While I was gone at CTIA, there's been a bunch of things that have happened that I didn't get time to properly write about. So today, we'll have a bit of an iPhone news smörgåsbord. There's been a fair amount of news, a fair amount of not-news, and some of the things that I've been reading are just plain wrong.
Apple Dealing with Film-Makers Directly for iTunes
Apple has sidestepped some of the major studios for some films, opting instead to deal directly with film-makers. This could be a sign of things to come -- it would be great to not have to report every major film-studio or TV channel contract tiff.
Apple iPhone Dev Center
Apple has created a web site devoted to developers that are interested in putting their programs on the iPhone. Apple is calling it the iPhone Dev Center, and it's a repository of tips, tricks, and guidelines to follow should anyone want to make an iPhone web app. It's also probably a list of instructions that one would have to follow to get listed as a featured application on Apple's web app listing.
Molson Reveals iPhone on Rogers in January?
For any Canadian readers, Molson ran a contest that had an iPhone as the prize. They had a disclaimer on the iPhone prize, stating that it couldn't be activated on the Rogers network until January. So, odds are pretty good that the iPhone will be out in Canada in January. Molson has since pulled the language for the contest, saying they have no idea when anything is coming out ever. And they never had any idea. (images below via Electronista)
p>Is the iPhone Running Leopard?
There's an article at Wired that delves deeper into Jobs' open letter about 3rd party applications on the iPhone and the connection to Leopard. One of the tidbits that Jobs talks about briefly is signing applications, and Wired has a good look into what that would mean for 3rd party iPhone apps. And, there's some discussion whether the iPhone is based off of Leopard or not: "It's not known for sure at this point, but all indications are that the iPhone is a Leopard-based device," as stated by Carl Howe, analyst at Blackfriars. It clearly is. Witness the
uname -a of my laptop on 10.4 vs. the
uname -a of my iphone:
The important bit there is the kernel version. Apple releases the OSX frameworks to correspond with kernel versions of darwin for every version of OSX. The iPhone has been running Leopard (9.0) since it came out in June. My 10.4 laptop is running darwin 8.10.0, which corresponds to 10.4.10.
iPhone Security Faults
Meanwhile, there's been a rash of complaints about the iPhone's security. You may have seen headlines that compare the iPhone to Windows 95, for example. It's of course, a loaded comparison, made for sensationalism. You could just as well compare the iPhone's security to Windows 98, Windows ME, or Windows XP if you're logged in as an administrator (which is everybody -- you can barely run Office as a limited user). But, Windows 95 gets the headline. Since the iPhone is made of UNIX, user separation is built-in, expect apps to run as something other than administrator/root/super-user when the SDK update comes out. Perhaps earlier; we can't know as Apple isn't commenting. Don't get me wrong, I'm not saying that 'run as root' is a good security model. It's so bad, it's not even a security model.
iPhone de-bricking: re-virginizer tool available
The Elite team posted a re-virginizer tool that people can use to restore the ability to upgrade. This tool locks the iPhone with the proper bits in place on the iPhone radio; some of the free iPhone unlock tools wrote stuff to the iPhone baseband radio that was invalid; this led to bricked phones when it came time to update the firmware to 1.1.1.
p>AT&T Upgrading Core Network
Randall Stephenson, CEO of AT&T, was interviewed recently and he talked about many things concerning the iPhone and AT&T's network. Their core should make for faster downloads for anything that uses AT&T's networks, wired or wireless. That means us: anyone using an iPhone should see a smidgen of a benefit, but the real help comes when we're using 3G fast internet iPhones.