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iPhone 4.0 jailbroken on the same day it's released

Just hours after it's beta release, iPhone OS 4.0 has been jailbroken and iPhone Dev Team member MuscleNerd has the video to prove it. The method of which this was done will remain kept under lock and key until it's release this summer. Something else to keep in mind is that there is no guarantee that Apple won't throw in a monkey wrench to shake things up between now and the final build.

How many of you are already thinking about jailbreaking 4.0 when it goes live?

Video after the break!

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Apple updates iPhone 4.0 SDK agreement to block Flash CS5, Mono touch, cross-compilers

Daring Fireball discovered that, as part of Apple's newly released iPhone 4.0 beta, the licensing agreement now seems to ban binaries compiled by Adobe's upcoming CS5, Mono Touch, and the like:

Applications may only use Documented APIs in the manner prescribed by Apple and must not use or call any private APIs. Applications must be originally written in Objective-C, C, C++, or JavaScript as executed by the iPhone OS WebKit engine, and only code written in C, C++, and Objective-C may compile and directly link against the Documented APIs (e.g., Applications that link to Documented APIs through an intermediary translation or compatibility layer or tool are prohibited).

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WebKit2 with speed and crash-proofing -- Apple's other big announcement

Well, technically not Apple the entity, but an employee of Apple named Anders Carlsson announced WebKit 2 yesterday and for geeks it could easily have been a Jobsian "One more thing..."

This is a heads-up that we will shortly start landing patches for a new WebKit framework that we at Apple have been working on for a while. We currently call this new framework "WebKit2".

WebKit2 is designed from the ground up to support a split process model, where the web content (JavaScript, HTML, layout, etc) lives in a separate process. This model is similar to what Google Chrome offers, with the major difference being that we have built the process split model directly into the framework, allowing other clients to use it.

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iPhone 4.0: iChatAgent hints at video chat in next-gen iPhone?

TUAW was slipped a screenshot today showing something called iChatAgent running on iPhone 4.0. iChat is Apple's instant message client for Mac OS X that includes voice and video chat, among other features. Rumors of a Mobile iChat for iPhone that would include webcam-style video chat date back to 2008, and were most recently seen in (and then taken away from) iPhone 3.2 for iPad.

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iPhone 4.0: Spotlight searches Google and Wikipedia

Spotlight in iPhone 4.0 takes a %&@ good on-device search that could find your apps, contacts, and other personal data, and makes it a ^%^(&$ fantastic on-device and web-resource search that can also send text strings out to the internet -- spelled Google and Wikipedia and bring you back the results.

First, yes, Google is still the default search engine, so that coffee break obviously worked. Second, yes, those Wikipedia strings that were discovered in previous iPhone OS betas looks like they've finally surfaced.

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50 million iPhones sold + 35 million iPod touches = 85 million iPhone OS devices

Steve Jobs reported today that Apple had sold 50 million iPhones and 35 million iPod touch for a grand total of 85 million iPhone OS devices on the market (okay, 85,450,000 including the iPad).

Jobs said this was a great target for developers. He's right. No matter how many complaints there are about iPhone OS and Apple's stewardship thereof, that's a tremendous install base of devices that can pretty much all run the same OS (give or take a few features here or there) and same apps.

That's huge.

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450,000 iPads sold, 600,000 iBooks, 3.5 million apps downloaded

As part of the iPhone 4.0 sneak preview event today, Steve Jobs announced some numbers about iPad sell-through to date (meaning Saturday to Thursday):

  • 450,000 iPads were sold. Best Buy was out of stock and Apple Retail was selling them as fast as they could get them.
  • 600,000 iBooks downloaded (which includes free Project Gutenberg titles, no doubt).
  • 3.5 million iPad apps download (ditto free apps).

Initial surge and early adoption or not, all in less than a week on the market has to be termed a success.

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iPhone 4.0 feature page, Keynote video now online

Apple.com has posted not only a page touting over 100 (!) new user features for iPhone 4.0, but streaming video of today's iPhone 4 Sneak Preview event is also now available, as is the higher quality download in Apple's Keynote podcast feed [iTunes link]

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iPhone 4.0 beta now available to developers: brings 1500 new APIs

iPhone 4.0 beta 1 is now available to developers via http://developer.apple.com/ and it doesn't just bring the 7 "tent-pole" features announced so far for consumers, it brings 1500 new APIs to developers including some we've been waiting for for a long time:

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Reminder: We won't see all iPhone 4.0 features until WWDC in June

While Apple announced 7 tent-pole features for iPhone 4.0 including multitasking, folders, mail enhancements, iBooks, Enterprise features, Game Center social network, and iAd mobile advertising platform, it's important to remember we won't get the final feature set for iPhone 4.0 until Apple's World Wide Developer Conference (WWDC) this June.

Last year Apple showed off a lot of features for iPhone 3.0 in March, but it wasn't until WWDC that we saw features specific to the new iPhone 3GS hardware -- video recording, VoiceOver, compass, Voice Memo app, etc.

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