Custom ringtones for the iPhone are here! Well, sort of. They're here if you a) don't mind a laborious 23 step process in order to get custom ringtones on your phone and b) don't mind taking actions to unlock and access your iPhone's filesystem - actions which could potentially void your warranty with Apple, and c) are an Intel mac user. So, those few nagging items aside, custom ringtones are here!
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
If you've been following the news surround the iPhone for the last week, you've no doubt read about the public outcry about the battery within the Apple iPhone, and Apple's replacement program.
Though the newly released Apple iPhone has seen a great deal of critical acclaim, it has by no means been impervious to criticism. Though naysayers have found many an iPhone shortcoming to nitpick about, critics and advocates alike have been able to agree wholeheartedly about two major iPhone omissions: support for AT&T's 3G (third generation) data network and the lack of GPS.
One of the big questions leading up to the iPhone's release was whether or not the iPhone would be able to display Adobe Flash within it's revolutionary Safari browser. As the launch neared, and since, we've all learned the answer was that it would not.
That seems likely to change in the near future. At least, that is, according to the Wall Street Journal's Walt Mossberg.