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Thread: Installing OSX Device Drivers to iPhone

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    Default Installing OSX Device Drivers to iPhone
    Has anyone tried or successfully attempted to install third-party peripherals to the iPhone that are usually for regular OSX-based computers?

    In other words, say you went out, purchased a USB or FireWire CDROM. Is there a way to install the OSX drivers for that onto the iPhone then somehow hook it up and possibly write a program to access it? I'm sorry if this is completely ridiculous, but the Apple iPhone SDK website is currently down, so I can't even dig thru their documentation right now.

    If this is possible, I'm assuming you need to jailbreak. Is this a valid statement?

    ~~EDIT~~

    NetMage says no for the obvious reasons (ARM processor, d'oh!)

    My next question:

    Since the SDK site is down still, I wanted to know if there's a way to send data back and forth via either the USB or FireWire pins on the datacable to whatever.

    In other words, I write a program. I hit a button on the screen and it sends a stream of bits out. I can also send streams of bits in to the iPhone and my program can read them. Is this possible?
    Last edited by Epon; 2008-08-29 at 04:38 PM.

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    Completely ridiculous

    The iPhone runs an ARM processor. Desktop Macs run either Intel or PowerPC. Code isn't compatible.
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    Quote Originally Posted by NetMage View Post
    Completely ridiculous

    The iPhone runs an ARM processor. Desktop Macs run either Intel or PowerPC. Code isn't compatible.
    Thank you. I neglected to take that into consideration.

    Ok, so here's my next question. Since the SDK site is down still, I wanted to know if there's a way to send data back and forth via either the USB or FireWire pins on the datacable to whatever.

    In other words, I write a program. I hit a button on the screen and it sends a stream of bits out. I can also send streams of bits in to the iPhone and my program can read them. Is this possible?

  5. #4
    It is possible.

    You will have to join the iPod dock connector program, which I think is really expensive.
    Starlight Computer Wizardry
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