UK iPhone is 'unhackable'

[intro]The first iPhone review units are out, and they're running a new, unhackable version of the software. O2 it is... for now [/intro] App

[intro]The first iPhone review units are out, and they're running a new, unhackable version of the software. O2 it is... for now [/intro]

Apple's game of cat-and-mouse with iPhone hackers took another turn today. The review handsets that Apple is seeding with journalists - including yours truly - features an updated version of the firmware (1.1.2) that closes the Safari hole used by hackers to unlock previous versions of the iPhone.

That means that visiting Jailbreakme.com on the iPhone won't allow you to install third-party applications such as the AnySIM hack that allows you to, well, use any SIM card.

Having followed the hacking process very closely since buying an iPhone in the US soon after launch, I'm sure we'll see a frenzy of activity among the community to open up the new software.

It may still be possible to jailbreak the iPhone by other means, but for now it seems that UK buyers are stuck with the O2 contract. That's £35 a month for not-very-many minutes. Still, at least you'll get a subscription to the cloud Wi-Fi network and a newly unlimited data package for GPRS and EDGE browsing when you're not in reach of a hotspot.

Apple hasn't released the 1.1.2 update into the wild yet, so I'm waiting with bated breath to see whether it will deactivate phones that have already be unlocked. We'll find out tomorrow.

Check back for more later.

UPDATE: The new firmware has been hacked!

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