updated 10:15 am EST, Tue December 16, 2008
iPhone 3G unlock by Jan.
The iPhone Dev Team has announced that its long-awaited software unlock for the iPhone 3G should be released on New Year's Eve. The unlock has been completed, and is currently being packaged into a user-friendly application, expected to be no more complicated than other iPhone hacking applications such as QuickPwn and BootNeuter.
The unlock method will be available to all iPhone 3Gs running the v2.11.07 baseband or earlier, meaning any jailbroken iPhone 3G running the v2.1 firmware or lower. If a phone has been updated to the v2.2 firmware, the unlock will remain unavailable for the foreseeable future.
In a related observation, the Dev Team notes that yesterday's Mac OS X 10.5.6 update has been causing a few issues with recognizing an iPhone in DFU mode. The Team believes this to be a kernel bug, and not a direct hacking countermeasure by Apple. A few possible fixes have been posted on the group's blog, but the Team warns users to try them at their own risk.