When iPhone OS 4 was announced, and we got to hear some of the new features coming, there was excitement. then disapointment, as we learned only the iPhone 3GS and the newer, unreleased iPhones would get all the features. The jailbreak community quickly learned that some of the missing features could be added to the iPhone 3G, by manipulating Â a plist file to enable them. With no OS 4 firmware being made for the original iPhone hardware, it’s not as simple as that to get the OS 4 on the aging device.
A European hacking team calling themselves “Fittingstorm”, claim to be working on building a custom iPhone OS 4 for the original iPhone. Apparently, they have had some crude success, but are having some trouble with connectivity for phone, data, and wifi.
Here’s what their blog has to say about the project:
“…we are going to a new challenge Apple’s smartphone, take the nextÂ firmware 4.0 out in June on the old version of the smartphone whichÂ Apple decided not to publish it. To do this we studied the very adventÂ of the jailbreak and the people who have worked, and in particular weÂ have focused on PwangeTool tool that lets you insert a custom firmwareÂ jailbreak devices, and from there gave rise to our idea.Â Of course what we’re trying to do is something much more complexÂ because there is no official firmware 4.0 for iphone 2g, and our taskÂ will be to rewrite those parts of code to adapt it to the device.Â A project long enough but after just one week after the beta releaseÂ has led to exciting results, we have created a tool that looks a lotÂ like PwangeTool and loading a custom firmware that 3 of us areÂ rewriting part, starting from Beta 1. The result was deich after aÂ day of hard work that was performed on 4.0 firmware 2g device but withÂ many problems, in fact almost nothing worked. Since then many thingsÂ have improved, we refer to the next page for details.”
You can visit their project page here, to keep up with their current progress.
So, is this real, or just another bunch of kids pulling our leg? It’s hard to say, until we see some proof of concept, at the least. They have not released anything, other then what they say is their progress, on their blog. Even if they do get this to work, will it be usable? I know iPhone OS 3 is pretty laggy on the original iPhone, so I can only imagine it being even worse with the new OS. I’m sure this is why Apple has decided not to release iPhone OS 4 for the iPhone “EDGE”.
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