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iPhone Patent Shows Off Jailbroken iPhone

Posted March 30, 09 8:00 AM by Tanner Godarzi
Categories: Concept Hardware Hacks 

In an ironic twist, Apple’s recently available iPhone patent for alternate authentication methods shows off a Jailbroken iPhone.

Apple has publicly shown its disapproval for Jailbreaking but a patent recently made available detailing authentication methods such as biometric scanning reveals a Jailbroken iPhone in one of the patents diagrams. The diagram shows off a customized home screen complete with a wallpaper (not allowable by Apple) and the older versions of Installer App and Summer Board which are only available exclusively to hacked iPhones.

Pictures after the break.


Via: iPhone Alley


InstallerApp Desktop Client Available, Jailbreaking Required

Posted March 25, 09 11:00 AM by Tanner Godarzi

imageRipDev has released Installer App for the Mac (Windows version available soon) that emulates the App Store for non-Apple sanctioned Apps. However, you will still have to Jailbreak your device, although the process is streamlined with the App.

Retailing at $7, Installer App is the desktop version of the popular iPhone App repository that made thousands of Jailbroken Apps available to eager crackers looking to side step Apple’s control of software distribution. The App comprises of the Jailbreaking utility (which is freely available as QuickPwn) and a directory that pulls Apps for you to install on your iPhone which mimics the long time available Installer App for the iPhone.

Via: Macworld


Tethering Enabled In iPhone 3.0, Not Officially Sanctioned

Posted March 20, 09 5:00 AM by Tanner Godarzi
Categories: Hacks SDK Software 

imageOne of the cooler features in iPhone 3.0 is one of those not enabled out of the box: data tethering. Steven Troughton-Smith, an iPhone developer, has figured out how to enable the hard to come by feature but be wary, your carrier might not like it.

While Apple has been keen to integrate data tethering for some time, the only thing stopping it is how the carriers will react and will likely require you to fork over extra cash just for the privilege. For now, you can pipe your 3G connection (this won’t work on the first generation iPhone) to your computer over USB or Bluetooth by following a simple how to compiled by iPhone Alley.

1. Rename ATT_US.ipcc to ATT_US.zip and unzip
2. Located in the Payload folder, show package contents for ATT_US.bundle and replace the carrier.plist file with this one (make sure to rename)
3. Also in the ATT_US.bundle folder, replace the Info.plist file with this one (make sure to rename)
4. Zip the Payload folder and rename it to something like TETHERING.ipcc
5. Option-click (or Shift-click in Windows) on Update in iTunes and… more...

Words Of Warning, Don’t Load OS 3.0 On An Unlocked iPhone

Posted March 18, 09 1:00 PM by Tanner Godarzi
Categories: Hacks jailbreak Software 

imageIt goes without saying that Apple doesn’t take kindly to unlocked and jailbroken iPhones. That means those of you running the YellowSn0w unlock will have to hang tight until the Dev Team can craft a custom Firmware bundle of OS 3.0 that won’t brick your iPhone.

Hey, don’t just take our word for it, the Dev Team says on their Blog:

If you find yourself with access to the 3G IPSW for 3.0 via the iPhone Dev Center program, and you are using yellowsn0w, do not update or restore to that official IPSW. You will lose yellowsn0w and find yourself unable to revert the baseband to get it back.
And for those wondering, yes the 3.0 OS is jailbreakable on all devices. It’s just those using 3G yellowsn0w that have to show some restraint and wait for PwnageTool to create a custom IPSW that avoids the baseband update.

While OS 3.0 can still be jailbroken, those trigger fingers will likely corrupt your iPhone’s baseband making it near impossible to revert. Fortunately, a custom version which avoids loading the new Baseband or loading an unlock friendly Baseband… more...

Desktop Version Of Installers Allows App Installation Over USB, Competition To App Store

Posted March 13, 09 11:00 AM by Tanner Godarzi

imageNon Apple sanctioned App stores are becoming all the rage these days. Growing from the slightly clunky Installer.app to a more full fledged version and after friendly competition from the Cydia repository, underground developers are looking for a much easier way to load Apps on to iPhones: a desktop version of Installer.

The desktop version of Installer works much the same way it does on the iPhone in the sense that it installs Apps on to your device but running it on a computer allows much easier transfers and better management. Rip Dev talked about the desktop App very briefly.

“Practically, it is a desktop variant of our own Installer.app. It will allow you to view and install packages that are present in various Installer and Cydia repositories by downloading them to your computer and then synchronizing via the USB cable with your iPhone.”

While it seems a restore is need to actually complete the install, that will be little hindrance to those looking to transfer Apps deemed unfit for the App Store or developed exclusively for jailbroken iPhones.



Sync your iPhone to multiple computers

Posted March 11, 09 6:52 AM by Chris Seibold
Categories: Hacks 

Out of the box you can sync your iPhone to one computer. That’s great if you have one computer but if you have multiple machines it would be better if you could sync your iPhone with whatever machine you are using. But if you try that you’ll end up erasing your iPhone’s library and replacing it with the library on the machine you are currently using. It can be a big inconvenience.

It doesn’t have to be that anymore. Thanks to a great hack at Andrewgrant.org you can sync your iPhone with as many computers as you’d like. You’ll need to mess with an XML file and a hex editor but the hack its self is really straightforward. Once the hack is complete you can sync your iPhone to any computer with the modified files. And no, there’s no jailbreaking or loss of functionality on any of the machines involved. Give it a try.


iPhone App Defeats Piracy By Locking Itself, Allows Gracious Trial Period

Posted March 10, 09 3:00 PM by Tanner Godarzi

imageOne of the pivotal features of the App Store and SDK for iPhone developers was the inclusion of Apple’s Fairplay DRM wrapper which would have prevented App piracy. Unfortunately, crackers found a way around it and allowed Apps to be pirated just like any other kind of Software. The developer behind Full Screen Browser, an App that sticks to its name, isn’t taking piracy lying down.

Developer Ben Chatelain has implemented a phone home component in his App that checks whether or not the user is running a legitimately paid version of his work by reporting the UUID number to his server. Users will have a 10 day grace period before Full Screen Browser will refuse to launch but not before showing a popup convincing pirates to pay for it out of guilt and having enough time to demo the App. While some users will object to having an App phone home, it will be interesting to see if more developers utilize this as another means to protect their work.

Via: iPhones Talk


Mac OS 7 on your iPhone

Posted March 2, 09 10:34 AM by Chris Seibold
Categories: Hacks Software 

You remember Mac OS 7 don’t you? Well, probably not. It wasn’t that great of an OS and the number of people using Macs was in decline. But Mac OS 7 did have it’s charms, it made things a lot better than Mac OS 6. IF you’re an old timer and you long for some MAc OS 7 action the good news is that you can MAc OS 7 on your iPhone. Check out the project and the the process at Macosiphone.

As a bonus, if you just want the feel of OS 7 without messing with your iPhone you can always head to this page on your computer. It is flash based so don’t try it with your iPhone


iPhone Tip of the Week

Posted February 26, 09 11:44 AM by Jovan Washington

Not so much a tip rather than a hack, however, I thought it was rather cool that the iPhone can use your wireless Apple keyboard. This is only for those who have jailbroken your phone, so for those that are staying true to the original, like myself, then we are out of luck.

Hackers have linked an Apple Bluetooth wireless keyboard with a jailbroken iPhone via the creation of a new Bluetooth stack developed by researchers at ETH Zurich according to Ralf Ackermann, a blogger.

The software was created to interface the two devices, and is intended to be used within any applications that would use the onscreen keyboard, but of course with much better results using a keyboard that is both efficient and comfortable to use.

Click here to check out the video.


yellowsn0w is here or unlock your 3G iPhone

Posted January 2, 09 7:52 AM by Chris Seibold
Categories: Hacks Cult of iPhone 

Argue all you will about how open or closed the iPhone should be. In the end it just doesn’t matter, the folks who demand complete control over their purchased devices will continue to jailbreak their iPhones while those who just want a smooth consumer experience will opt for the standard iPhone experience. If you are one of the people who want complete control over your iPhone the news is good. The geniuses at the Dev-Team have the unlock up for the latest iPhone software revision.

They call it yellowsn0w and it isn’t working for everyone yet but it will get simpler as the days go by. So if you’re the unlocking type: get busy and send a big thank you to the folks at the Dev-Team.


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