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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: Windows 7 is already cracked.
By xmichaelx on 10/14/2009 3:36:29 PM , Rating: 2
The obvious flaw in your thinking resides in this line: "the iPhone, which is a closed system"

The iPhone is NOT a closed system. It is designed with an enormous amount of flexibility so that apps can be developed for it that do things no one has yet thought of. The only way Apple will stop hackers is to remove this flexibility, which will remove much of the appeal of the device.

Frankly, bhieb, you should read more and post less. Throughout this thread you've misunderstood hardware, software, the article itself, and other posters.


RE: Windows 7 is already cracked.
By Lerianis on 10/16/2009 5:16:35 AM , Rating: 2
Flexibility? When everything has to go through the "Apple Apps" store or whatever they call it? Hell no. Flexible would be that you could jailbreak without any problem and could put on homebrew stuff without any problems, because Apple supported BOTH out of the box.

Anyway, I would really like to see a lawsuit challenging the Apple iPhone locking to AT&T as 'uncompetitive practices' under the anti-trust laws.


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