iPhone Hacking and iTunes 7.4: Proceed with Caution

Discussion in 'iOS Blog Discussion' started by MacRumors, Sep 7, 2007.

  1. macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Several sites (TUAW, iPhone Atlas) are reporting that Apple's latest iTunes 7.4 update causes incompatibilities with existing Jailbreak/hacking tools. In some cases causing your iPhone to become non-functional:
    AppTapp (Installer.app) developer Nullriver has posted a possible fix for people with the endless rebooting problem. They have also updated AppTapp (Installer.app) to support the latest iTunes.

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  2. macrumors 68000


    Jun 29, 2007
    This why I would wait until the big update in a week or so before trying to hack your phone :)
  3. macrumors 6502

    May 30, 2007
    I got the endless reboot problem after unsuccesfully attempting to install Installer.app. My restore from iTunes failed, but the second time it did the full restore without restoring my settings. I still have all of my contacts and stuff, but I had to redo wireless settings, etc.
  4. macrumors 6502a


    Mar 29, 2004
    Just outside Boston, MA.
    I'm waiting on my iPhone to go through activation (# transfer really) entirely. I just got it yesterday (one of the best days of my life), and I wanna ask this: should I not get AppTap? Will it brick my iPhone indefinently?
  5. macrumors 68020

    Oct 7, 2003
    I can't sync mine either. I get an error saying iTunes can't find the file. The only third party thing i used was iToner. Anyone else having an issue with it. How do i remove it? Do i have to reset the phone. And will it work then?
  6. macrumors 6502a

    Poll Smoker

    Jul 20, 2007
    Just wait until you get laid!
  7. macrumors 6502a


    Nov 1, 2006
    Oaklnad, CA
    mine just synced fine with the new itunes.
    i had and still have AppTapp, mobilechat, and apolloIM installed.
  8. macrumors newbie

    Jul 12, 2007
    iPhone Non-Functioning

    Prior to updating iTunes this morning I decided to uninstall the Install.app. After restarting my iPhone it now no longer activated! Anyone know how to remedy this? Anyone else had this problem. Help! :confused:
  9. macrumors 68020


    Jun 29, 2004
    has anyone who simlpy used iActivator had any issues with 7.4?
  10. macrumors newbie

    Jul 12, 2007
    Yes. I used iActivator prior to issues I'm having today. Now my iPhone is not activated and although it syncs with iTunes, iTunes doesnt' provide the standard menu bar options as before. I would love to restore the iPhone completely and never hack it again.
  11. macrumors newbie

    Jul 12, 2007
    Problem resolved.
  12. macrumors 68020


    Jun 29, 2004
    What did you do?
  13. macrumors 65816

    Jul 23, 2007
    i personally don't see a reason to upgrade to the new firmware yet. i used the latest version of ifuntastic to change my background screen, cyberduck to add ringtones, and installer app for voice record/blackjack.
    how often would i ever use the wireless download option? probably as often as i'd use itunes for purchasing music.... never.

    i do have a question to those of you that installed ringtones previously then updated your firmware.... are they louder through itunes compared to using other apps? i would like to think that because you can adjust the volume of tracks in itunes that might help.

  14. macrumors newbie

    Jul 12, 2007
    I was frustrated because all I wanted to do use iTunes to restore my iPhone's software, but I guess because I hacked my iPhone, iTunes recognized a problem and would not provide the standard iPhone tabs so that could press 'restore.'

    I decided to try the newest AppTapp installer to see if that would work. During the install (it was taking a long time -- 10 minutes) I got suspicious that it wasn't working properly, so I opened iTunes and it was at that time that iTunes recognized that my software was not operational and it gave me the option to restore. 15 minutes later I have a freshly reinstalled iPhone! I don't think I'll mess around with hacking my iPhone anymore. Whew!
  15. macrumors 6502

    Mar 28, 2005
    I would get it if I were anybody, it's safe, I haven't had an issue yet. Just make sure you sync everything before an iPhone software update. installer.app is the greatest app out, it opperates very much like software update, listing new apps and upgrading the apps right on the phone. Every app that I've tried through installer.app(apptapp) has worked great. Some apps have froze my phone once or twice, but nothing a reset didn't immediatly fix. I love it, especially NES.app, VoiceNotes, and the SSH client.
  16. macrumors G3


    Feb 7, 2002
    so i have app tap (version 2.whatever) installed on my phone, and i haven't updated itunes yet. should i install version 3, then update itunes, or...? just trying to determine the order of updates or if i should uninstall first, or what. thanks
  17. macrumors 601

    Jul 7, 2006
    AppTapp 3.0 works fine. I don't get what all the hubbub is. :confused:
  18. macrumors member

    Aug 30, 2004
    I second the question... What do you do if you haven't upgraded to iTunes 7.4 yet?

    1. I have the latest version of Installer on the iPhone (AppTapp)
    2. I haven't touched iTunes 7.4 yet.
    3. What do I do to make sure I don't hose anything?

  19. macrumors 6502


    Aug 31, 2007
    Oooooo, so we can get $1.98 ringtones, and access to iTunes thru WiFi to spend even more money? I hope Apple doesnt start playing these games. They should just admit their software isnt bullet proof, and allow 3rd party apps to exist.
  20. macrumors 65816

    Jun 4, 2005
    Orange County, CA
    Jeez, while I'd love to have 3rd party apps on my iPhone, all these updates make me very very cautious. I think I'll just wait it out until Apple truly opens up the iPhone's OSX for native apps, or if somebody provides a real concrete hack.
  21. macrumors 6502a


    Mar 17, 2005
    I tried to install apptapp 3.0 before opening iTunes 7.4 and the phone froze on the please connect to iTunes screen. I'm restoring it now...hope it works

    ...and I'm back to normal
  22. macrumors regular

    Oct 8, 2004
    Just an FYI.

    I have always used the original jailbreak/terminal hack method to change springboard, icons and ringtones, since it was available to do so. I was hesitant to use this new version of iTunes until our friends at Ambrosia (iToner) updated their software. I am one of those people who just cant live without ringtones..

    So after the new update of iToner (Ambrosia rocks!), I finally plugged in my iPhone, loaded iTunes, unchecked the sync ringtones tab, clicked apply, and then clicked sync. My iPhone synced flawlessly without any problems, and all my ringtones were there after the sync. I will be using iToner to install any new ringtones, as it is so much easier, but I wanted to let you guys know of my results.
  23. macrumors 6502

    Sep 11, 2007
    I had numerous issues with itunes 7.4 and Ifuntastic and Apptapp v. 3..0.1. I was finally able to restore my iphone after replacing the framework preferences and was able to unshackle it in ifuntastic but everytime I try to install the apptapp installer it gives me a bootstrap error and goes into recovery mode and I have to restore with itunes and start the whole thing over. Every time. Is their anyway to take the .dmg file and install it through the terminal using the command line that may circumvent the installer? Problem is version 3 of apptapp mounts and doesn't have a program folder to drag and drop into the directory files through the ifuntastic file manager. Either way, if I could get the installer package onto my iphone through the terminal or through ifuntastic it might avoid the bootstrap error and prevent it from going into recovery mode again.

    Also anybody know how to restore to the original default application icons? Ifuntastic jacked mine all up when I changed my background image and they don't have border transparency over the wallpaper. Also the names are all funky.
  24. macrumors newbie

    Sep 12, 2007
    activating with itunes 7.4


    I have a question just brought back an iphone from US and want to use that new iphonesimfree.app to unlock my iphone. The problem is i have activated it yet. So do i need to activate it with a 3rd party hack program such as iactivator to get access to the phone, as itunes will only allow at&t users to activate and i am on Vodafone.

    I heard that are problems when you have itunes 7.4 to activate it using iactivator? any comments

    Maybe i should use an older version of itunes but what will happen if i upgrade to 7.4.
  25. macrumors 68020


    Jun 29, 2004
    If you use the newest version of INdependence, you'll be fine. My iPhone was activated using this method and works great.

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