All Articles by Rene Ritchie

JAR! iJailBreak Hits v0.6


p align="center">

If you have an iPhone on firmware 1.1.4 you're just dying to jailbreak and/or unlock, or an iPod Touch you want to liberate (and add apps to before June!), and you trust software created by 13-year olds(!), then iJailBreak may just be what you're looking for.

If you've previously used iJailBreak, you can update automatically. If you're new to the pirate scene and don't mind violating the ULA and your warranty, then this implementation is about as simple as it can get. Ars Technica reports you just download, install, run, connect, and viola!

More →

Rejected (Or Not?) - Have Any Devs Been Accepted?

Following up on the cryptic "I Hate You - Don't Leave Me" letters Apple sent out last week to many (all?) would-be iPhone developers who had coughed up the $99 for a certificate all signed and legal, Daring Fireball reports on whether or not anybody has made it in already:

More →

Multitask-Masters: Brain Surgeon Stat!



The iPhone SDK will not allow 3rd party apps to multitask or run background services. We've previously covered both initial developer Twitter-rage at this, and pundit counter-points. We've also covered Craig Hockenberry before -- the man who (perhaps poetically) develops Twitterrific for the Mac and jailbroken iPhones, and is now bringing it to the SDK.

More →

iPhone 2.0: Parental Controls

Apple pre-announces new iPhone firmware. Apple releases new fimware beta. New firmware beta leaks to pirates (JAR!). It's a familiar story (except for the Apple pre-announcing twist -- that almost never happens), and this time brings us details on the upcoming "Parental Controls" feature. (Apple Insider via iPhoneDevTeam)

A General Preference pane, iPhone's Parental Controls can be enabled or disabled, with individual options for allowing/disallowing "explicit" iPod content, and/or use of Safari, YouTube, iTunes Wi-Fi Music Store, and App Store.

More →

Multitask-Masters: iPhone Pundits Strike Back!


p align="center">

Developers want them their multitasking. They want them popping up, one after the other, like Agent Smith replicants in the Matrix sequels. What? Viruses incarnate from poorly conceived follow-up movies is a bad analogy?

Not according to some leading Apple pundits.

Witness Daniel Eran Dilger's iPhone 2.0 SDK: The No Multitasking Myth from Roughly Drafted Magazine:

More →

Great Googley: iPhone Jeopardy Bonus Round!

Just when you thought it was safe to switch to WinMob of Misfortune, iPhone JEOPARDY is back with a bonus round!

Joining us via lifeline is Google Android, first among Linux vaporOS's (sorry Nova, Access, and OpenMoko!) and fresh from CEO Eric Schmidst's latest iPhone briefing at Apple's Board of Directors meeting, we give you the suddenly chatty group manager for mobile platforms, Rich Miner:

More →

Rejected! (Or Not?) - Apple Sends Developers Mixed Signals

Ah, Apple gone and done it now! SXSW debuted this year's hottest social trend: Mass Twitter-steria, and now the 140 character mob has its torches and pitchforks ready to storm Cupertino. Or not.

Let's back up a step. Following the Apple SDK announcement, pretty much everyone and their neck-bearded uncle rushed to and started their download engines. 100,000 of them in the first few days alone. That's a lot of love. And even more expectation.

More →

Ireland & Austria: iPhone on Sale, Data Oh, Cap!

The iPhone has now successfully stormed the mobile markets of both the Emerald Isle and the birthplace of the Oak. For those keeping track at home, this brings the official score card to:

More →

iPhone Set to Star at WWDC '08

Apple has sent out double Golden Gate-gilded (twin-bridged?) announcements for its 2008 WWDC (World Wide Developers Conference) set to rock San Fran from June 9th through the 13th.

"A landmark event. In more ways than one."

Indeed. Sporting the current apples of Steve Jobs' eyes, the MacBook Air and, of course, the 800 pound gorilla in the developer room, the iPhone (and it's brand-spanking new SDK), we're definitely in for "Everything Mac. Everything iPhone."

More →

CEOh-Snap! RIM Boss Plays iPhone Jeopardy

This. Is. iPhone JEOPARDY!

Welcome everyone to the smartphone space where competing CEO's answer in nothing resembling the form of a question. Lucky for us, however, they're quick on the buzzer and their bold, bodacious pontifications, more often than not, come right back to bite them on their assets.

"Why We're Not Worried about the iPhone" for 100

Previously on iPhone Jeopardy, smartphone innovator and Folio-smasher, Ed Colligan of Palm/Treo fame jumped on the iPhone launch:

More →

iPhone Risk: T-Mobile to Launch in Austria Tomorrow?

As we mentioned a couple of weeks ago, ever since the 1.4 firmware dropped, complete with a carrier reference for T-Mobile in Austria, we've known who will carry Herr Jobs' miracle phone into its fifth European country. And now we know when!

Tomorrow, March 14th!

More →

3G Rumorpalooza: Intel Inside?

The Inquirer is rumormongering that the fabled iPhone 3G (in this case, iPhone version 3, rocking 3G HSDPA data speeds) will, like big brother Mac before it, be undergoing a brain transplant. And Intel once again has the technology.

Crutching itself on a CeBIT slide showing Intel's MID (mobile internet device) roadmap, they point to a very conspicuous iPhone image in the bottom right corner. Wassup indeed?

More →

UPDATED! India to Spy on Blackberry, Make Steve Jobs' Day?

When Steve Jobs took the stage at the iPhone SDK Roadmap event, it was with business eyes fixed squarely on market leader RIM's Blackberry device:

More →

Flash on iPhone: Video Dream or Privacy Nightmare?

The internet in your pocket. That’s what Steve Jobs and Apple advertising have promised us since Macworld 2007. Not the watered-down WAP internet, the server-pre-rendered kinda-sorta-internet, or the stunted mobile internet. Just... the internet.

In large part, they’ve succeeded. By promoting open, standards-based support for HTML (hyper-text markup language) structure, CSS (cascading style sheet) design, Javascript actions, and the hybrid interactive richness of AJaX (Asynchronous Javascript and XML) that enable WebApps, Apple has brought us the closest thing yet to a desktop-class browsing experience on our mobiles.

About the only thing missing, many would argue, is Flash.

Adobe’s ubiquitous interactive, multi-media technology powers everything from online office apps to easily embedded video clips to in-our-face banner adds. It also powers it’s own “cookie” (online state-saving and tracking) system. Didn’t know that? Advertisers do. They already exploit Flash cookies on the desktop. And as much as we want our videos clips on the iPhone, they want their cookies more. After all, the iPhone is the “next generation mobile” devices -- the one that know everything about us, including who we are and where we are, with all of our private contacts and secure contents just there for the tracking, aggregating, and selling.

More →

iPhone SDK - 100,000 Downloads

Apple Inc. VP of Marketing and SDK Roadmap presenter extraordinaire Phil Schiller announced today that over 100,000 peeps have downloaded the SDK and over 1 million have watched the aforementioned bid'ness and app show. “Developer reaction to the iPhone SDK has been incredible."

How incredible? Apple lines them up to tell us. Intuit, Namco, NetSuite, Rocket Mobile, Six Apart, PopCap, and THQ are all "very excited."

Focus is still very much on bid'ness (Hello RIM!):

More →

Rogue Amoeba: Will App-solute Power Corrupt?


p align="center">

Rogue Amoeba (developers of such acclaimed apps as Audio Hijack and Airfoil) have been putting up a great series of blog posts on topics such as code signing and app restrictions, as well as a very interesting list of "bugs" submitted to Apple on the SDK.

More →

Thurrott Steps Out of the iPhone Closet - Wait-a-Thon!

Longtime Windows pundit Paul Thurrott has always had an interesting relationship with Apple. He has a MacBook, uses iPods, and link baits Apple fanboys every chance he gets.

But the times, they may be a changing! Look no further than the Windows Weekly Podcast, where Thurrott had this to say about Microsoft's own Windows Mobile platform efforts when compared to the iPhone (transcribed):

"I have one very callous thing to say myself about the Windows Mobile guys, which is s**w them because, no offense, but seriously, you guys have had - I was there for the first version of WindowsCE, Pegasus I think it was called, and I have watched as they've mismanaged this smartphone market from day one. It has... it has always lagged behind, it's not always been Microsoft's fault - I understand part of it is just the nature of the business - but you know, Apple revolutionized the smartphone business not just with the hardware and the software but also with the way that they're now presenting this stuff to users and updating the system over time, providing new functionality. This is something that doesn't happen with other smartphones and it's the type of thing where I can go to a Microsoft event and they can announce a new version of Windows Mobile, and that thing, I won't see it in a store for another, you know, at the time, 18 months. That's ridiculous. That's ridiculous. Yeah, s**w 'em. If a Windows Mobile device was better than an iPhone I would use it, but you would have to show me that device."

Wow. Guess even Balmer hath no fury as a Windows pundit scorn...

While his original iPhone 1.0 review was mixed (or honest, as he claims, in the face of too many softball reviews from others), it slowly improved with firmware 1.3, and now with the beta of 2.0... Well, we'll let iThurrott speak for himself:

More →

UPDATED! iPhone 2.0 Firmware Pwned: Full Jailbreak and Unlock

Gizmodo raises the Jolly Roger this morning with news that the scurvy Pwned Project DevTeam has forced the iPhone SDK beta firmware to walk the plank:

  • Jailbreak? Aye.
  • Unlock? Aye Aye.
  • Unsigned Apps? JAR!

Old applications will need to be updated to the new APIs, but by using a firmware patch rather than hack, DevTeam believes this Jailbreak will be hard for Apple to counter. Prepare to be boarded!

Has the DevTeam got Apple's treasure for good this time or is Cap'n Jobs already coming around, cannons primed? The cat and mouse game continues!

UPDATE: Ars Technica explains:

The new exploit works by taking advantage of the boot loading process on the iPhone, using the AppleImage2NorAccess extension to load a custom firmware to the device in the same way that the standard restore process works. After the patched firmware has been written to the device and restarted, any unsigned app can be loaded and run.

Catch the video after the break!

More →

iPhone Win Design Awards

Ive's name be praised, for Apple Inc. has won eight (count'em - 8!) design awards at CeBIT 2008, including the universe-denting iPhone and its miniscule Bluetooth headset companion.

Also taking home the prize were Apple's iPods Nano, Classic, and Touch, USB and Bluetooth Keyboards, and the all new, aluminum and glass iMac.

More →

Apple vs. RIM: Lowdown on the "Push" Throw-down!

Analysts Rob Sanderson and Shaw Wu step up to the line for two rounds of bare-knuckle Apple vs. RIM enterprise assessments. Brought to us by the always excellent team at Apple Insider, both analysts start us off with the "tale of the (architecture) tape:

More →