iPhone 2G

Facebook Messenger passes half a billion users

Facebook's dedicated instant messaging application for iOS, Android and Windows Phone, Facebook Messenger, is now used by more than 500 million people around the world each month, said the social networking giant Monday.

That's a massive number, but still half of what Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said constitutes a platform in the truest sense.

By comparison, WhatsApp, which Facebook acquired in February 2014 for $19 billion, currently has more than 600 million active users. Instagram, another Facebook property, counts more than 200 million users.

Unopened first-gen iPhone appears on eBay for $10,000

After months of rumors and speculation, Steve Jobs unveiled the original iPhone on January 9, 2007 in front of a large Macworld audience at the Moscone Center in San Francisco.

The handset would later become available for purchase on June 29 of that year, and the rest, as they say, is history. And now you can own part of that great history for a mere $10,000...

Ask Jeff Season 02: Episode 01 – Finding the Secret

Do you have a jailbreak related question that you've just been dying to find an answer to? Do you want to discuss all things Apple with the folks at iDB? If so, then be sure to tune into the latest episode of Ask Jeff.

In the first episode of the year, Jeff tackles questions regarding the rumored Apple Television, the iPhone 2G, the best jailbreak tweak for the iPhone, Cydia errors on refreshing, and much, much, much more...

The iPhone Turns 5 Years Old Today

Steve Jobs announced the original iPhone five years ago on January 9th at Macworld. He famously said, "Today, Apple is going to reinvent the phone." He was right.

In a post-iPhone world, it may be difficult for most of us to remember what the industry looked like before Apple's announcement at Macworld in 2007. The iPhone has profoundly impacted not only the mobile phone market, but the device has also led to other redefining products, like the iPad.

How to Jailbreak Your Older iPhone or iPod Touch Using Whited00r

Earlier today we did a post about Whited00r, a custom firmware built for older Apple ARM6 devices. It includes built-in tweaks and gives you the option to remove unwanted features like Spotlight to make your device faster.

Whited00r has been out for a while, but it's kind of flown under the radar. There's still millions of these older devices floating around, so we figured we'd give folks an easy walkthrough on how to install Whited00r on your older iPhone or iPod touch...

Whited00r Firmware Provides Jailbreak and Unlock for Older iDevices

We've gotten some complaints in the past that we don't give older iPhones any lovin'. The truth is, we try to keep up with innovation in the jailbreak community and there just typically isn't much of that going on for devices older than the 3GS. Especially since Apple stopped supporting them.

But for folks with older iDevices that really want to join in on the jailbreaking festivities, check out Whited00r. If you haven't heard about this cool little project, it's essentially a firmware file that has been modified to include multitasking, video recording and oh yeah, it's jailbroken...

Back to the Future: Apple Reinvents the Phone

I was browsing the web earlier today when I came across the video of Steve Jobs announcing the first iPhone back in January 2007. I remember that day as if it was yesterday. I remember how I instantly fell in love with the iPhone as it was everything I ever wanted in a phone.

Fast-forward four years later and I can say that the iPhone has changed my life, literally. Not only the iPhone has allowed me to change the way I communicate and stay connected, but the iPhone has also allowed me to quit my job and make a living blogging about this revolutionary device...

WhiteD00r Brings iOS 4.2 To iPhone 2G/3G And iPod Touch 1G/2G

As many of you know, with the release of iOS 4.0 Apple discontinued support for the iPhone 2G as well as the iPod Touch 1G. This left iPhone 2G and iPod Touch 1G stuck on iOS 3.1.3 for life. Furthermore, while Apple did end up upgrading the iPhone 3G (which has the same amount of RAM/processor as the iPhone 2G), 3G owners experienced a great deal of problems after updating to 4.0. The OS was incredibly slow and was barely usable.

After various reports and angry iPhone 3G users, Apple began to look into the issue and stated the issues would be resolved in iOS 4.2.1. When iOS 4.2.1 came around, performance had been improved on the iPhone 3G, but it was still quite slow. Most users decided to downgrade/remain on iOS 3.1.3.

Apple Game Center Not Compatible With the iPhone 3G

Well screw you if you have an iPhone 2G or iPhone 3G! Apple will not support your device for Game Center, the social gaming network that will ship with iOS 4.1 tomorrow.

There were rumors of Game Centers not making it to the iPhone 3G, but Apple has made things official on their website.

How to Install Android on Your iPhone 2G or 3G with iPhoDroid

Android on the iPhone is more of a "project" than anything else. It's buggy, unstable, and doesn't even bring all the features needed to fully use the iPhone. So why in the hell would you install Android on your iPhone? Just for the heck of it, of course! Thanks to Sergio McFly, this is now easily possible.

iPhoDroid 1shot is probably the easiest way to install Android on your iPhone 2G or iPhone 3G. It doesn't require any file editing or anything that might scared the least technically advanced of us. Without further ado, here are the instructions to set up Android on your iPhone. As usual, proceed at your own risks...

Step 1: Make sure your iPhone is jailbroken and Cydia is up to date. If it's not jailbroken, do so by using JailbreakMe.

Step 2: Download the latest version of iPhoDroid 1 shot from here. The download link is at the very bottom left of the page.

Step 3: Make sure your iPhone is connected to your computer via the USB cable. Launch iPhoDroid and click "shoot".

Step 4: iPhoDroid will extract the touch driver and transfer the cache/system/data folders to your iPhone.

Step 5: iPhoDroid will now place your iPhone in recovery mode.

Step 6: After that, you will get the OpeniBoot splash page with different options (Apple, Android, Install, Uninstall). Use the volume buttons to highlight the "Install" option, then tap the Home button to select it.

Step 7: Some code will then be running on your screen. Once done, your iPhone will reboot in the Android OS.

Done! You can now enjoy your crippled iPhone running Android.

If you're one of the few courageous men out there to try this hack, please let us know how it's working for you by leaving a comment below.


Jailbreak and Unlock iPhone 2G 3.1.2 Using PwnageTool

A few weeks ago, I wrote a step-by-step guide and tutorial that shows you how to jailbreak and unlock your iPhone 2G 3.1 using PwnageTool for Mac OS X. I could very well rewrite this tutorial again and call it "jailbreak and unlock your iPhone 2G 3.1.2 with PwnageTool" but that would be a waste of time as the steps are identical.

I suggest you check out this tutorial and follow the steps over there. The only thing that will change is that instead of using the firmware 3.1, you will have to use firmware 3.1.2 (iPhone1,1_3.1.2_7D11_Restore.ipsw). Everything else is exactly the same.