There was an immeasurable distance between the quick and the dead: they did not seem to belong to the same species; and it was strange to think that but a little while before they had spoken and moved and eaten and laughed - W. Somerset Maugham
UNLOCKING THE IPHONE is seemingly getting easier with the Iphone Dev-Team having cracked the latest version of the Iphone OS within five days.
Apple's latest 3.1.3 firmware for Iphones and Ipod Touch devices was cracked with relative ease according to the Dev-Team. Its release notes report that the team merely had to port the existing tools it used to jailbreak devices running version 3.1.2 of the Iphone OS. Typically the process starts with trying to find new exploits to gain entry as the previous ones used to jailbreak the device are patched by Apple. So the exploits that were used to crack the three month old 3.1.2 release still remain. Popular software unlocking tool ultrasn0w also works with the latest firmware.
The latest firmware from Apple aims to fix inaccurate battery readings that users had been getting with their 3GS devices. The Dev-Team recommends that if you haven't seen these issues then there is "no reason to upgrade", and while the use of its tools has become relatively straightforward, the majority of its release notes do a pretty good job of trying to dissuade you from using them.
The ease with which Apple's latest firmware was broken tends to suggest it is concentrating on plugging the holes for the upcoming Iphone OS 4.0 firmware. Of course a major change in version number is announced alongside a new Iphone but in the meantime the Iphone Dev-Team hackers apparently intend to continue cracking whatever Apple throws at them. µ
Sign up for INQbot – a weekly roundup of the best from the INQ