With any cool new gadget, especially ones from Apple, there are a couple of first goals set by the hackers to try to achieve. With the iPhone, jailbreaking and then soft-unlocking was one of them, and now another has been met. Dev Team member planetbeing announced that they have successfully installed a working copy of Linux on the iPhone.
In the early days of iPhone hacking, the primary goals were to unlock the iPhone for use on other carriers than AT&T and then to get third party applications onto the device. Now that we have the App Store, however, there is arguably less need for it outside unlocking. That, in addition to the security risk you take by jailbreaking your iPhone, has prompted the RiP Dev folks to create a new hacking tool that they say is a little more secure.
Some very good news from the Dev Team earlier today: they now have persistent nucleus tasks running on an iPhone 3G. What does this mean, you ask? Well, if you're looking for a technical explanation, it means they can now spawn background tasks. If you're a normal person, you just need to know that this means they are very, very close to a software unlock for the iPhone 3G. They no longer have any foreseeable obstacles. Very good news indeed. Video after the break.
The iPhone Dev Team has updated their blog concerning the predicted 2.2 software update for the iPhone and iPod touch, reminding everyone that if you're concerned about being able to jailbreak, and especially unlock, your iPhone, then it is strongly suggested that you hold off on installing the update until they give the all clear.
Rip Dev has released a new version of his Installer.app 4 beta for jailbroken iPhones. The update adds several features we heard about like a package rating system, as well as support for proxies, improved error reporting, and a fixed app icon badge. More details after the break.
When the iPhone was first announced, one of the main concerns was over the virtual keyboard. However, after having a chance to use it, it was discovered to be useful and intuitive. Of course, with anything in the tech world, there are always some complainers. One user decided to take matters into his own hands and hack his iPhone to work with an external keyboard. The keyboard attaches via the iPhone's dock connector and works just as well as any other keyboard. Check out the video after the break!
It was confirmed earlier today that the next version of Cydia will have an app rating system similar to that of the App Store. The news came in the form of a screenshot that was posted showing the Cydia page for the package Winterboard 0.9.2600-1. Next to the package number was a star, which was taken to be a form of ratings system.
Zibri is back once again, and he brings news of a new bug. He first wrote about it back in September, but didn't offer any details. Since then he's apparently tried to apply for a job at Apple, but they have yet to get back to him. So, rather than continue to wait around, he's preparing to reveal the exploit to the public.
It's expected that Apple would be likely to make changes to the software, and possibly hardware if need be, to thwart the jailbreaking and hacking efforts of those trying to unlock and/or otherwise modify their iPhone or iPod touch, but nobody expected them to extend that battle over into their Mac product line. Nonetheless, several users are claiming that the PwnageTool and its offspring no longer work on the new aluminum uni-body MacBook or MacBook Pro.
The iPhone Dev Team announced in another post on their blog that they have gotten their hands on the latest version of the iPhone 2.2 Software beta that was released to developers last week, and they've successfully jailbroken and unlocked it on a first gen device. (Screenshot after the break.)