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iPhone 3G: An iPhone Hacker’s Worst Nightmare

June 11th, 2008 · 5 Comments · Apple, iPhone, Mods, Unlocked

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Yes people, the future of iPhone jailbreaking and unlocking looks very bleak. Apple is really making it hard to continue unlocking and jailbreaking with their new iPhone 3G.

Apple has stated that all iPhone customers (at least in the U.S.) will have to have a contract with AT&T. They will not allow anyone to leave their friendly (not for long) Apple Sore or AT&T retail store with an iPhone 3G without first signing a 2 year contract with the very expensive carrier, AT&T. Now this seems like a very harsh measure to prevent unlocking.

Now the new iPhone may look cool on the outside, but on the inside, it is a hackers very worst nightmare. Apple has fixed the hardware bootloader vulnerability that brought upon the first unlock. The vulnerability used by George Hotz (Geo Hot) back in 2007 when the iPhone was just a few months old. Also, the iPhone is now completely sealed up tight. (Like the iPod touch) It no longer has the super easy to open casing that the 1st Generation iPhone had/has. At this point it looks like iPhone unlocking via hardware will not happen at all.

Firmware 2.0, it looks like Apple finally got it right, right? Yes they did, but not so much in the features, but in their firmware’s security. They have switched to IMG 3 signing. They are most likely put special DRM protection on all Applications on the App Store (Which will debut on July 27). So now what? Well, my suggestion is, keep your iPhone if you are on T-Mobile (U.S.) or on any other carrier not authorized by Apple. Or if you want the new iPhone 3G, I suggest selling it to other people (Like me) rather that trading it in at Apple. (Apple is allowing people who purchased an iPhone after March 27 to trade their iPhone in for a new iPhone 3G. The only downfall? You have to pay 10% of your iPhone’s buying price just so they can take it.)

The iPhone 3G will be cheaper, but the plans will be more expensive. There will be no escape from AT&T and Apple. So bottom line is….iPhone unlocking and jailbreaking will not be a full scale thing….Apple will make sure of that.

-Alan Vazquez


5 Comments so far ↓

  • Peter

    I don`t get? Why unlocking the thing if it will be free? Or how do you think Apple will manage the “Free” phones like from Vodafone Italy, where the phone is going to be sold for 499€ without contract. That phone MUST be fre!

    No more unlocking necessary..

    Ang for jailbreaking? Why? Instead of Installer we will have the Appstore..

  • Jerome

    I hate the AT&T Contract, but I love the iPhone! One day soon, immediately after the 3G release, hackers can surely develop an unlocking software for that..

  • Alan Vazquez

    Peter: Are you in Italy? What country are you in? The iPhone 3G isn’t free, or cheaper for that matter, it is subsidized. As in, the iPhone 3G may look cheap (or free, depending on where you live) but it really isn’t, you will have to pay more for the monthly plans. The carrier’s rates will be much higher, so in essence, you are really paying for an iPhone that is more expensive than the current iPhone. The carrier’s just spread the true cost of the iPhone 3G over a 2 (or 3) year period.

  • Alan Vazquez

    Jerome: I agree. I really do hope that the iPhone Dev Team will jailbreak the new iPhone 3G. It would be a shame if iPhone jailbreaking and unlocking would be no more.

    Peter: Also, in regards to the Installer app being replaced by the App Store. I don’t really agree with you on that one. The reason is that, we won’t see the same creativity as we are seeing now with the As in, most of the apps will look very much alike. Plus there is the matter of the “Store” part. That is the part that is going to suck. I don’t want to pay for applications , when I can get similar applications completely free in Installer.

  • shane

    listen in the world of hacking anything can be broken or hacked if it man made…
    it is software thats all if there is a will there is a way nothing is lockable

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