Nine Hacks That Will Make You the Master of Your IPhone

Only a few days after the iPhone went on sale, hackers were already kicking the wheels and checking under the hood to see if they could pimp out Apple’s locked-down smartphone. After a month, they’ve made surprising progress. Below, we detail some of the milestone hacks for what has been called “the most significant consumer electronics product ever.”

Most of the hacks that have been publicized so far are aimed at controlling or enhancing your own iPhone, but a darker side has emerged too. A security firm announced a possible Wi-Fi-based browser exploit, which could give hackers access to an iPhone’s microphone, surfing history and contact information — and possibly website and e-mail passwords stored on the phone, too. Make no mistake: The iPhone is a magnet for hackers, both good and bad.

The hacks below run the gamut from easy hacks almost anyone can do to advanced mods that require serious hardware and software skills. Proceed at your own risk: With any hack, there is a chance you could permanently damage your iPhone or render it unusable, and you’re almost certainly voiding your warranty if you try most of these hacks. You have been warned.

Activate the IPhone Without AT&T
Ordinarily, the iPhone needs to be activated from within iTunes and registered with the carrier, AT&T, before it can be used for anything except telling the time and calling 911. Jon Lech Johansen (aka “DVD Jon”), who is notorious for cracking the CSS protection scheme on DVDs, took only five days to write a program that can bypass the activation step. It’s called Phone Activation Server 1.0. Of course, if you don’t have an AT&T account, the phone part won’t work, but this hack does get you Wi-Fi, web surfing, e-mail and music capabilities.
Difficulty: Medium
Details: DVD Jon Hacks iPhone: No Activation Required

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Apple earnings soar as iPhone shipments revealed

Apple is on a roll, and the company shows no sign of slowing down.

After the close of the stock market Wednesday, Apple reported profits of $818 million, or 92 cents a share, for its fiscal third quarter. That’s a 73 percent jump compared with last year, when third-quarter profit was $472 million. It’s 9 cents higher than Wall Street was expecting and 26 cents better than the company’s own projections. Strong Mac and iPod sales led the charge, but Apple also has a third business these days.

The company reported selling 270,000 iPhones during the 30 hours before the quarter ended on June 30. That’s at the upper end of what estimates were going into iPhone weekend, though far below some of the extremely high estimates that surfaced following the launch. Still, some were anticipating a smaller number after AT&T reported activating 146,000 iPhones during the same period.

Apple shares were up $12.26, or nearly 9 percent, to $149.52 in after-hours trading.

Revenue for the quarter was up 24 percent to $5.4 billion, as compared with $4.37 billion for the same period a year ago. That tops Wall Street’s expectations of $5.2 billion and Apple’s own projections of $5.1 billion.

“I’m pleased to report strong financial results and another landmark quarter for Apple, said Peter Oppenheimer, Apple’s chief financial officer, on a conference call following the release of the company’s results.

iPhone on the rise.