iPhone firmware 1.1.1 succumbs to hackers

iPhone firmware 1.1.1 succumbs to hackers

Summary: Engadget reports that a new iPhone milestone has been reached. iPhone firmware 1.


iPhone firmware 1.1.1 succumbs to hackersEngadget reports that a new iPhone milestone has been reached. iPhone firmware 1.1.1 has been hacked. The amazing iPhone Dev Team have managed to Jailbreak the new iPhone 1.1.1 firmware update.

According to the report third party applications are now working but most will need to be recompiled due to the new frameworks.

Springboard won't recognize DisplayOrder.plist (included apps now seem to be hard-coded into the Springboard app), you can activate the phone with third-party workarounds, and the Mobile Terminal and BSD suite work, as well as ARM-compiled command-line utilities.

Of particular interest: firmware 1.1.1 references both Nike and a radio.

TUAW adds that it's not easy getting third-party iPhone apps to show up properly on the home screen. Apparently Apple has added extra protections to SpringBoard and created a list of approved identifiers. Despite all that iPhone hacker asap18 has ported several applications to iPhone 1.1.1. The other limitation is that only 15 icons can be added to iPhone 1.1.1 – Apple appears to have reserved the last spot for the iTunes WiFi Store.

I'm still happy with iPhone firmware 1.0.2 with AppTapp, SummerBoard and Customize, thank you very much.

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Topics: iPhone, Mobility, Security, Software

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  • Just goes to show ya...

    When people pay their hard-earned money for something, they don't believe in handcuff's and will do whatever it takes to use that paid for product how they see fit, as the owners.

    That said, they can't scream and kick if they find themselves in a battle with Apple over this. They did agree to the terms, enforceable or not, when they purchased.
    • You keep acting

      as if disabling third-party apps is some nefarious plot on Apple's part despite several articles and links having been posted on the differences between firmware, embedded systems and your generic computer OS.
      • I don't act, and...

        I haven't stayed in a Holiday Inn lately, so I have no idea what you are talking about...
    • "when people..."

      you mean the few that want to add apps to their iPhone... This whole iPhone hacking/
      locked in business is so overrated.. People who read and write tech blogs always think
      they represent the consumers, but in fact the represent only a very small % of the
      market, they are an elite.
    • Thats funny..

      "hat said, they can't scream and kick if they find themselves in a battle with Apple over this. They did agree to the terms, enforceable or not, when they purchased"

      I dont remember seeing any agreement not to add 3rd party application's, where is this written agreement at ???
      • There is nothing that states

        You CAN do this. I don't recall seeing it on the feature list.

        I'm not taking sides here. Both sides of the issue are silly.
  • iPhone Dev Team 15 Minutes of Fame

    This is all these guys are after...whatever.
  • Why not hacking?

    Apple is treating the iPhone like it did the original Mac: it wants total control.

    Image if you couldnt' get software for your mac and had to buy only what Apple offered? It would suck.

    Let the hackers hack. My iPhone is better because of it.
    • I really see no one losing here.

      In the case of a Verizon phone or some other carrier where part of the cost is paid for by said carrier, I see this hack as hurting no one financialy in terms of money spent/lossed.

      The consumer received no discount, so he/she should be able to whatever they wish with the phone, ATT&T was selling the phone without activation, so they must be making something off the sale alone, and Apple made their profit from it.
      • I agree

        As long as the people getting and using the hacked phones understand that they
        are no longer part of Apple's update cycle and that their device is no longer under
        Apple's warranty. By all means, hack on! Have fun. But don't come back crying,
        holding a bricked iPhone later.

        This is exactly where the trouble begins. Apple doesn't want it because it leads to
        them looking like the heavy for having to enforce their warranty, to say nothing of
        how the entire hacking effort seeks to short-circuit Apple's own future plans for
        3rd party development plans.

        iPhone is not a pc. It's not, nor does it want to be Windows Mobile. The greater
        percentage (90%+) of iPhone customers are very satisfied with their iPhones as is,
        and I would say the larger percentage also support the idea of Apple closely
        managing its 3rd party developer strategy going forward. No one wants this new
        platform turning into a huge trailer park junk yard of half-baked apps and hacks.
        Most people actually want a managed, gated community--a highly polished,
        highly functional, yet reliable device.

        iPhone is only 3 months old, give it a chance to grow.

        Len Rooney
        • In US, laws protect warranty

          The Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act protects warranties. The act was made a law after automobile manufacturers were requiring owners to replace parts with only the same parts made and sold by the manufacturer. If someone had replaced a wiper blade with one of a different brand, it would void their warranty. This law allows people to customize their car, computers or other devices without voiding their warranty. Thus, replacing my computer hard drive with a different one, not sold to my by the manufacturer doesn't void my warranty.

          It's very likely that the same law will protect hacked iPhones.
          • Car warranties

            Car warranties are not personal digital device warranties, nor should they be. Part
            of Apple's responsibility as a computer maker, OS and software developer is to
            protect it's customers from hackers (both good and bad) and also to protect their
            own IP and trade secrets. Firmware is not a wiper blade nor should it be defined as
            a serviceable part--it is the device. But let's say for a moment that there might be
            a legal precedent. Is firmware to be open to all? I wonder what Microsoft, Sony,
            Nintendo, Nokia and others will have to say about that. All of those companies
            presently feel the same way as Apple on this issue--hack the device, void the

            Apple has been doing a great job of warning people not to apply firmware updates
            if they have unlocked or otherwise hacked the device. The updates are not
            mandatory. An on-screen warning is even given at the time one decides to update.
            Your phone would never have been bricked if you had heeded these clear

            I think your idea that there's a law to protect digital device hackers is simply
            wishful thinking. But bring on the challenges regardless. I think there's already
            one class action suit in the works in California. If it ever makes it into a court room
            it would be interesting to hear the arguments.
            Len Rooney
  • Let them have their minutes

    They are pushing the iPhone in the proper direction. Apple has chosen to make some monumentally stupid decisions regarding the phone.

    1.) Not choosing to let it be open.
    2.) Refusing to release a proper SDK.

    While they are enjoying good popularity at the moment, the limitations in the device will become more obvious as other cell phone makers copy it. When Microsoft releases the next version of Windows mobile and has stolen all of the features, it's not going to look nearly so sexy.

    Given the above, I commend the hackers. I want 3rd party apps. Several sctually add essential functionality to my device (like the e-book reader the ability to edit text documents). I like my iPhone and I want Apple to succeed with it. To that end, the hackers are forcing Apple to work harder than they should to keep it closed. I suspect that they will eventually relize that it's not worth the engineering talent to continually fight the hackers for something that a lot of customers want.
    Rob Oakes
    • Indeed, it's a dumb cat-and-mouse game

      I also commend the dev team. They're making apps that people actually want to have on the iPhone(the AJAX "SDK" can only go so far). And is the quality of the phone suffering from it? No, aside from Apple intentionally breaking it. It may be their product, but once it sells it's someone's phone, so let them do as they please.

      Apple, listen to your customers. [b]They want real apps[/b]. Stop playing the futile game of cat-and-mouse and let them have what they want. You don't want platforms like OpenMoko, Qtopia, or even Windows Mobile start looking more attractive, do you? :D
      Tony Agudo
      • Cat and mouse?

        In a contents between cat and mouse, the cat usually wins. Think Road Runner vs Coyote instead (oops... Wile E. went off the cliff and missed the river yet again).
        John L. Ries
        • Also "Tom and Jerry" fits too...

          Tony Agudo
          • Does

            Thought of that after I posted.
            John L. Ries
  • No "I don't have an iPhone" choice?

    I just chose "older version" instead. No big deal.
    Grayson Peddie
  • As a developer, this is good news

    I went to the first iPhoneDev camp and devised the iPhoneVote app, which a few people liked. But, I soured on developing a web based app for the iPhone. I wasn?t the only one. A friend who develops in Objective-C bought an iPhone and then returned it. When native apps became possible, that all changed: I became inspired again and my friend bought another iPhone.

    When the 1.1.1 update broke everything, I held back, to see how it would turn out. Now I?ve decided: tomorrow I sign up to become an Apple developer, will be buying my first Mac in 10 years, and am brushing up on Objective-C. I hope that, some day, Apple will support people like me. If not, we will deploy on competing products. That?s the plan.

    And oh yes, *one* of us developers will write something so idiomatic for the iPhone that it will become a must have. For example: Coverflow.