Friday, March 14, 2008

IPhone Dev Team 'Pwns' Apple's SDK

PwnedThe folks who brought you the free iPhone unlocking AnySIM 1.1 ultility back in October are working hard on a new pet project appropriately titled "Pwnage."

According to the the iPhone Dev Team, these new tools will eventually allow developers to bypass Apple's official distribution channel for native applications. Additionally, those who decide to 'pwn' their own iPhones will be able to upload all the dirty (non-Apple approved) apps they desire.

"Well, Apple has had their turn, impressive work on SDK! And now it's ours…" reads a post on the iPhone Dev Team's web site.

According to the team, Pwnage is made possible by an exploit found in the lower levels of the iPhone and iPod Touch that can be used to allow unsigned code. "This opens the door to unlimited possibilities," the team notes. "Once your iPhone/iTouch has been 'pwned,' you can do things like installing custom made .ipsw files - straight from iTunes!"

With Apple reportedly giving the cold shoulder to developers who've applied for entry in the iPhone SDK beta program, it'll be interesting to see how many of them turn to the dark side.

If you're interested, the team has provided additional technical details about Pwnage on their site. Both tools are undergoing "intensive developing" and will be ready for public consumption soon.


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