Though details are still sketchy, it looks like a few users have put together free unlock solutions for the iPhone that will allow the device to be used on carriers other than AT&T.
Windows FreeiPhoneUnlock.com has instructions that are a bit complex and require iBrickr, iUnlock, nor, ICE03.14.08_G.fls, minicom, minirc.dfl, bbupdater, WinSCP and putty -- all of these files are accesible via download links on the page.
I woke on September 11, 2001 to the news of the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon and the loss of UA Flight 93 in Pennsylvania.
I went in to work that morning, but nobody was getting any work done, and I couldn't concentrate, so I went home again.
While watching the news coverage, I wrote and emailed a letter to the San Jose Mercury News and several nationally-recognized newspapers. I don't actually know if my letter was printed anywhere else, but the Mercury News contacted me later that day and… Read more
In a PC Magazine interview with Apple's Vice President of Hardware Product Marketing, Greg Joswiak, the executive said (though the is paraphrased and not quoted directly) that Apple is taking a neutral stance on native iPhone applications, and won't intentionally work to break their functionality or block their installation, though these breakages may be the unintended side effect of Apple software updates.
Sascha Segan, who spoke with Joswiak, writes:
"I asked him about independent, native software development for the iPhone. He said Apple doesn't oppose native application development, which was new to me. Rather, Apple takes … Read more
Less than a week after they were announced, ringtones are now available for purchase through the iTunes Store, and several new features have popped up in iTunes to take advantage of the functionality.
First of all, you can now search through your current iTunes library to search for purchased tracks that are eligible for ringtone creation. While viewing your iTunes library. Go to the "View" menu and select "View options...," then check the box next to Ringtones.
Click the "OK" button, and you'll be presented with the following dialog box:
You can now … Read more
After weeks of anticipation and doubt, the iPhoneSimFree software unlock -- which purportedly allows the device to be used on carriers other than AT&T in the United States and in other countries -- is now for sale through a number of resellers, but not from iPhoneSimFree directly.
Pricing is variable -- some are offering the software unlock for $US50, others for US$100 (adjusted for different currencies). Some companies are also offering 50 license bulk package, with prices starting at US$2000. Current resellers include:iPhoneWorldwideUnlockÂ in Australia 1digitalphone in Germany iPhone4arab.com in Saudi Arabia … Read more
Add this to the list of differences between the iPhone and iPod Touch: apparently the latter's calendar application does not have the capability to add events directly from the device. Instead, calendar events must be synchronized from a host Mac or PC. This speculation stems from depictions of the iPod Touch on Apple's Web site in which the calendar app lacks the plus (" ") button of the iPhone's calendar app.
Several posters to Apple's Discussion boards have also noted that marketing text on Apple's iPod Touch site that previously mentioned "entering calendar events&… Read more
Nullriver Software, the creators of AppTapp/Installer.app -- a package that makes installing third-party native applications on the iPhone a breeze (per our guide) -- has announced that it is merging AppTapp with the PXL Package System and making the whole shebang open-source. Essentially this means that there will be one primary package management system for the iPhone.
A notice from the company reads:
"This new solution will be based on the current AppTapp Installer, with improvements as suggested by the PXL developers and Nullriver.
"The core of the AppTapp Installer will become a Framework (or library) … Read more
Apple issued a brief press release today noting that it has sold its 1 millionth iPhone, 74 days after its introduction on June 29. Steve Jobs is quoted:
"One million iPhones in 74 daysâ??it took almost two years to achieve this milestone with iPod. We canâ??t wait to get this revolutionary product into the hands of even more customers this holiday season."
Apple has released iTunes 7.4.1 (Mac, Windows) which appears to serve no purpose other than disabling the trick that allowed files renamed with an .m4r extension to be used as ringtones without separate purchase under iTunes 7.4 (released earlier this week).
Meanwhile, iToner -- a tool for transferring ringtones to the iPhone without hacking or jailbreaking -- has been updated (version 1.0.1) to resolve an issue where ringtones transferred by it were deleted by synchronization with iTunes 7.4.