Apple Inc. said Wednesday that it sold 270,000 iPhones in the final 30 hours of its fiscal third quarter -- the first time the gadgets were available for purchase in the United States. The Cupertino-based electronics maker offers the handset in two configurations, a 4GB model for $499 and an 8GB model for $599. However, it did not specify how many of each model were sold, and instead reported a combined total of the two.
Shortly after the iPhone was released, a group of security researchers at Independent Security Evaluators decided to investigate how hard it would be for a remote adversary to compromise the private information stored on the device. Within two weeks of part time work, we had successfully discovered a vulnerability, developed a toolchain for working with the iPhone's architecture (which also includes some tools from the #iphone-dev community), and created a proof-of-concept exploit capable of delivering files from the user's iPhone to a remote attacker.
A team of computer security consultants say they have found a flaw in Apple's wildly popular iPhone that allows them to take control of the device.
The researchers, working for Independent Security Evaluators, a company that tests its clients' computer security by hacking it, said that they could take control of iPhones through a Wi-Fi connection or by tricking users into going to a Web site that contains malicious code. The hack, the first reported, allowed them to tap the wealth of personal information the phones contain.
Given the cost of the iPhone and the iPod it’s not surprising that Apple has been working on ways to prevent or discourage people from stealing these devices. They’ve recently filed a patent that outlines a kind of “digital charge management” that will allow devices to know when they’re being synced or connected to an unauthorized recharging mechanism. When this happens the device will simply refuse to recharge.
Having owned my iPhone since about 20 minutes after they went on sale June 29, I'm comfortable in saying that, while the iPhone isn't perfect, and has some real flaws, it's nevertheless the best-designed, most pleasurable to use device I've ever owned.