iPhone SDK Firmware Hacked Before Release

Time for Apple to admit defeat?

It has been much discussed amongst the iPhone legions whether the impending SDK and firmware 2.0 will make the handset less or more hackable. I think we have our answer…

”Three months” before its official release and less than a week since its grand unveiling the latest (and arguably greatest) firmware’s resistance is no more.

The prolific iPhone Dev Team is once again the group behind the jailbreak and while it initially claimed the success was achieved with ‘firmware 1.2’ – an early build of 2.0 – it has since claimed the full 2.0 goodness is also under its control. Furthermore, the Dev Team claims the “firmware works with anything. AT&T and others, it’s pwned (sic). And Apple will not really be able to patch it this time…” though they do go on to say “nothing is impossible (from Apple) with a mindtwist”.

Apparently the current Installer.app running on all current jailbroken handsets will need fairly extensive rewriting to work on firmware 1.2/2.0 though it shouldn’t present too many obstacles. Interestingly, since this hack is also for a version of the iPhone which is ”designed” to now support natively installed applications the Dev Team believes future unlocking should be fairly straightforward since it only requires a hack to allow the installation of ‘unsigned’ apps.

In related news a new bookmarklet called iCopy has been released which will finally enable users to copy text and URLS so they can be pasted back into Safari or emails. The workaround does require content be sent over the web, but it’s a decent workaround until an official solution is (inevitably) unveiled. Check out the video for more.

Apple, can’t you just throw in the relocking towel now?

Probably not…

iPhone Dev Team

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