Is it difficult to hack an iPad?

iPhone: Hack attempts much more difficult than expected

Shortly after Apple's first cell phone, the so-called iPhone, was launched, numerous hackers began to grapple with the device. The aim is to make the iPhone usable in connection with the SIM cards of other network operators. After the first successes were reported in the first week after the market launch, it is now clear that cracking the iPhone will be harder than initially expected. So far, the device can only be used as a kind of high-end iPod if you use it without a contract from the network operator AT&T.

The first thought up approach of modifying the iPhone's bootloader has failed for the time being. The background is that the code has to be signed with a 1024-bit RSA key, which could hardly be determined. Now the resourceful programmers are trying another idea.

The goal now is to develop an assembler program for the processor of the iPhone. If it is possible to overcome this hurdle, you can write your own programs for the cell phone. Then software to activate the device for other network operators would also be feasible - at least that's the plan.

So far, the device can only be used for phone calls in conjunction with a contract with the US network operator AT&T. AT&T had secured the exclusive rights to sell the iPhone in the USA. An "activation" would make it possible to use the iPhone with another provider from Europe or Asia.

The road to full opening still seems long, but further progress is being made in efforts to make the Apple cell phone more "docile". Since last week there has been a small program with which you can play your own ringtones on the device.

WinFuture picture gallery:Apple iPhone

Recommend this message