updated 01:55 pm EDT, Mon October 8, 2007
iPhone 1.1.1 jailbreak
iPhone/iTouch Dev members, who have been working steadily for weeks, say they have discovered a way to "jailbreak" iPhone 1.1.1 (i.e., to enable file-level access to the OS on the device). The developers are quick to note however that the jailbreak is nowhere near ready for official release, rendering many applications inoperable until they are recompiled and disabling the iTunes Store without "major hacking." Apple launched the iPhone in June with a policy that allowed only Web-based applications to run on its cellular phone, but hackers quickly found ways to circumvent this restriction which they termed jailbreaking and began feverishly writing "native" applications for iPhone which ran using the device's trimmed Mac OS X operating system. Apple in turn released a statement warning iPhone owners that unlocking their handsets for use with other carriers could damage the devices, rendering them inoperable. Shortly after the press release spread Apple issued an update -- iPhone 1.1.1 -- which rendered numerous unlocked iPhones useless.
On the upside the team says Mobile Terminal App works on iPhone 1.1.1, and that the entire BSD suite of software still works along with standard command-line utilities compiled for the ARM architecture. Team members also add that the iPhone has been activated via third-party workarounds. [Via TUAW]