Quick Byte: Free iPhone Unlock; Gizmodo Has the Scoop

The ability to unlock your iPhone without paying a fee has just been achieved by the iPhone Dev Team, Gizmodo reports

The folks over at Gizmodo are also mirroring the files as the original servers were straining under the load.


Quick Byte: iPod Touch vs iPhone

The Unofficial Apple Weblog (TUAW) has a good little article comparing the iPod Touch and the iPhone.

Cost, form-factor, Hackability, EDGE – which one is right for you?

Apple Indifferent to 3rd Party iPhone Hacks

Apple marketing representative Greg Joswiak has said that ‘Apple doesn’t oppose native software development’ in a recent discussion with Gearlog.com’s Sasha Segan.iPhone in hand

However, he later clarified that Apple doesn’t necessarily “like” or “support” 3rd party hacks, and that future “software updates will most likely break” native applications on the iPhone and iPod Touch.

Joswiak added iPod Touch does not have Bluetooth, and there are currently no games in development for the moment.

He cited the inexperience Apple has with the iPhone platform compared to the Macintosh as the main reason why most 3rd party apps will break when the platform is updated.

It remains clear that the iPhone / iPod Touch is a new, solid platform for Apple in the next generation of mobile devices.

Now we’d love it if we here at ZSO could get it here down under; while squeezing 3G and 16GB into it within the next year… surely not too much to ask, Apple?

VoIP on iPod Touch? A Possibility

We’d love to see VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol) on an iPod Touch, as this would give some phone-esque functionality while saving that $100.

Some say that VoIP may work by hacking it to accept the iPhone earphones and mic. Aparently someone has already got Skype working on the iPhone.

As the OS is similar between the devices, according to Apple, then this may also be possible on the iPod Touch.

We will just have to wait and see.

1 Million iPhones for Apple

Apple has declared in a small press release they have reached their target of 1 Million iPhones by the end of the current month.

From the press release:

“One million iPhones in 74 days—it took almost two years to achieve this milestone with iPod,” said Steve Jobs, Apple’s CEO. “We can’t wait to get this revolutionary product into the hands of even more customers this holiday season.”

It would seem that Apple has sold more than half a million iPhones since August 1, due to market research.

More affordable iPhone, Jobs Open Letter

Another little tiff that has many consumers hot under the collar is the slashing of the iPhone’s price in the US – $399, down from $599 when it was released two months ago.

Apple has dropped the 4GB model completely, citing lack of demand.

Many iPhone buyers who wanted to be some of the first were understandably annoyed at the sudden and drastic drop, and many demanded compensation.

Steve Jobs himself responded with an open letter, giving iPhone customers $100 store credit for the Apple online store.

Justifying the drop, Jobs said:

I am sure that we are making the correct decision to lower the price of the 8GB iPhone from $599 to $399, and that now is the right time to do it. iPhone is a breakthrough product, and we have the chance to ‘go for it’ this holiday season. iPhone is so far ahead of the competition, and now it will be affordable by even more customers.

The technology road is bumpy. If you always wait for the next price cut or to buy the new improved model, you’ll never buy any technology product because there is always something better and less expensive on the horizon.

We want to do the right thing for our valued iPhone customers. We apologize for disappointing some of you, and we are doing our best to live up to your high expectations of Apple.

He does have a point there – you have to expect the price of technology to drop, and drop hard within a short timeframe.

A one-third drop though? That’s pretty steep, but Jobs is being generous.

iPhone Patent Deal Signed Between Apple and Interdigital

Recently Apple signed a 7-year patent-licensing agreement with technology-developer InterDigital, for around $20 million plus ongoing royalties.

Currently InterDigital is said to be focusing efforts on developing technology for HSDPA (high-speed downlink packet access) standards that power faster 3G networks.

This would imply that Apple does have a 3G enabled iPhone or has one in the works, which is hardly surprising.