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Apple and its CEO Steve Jobs can gloat -- they've once again foiled iPhone unlockers via a firmware update, this time to the bootrom shipping on new units.  (Source: Telegraph UK)

A screenshot of the new bootrom was posted by unlocker Mathieulh. The new bootrom began shipping this week.  (Source: iClarified)
Apple's strikes again, sending jailbreakers on their heels

Apple plays what its CEO Steve Jobs once likened to a game of "cat and mouse" with iPhone unlockers and jailbreakers.  Jailbreakers, like the iPhone Dev Team, try to release the iPhone from being limited to the official iTunes app store and other firmware restrictions, while unlockers, such as George Hotz, use the jailbreaks and other techniques to unlock the phone, allowing it to run on any hardware-supported network.

Usually the unlockers/jailbreakers seize the day, but occasionally Apple will win a round.  Apple has tried many approaches -- everything from "bricking" unlocked iPhones to denying jailbroken iPhones access to the iTunes store -- to halt the spread of unlocking in the U.S. and force people to use AT&T, despite the hardware being capable of working on other carriers such as T-Mobile.

Now, Apple has managed to gain an upper hand over the persistent hackers according to iClarified, thanks to the release of a new bootrom, iBoot-359.3.2.  The phone firmware, which shipped on new iPhone 3GSs starting this week, closes previously used doors to exploits.

A user named "Mathieulh" first noticed the new bootrom and took a screenshot.  It was subsequently confirmed by Muscle Nerd of the iPhone Dev Team that the loss of the 24kpwn exploit would render the iPhone unjailbreakable for the time being.  This means that the unlocking fixes, such as the utility released by George Hotz, also won't work anymore as they rely on jailbreaking as a preliminary step.

For users wishing to jailbreak, iPhone jailbreakers are hard at work trying to find alternative exploits that could be used to unlock the phone.  They suggest, in the meantime, that users purchase older stock of iPhones or buy refurbished units.

The iPhone 3GS was unlocked as soon as it was released, thanks to unlockers with iPhone Developer connections.  George Hotz used the iPhone Dev Team's exploit, along with his own methods, to publish a route to jailbreaking the phone just weeks later.

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RE: Correction
By deeznuts on 10/14/2009 12:55:56 PM , Rating: 2
Is the PS3 hacked yet? Not a rhetorical question, but I think it's the one that isn't fully hacked yet, right?

RE: Correction
By corduroygt on 10/14/2009 1:16:36 PM , Rating: 2
PS3 hasn't been hacked and it looks less likely that it'll ever be hacked.
Even the 360 hasn't completely been hacked, all that can be done on it is to flash the DVD rom firmware to play pirated games.
No way to replace the main OS and run stuff like XBMC and emulators on it yet.

RE: Correction
By Pirks on 10/14/09, Rating: -1
RE: Correction
By invidious on 10/14/2009 5:08:55 PM , Rating: 1
And mabye no one will make any more stupid posts on the internet, but history suggests otherwise for both your claim and mine.

RE: Correction
By Pirks on 10/14/09, Rating: 0
RE: Correction
By Alexstarfire on 10/15/2009 1:57:27 AM , Rating: 1
Very little effort has been put into hacking the PS3 for very obvious reasons. There is little to be gained by hacking the PS3 other than playing pirated games. Problem with that is Blu-Ray is shit expensive so it's cost prohibitive all around, for the media and the drive. No one wants to make a $10 coaster.

I will say that if this iteration of the iPhone turns out to be unhackable that I will officially eat these words. Though there is very little that hasn't been hacked when you look back at things. Usually things that haven't been hacked haven't had a lot of effort put into them and become obsolete before it gets hacked. Some may call things like that unhackable.... but I'm not one to think that. Only way to have something unhackable is to not have human interaction at all, save perhaps the quantum computer. But if there is no human interaction then it's probably going to be useless anyway.

RE: Correction
By Darkefire on 10/14/2009 4:34:12 PM , Rating: 2
That's partially because there's little incentive. Until recently the PS3 was far and away the most expensive home console, so anyone that owned one would likely have more than enough money for games and little reason to break into their very expensive machine for such a low return on investment. Additionally, Blu-Ray media and burners are still quite expensive in comparison to the older DVD media used by the 360 and Wii; many games will soon be using the dual layer format, and a single blank dual layer BD-R disk will easily cost $20. You make a single coaster when trying to duplicate a game and you've pretty much spent as much on blank media as you would have on a used copy from Gamestop.

Finally, what's the point? There are so few 5 star titles exclusively for the PS3 that an owner wouldn't have already. I've been resolved to only buy a PS3 (and an HDTV, for that matter) when God of War 3 comes out, but seeing the catalog they have I'm wondering if I'm not better off just renting the console and the game for a week and saving myself $300.

RE: Correction
By invidious on 10/14/2009 5:06:26 PM , Rating: 2
There is plenty of incentive. If nothing else the fact that no one else has been able to do it is enough incentive for many in the hacking community.

The idea that no one wants to hack the ps3 is a tired and innacurate reasoning.

RE: Correction
By Reclaimer77 on 10/14/2009 7:11:37 PM , Rating: 1
+6 post.

They have just now, finally, released a game worth playing in my opinion called Deamon's Souls. I mean, how long has the thing been out lol

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