The iPhone Dev Team revealed early Sunday morning that they have made a crucial breakthrough in the process of unlocking the iPhone 3G. They posted a video on their blog demonstrating them hacking the baseband processor of an iPhone 3G.
The Dev Team updated their blog about their latest progress on unlocking the iPhone 3G. Earlier this week they managed to modify an iPhone 3G's baseband, and despite failing the integrity check, it still continued to run. While being able to run modified baseband code is a big achievement, they still don't know how close they might be to fully unlocking the device. They posted this video of a 3G running the modified code here.
Wondering what the dev team does all day? They posted in their blog again early this morning with some technical information regarding their iPhone 3G unlocking efforts, offering a little peak into what they do. In the process of trying to break in to the baseband of one of the 3G's, one of the members hit a snag. Luckily they found a simple solution. You can check it out at their blog at blog.iphone-dev.org.
One of the most wanted features that Apple currently doesn't allow are background processes, or the ability for an app or part of an app to run in the background even after it's been closed or exited. Apple doesn't allow them because they drain battery life, but a lot of cool stuff doesn't work without them. Fortunately, the hacking community has created a temporary solution that could be a great reason to jailbreak that iPhone.
Not long after Apple started testing of version 2.2 of the iPhone software, the iPhone Dev Team has already gotten their hands on it. They've managed to uncover a few interesting details on the new software, the most important being that 2.2 still contains the hardware that is already vulnerable to the pwnage exploit, meaning that a new Pwnage Tool should work.
The iPhone Dev Team has just released QuickPwn 2.1 for Windows. This version can jailbreak the iPhone, iPhone 3G, and iPod touch v1 and can unlock the original iPhone. It can't jailbreak the new iPod touch or unlock the iPhone 3G. You can download QuickPwn 2.1 for Windows using bittorrent here, or use one of the direct download mirrors after the break.
The Dev Team posted on their blog they are experimenting with the new iPod touch. Their hope is that the new device's n72ap will offer them some "insight into upcoming iPhones". It's also good news for those of you looking to get one of the new iPods that want to make sure it's hackable. As of yet, it does not work with the Pwnage Tool (which is understandable since it was just launched last week). Also, they like MC Hammer.
While the Dev Team asserts that there is nothing Apple can do short of changing their hardware to remove the bug exploited by their Pwnage Tool, they did try in iTunes 8. The team wrote in their blog today that the new iTunes software will detect when a Pwnage exploit is taking place and prevents it from going through.
BitSplit has released version 6 of iFuntastic, the iPhone customization utility for the Mac. The new version adds support for iPhone software version 2.0.2, as well as some new features.
Johnathan Zdziarski will be doing a live 45-minute webcast on September 11th targeted toward and anyone else who has a need to access the not-so-readily available data on an iPhone" by bypassing the passcode lock security using a customized firmware bundle, enabling users to "recover, process, and remove sensitive data stored on the iPhone, iPhone 3G, and iPod Touch."