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iPhone Torn Apart & Jailbroken Ahead of Release

Gordon Kelly


iPhone Torn Apart & Jailbroken Ahead of Release

Just 24 hours until this madness is over...

With iOS 4 already out and the iPhone 4 shipping tomorrow (some already have their handsets 24 hours early) two key tasks can now be ticked off the list: 1. Tear it apart. 2. Jailbreak.

Dealing ever so neatly with point one is rip apart specialist iFixit and its skill with a screwdriver has confirmed earlier reports that the new model does indeed have 512MB RAM, double that of the iPhone 3GS, iPad and even the famously lost iPhone 4 prototype. This should greatly help multi-tasking.

We also learn the iPhone 4 uses the same 1GHz ARM Cortex A8 processor as the Samsung Wave and iPad - but not what it is clocked at, the battery is a whopping 1420mAh Li-Polymer (3GS had 1219mAh, 3G 1150mAh) and the new front and rear glass finish is actually Gorilla Glass. This last nugget is extremely exciting because this is the glass run-over-our-phones-with-trucks specialist Sonim uses in its top of the line XP3 rugged flagship.

Lastly the iPhone 4 is also found to use a Broadcom BCM4329FKUBG receiver which means it has an integrated FM radio, though that's unlikely ever to be unlocked - and with high quality multi-tasking Internet radio apps like TuneIn Radio who really cares?

Point two is cracked by the ever so reliable Dev-Team, which has announced its renowned PwnageTool can now skip its way around iOS 4 security to enable third party app store Cydia and its wealth of tasty, Apple-unapproved apps. For now it only works with the iPhone 3GS and 3G, but expect the iPod touch 2G and - of course - the iPhone 4 to be added to this fairly quickly.

Concluding today's rush of news (just be thankful we publish as one combined story), we have Tesco tariffs rearing their heads. Despite the inevitable 'Value' puns (insert: blue stripe joke here) they are largely in line with the tariffs we've all seen elsewhere, though the £45pm two year deal is fairly unique in giving you a 16GB iPhone 4 for £19 or 32GB version for £99 plus unlimited minutes and texts (exact figures unknown) along with 1GB of data.

We're also hearing 3 won't get the iPhone 4 on launch day, but then again - neither will the majority of people who want one...



Dev-Team Blog

Tesco iPhone 4 Page


June 23, 2010, 6:50 pm

1 question: iPhone 4 or HTC Desire?


June 23, 2010, 7:46 pm

@LinguisticPedant - That is *so* much more than just one question. Tell us what you're after from a phone, and hopefully, you'll get some nice, rational, non-fanboy/hateboy responses :)


June 23, 2010, 8:37 pm

Tesco contracts largely in-line?

have you guys seen the TCO versus the other networks!?



June 23, 2010, 9:00 pm

@Cub - LOL. That's my point, they both seem to have their benefits and niggles in equal measure, but in different areas. I wish I knew what I wanted so I was hoping TR would just make the decision for me as I sit on the fence. :)


June 23, 2010, 9:44 pm

@LinguisticPedant - If you're fine with the fact that you can't remove the battery yourself (easily), aren't overly bothered with Facebook not *immediately* alerting you to new messages (due to that one limitation in Apple's otherwise stellar implementation of multitasking), are fine with an above par 5mp camera, and don't think that 32Gb of storage just isn't enough, then I would recommend the iPhone.

Considering all the features that are available over the spread of smart phones, it's not perfect - there are plenty of other things Apple could have added to satisfy stat. junkies and niches. But, considering everything that the iPhone does do, it does them all in one perfect, seamless little package that will not frustrate and annoy you... In my opinion.

I suspect that the majority will disagree though.


June 23, 2010, 10:43 pm

I purchased an HTC desire for my partner for her birthday £27.50 per month 18 month and £89 for the handset from Orange (at time of purchase) that makes a total of £584.00 but tied in for 18 months. Now the iphone 4 is on at tesco for £299 and £35 per month for 12 months at a total of £719. The actual cost is largely negligable and you are free at 12 months. You can guarantee that the handset will still sell for between £400-£500 once out of contract which wont be the same for the Desire. This means you can own the iPhone for a year at a cost of £300 ish whilst FROYO (android 2.2) gets established and ironed out. Personally a no-brainer for me. Whilst the htc is very nice, I think it really needs a little refinement of the OS which will come along soon. Also there are many phones that will come out over the next year which will improve the android marketplace and make the potential swap a little easier.

I have a new iPhone 4 being reserved at a tesco store as we speak......its not what you know.....yippee


June 23, 2010, 11:44 pm

@LinguisticPedant - hard question. Rather than pitching pros and cons, I'd rather phrase it as: what do you want from your handset? Android is more open and isn't tied to a computer, it also ties in more tightly with Gmail, if you're a user.

The iPhone is still a smoother and more polished experience with more advanced apps, but is obviously a more restrictive platform.

The good news is both are now excellent so it is more about personal preference than bashing one company or another.


June 24, 2010, 12:18 am

3 announced: Best out of the lot.

"Their tariff is £30 a month, for 500minutes, and unlimited texts and internet, with only £99 for the handset, compared to Orange who offered £35 a month, and £119 for the handset."


June 24, 2010, 2:49 am

Not the iPhone for me. Shouldn't have to jailbreak a smartphone to make it smart!!!


June 24, 2010, 5:49 pm

@Gordon + Cub - That settles it then... Windows Phone 7!

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