Sunday, June 29, 2008

Well, well...

iPod Firmware 2.0

Well, here I am still...
The picture above is not a fake.
It's not even a major breakthru but it's something.
I am glad to tell you anyhow that 2.0
firmware works pretty well on my iPod 32gb.
All features are enabled.
To install it from windows (or mac) you need
a special beta version of itunes.
Unless you want to loose installer
and all third party apps I strongly suggest you
NOT TO UPGRADE (both iPod both iPhone).
To downgrade the iPod you will need
to uninstall iTunes 7.7 and reinstall 7.5.
Then you will need to put the iPod in DFU mode
and do a full restore back to 1.1.4 (and use ZiPhone)
to have back Installer and all goodies.
With the iPhone it's more complicated
because you will also need to
downgrade the baseband.
I already have a very preliminary version
of the new ZiPhone which will allow that.

As of today you will have 2 choices:
1) Believe in the community and don't upgrade to 2.0
2) Say goodbye to Installer and freedom and upgrade.

Stay tuned :)

More screenshots are available here.

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

It would be so simple..

Photo by haggischick

Nokia acquired Symbian willing to opensource it.
Openmoko is readying the open phone.
Now I know Apple will never listen to this,
but with a simple move Apple could wipe all
competitors off the smartphone scene.
One of my favourite quotes is:
"Freedom is not 'choosing between black and white',
but to avoid such predetermined choice."
There are only a few slight adjustments to
Apple's plans needed to own the market.
Too bad they don't really seem
interested to listen.

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

I'm worried.

I'm worried.
What can seem a nice feature is something
really dangerous.
Not allowing background processes
and forcing everything to pass thru the
Apple Push Notification Server
is something Orwell already imagined.
Think about all your data
flowing through Apple and you will start
to get the big picture.
Add to that mobileme, another big brother
keeping everything about you.
Now, this would be nice if it were an optional
feature. But it's not.
It's the only way.
With the iPhone, Apple is showing they
want to keep control of everything.
I hope the industry will take a different
path and won't emulate them.
Every day I'm getting more interested
in google android and more open softwares/firmwares.

Monday, June 9, 2008

Here we go :)

At least!
Now who will be the fastest
to send me one to start testing ?
It appears that firmware 2.0 won't
be available today. Fortunately.
It also appears I got right
almost all my predictions:
colours, no front cam.
I wasn't sure (as anyone else) about the GPS presence
till the last moment, but in the article
I wrote for the italian magazine Panorama
I also got the shape and 3G hsdpa
I am ready to start working on it as
soon as someone will provide me one.
As usual, I'll keep you posted here.

I am warning you..


Shortly after WWDC 2008,
a new itunes version will be available
for download on the apple site.
Along with that a 2.0 firmware upgrade
will be soon available.
Do not upgrade!
If you want to have fun with
your iPhone, wait for all devs to be ready.
That won't happen today.
But soon.
I'll start working on new releases as soon
as they are released.
I'll keep you posted.

Saturday, June 7, 2008

7.2 Megabit/s !!!


This will be the "heart" of the new iPhone 3G!
It features a category 8 HSDPA connection
for a top speed of 7.2 Mb/s over the air.
Details are HERE
The main iPhone CPU will remain unchanged
as expected.
Stay tuned for further informations.

Thursday, June 5, 2008

GPS or not GPS...

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From the iPhone2 patent it seems likely that
Apple at last included an embedded GPS.
Informations are anyhow confusing
and I don't feel like confirming it as a fact.
We will see.

I don't really care since I have my
fellow TomTom device. ;)

Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Les jeux sont faits

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The patents for the iPhone2 (and firmware 2.0) are out.
As you can see from the images above, FLASH and
WindowsMedia content will be finally supported.
In figure 53D you can also see how the
new welcome screen will look like.
Again there is nothing in the patent about
an embedded GPS (as I previously said).
External bluetooth GPS will be supported and
managed by the "locationd" daemon.
You can browse the patent HERE.

Tuesday, June 3, 2008

We're near..don't panic!

We're near to the event everyone is expecting.
As soon as the final 2.0 version will be out
I will start working on it.
Shortly after receiving my 3G iPhone
I will also start working on it.
If you upgrade before I say so, please don't
come here crying for help.
It will also be useless to upgrade to 2.0 until
all developers will recompile and test their applications.
If you speak italian you might want to
(check the second Panorama link)

Keep donating if you want ZiPhone to be free.
Till now, only 1/1000 donated.
And I hereby thank whoever did or helped
this project (like the translators).