Some of today’s more intrepid iPhone users were unhappy when the iPhone 1.1.1 Update disabled third-party applications. Others who never installed these applications wondered what all the fuss was about. Now that hackers are thiiiiiis close to bringing those applications back to the iPhone I thought I’d give those with unhacked phones a taste of what they’ve been missing.

In my brief video tour I do just that, showing off AppTapp, Apollo, webDict, Terminal, Summerboard (and SMBprefs for adjusting the look of Summerboard), Customize, Sketches, Frotz, and the NES game emulator.

Download Macworld Video #18

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• Length: 3 minutes, 19 seconds

Show Notes

I mention in the video a couple of times that, as I make this video, these third-party applications do not work with the current iPhone 1.1.1 software. Given the murmerings of the iPhone hacking community, it won’t be long before they do. To learn what one of the main iPhone hacking groups is up to, visit the iPhone Dev Wiki

The AppTapp installer application is the key to getting third-party applications onto iPhones running firmware version 1.0, 1.0.1, and 1.0.2. I’m keeping my fingers crossed that some form of AppTapp will eventually work with the iPhone’s latest firmware.

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