Apple released new software for the iPhone 3G last Friday. The iPhone 2.2 software update adds Street View to the Google Maps application along with better directions when travelling on foot or by car, improved call quality, the ability to download podcasts over the air, and an enhanced Safari web browser with integrated search bar.
But now the iPhone Dev team, a group of coding experts, have found a way to circumvent the security features build into the latest software update, meaning iPhone owners can “hack” their handset to install a wide variety of software and applications to the device that aren’t available through Apple’s approved App Store.
Ever since the iPhone was first launched in June 2007, some users have sought to hack their handsets to run whatever programs and software they wanted. But with each new software update from Apple, owners of “jailbroken” iPhones faced the possibility that their hacked iPhone may no longer work. Teams of coders are constantly working on ways to circumvent Apple’s updates to allow jailbroken iPhone owners to continue using their devices.
Apple’s chief executive, Steve Jobs, had hoped that allowing third-party developers to create useful programs for the iPhone and sell them through the official App Store might have put paid to the “cat and mouse game” surrounding attempts to hack the free iPhone operating system. “We try to stay ahead. People will try to break in, and it’s our job to stop them breaking in,” he said.
But some iPhone owners still prefer to hack their handsets in order to access additional features and software not available on non-jailbroken phones, such as the ability to record video through the iPhone’s built-in camera, the ability to copy and paste text between applications, and even to add an external keyboard to the device for easier typing of text messages.
More than 200 million applications have been downloaded from the official Apple application store since it launched in July.
Originally posted at: Telegraph.co.uk