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Rough iPhone 1.1.1 jailbreak developed

updated 01:55 pm EDT, Mon October 8, 2007

iPhone 1.1.1 jailbreak

iPhone/iTouch Dev members, who have been working steadily for weeks, say they have discovered a way to "jailbreak" iPhone 1.1.1 (i.e., to enable file-level access to the OS on the device). The developers are quick to note however that the jailbreak is nowhere near ready for official release, rendering many applications inoperable until they are recompiled and disabling the iTunes Store without "major hacking." Apple launched the iPhone in June with a policy that allowed only Web-based applications to run on its cellular phone, but hackers quickly found ways to circumvent this restriction which they termed jailbreaking and began feverishly writing "native" applications for iPhone which ran using the device's trimmed Mac OS X operating system. Apple in turn released a statement warning iPhone owners that unlocking their handsets for use with other carriers could damage the devices, rendering them inoperable. Shortly after the press release spread Apple issued an update -- iPhone 1.1.1 -- which rendered numerous unlocked iPhones useless.

On the upside the team says Mobile Terminal App works on iPhone 1.1.1, and that the entire BSD suite of software still works along with standard command-line utilities compiled for the ARM architecture. Team members also add that the iPhone has been activated via third-party workarounds. [Via TUAW]




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  1. Cleverboy

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Rendered Useless, eh?

    I'd really appreciate it if people could begin reporting the bricking in a far more accurate way (with little effort).

    For instance, in the bit above, the text says: "Shortly after the press release spread Apple issued an update -- iPhone 1.1.1 -- which rendered numerous unlocked iPhones useless." This gives the inaccurate impression that the update actually went out automatically. Wouldn't it be... just gobs more accurate to say it correctly, like this?

    "Shortly after the press release spread Apple issued an update -- iPhone 1.1.1 -- which, when applied, put that user's SIM-unlocked iPhone into a non-activated mode from which most were unable to return."

    Is that so hard? See the "MOST" part. Leaving that out is BAD. Also the "when applied" part is helpful as well. Google the words "iPhone Firmware 1.1.1 Out and Tested". Read the entire thing, and you'll see that "iPhone Sim Free" doesn't cause a problem at all when reactivating the phone, you just need to have the AT&T SIM in it. anySIM however, made the phone useless after an 1.1.1 update is applied, unless it was rehacked.

    So... Let's be more accurate. PLEASE?

    Thanks.

  1. Darwiniandude

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    or

    Or, instead of "Shortly after the press release spread Apple issued an update -- iPhone 1.1.1 -- which rendered numerous unlocked iPhones useless."

    They could have put "Shortly after the press release spread, Apple issued an update -- iPhone 1.1.1 -- which improved the phone's functionality in addition to adding a few new features such as the iTunes WiFi store. Unfortunately this update didn't play nicely with iPhones unlocked to work with carriers other than AT&T, causing most phone to enter a non-activated mode that cannot be recovered from."

    or a more consise version of the above. :) my point is that they make it sound like the updated was purely done to attack the unlocked phones, whereas this isn't the only reason.

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