It hasn't taken hackers long to enable unofficial tethering on iPhone handsets running OS 3.0, and its taken carriers even less time to put out the predictable dire warnings regarding anyone found using such hacks. UK carrier and official Apple iPhone partner O2 have issued a statement suggesting that anybody found using tethering without their official "Bolt On" package will be charged or disconnected.
As we know, iPhone OS 3.0 brings with it the potential for tethering on your Apple smartphone, using the handset's 3G connection to get your laptop, netbook or other mobile device online while on the move. Apple have done all they can to make it straightforward - you can tether over USB or Bluetooth, with minimal setup - but the carriers seem less enthused. Some, like AT&T, don't officially support it yet, while others, such as O2 in the UK, will allow you to tether but have an expensive extra data plan you need to add.
One thing we know about iPhone users, though, is that if you show them a sign saying "no entry" they'll work out a hack to enable it, and sure enough there's now a simple way to turn on iPhone tethering no matter your carrier or tether-plan status. All you need do, in fact, is visit help.BenM.at on your iPhone and install a new local carrier profile configuration file.
While you're waiting for iPhone OS 3.0 to download, sit back and watch AT&T backpedal. The carrier has announced new upgrade pricing for the iPhone 3G S, in response to complaints from iPhone 3G users. Now, iPhone 3G users who would be eligible to upgrade in July, August or September this year may now have access to AT&T's "best upgrade pricing" from Thursday June 18th. They've also confirmed that the iPhone's MMS functionality will arrive in late Summer, and they'll be charging exactly the same per MMS message as they currently do for SMS text messages.
The iPhone Dev Team have released a video demo of their latest unlocking tools, including yellowsn0w, doing its magic on an iPhone 3G running OS 3.0 which is set to be released sometime in the next 24 hours. They've also revealed the development of a new tool, ultrasn0w, which they claim should be able to unlock any iPhone to-date, running any OS version.
Security researchers are claiming to have found a way to run non-approved code on iPhones that have not been jailbroken. Charles Miller, a principal analyst at Independent Security Evaluators, and Vincenzo Iozzo, a student at the University of Milan in Italy, have discovered "more than one" technique for loading an application into a factory iPhone as a non-executable chunk of data, which then flicks over to an executable and could potentially be used to monitor the smartphone, listen in on calls or harvest user data.
Apple may have invited TomTom up on stage to demonstrate their iPhone satnav app, but that doesn't mean they'll be the only company keen to tell you where to go come OS 3.0's release on June 17th. Navigon have announced that they'll be releasing an iPhone PND app of their own, MobileNavigator, with support for Reality View Pro, Real Roadsign Pro and Lane Assistant Pro.
Of all the software brought out to demonstrate the developing capabilities of Apple iPhone OS 3.0, the most interesting has to be TomTom's turn-by-turn navigation app. Both a software app and an accompanying car kit were announced, complete with Points Of Interest (POIs) and both 2D and 3D mapping.
If the prospect of an iPhone 3G S doesn't appeal, and you're quite happy with your iPhone 3G or iPod touch, you'll be pleased to hear that as of June 17th iPhone OS 3.0 will be available. Apple demonstrated the new software update today at their WWDC 2009 keynote, and while much of it was a rework of the original OS 3.0 launch, there were a couple of surprises (plus upgrade costs). Headline features include tethering, "Find My iPhone" and speedier Mobile Safari.