the mystery messenger had access to all of their files.
Good news, everyone! Yesterday, the unfortunate news broke that Apple was now shipping iPhone 3GSs with a modified boot ROM that would make the devices impervious to the Dev Team's jailbreak exploit, 24kpwn. Amazingly, this has already been cracked, and one of the new devices has been successfully jailbroken.
The hacks don't stop with the iPhone (despite Apple's wishes) and there are some pretty cool ones out there. One we found today was that's the handywork of developer Steve Troughton-Smith, which, according to SlashGear, essentailly places Mac OS X's Exposé feature on your iPhone 3GS.