Iphone Jailbreak Installed 144,000 Times in 3 Days

The demand for unofficial third-party applications on iPhones is, by at least one account, staggering. AppSnapp, a Web-based script that jailbreaks (allows read-write access to the filesystem) iPhones running firmware/software 1.1.1 and places Installer.app — a native iPhone application for cataloging and installing other native applications directly on the device — has been used about 144,000 times since it was released late Sunday night. Nicholas “Drudge” Penree, one of the programmers crucial to AppSnapp’s development, told iPhone Atlas that he thinks the figure represents about 100,000 actual devices.

AppSnapp uses a security exploit related to the way the iPhone’s built-in software handles TIFF images, but also patches that same flaw after the jailbreak is performed.

Interest in the tool may be driven by more than just a desire to experiment with or use general-purpose third-party iPhone applications. When used in conjunction with AnySIM.app, AppSnapp is part of a remarkably easy two-step process for unlocking the iPhone to work on wireless companies other than AT&T and other official carriers.

Despite the massive usage of AppSnapp, donations, upon which the development team relies, have so far been meager: about $1500 according to Penree.

source: iphoneatlas

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