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iTunes 8 blocks jailbreaking (for now)

There’s a very interesting post at the iPhone Dev Team blog today, concerning iTunes 8 blocking the current Pwnage process. It appears that Apple is taking steps to prevent owners jailbreaking their devices by blocking the use of modified IPSW files. The Dev Team already have a patch available to allow iTunes 8 on a Mac to jailbreak an iPod Touch, and all the other combinations are expected in the next week. Once again, thanks to the iPhone Dev Team for their continued work in freeing our devices.

Engadget have covered this news today and are asking how relevant jailbreaking is now, with the wider availability of the 3G iPhone and useful software in the App Store. I guess the real question here is do we want an appliance or a pocket computer? I never had a problem with previous iPod’s being a locked system where you bought the device and it did what the box said. The iPod Touch and iPhone are different beasts (since they run Mac OS), and I want to be able to access the file system. There is so much potential in these devices that it seems a shame to lock them down and restrict their use to what Apple decides and approves. I want to theme my iPod. I want to browse the filesystem and see how it works. I want the option of using any app I choose. And most important, I want textReader for my eBook fix.

And while I’m mentioning Engadget, wasn’t that Apple special event coverage on Tuesday just a bit too sarcastic?

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  1. September 12, 2008 at 3:35 am | #1

    uhhh……..i’m using itunes 8 and I have restored countless times with modifed firmwares (windows) maybe you should check with a windows machine and see if it is similar there too.

  2. basshead
    September 12, 2008 at 8:34 am | #2

    Was this on an iPod with unmodified 2.1 firmware?

  3. Matt
    September 13, 2008 at 3:38 pm | #3

    Well, it’s interesting because it still bewilders me why Apple won’t approve an app like Customize, because it would do great in sales. No, it would do AMAZING in sales. Even a version of Customize that was toned-down a little bit, maybe so that you could only change the spring board wallpaper, at the very least. ANYTHING would be nice.

    The point is, if Apple would only get themselves some balls and actually put on the applications that users want, they’d do some much better than they already do!

  4. basshead
    September 13, 2008 at 4:05 pm | #4

    I fully agree, it’s ridiculous that a device in 2008 doesn’t support appearance customisation. Most mobile phones have had the ability for a while, and any computer supports wallpapers and some icon changes. Mac’s can be customised with apps like Candybar for Icons and Kameleon for window appearance.
    How much demand there is for theming support on the iPhone? It appears to be doing quite well with the apps Apple does let us have. Much like a Windows or Mac PC I suspect that theming is a minor interest, as 99% of computer users I meet seem to stick with standard themes and sometimes change wallpapers.
    Maybe a feature for firmware 3 next July?

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