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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 Reclaimer77 on 10/14/2009 6:29:46 PM , Rating: 2
They have an obligation to protect the marketplace. If they don't, then developers will move elsewhere.

Yeah right because NOBODY develops for open source, right ? And where elsewhere are they gonna move to ? Some other large company who constantly enforces draconian closed source profit mongering practices ? Hmmm...I can't think of any others who operate like Apple.

The idea that developers will only work for profits has been readily disproved, I mean hellooo, you are on the Internet. Go see for yourself.

This is why I won't buy and use Apple products. Not only do you pay more for less, that's not good enough, but then they also tell you how you can USE the product as well.

RE: Correction
By ersts on 10/14/2009 8:27:17 PM , Rating: 2
Like that draconian browser called WebKit that Apple created and how KDE, Nokia, Palm, Epiphany and others use? You know, the one that is GPL?

Nobody said you can't have an open source app that got compiled as a binary on the app store either. Nobody forces you to charge for it either, and unlike Microsoft, Apple doesn't charge you $99 for each app submitted.

Tell me how many games you like for the Wii, PSP or any other commercial system. Now tell me your favorite GPL game that you like to play on the GPX2.

Funny too, nobody complains that the Wii is updated as well to remove hacks that allow people to save their game files, steal from the Wii Store, or allow it to run home brew apps either.

RE: Correction
By Alexstarfire on 10/15/2009 2:11:42 AM , Rating: 1
Actually, there are very few people complaining about Apple on this one. At least 3/4th of the posts are regarding someone's statement that it is now "unhackable." I only noticed 2 that were complaining about it, though I don't understand why. Apple is trying to prevent people from stealing there shit.... ohh no. We should really bitch about that. Puhlease. This isn't like the last time where they were bricking the jailbroken iPhones. That was truly a messed up reaction from Apple.

Not many complain about the Wii simply because there isn't much to complain about. I'm not quite sure what you mean by "remove hacks that allow people to save their game files." If by that you mean basically copying the disc then it's quite obvious why they don't allow you to do that. Only thing to complain about is the home brew "apps," but let's face it, the Wii wasn't designed with them in mind. You could call it an unfortunate side effect of preventing people from stealing from them. It's not like the iPhone/iTouch that is pretty much designed around the App Store and little else.

RE: Correction
By ersts on 10/15/2009 3:46:59 AM , Rating: 2
The latest firmware upgrade for the Wii will remove such save files "illegally" saved on SD cards if it finds them (it warns you about this before you update). Currently networked games like Mario Kart Wii will not allow you to save your files to SD cards nor back them up. This sucks because if your Wii dies, so does all your save files.

While I run Wii Brew on my Wii for fun (which gives me the ability to move files btw the old GC cards as well), it does allow me to cheat with the Gecko OS app, play DVDs and music. However, each update tries to kill that functionality, because cheating isn't nice to do against others :)

Btw, the whole "bricking" thing is so stupid. Jason Mick references his article every time, even though no iphone has ever been "bricked."

When you "brick" something, it means you turned it into something that acts like a brick - useless. A WRT54GL router "bricked" will not boot, nor will it respond to anything save for a JTAG cable. Apple warned people about firmware updates bricking phones because of the uncertain nature of updates; its so easy to with dd-wrt on routers - don't do the 30/30/30 reset or prep files and you may have a $100 dead router.

iphones back in that article (if they were jailbroken) simply went back to the state where it required a legitimate activation on Att's network.

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