The Apple TV, after garnering some initially positive press, has faded into obscurity. Apple won't even release sales numbers for the tiny device, and Steve Jobs recently dismissed it as a "hobby."
The January classic will be bigger than ever and more comprehensive than in years past. But unless Apple makes an announcement, don't expect to get insider scoop on how to hack an iPhone at Macworld 2008.
Ever since the iPhone debuted earlier this year, there have been several groups claiming to have hacked the iPhone... to allow it to run third-party applications. Either that or how to unlock it from a particular telecom's grasp. So with Apple's largest gathering coming up in January, are organizers lining up speakers with how-to lessons on phreaked iPhones?
In a recent report from MacNotes.de, unlocking an iPhone sold by T-Mobile Germany is simple, done in only a few seconds and is handled by none other than Apple’s own iTunes. Due to a temporary injunction against Apple, the company has been forced to sell the iPhones with the ability to be unlocked in Germany. Apple will also be forced to sell them unlocked in France in six months after their launch on November 29.
Jon Fortt at Fortune interviewed Greg Joswiak, VP of marketing at Apple for the iPod and iPhone, and the biggest news is about the iPhone. Joswiak looks forward to having "a real SDK" that will allow "legitimate developers to come into the space." By that latter comment, he was not dismissing hackers, or "grassroots, small developers," as they apparently say in marketing. However, the main worry appears to be those grass roots, or at least a few bad seeds. To that end, Joswiak pretty much confirms how security and application development will work together.
This is something I never thought I'd hear myself say - or maybe I should say, see myself type - about an Apple operating system: Mac OSX Leopard was released before it was ready. This operating system needed more testing on more systems with more hardware, and especially, more software configurations. The days of Apple computers operating with just the Mac OS and Adobe Photoshop installed, and practically nothing else to speak of, are long gone, and Apple knows this as well as anyone.