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Hacking The “iPwn”

Posted August 23, 2007 2:00 PM by Tanner Godarzi
Categories: Development Hacks Mods Software 

I probably represent a minority of the iPhone community, the users who desire to hack their iPhone. We have legitimate reasons for doing so and I don’t doubt there is a mass appeal. We’ve probably considered doing this but have restrained ourselves for fear of something we cannot grasp, the lack of desire or to hold out for an official solution.

I took the dive the other day and can say I am very pleased with the results mainly due to a single App provided by Erica Sadun of TUAW. It doesn’t stop there, the work put in and the end product is very polished and probably something Apple would do themselves.

If you don’t know what I am talking about, I’m referring to a 3rd party Application installer simply titled “Installer.app”. I held back for two reasons, the current solutions require an Intel Mac and knowledge of the iPhone’s deep internals which was something I lacked.

Fortunately Installer.app is now PowerPC compatible and simplified so literally minutes after applying Tuesday’s update I was already downloading and running the Installer. The process is so simple and straightforward even I, a user scared to touch Terminal with a 10 foot pole could do it but 99% of it is automated. 

The hack allows Application Installs over Wi-Fi and EDGE but most are small so you’ll have no trouble with the later. The interface logs current Apps available for download and will let you know when new updates are pushed out.

In addition if you are PowerPC Mac owner like me you’ll probably be left out of the fun, think again. I stumbled upon a thread on iPhone Alley that details how to browse your iPhone’s filesystem and even transfer ringtones using a PowerPC Mac.

iPhone Alley

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