Hackers jailbreak unreleased iPhone software

The cat and mouse game between Apple and the iPhone hackers just keeps playing, with those crafty coders over at the iPhone Dev Team informing us that they’ve managed to jailbreak Apple’s unreleased future software patch for the mobile gadget.

The developers wrote: “The second beta of firmware version 2.2 has been out for a few days. It looks like Apple still doesn’t have a fix for devices already prone to the pwnage jailbreak and unlock.”

What’s the deal here? Effectively, the iPhone Dev Team is subverting the iPhone’s security in order that users can choose to employ their Apple gadget on alternative carrier networks than the officially sanctioned mobile telcos, and also in order to enable those who wish to to install applications on the device beyond those available on the App Store.

Naturally, that’s where it grows interesting for music and media – with Apple not yet prepared to open up the iPod features on the device to third-party developers, jailbreaking is the only way to install alternative music or internet access apps on the device.

Apple’s presently in beta software is anticipated to ship in the coming few weeks and to offer a bunch of tasty enhancements, including support for Google Street View and more.

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