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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