With a browser-based method for jailbreaking any iPhone or iPad, including the iPhone 4 now out in the wild, freeing an Apple mobile device has seldom been easier. As a matter of fact, it's become so easy that an intrepid jailbreaker found the time not only unlock his own hardware, but also to filddle with handsets that don't belong to them.
Whose hardware did they get their mitts on? Um, Apple's.
At the moment, there's a security bug that affects all iOS 4 devices and the iPad that allows hackers to gain total control over your device. It's a lot like the Mobile Safari one-click jailbreak we posted about yesterday, only a lot less friendly. The device owner just has to visit a web page and load a PDF.
We've heard it all--the white iPhone 4 has been delayed because it's harder to make a white phone than a black phone, because of an antenna issue, because of a light leak, and because of a little bit of extra press coverage in the form of a salacious photo leak. Well, now we've got yet another rumor to add to the group.
My oh my, it's been a huge week for iPhone and iPad jailbreaking, hasn't it?
On Monday, word came down from the Library of Congress that Jailbreaking your iPhone (or any mobile handset) for the purpose of providing a carrier unlock or to purchase software from any App Store you darn well please has become 100% no grey-area legal. Today, those inclined to tinker with their iPhones and iPads were provided with another gift: a browser-based hack that will jailbreak just about any hardware rocking iOS.
It was the week to fight zombies, the week to jailbreak your iPhone, the week to kick iOS 4 to the curb for 3G owners. Holy cow, it sounds like a week of revolutions, or as things go lately when we're talking Apple, just another week of thrills, chills, and bellyaches. How did the Mac|Life staff handle it all, barricaded in the office, fighting off the brain hungry hordes? Not too shabby, we have to say. Now if you'll excuse us, we have to reload.
It was inevitably going to happen, and now that your friends and neighbors are walking around looking to sink their rotting teeth into some braiiiiiins you have to get out of here. Wait, what are you reading this for? Run away!
(Actually, keep reading, otherwise you'll never know how to utilize all those Apple products you hoarded into your bag to help save your life.)
The App Store and its approval process is one of Apple’s biggest headaches and one of its biggest black eyes (and will be around, causing trouble long after the antenna issue is resolved). Apps get denied just because some prickly worker is having a bad day, despite being identical in offerings to other, approved apps, or someone at Cupertino changes their mind and pulls a previously approved app. But HTML is a lovely thing, as Google demonstrates with their "apps," and now there's a whole new app store for you to check out.
According to Reuters, AT&T is currently working on implementing a fix for the iPhone upload data caps that many are experiencing in the US. According to the article, the problem affects less than 2% of the userbase, but the problem could take another 2-3 weeks to fix. Alcatel-Lucent, makers of the gear that powers the cell sites, started issuing a software patch today to fix the problem.
Those of you who have opted to shake off the shackles of one sole carrier and one sole app store oppression may want to consider stepping out of the shadows. The jailbreaking witchhunt is over, at least in America. The United States Government has legalized jalibreaking.
You heard that right. Now, take a moment to collect yourselves. We understand; it's a time for emotion.
This week, we'll be taking a look at Apple's Voice Control on the iPhone. This feature was introduced on the iPhone 3GS, works on the iPhone 4, and lets you use the included Apple earbuds with a remote and mic, or any other compatible earbuds and headphones. Get ready to start telling your iPhone what to do, but be prepared to listen once in a while because the device might have something to say back. Sorry iPad users, you'll have to sit out on this one.