The story is burning all the Apple related pages. Although Apple officials say, their iPhone 4G prototype has been stolen, Gizmodo.com argues it has been lost by an Apple employee named Gray Powell. Powell is a developer at Apple and currently he works on Apple’s latest baseband.
It seems Powell has lost the device in the german restaurant Gourmet Haus Staudt in Redwood City, California, after having had too much of our wonderful german beer.
Anyway Gizmodo.com now got their hands on the device and show what it’s got. Sadly they cannot get past the “connect to iTunes” logo because the device has been deactivated over the air obviously using mobile me.
We feel like the iPhone Dev Team or GeoHot should get their hands on that device. Until further news enjoy Gizmodo’s vid:
Egyptian neurosurgeon Sherif Hashim seems to have found something very interesting. He found a way to actually crash the iPhone’s baseband 05.12.01 of the latest firmware update 3.1.3.
MuscleNerd of the iPhone Dev Team has confirmed this bug. Though the iPhone Dev Team posted later today that they cannot tell if this bug actually leads to an unlock. The iPhone Dev Team also warns for potential scammers trying to rip us off.
More information to come. Congrats to Egypt! Nice find…
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We’ve been offering redsn0w in various incarnations over the years (including poorlad’s Windows version of QuickPwn). The most recent release before this one was redsn0w 0.8, which targeted Apple firmware 3.0/3.0.1.
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iPhone unlocking seems to be a large market. Say any of these companies sold 5,000 unlocks (which is a quite conservative estimation). For an average price of 25US$. This makes 125,000US$ for setting up a stupid internet page with stolen and repackaged content.
Some hours ago GeoHot released his unlock answer to the latest baseband of Apple’s iPhones. Now with BlackRa1n jailbreaking of firmware 3.12 and with BlackSn0w unlocking of baseband 05.11.07 is a hitch for almost everyone. Kudos fly out to notorious GeoHot.
A video appeared showing that SIM locked Palm Pre’s from the UK seems to have been unlocked using a proxy SIM solution called RebelSIM. There is no further detailed information about if this is a safe unlock like with the proxy SIMs for the first gen iPhones or i RebelSIM cards use IMSI fake IDs.
In general we suppose to be cautious with proxy SIM solutions. Why? Basically it’s the same with the proxy SIM cards for iPhones (read here).
A software unlock – meaning a binary code modification of the baseband – is almost always the better solution from a technical point of view, but it on the way to being able to patch the baseband many other issues can occur.
So for people who are desperate for a Palm Pre: get yourself the german factory unlocked version and learn to live with a QWERTZ keyboard. It much less hassle imho.
That means all carrier or SIM locked iPhones around the globe running this latest firmware can be used with different SIM cards from different carriers. Thus making holidays no roaming fee horror show.
Information about the unlock procedures will be released on BlackRa1n.comon Nov 04, 2009. Until then, enjoy GeoHot’s video proof:
Kudos fly out to GeoHot. Standing work, dude. But why the hell is there always Snow, Rain, Snow, Rain. Why no sunshine, guys?