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  • iPhone Firmware 2.0 - Discussion


    Apple announced iPhone firmware 2.0 (which is just marketing, btw - its 1.2, not 2.0. Unless they plan on going from 1.2 to 2.0 between now and June) Thursday, which will be released in June. Specific dates have not been made available yet, I'm sure it will depend on how fast they can get it finished (my Time Capsule shipped "in February" - which meant Feb 29th, heh).

    We posted it yesterday in the SDK quasi-liveblog thread, but I'd like to have a thread specifically for the new firmware, not for the SDK.

    Some highlights:
    • Native support for Microsoft Exchange and ActiveSync.
    • Ability to store web apps locally. This is a big deal - the SDK will allow for building of web apps which can be saved offline and ran when not connected to the net.
    • AppStore, of course, allows you to download and install 3rd party apps straight from your iPhone. (Installer, Cydia).
    • Major code differences compared to previous firmware versions. Erica took a look at the SDK, and said the headers/frameworks are very different, which many of the DRP guys have also confirmed. What does this mean to you? Existing 3rd party applications will have to be rewritten a bit to get them working on the new firmware, so when it initially comes out, and is jailbroken, we'll be waiting a bit for unofficial apps to come back out.

    Since I know you'll all ask even though there's no way of telling yet - WHO KNOWS how long the jailbreak and unlock will take. Not I. This isn't to say it will take long, just that we don't have any way of knowing right now until it gets in the hands of the proper dev's and hackers. The firmware IS being released as a beta according to Apple, which has gone out to "thousands of developers," so that's a possible headstart.

    There's still a huge international community of iPhoners, so don't expect jailbreak and unlocking to go anywhere. Also no word yet on whether AppStore will work on non-ATT iPhone's, such as all us T-Mobile iPhone owners. Members of the DRP Dev Team have found that the new XCode release knows if your iPhone has been activated on ATT or not, so that may speak ill for non-ATT folk wanting to access AppStore. Just another hurdle to jump.

    Thoughts?
    This article was originally published in forum thread: iPhone Firmware 2.0 - Discussion started by Kyle Matthews View original post
    Comments 70 Comments
    1. bigalpimp's Avatar
      bigalpimp -
      is the 2.0 firmware being realeased for the older 8gb iphones? im confused. or is it just being realeased with the new 3G phones
    1. MattMac's Avatar
      MattMac -
      Quote Originally Posted by bigalpimp View Post
      is the 2.0 firmware being realeased for the older 8gb iphones? im confused. or is it just being realeased with the new 3G phones
      Pretty sure it's coming out for the first gen too...
    1. bunnywhi7e's Avatar
      bunnywhi7e -
      So I'm using T-Mobile and unlocked my 8 gigger with Ziphone + iBrickr. My current firmware is 1.1.4. How can I upgrade to this 2.0 firmware when it's out ?
    1. My_Name_Is_Neo's Avatar
      My_Name_Is_Neo -
      Quote Originally Posted by bunnywhi7e View Post
      So I'm using T-Mobile and unlocked my 8 gigger with Ziphone + iBrickr. My current firmware is 1.1.4. How can I upgrade to this 2.0 firmware when it's out ?
      I just got the power to see the future.. wow!! future is so good...
    1. MattMac's Avatar
      MattMac -
      Quote Originally Posted by My_Name_Is_Neo View Post
      I just got the power to see the future.. wow!! future is so good...
      That's a bit of a rude post noob.

      @ bunnywhi7e, we'll probably use PwnageTool or WinPwn, depending on you computer's OS. ZiPhone, iLiberty and iDemocracy will be a bit behind. But no one can be sure yet...
    1. Wil'siphone's Avatar
      Wil'siphone -
      Can't wait 4 genius 2 jailbreak this 2.0 firmware.

      Keep up the good work guys
    1. reeko's Avatar
      reeko -
      all this talk about jailbreaking, but did anyone watch the keynote or listen to it?

      the appstore will have an enterprise option, for businesses. whats to say our business isnt everyone and the iphones aloud to download from our enterprise are every iphone on the planet.

      would be like repo's, but through the appstore.

      unlocking would be the major problem i forsee....
    1. DoubleD's Avatar
      DoubleD -
      I think Reeko is right we may not even have to jailbreak after 2.0. We will either have to fake a digital signature so the phone/iTunes thinks the app is legit or we will be able to use the enterprise route to get apps to the phone through iTunes.
    1. IvanRaide's Avatar
      IvanRaide -
      Question about firmware 2.0 and the notification stuff. During the Keynote did you notice they talk about the lack of background daemons in the SDK can how getting notifications is a problem. So they build a notification server?

      Now, it is possible that this is a control mechanism so that you must be a valid activated iPhone user to use the notification system and that the Exchange PUSH uses that notification engine as well?

      Basically, does anyone know using the 2.,0 betas if the Exchange Server is doing the iMap push or is it getting it from somewhere else, (like an Apple server)???

      Cause that would SUCK!
    1. reeko's Avatar
      reeko -
      so basically only communicating with legitimately activated iphones?

      that would suck, i cant see apple going that far out of their way. that is completely and utterly apples side of things, and when it comes to apps etc. they are just going to want to sell as many as possible.

      i think any iphone that is activated/hactivated and unlocked will be able to use the iphone to its full potential as before.

      i went into apple today to buy a wireless keyboard and asked 2 geniuses about the iphone 3g on pay as you go, and they looked at eachother a bit un-reasuuringly as if they couldnt see it happening and they said "we dont know anything yet about price, but they think they are going to be able to offer PAYG". i know its only 2 apple workers and they probably dont know all that much right now but thought i would mention this...