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Mail, Google Maps come to hacked iPod touch

updated 12:00 pm EDT, Thu October 11, 2007

Google Maps on iPod touch

Hackers claim to have successfully brought Mail, Google Maps, and other third-party applications to Apple's iPod touch in spite of Apple's decision to ship the device without those programs. The Cupertino-based company began shipping its higher-priced iPhone in late June of this year with Mail and Google Maps built-in, but removed these applications from its iPod touch before launching the WiFi-enabled portable player at a special event on September 5th. Following a series of attempts to break through Apple's security on both its iPhone and iPod touch, hackers managed to 'jailbreak' the devices which allowed them read and write access to the filesystems, which enabled developers to write and install their own non-Web-based software on the gadgets.

Apple's latest iPhone update 1.1.1 effectively 'bricked' -- or rendered useless -- most of the hacked phones, but a new jailbreak surfaced yesterday that once again restores filesystem access to both the iPhone and the iPod touch. Hackers say they have now decrypted the ramdisk of the iPod touch and are busy installing applications, according to Engadget, with Mail and Google Maps already working on their freshly 'jailbroken' touch-sensitive iPods.


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  1. dscottbuch

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Highly inaccurate

    The 1.1.1 did NOT brick phones that had used jailbreak. It bricked some (maybe most - don't know) of the SIM unlocked phones. 1.1.1 rendered the older jailbreak ineffective but it did not brick those phones. This kind of sloppy reporting is inexcusable and can only be interpreted as being to to garner hits.

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    What???

    But I thought the iPod touch was so different that those apps wouldn't work!

    Or there is no need for those apps, because its an iPod, not a phone.

    Of course, one has to wonder how much better the phone could be if Apple devoted their resources towards features and bug-fixing and not worrying about encrypting their disks and adding other "security" measures to keep people out of the phone?

  1. ZinkDifferent

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    resources...

    The plans to eventually encrypt and lock down the firmware were in place long before iPhone even shipped -- Apple has multi-year roadmaps, and seeing as how they are very public about how iPhone has a 2 year updates curve, and they have confirmed that they will be releasing monthly updates for it, the encrypting of firmware was not an afterthought.

    As such, this added zero overhead to their development efforts.

    As always, testudo is out of the loop, and clueless - is it any surprise?

    As s

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Re: resources

    The plans to eventually encrypt and lock down the firmware were in place long before iPhone even shipped -- Apple has multi-year roadmaps, and seeing as how they are very public about how iPhone has a 2 year updates curve, and they have confirmed that they will be releasing monthly updates for it, the encrypting of firmware was not an afterthought.

    As such, this added zero overhead to their development efforts.


    I'm sorry, how does it NOT have any overhead. They had to code it, debug it, make sure its completely secure and bug-free, before it was even released. Perhaps if they used that time to better develop the features of the iPhone itself, it would be an even better device. Regardless of when it was done, it has taken resources to do. And as they try to keep ahead of the hackers, that also takes effort.

    And how do you know the plans were in place to do this two years ago?

    As always, testudo is out of the loop, and clueless - is it any surprise?

    No, as always, zink misreading and misreporting posts trying to knock other commentators as uninformed or ignorant.

  1. DCW

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Some people....

    Just never learn. Break your s***, don't go crying to to Apple (and this is from someone who did the whole app tapp thing - I did love mobile chatapp, but I'm not risking my iphone to use it); it's really that simple. dcw

  1. pt123

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    sweet but

    This just shows how easy it would have been for Apple to include maps and mail. It's nice that someone hacked the iPod touch to work with maps and mail, but I still won't buy one until Apple officially supports it. Unless there is a price drop :-)

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