iPhone hackers have some new tools now, thanks to HD Moore, one of the developers of the Metasploit hacking software. On Tuesday, Moore announced that he was supporting the iPhone within his Metasploit framework and released software that would allow hackers to run "shellcode" command prompts on Apple's mobile device.
The programmers who wrote free software that unlocks Apple's iPhone Tuesday disputed the company's claim that their hacks can damage the device, and they promised to battle any attempt by Apple to "brick" modified phones.
Apple said today that a firmware update to the iPhone due to be released later this week "will likely result" in SIM-unlocked iPhones turning into very expensive bricks. "Apple has discovered that many of the unauthorized iPhone unlocking programs available on the Internet cause irreparable damage to the iPhone's software, which will likely result in the modified iPhone becoming permanently inoperable when a future Apple-supplied iPhone software update is installed," said Apple in a statement issued this afternoon.
Apple's iPod Touch, which is basically a phone-less iPhone, has started shipping in Australia a few days before the "expected" ship date of 28 September.
The iPod Touch, which was announced by Apple CEO Steve Jobs earlier this month, was scheduled to arrive by the end of September but the first orders were fulfilled a few days earlier than expected.
The new iPod comes in two configurations, an 8GB version that costs AU$419 and a 16GB model that costs AU$549. The battery in each can handle 22 hours of audio playback or five hours of video, according to Jobs.
Trend Micro has signed an agreement with Mac OS security specialist Intego that will enable Trend Micro distributors and partners worldwide to offer customers endpoint and network security, and centralised management solutions for Apple Mac OS X users based on Intego technology.
The move reflects the increasing use of MACs in the corporate world. According to Trend Micro, "Beyond Apple's strong presence in the education, publishing and design sectors, Macs are becoming increasingly popular in other business environments."