Archive for July, 2008

iPhone 3G Unlocked?

July 12th, 2008 No comments

So I read this on gizmodo. Here’s the truth…

Post beta 4, the ramdisk hack stopped working. Sorry Zibri, guess you’ll have to steal another exploit. They also changed the recovery mode USB protocol to use the control endpoint to send commands.

The possiblity of unlocking, which is very distinct from jailbreaking, is based entirely on the baseband bootloader. Apple doesn’t appear to upgrade the bootloader on phones in the field, probably for fear of bricks. So any old iPhones out there today, regardless of version, can be unlocked.

The iPhone 3G uses a different bootloader, which I believe there aren’t any known exploits in yet. So no unlock.

There is a known exploit in iBoot, on both the old and 3G iPhones. The “the specific date/time is not firm yet” pwnage tool will leverage it to jailbreak all 2.0 software iPhones, 3G and otherwise. Dev team, that date better be soon or I might just have to release yiPhone. The iBoot exploit is yours, use it. You wouldn’t want a repeat of ZiPhone now…

iPhone 3G Internals

July 10th, 2008 No comments

Here’s my annotated version of the iPhone 3G board(just my educated guesses, not 100% accurate). Thanks to iFixit for the picture and getting the teardown out there so quickly. I don’t know whats on the bottom of the board, but I figure the NAND flash must be there.

On Unlocking

July 7th, 2008 No comments

Is it really worth it? I mean, aside from the technical challenge, who will really benefit from it? I hear the phone is sold unlocked for +$80 AUD in Australia. Here, the best way to get a phone is to buy one from AT&T then cancel it, $200+$35+175=$410. You are better off buying an old iPhone off eBay. With locate me, how much will a GPS really help? And here in the states, T-Mobile 3G won’t work.

I’m curious as to what amplifier chip the phone uses though. The number one question I got from people about the old iPhone unlock is “Will it work with Verizon?” Now it could be possible.

I still don’t know how I’m getting my hands on a device. And if I’m not sure, how will everyone else who wants one get one? Apple, this is really a step backward for the consumer. I’m disappointed in you.

Tap Tap Revolution coming to the iPhone App Store as “Tap Tap Revenge”

July 4th, 2008 No comments

I know I’ve been silent for a while on the Tap Tap front, but now I can break the news! Tap Tap Revolution has been bought by a new company called Tapulous, and they’ve hired me on as a developer to maintain TTR.

Suffice it to say, their push for more features definitely works out better for you guys. Here’s a low-quality leaked video demonstrating the sweet new features and look:

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The Ads

July 2nd, 2008 No comments

I know I said I wouldn’t do it, but it helps me and it helps my employer. I see most of them are advertising for a “certain” product, you all know you can unlock your iPhone for free, and this blog doesn’t endorse or discourage the use of that software.

Also I’ll take this post to note that this is my personal blog done on personal time, and is in no way connected with my employer, Google.

That aside, get ready for some cool hacks…