The past few days I've been haunting the iPhone haxx0r IRC channels, hoping to glean some working-knowledge of what the progress of the various goals are as they happen.
What is incredibly astounding is the level of impatience among all the non-haxx0r types that keep popping in to see what's up. One guy in particular, who we'll call "dave" (because that's the nick he uses), repeatedly asks the same questions over and over again regarding progress. People keep pointing him to the wiki, where all the known info can be obtained, but he insists there are things we are not being told in regards to "unlocking" the iPhone. (Dave is one of the many who want to use his iPhone on a non-AT&T network.) I suggested to him that actually, they had already figured out the unlocking, but that Apple swooped in and "got to them" before they could publish the hack. Cut to 24 hours later, and he's proclaiming to everyone that "Apple got to" the main guy, which explains why there have been no progress updates in IRC or on the wiki.
The fun thing is that the guy he just told that to hopped over to the OTHER haxx0r channel and asked if it's just rumor that "Apple got to him," where, of course, everyone played along.
Expect that little bit of rumor to show up on Digg and Slashdot any time now.
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