The lovable nerds over at Gizmodo are reporting on a ginormous flaw in the iPhone’s “security.” As it turns out, setting a four-digit passcode for your phone is about as secure as that Post-It Note on your monitor that has your network password written on it. With a few not-entirely-unintuitive-anyway taps, anyone who picks up your locked phone can browse your contacts and make calls, surf the web, see your bookmarks, and have full access to your email and SMS messages.
There comes a time when an iPhone just isn’t enough. Sure, it’s the best phone on the planet, but some users want to go beyond Apple’s arbitrary rules and restrictions. Maybe they want to run the phone on a network other than AT&T, or maybe they want to use apps that you just can’t find on the App Store. When that happens, it’s time to go underground.
The Mac|Life staff chat about Defective by Design's protest plans and wonder what's the appropriate course of action by the group. App Store apps have allegedly been hacked and another clone maker teases Apple lawyers with their new OS X compatible machines.
If the idea of paying for apps for your iPhone/iPod touch just gets your goat, not only are you cheap, but you'll be happy to learn that the Fairplay DRM has been allegedly hacked. The hack strips the DRM from App Store purchases and allow apps to be played on unauthorized iPhones.
As with most hacks, you'll need a jailbroken iPhone, XCode, and some command line experience.
The Mac|Life Posse wants to remind everyone that developers are people too. They put their pants on just like the rest of us - one leg at a time. Except once their pants are on, they make sweet apps.
Last week, we reported that another Mac clone, manufactured by Open Tech, had surfaced. Today, ComputerWorld is reporting that the company won’t be pre-installing Mac OS X and that the liability should fall on the consumer rather than the manufacturer.
Open Tech argues that Apple’s end-user license agreement (EULA) states that buyers can purchase a legitimate copy of Mac OS X and install it on non-Apple hardware. Therefore, Apple’s still making profit off of the operating system rather than the hardware. Apple’s EULA clearly states otherwise.
The company also announced the price of its machines. Open Tech Home and Open Tech XT will sell for $620 and $1,200 respectively. The machines are pretty legit (perhaps too legit?...to quit?) and include some pretty beefy specs. But, Open Tech’s “free-for-all” computer philosophy will undoubtedly infuriate Apple.
We should also note that Open Tech completely revamped their homepage and it sucks. It’s good to be open! is their new slogan. Where is an eye rolling emoticon when you need one?
A new website has surfaced, preaching the great gospel of unlocking and jailbreaking. iPhone Infused alleges that there is a way to legally avoid 2 year contracts, outrageous fees, and access thousands of free applications and ringtones! The site promises that for $40, you too can jailbreak and unlock the heck out of your iPhone.
Now, just consider the absurdity of the website’s claim.
There’s a video up at Infused’s website that is supposedly “proof” their “simple solution” will work. The Dev Team member, who maintains that the site is a hoax, says the video is just a re-edited, reversed version of one he recorded.
The site looks a little hoaky itself, despite it's incredibly trendy design. Word to the wise, if the iPhone Dev Team thinks you should steer clear, they're probably on to something.
The iPhone Dev Team has decided to forgo weekend fun and release the iPhone Pwnage Tool 2.0 today. The release is just in time to ruin any Saturday night plans you had, and keep you glued to the warm glow of your newly jailbroken, and unlocked, iPhone.
Pwnage Tool 2.0 will jailbreak any OG iPhone, and iPhone 3G, that is currently running iPhone Software 2.0. The tool will only unlock the OG iPhone for now. The iPhone Dev Team is currently working on a version of the Pwnage Tool that will unlock the iPhone 3G.
As with any new unlocking/jailbreaking tool, you might want to wait until the tool has been tested by brave super nerds before taking the plunge yourself.
For the brave, be patient, the Dev Teams servers are being hammered right now.
So those awesomely unstoppable bags of wacky known as the iPhone Dev Team, who roam through the countryside jailbreaking iPhone and iPod touch firmware, are getting set to release the first PwnageTool for jailbreaking the iPhone 2.0 firmware update that was only unleashed, oh, five days ago.
But the team announced on its blog today that the PwnageTool won't be able to unlock the iPhone 3G to run on other wireless carriers. If you have an iPhone 3G, the tool will jailbreak the handset to run unsupported apps while still maintaining App Store support.
And the team is still working on a "baseband unlock" of the iPhone 3G, as well, so I guess someone should start a pool to see how quickly they get that accomplished. (Those cats are wicked smart, yo.) Read more about it on their bloggy blog.