Either ultra-confident in their legal team or just confident altogether, iPhoneSIMfree.com has announced that it will begin offering unlocks of Apple’s iPhone starting September 5th.
According to MacNN, the company won’t sell directly to iPhone owners and will only interact with iPhone resellers. Interested parties can expect to pay US$36 per phone for the first 50 licenses and US$25 per phone for 5,000 or more licenses. The service will have resellers and end users intall a .app file on the iPhone which will connect to iPhoneSIMfree’s back offices to enter information. This application can then be launched via the iPhone’s Wi-Fi feature, thereby completing the unlock.
iPhoneSIMSfree has demonstrated the unlock to CNN, which interviewed software consultant Brett Schulte. The unlock demonstration is said to have only taken about two minutes and allowed Schulte to swap an AT&T SIM card with a T-Mobile card.
Apple has declined to comment.
To date, iPhoneSIMfree has stated that they cannot guarantee that the unlock will remain through future firmware updates released by Apple. The unlock is current through version 1.0.2 of the iPhone firmware, but future updates may circumvent the unlock and return the handset to running exclusively on the AT&T wireless network.
If you have any thoughts or feedback on this, let us know in the comments or forums.
On Monday, Adium X, the open-source instant messaging client with support for multiple programs (including AOL Instant Messenger, ICQ, Jabber, MSN, Yahoo! Google Talk, Bonjour, etc.) was updated to version 1.1.2.
The new version, a 13.9 megabyte download, adds the following fixes and changes:
-Added preference to turn off the contact list animations (Preferences->Advanced->Contact List).
-Option+Close now closes all other tabs.
-Fixed a memory leak and potential visual glitch when viewing tooltips for contacts.
-Fixed display of AIM contacts after they return from being mobile via ‘forward to mobile’.
-Fixed retention of the ‘docked’ status of the contact list across launches.
-Fixed drawing glitches and improved performance in the Events preferences pane and Events tab of the Get Info window.
-Fixed default showing of offline contacts, which was turned on in 1.1. As of 1.1.2, this is off by default, as it was in versions of Adium prior to 1.1. This can always be changed from the View menu.
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In other news, Ambrosia Software released version 1.0.0 of iToner, its custom ringtone transfer utility for the iPhone.
With iToner, users can drag MP3 or AAC format files onto the iToner application window, click the “Sync” button and port the ringtones to the iPhone. Ambrosia has stated that the ringtones will continue to function even in the face of iPhone firmware updates.
iTones retails for US$15 and is available as a 2.7 megabyte download.
The application is programmed as a Universal Binary and can run at native speeds on both PowerPC and Intel-based hardware. iToner requires Mac OS X 10.4.10 or later to run.
If you’ve tried the program and have either positive or negative feedback, let us know in the comments or forums.
It’s one of the most useful chunks of shareware out there and where Windows Media Player for the Mac went south so many years ago, this filled in perfectly.
Flip4Mac, the popular shareware collection of Windows Media components for QuickTime, has been updated via a public beta of version 188.8.131.52 of the software.
The new version, a 7.6 megabyte download, resolves an issue with failed exports in Sorenson Squeeze.
Flip4Mac 184.108.40.206 is available for free but can go as high as US$179 depending on the version purchased. The new version requires Mac OS X 10.3.9 or later and QuickTime 6.5.1 or later to run.
If you’ve tried the new version or have two cents to chip in about Flip4Mac, let us know in the comments or forums
Filling in the category of “unexpected but kind of neat”, accessory manufacturer DLO has released OpenFM. The application, which is available for free, functions as a web site and allows web-based and iPhone users in the United States to find top-performing radio frequencies in their area.
OpenFM allows users to search by zip code or city/state and pulls up results from an active database of licensed FM broadcasters. According to MacMerc.com, the program uses a set of algorithms to match the database’s information against known locations of radio towers to determine the best FM frequencies to use. Returned results are categorized from “Best Bet” to “Good” to “OK”.
In addition to the iPhone application, DLO has also announced that it will be offering a web-based version as well as a widget version of OpenFM for Mac and Windows in the coming weeks.
If you’ve tried OpenFM or similar programs and have feedback, let us know in the comments or forums.
Late Wednesday, Apple released version 7.2.1 of its 802.11n-based AirPort Extreme Base Station firmware. The update, a 4.6 megabyte download, brings the base station units up to the latest certified 802.11n draft as well as includes bug fixes and security updates.
The update requires AirPort Utility 5.1 or later to be installed as well as an AirPort Extreme Base Station with 802.11n and can be downloaded directly or through Mac OS X’s Software Update feature.
If you’ve tried the new version and have either positive or negative feedback of any kind about it, let us know in the comments or forums.
On Wednesday, Microsoft announced that its first service pack for its Windows Vista operating system will be released in the final quarter of this year with the company shipping a beta next month to 10,000 to 15,000 testers.
The update, according to cnet, will include operating system updates, bug fixes, and enhancements to improve performance, reliability and application compatibility of Vista.
David Zipkin, senior product manager for Microsoft, stated that while Microsoft has garnered a reputation for sneaking fixes into system updates and that these updates have caused headaches in the past, “anything that works on Vista is going to keep on working on SP1.”
Microsoft has also announced that it will release a third service pack for Windows XP which will include previous service packs as well as a small number of new fixes.
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A six-minute video posted on the iPhone Unlocking blog shows John McLaughlin, founder of Uniquephones, using a software unlock to allow his iPhone to function on the Vodafone wireless network to make two phone calls using the handset.
The video, which was shot using a Nokia N95 cell phone, demonstrates McLaughlin hooking the iPhone to a Windows PC, running a software program, resetting the iPhone twice as part of the process, then hooking it to a Mac, synching it to iTunes, swapping in a Vodafone SIM card and placing two calls.
According to Macworld News, Uniquephones already unlocks phones from several manufacturers, including Nokia and Motorola and cites about 60% of its customers as being in the United States.
A picture’s worth a thousand words, so here’s the YouTube video of the demonstration in action:
McLaughlin had reportedly planned to post his company’s iPhone unlocking method on the iphoneunlocking.com web site last Saturday, but stated that he feared legal action from AT&T Wireless if he posted the software. McLaughlin, having received a phone call at 3:00 AM in Belfast from a representative of O’Melveny & Myers, a law firm acting on AT&T’s behalf, stated that the caller said his company would be distributing and infringing upon the copyright of Apple’s intellectual property should he begin selling the software to iPhone subscribers.
As of Tuesday, McLaughlin has stated that he’s still undecided as to whether he’ll distribute the software, but claims that the video shows the the process is possible.
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You may love your iPhone, but a surprisingly high number of users are reporting that their handsets are currently offering a shorter-than-previous battery life after installing the recently-released iPhone 1.0.2 firmware update.
According to iPhone Atlas, more than a dozen users have corroborated the issue via a discussion thread on the Apple web site.
Some of the more notable comments include the following:
-‚ÄúBefore the update, there was one time I had 12+ hours of using the iPod with over two days standby. Now after the update, I get about two days standby with 5 hours mixed usage.‚Äù
-‚ÄúIn 1.0.1 I was getting over 2 days standby and 6-7 hrs of misc. use. Now at 1.0.2 I can barely get 6 hrs of use and recharging every day. I‚Äôve tried a deep cycle with no change.‚Äù
Other issues that have emerged appear to include an overly eager battery indicator. In these cases, users have reported the battery indicator suddenly jumping approximately 20% when connected to power, the end result being the user feeling they have a fuller charge than may actually exist.
Some users have reported success in restoring the iPhone by clicking “Restore” under the “Summary” tab and running the process.
If you’ve seen this or anything similar with your iPhone since the 1.0.2 or have ideas for a fix or workaround, let us know in the comments or forums.
On Tuesday, Apple released the latest update for its iPhoto image editing program.
iPhoto 7.0.2, an 8.8 megabyte download, resolves issued associated with publishing to .Mac web galleries, rebuilding image thumbnails and editing books.
The update reportedly addresses a variety of other issues.
iPhoto 7.0.2 requires Mac OS X 10.4.10 or later and iPhoto 7.0 to be installed. The update is also available through Mac OS X’s Software Update feature provided iPhoto 7.0 has already been loaded on the system.
If you’ve tried the new version and have any kind of feedback about it, let us know in the comments or forums.