Shaun Inman has posted a great tutorial on how to hack your iPhone so that you can easily install third party apps, play around with the NES emulator, take screenshots and generally do things that were never intended on your iPhone. Shaun has done an amazing job describing every step and linking all the necessary files you need to do this on an Intel Mac. Even if you don’t have one, you can still use a friend’s Mac to do it without trashing your synced music/videos/email/etc.
The best part is that once you follow his (very detailed) steps, you now have secure FTP access to your iPhone so you don’t have to mess around with Jailbreak or other apps…for the time being at least.
You may notice that my list of ringtones has a few extra sounds that don’t ship with the iPhone. I added them using iFuntastic which is a really slick app for changing the graphics and sounds on the iPhone as well as a file browser. I used this before I followed Shaun’s steps to give me ftp access to the iPhone.
Now, using an FTP client, adding new things to the iPhone is drag-n-drop! There is a new app that allows you to install apps over wifi now too! I just have to figure out how to deal with more apps than available slots on the iPhone’s home screen.
Thanks to Erica Sadun over at TUAW (and of course all the developers working on the various hacking tools) for doing some great coding – you’ll see her work on my home screen with the Voice Recorder app and the screenshots themselves were done with her Screenshot app.
It’s cool stuff like this that really shows the potential of the iPhone. Look what these guys were able to put together pretty quickly: 2 way video-conferencing on the iPhone! It’s still under development but they’ve even figured out how to deal with the iPhone’s camera being on the back!