Apple’s iPhone software 2.0 cracked before it’s even released

“Apple’s not-yet available iPhone 2.0 software has already been cracked – before it even ships, at least that’s what a renegade group of developers claimed last night,” Jonny Evans reports for Macworld UK.

“The iPhone Dev Team claim to have cracked the software, meaning yet more pressure on Apple in the cat and mouse game between software developers and the owners of a million unlocked iPhones and the company and its network partners,” Evans reports.

“The developers claim to have decrypted and jailbroken the new iPhone software, and have published a series of screenshots of third party applications running on the device,” Evans reports.

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35 Comments

  1. These jailbroken iPhones will have little impact on Apple. In reality they make the iPhone still relevant to even those who can’t stand Apples AppStore concept and distribution rules. Once June arrives with application support, there will be very few who bother jailbreaking the iPhone.

  2. @spark,

    I agree. Jailbroken iPhones will be a moot point in June. Even if this “renegade” group of developers breaks 2.0, Apple will fix it in 2.1. It will be Jailbroken again, and Apple will fix it in 2.2. This will continue now ad infinitum with little impact to Apple.

  3. I think that this is just SO-FUNNY!!! These goofy nerds spending all this time to break software when ….. wait for it…….. WHO CARES.

    The only real and serious need to break into an iPhone is if you are in an area where AT&T;does not provide service. Or you have some dying need to use Sprint and want to use an iPhone to do it.

    You can put a Ford engine into a Chevy,…….. but who wants to????

    Lets look at pro and con reasons to jailbreak the iPhone.

    Pro,
    I do not have ATT available but really want the iPhone.
    I am stuck with Verison but want to use the iPhone.

    Con,
    I have ATT and an iPhone but I want less features.
    I enjoy doing 10 times the work to get 30 % of the fruits.
    Since I have no girl friend and live with my mother, I have all this free time on my hands so why not.
    I am sure I can make money breaking the law but I am too afraid to rob a bank or a 7-11.

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    You have to buy an iPhone to jail break it. You can lose the warrenttee if you open or jailbreak it. You get less features if you jailbreak it. Those features that you might be able to add may or may not work. You will have to fix them.

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  4. Ya know…

    I never cease to be astonished at the free pass everyone here seems to give Apple on the iPhone issues. You folks must know darn well that if Microsoft did something similar, you’d CHEER the hackers, whilst simultaneously calling the phone a piece of crap, and calling Microsoft stupid for not being able to prevent the hacking.

    The iPhone is supposedly a mobile computing platform now. Would it be ok with you if Apple were to say that from now on they are the ONLY official distribution point for Mac software, and that they are going to skim 30% off the top for being the distributor when no one asked them to?

    The iPhone is a great little device, but come on people. Wake up, stop snorting dehydrated kool aid, and smell the coffee. There are some tacky aspects to this plan.

  5. @ElderNorm:

    What law, exactly, is being broken by some one who jailbreaks an iPhone?

    And less features? From what I understand, a jailbroken iPhone can have 3rd party apps installed right now. How is that less features?
    In the future, it will allow 3rd paty developers to release software for the iPhone that isn’t controlled by Apple. Say, a VOIP client that works over the cellular network. Or maybe a chat client for chat systems other than AIM. Or whatever.

    Apple made a decent move in releasing the SDK, but I still fail to understand why so many people are happy that all iPhone software must be acquired through Apple. I’m fairly certain that there would be a revolt if Apple tried to do the same thing for their laptops or desktops.

    What some one else does with a product they purchased shouldn’t matter to anyone else. Yes, the warranty will be voided. No big deal there. But why all the acrimony towards those who have the time and skills to modify their iPhone? What’s it to you?

  6. @ ElderNorm

    First off, unlocking an iPhone for Verizon or Sprint wouldn’t work. Verizon and Sprint work on CDMA, and the iPhone works on GSM, the two technologies are incompatible.

    Second, what about people locked into a contract with, say, T-Mobile, but they want an iPhone? Should they pay the $200 early cancellation fee?

    Third…uhm…what less features? You can’t use Visual Voicemail, that’s about it. Sure, that’s a nice thing to have, and it’d suck to not be able to use it, but Visual Voicemail is not 70% of the iPhones functionality.

    Fourth, you’re saying you get less functionality if jailbreak the iPhone? I think you’re confused. Jailbreaking is the only way, as of right now, to get third party apps onto an iPhone. You get a ton more functionality if you jailbreak your iPhone. Unlocking it, you lose one function.

    And finally, what is your problem with programmers? Not all of them are the pale, pasty nerds who live with their mothers that you seem to paint them all as. I think you need to step out of the 1990’s, and realize that “computer nerd” is no longer that valid of a stereotype. And if you’re going to make ass-backwards remarks, you should at least try and find some ass-backwards “facts” to back it up. You can try looking at things Steve Ballmer’s said. They might fit for ya.

  7. Broken software phones only lead to no support from Apple. Which means spending another $400.00 on a new phone. That’s a lot more expensive and just plain stupid when there will be thousands of programs available soon.

  8. @theloniousMac

    Eh, you don’t know anything about the industry. MSFT charges software vendors a percentage not just to use there tools to develop software, but also distribution. Every piece of software that is commercially sold for use on any version of Windows is obligated to PAY a % of the revenue from the sale to MSFT. That is also the case with Windows Mobile and guess what, Palm does the same thing. This is the way the industry works.

    As far as sole distribution? Apple has already stated that if you do not charge for the software, or it is for in house use, you do not need to distribute through there appstore. The app store is there, much like iTunes, to allow regular joes to buy software for the iphone, that way all the apps get exposure no matter how big or small your company is, and every app gets installed correctly on every iphone.

  9. jailbreak – still locked to AT&T;, but can install apps

    unlocked – can work with any GSM network

    unlocked and jailbroke – all of the above.

    just wanted to throw that out there since there seems to be a bit of confusion.

  10. @ Joe

    Close, but no cigar. Even free apps have to be sold through the App Store, the only difference is that Apple doesn’t take a cut. Well, really, Apple still takes a 30% cut, technically, but 30% of 0 is 0.

  11. Okay, so jailbreaking version 2.0, allows for apps to exist that wouldn’t otherwise be allowed to exist by Apple, like VOIP over AT&T;’s EDGE, or malware, or porn, or apps running in the background, or apps calling other apps, like JAVA, or Flash, right? Right?

    Other than VOIP over EDGE, what else is there that wouldn’t be there from Apple’s AppStore?

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