Apple Modifies iPhone BootROM on 3GS Models to Stop Hacking Efforts

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Date: Thursday, October 15th, 2009, 04:56
Category: iPhone, Software

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If you can’t beat them on software, change the BootROM. Per iClarified, Apple has taken an usual step in its efforts to stop groups from hacking its iPhone hardware and installed a modified iPhone 3GS BootROM. The report noted that the new iPhone is no longer vulnerable to the so-called “24kpwn” exploit.

Over the years, it’s this exploit that hackers have used to jailbreak the iPhone. With the most recent update, they will have to find another way to hack the device.

Jailbreaking of the iPhone is nothing new, but it has been an ongoing battle between Apple and the hacking community since the first iPhone was released. It seems whenever a new version of the iPhone OS is released, Apple breaks the most recent hacks.

However, within days or weeks, the hacking community comes out with a “fix” and the cycle starts all over again. There is no word yet on how the community will get around the latest update.

Apple Releases Performance Update 1.0 Patch for Certain Macs

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Date: Thursday, October 15th, 2009, 03:46
Category: Hardware, Software

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Early Thursday, Apple released Performance Update 1.0, a firmware fix for Macs experiencing occasional hard drive stalls under the Mac OS X 10.5 and Mac OS X 10.6 operating systems.

The patch, a 300 kilobyte download available via Software Update, affects the following machines:

– MacBook Air (Mid 2009)
– MacBook Pro (17-inch, Mid 2009)
– MacBook Pro (13-inch, Mid 2009)
– MacBook Pro (15-inch, Mid 2009)
– MacBook Pro (15-inch, 2.53GHz, Mid 2009)
– iMac (20-inch, Mid 2009)
– MacBook Pro (17-inch, Early 2009)
– MacBook (13-inch, Early 2009), MacBook (13-inch, Mid 2009)
– MacBook (13-inch, Aluminum, Late 2008)
– MacBook Air (Late 2008)
– MacBook Pro (15-inch, Late 2008)
– iMac (24-inch, Early 2009)
– iMac (20-inch, Early 2009)
– Mac mini (Early 2009)

The update requires Mac OS X 10.5 or Mac OS X 10.6.1 (for the Snow Leopard version) to install and run.

If you’ve tried the update, please let us know how it worked in the comments.