On July 4th, the United States' Independence Day, hackers announced they had achieved iPhone independence from AT&T and Apple - at least for the purpose of activating the phone. Owners who had purchased the iPhone but refused to initiate a service contract with AT&T were able to download a tool provided by the iPhone Dev Wiki which would unlock their iPhone, changing it from an "iBrick" into a useable iPod and WiFi device. Still, much remained to be done. There was no direct access to the iPhone's filesystem and thus no ability to use non-AT&T iPhone SIM cards or install third party software.
Though hackers who have tasked themselves with the unlocking of the iPhone still have much to do, recently a big leap was made towards the ultimate goal of a fully unlocked iPhone. Less than a week after unlocking the iPhone's activation process, the iPhone Dev Wiki team has released a new software tool called iPhoneInterface which allows full access to the iPhone's filesystem. As proof, a picture of an iPhone with the Safari icon moved on the home screen was provided.
So, what does this mean for the average iPhone user? Well, for those not attempting to