We haven't covered the latest in the hacking front here at Phone different for a few reasons:

  1. Dieter was busy this week
  2. Rene dare not fiddle with his unlocked iPhone let it get bricked and he not be able to use it up there in Canadaland
  3. Chad, Brian, and Casey are not madmen, they like their iPhones just they way they are, thank you very much.

Anyhow, here's the deal. If you're on a Mac, you can now go download the iPhone Pwnage Tool1. What does it do? Well, it's a full-on way to load any firmware (i.e. version of the iPhone OS) you want, including versions not even made by Apple (should some such version arise). Supposedly this will be remarkably difficult for Apple to lock down in the future. Naturally, the firmware we all are interested in is the current Beta of the 2.0 firmware. I'll be making this my weekend project, so stay tuned to see if I have a new 2.0 Hands-On or a new Paperweight Hands-On.

Engadget brings us this video (embedded below) of the action as well:

1 That's pronounced "Ownage," if you're wondering, as in "Hey n00b, I'm totally like, gonna like, pwn joo n00b."