A well-known hacker claims to have overcome restrictions on Apple’s iPhone, allowing highly technical users to bypass AT&T’s network to use the phone’s Internet and music features.
In a post dated July 3 on his blog, Jon Johansen, 23, a prolific hacker of consumer electronics gadgets since he was a teenager in Norway, said “I’ve found a way to activate a brand new unactivated iPhone” without signing up for AT&T service.
“The iPhone does not have phone capability, but the iPod and Wi-Fi work. Stay tuned!” he wrote on his long-running blog, which is combatively named “So Sue Me.” The post was entitled “iPhone Independence Day,” a play on the July 4 U.S. holiday.
The site contained technical details for other hackers, as well as links to software necessary to complete the process.+ Read Full Article
“I need it because, I need it …!”
The Apple iPhone is a multimedia/Internet-enabled phone announced by Apple CEO Steve Jobs during the keynote address at the Macworld Conference & Expo on January 9, 2007. The iPhone has a scheduled US release date of June 2007, (later outside the US) and will be available from the Apple Store and from Cingular Wireless. iPhone has a planned launch price of US$499 for the 4 GB model and $599 for the 8 GB model, based on a two-year service contract. The iPhone’s functions include those of a camera phone, a multimedia player, mobile telephone, and Internet services like e-mail, text messaging, web browsing and wireless connectivity. iPhone input is accomplished via touchscreen with virtual keyboard and buttons. The iPhone is a quad-band GSM phone, though Jobs mentioned in his keynote that Apple has a “plan to make 3G phones” in the future. Apple has filed over 200 patents related to the technology behind the iPhone.
Touch screen The 3.5-inch (8.9cm) display (320×480 px at 160 ppi) touch screen is specifically created for use with a finger, or multiple fingers for multi-touch sensing. No stylus is needed, nor can one be used, as the touch screen requires bare skin to operate.
Phone The iPhone allows conferencing, call holding, call merging, caller ID, and integration with other cellular network features and iPhone functions. For example, a playing song fades out when the user receives a call. Once the call is ended the music fades back seamlessly.
|[flv:http://shots.ikbis.com/video/9248/phone_calls_f_20070109.flv 250 250] – Making Calls||[flv:http://shots.ikbis.com/video/17145/phone_sms_f_20070109.flv 250 250] – Writing SMS|
iPod The layout of the music library differs from previous iPods, with the sections divided more clearly alphabetically, and with a larger font. The Cover Flow, like that on iTunes, shows the different album covers in a scroll-through photo library. Scrolling is achieved by swiping a finger across the screen.
|[flv:http://shots.ikbis.com/video/9245/ipod_music_f_20070109.flv 250 250] – Playing Music||[flv:http://shots.ikbis.com/video/17147/phone_photos_f_20070109.flv 250 250] – Showing Photos|
Internet The iPhone has built-in WiFi, with which it will be able to access the Internet (through a wireless network) via the Safari browser. The iPhone will also be able to connect to the Internet through Cingular’s EDGE network. An agreement between Apple and Google provides for access to a specially modified version of Google Maps, see the video below.
|[flv:http://shots.ikbis.com/video/17042/internet_maps_f_20070109.flv 250 250] – Showing Maps||[flv:http://shots.ikbis.com/video/17151/internet_widgets_f_20070109.flv 250 250] – Internet Widgets|
Email The iPhone also features an HTML e-mail program, which enables the user to embed photos in an e-mail message.
And to see Apple CEO Steve Jobs who delivered the Macworld Conference & Expo Keynote Address. Here are some trimmed highlights of the show.
|[flv:http://youtube-107.vo.llnwd.net/d1/04/6B/ScJMBhgb790.flv 300 250] – Macworld Highlights|
+And the full videos by Youtube:
- Macworld 2007 – Steve Jobs Keynote Speech – Part 1
- Macworld 2007 – Steve Jobs Keynote Speech – Part 2
- Macworld 2007 – Steve Jobs Keynote Speech – Part 3
- Macworld 2007 – Steve Jobs Keynote Speech – Part 4
- Macworld 2007 – Steve Jobs Keynote Speech – Part 5
- Macworld 2007 – Steve Jobs Keynote Speech – Part 6
- Macworld 2007 – Steve Jobs Keynote Speech – Part 7
- Macworld 2007 – Steve Jobs Keynote Speech – Part 8
- Macworld 2007 – Steve Jobs Keynote Speech – Part 9
- Macworld 2007 – Steve Jobs Keynote Speech – Part 10
- Macworld 2007 – Steve Jobs Keynote Speech – Part 11
- Macworld 2007 – Steve Jobs Keynote Speech – Part 12
- iphone Keynote – Pt 1 (Intro)
- iPhone Keynote – Pt 2 (New UI – Leapfrog Product)
- iPhone Keynote – Pt 3 (iPhone Design)
- iPhone Keynote – Pt 4 (Widescreen iPod)
- iPhone Keynote – Pt 5 (Reinvent the Phone)
- iPhone Keynote – Pt 6 (SMS & Pictures)
- iPhone Keynote – Pt 7 (internet Communications Device)
- iPhone Keynote – Pt 8 (Safari)