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How to hack the iPhone with AppTapp

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AppTapp ScreenshotHacking the iPhone was pretty difficult until NullRiver came out with this amazing application called AppTapp that automates the whole process.  Now you just run an installer and it adds Installer.app to your iPhone, which is a graphical package manager similar to apt-get or yum for Linux.  You can choose from a ton of applications that people have developed for it and it automatically updates all the applications when you click on Installer.app on your phone.

Here are the simple instructions for getting 3rd party apps on your iPhone:

  1. Go to the AppTapp beta site and download the appropriate version based on OS and iTunes version
  2. Quit iTunes and double-click the installer to install it onto your phone
  3. You know have a new icon on the Home screen called Installer that you can use to automatically install/update a large number of 3rd party apps.

There’s a lot of really nerdy apps in there such as Python/Perl interpreters, but there’s also some interesting ones.  Here’s a rundown of what I thought of some of them.

  • SummerBoard:  By far the best application for the iPhone.  It allows you to basically change the way the Home screen looks and acts.  I highly recommend it for anyone that is planning on installer more than two 3rd party apps.
  • Community Sources:  Gives you access to other community-maintained repositories, thereby increasing the number of applications you can install.
  • Books:  This application allows you to download eBooks to your iPhone for reading while on the go.  Manybooks.net is a good complement to this application as it has a ton of public domain and Creative Commons books for free that you can save.  The only downside to this application is that you need to somehow upload the books to the phone, but there’s documentation explaining how to do this with either a script or FTP.
  • OpenSSH:  This is a good one to have as it allows you to use SSH to transfer files and run commands.
  • Term-vt100:  This is a good one to have if you need to execute commands on your phone.  I personally use it to administer my Linux boxes with SSH when I’m not in front of my computer.  Running top on it can be fun as well if you’re into seeing what’s going on behind the scenes on your iPhone.
  • iBlackjack:  This game is extremely buggy as it doesn’t have all the rules plugged in yet, but once it gets a little love I’m definitely going to use this to waste a few minutes while waiting in lines.
  • Tap Tap Revolution:  This one just came out and I’m not a huge fan of it, but it definitely shows some creativity in how to use the touch screen for games.

There’s a ton of other packages as well and the list seems to grow daily, but these are the ones I recommend playing around with to see the full potential of the iPhone.

Written by Curtis Chambers

September 13, 2007 at 9:26 pm

Posted in iPhone, Technology

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