iPhone 2.0 unlock tool close to release

By Jonny Evans, Macworld.co.uk |  Mobile & Wireless, 3g, iPhone

The iPhone Dev Team is close to releasing a free software tool designed to unlock the iPhone 3G, or an iPhone running Software version 2.0.

The team last week managed to break its way into the new software hours before it was officially launched. And, while the developers did say that unlocking the device was a hard task, they're now sufficiently familiar with the software that future versions should be easier to build.

The team aim to create solutions hackers can use if they want to use the iPhone on unapproved networks (albeit for slight loss of facility) and/or in order to install non-Apple approved applications on the device.

Last night, the iPhone Dev Team released a video showing the software in action, unlocking an iPhone, suggesting imminent release of the tookit, called iPhone Pwnage.

"We've added lots of new features, including 2.0 support, spotlight file indexing of .ipsws, canned web-searches, installer custom configuration, custom root partitions and various other things that you'll see on the release. Release date is soon," the developers wrote.

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