Hackers Working On Custom iPhone OS 4.0 For iPhone 2G

iPhone 2G with iPhone os 4 firmware

Apple plans to release its next generation iPhone – iPhone OS 4.0 in June. The release of iPhone OS 4.0, which includes several features such as multitasking and folder management

However, the launch would not mean much to iPhone 2G users as Steve Jobs has confirmed that iPhone OS 4.0 will not be supported on older models.

Apple's decision to not support these iPhone models stems from the fact that the devices have lower memory and slower processors that may not offer the ideal user experience. However, a group of hackers based in Germany are reported to be working on a project that could bring Apple's latest iPhone firmware to iPhone 2G. According to the project details posted on the team's website, the group of five hackers have been rewriting Apple's 4.0 beta firmware to build a custom firmware that can run seamlessly on iPhone 2G. The team writes:

"To do this we studied the architecture of the firmware previously released by Apple on the device trying to understand how is it different from the released versions on other devices, in particular that of the iPhone 3G device, which is what most resembles the smartphones."

Hackers have made use of the popular jailbreaking software, PwnageTool to install the custom iPhone OS 4.0 firmware on iPhone 2G. The team has already published an image of iPhone 2G running the custom firmware, though we must concede that there is no way to gauge the authenticity of this picture. 

iPhone 2G with iPhone os 4 firmware

Despite the interest surrounding the development, the "Rebuilding OS Group" is not making any promise. In a post on Twitter, William Campbell, one of the lead members of the Berlin based team writes:

"We respond to some users who have criticized the futility of the product, saying that ours is an experiment, we never promised anything. We publish our data to those who wanted to continue the project if they do not succeed."

You can follow the progress of the project on their website

[via Redmond Pie]

  • Sureno13

    First post!!!!!!!!!!!!!hahaha

  • Ben

    More of the typical BULL from Apple about their phones just not being able to handle bla bla bla….but then they turn around and release a NEW model 6 months later than CAN support whatever the last could not??? BULL. Bottom line. Why can my 2G do things it just should not be able to handle doing?? Recording video with sound, mult-tasking??? F.U. Mr. Jobs. Better yet, why can the hacker community bring things to your devices that your OWN programmers cannot??? Surely they make a hell of a lot more $$ AND understand your devices better than these hackers do.

  • Gohans

    If you cannot afford innovation! stop buying phones that you will keep for more than 2 years…
    I bet if Apple allows the new OS to run on older models people will be bitching and crying about why have they released such update! either way people will bitch and bitch and bitch!!!!

  • smash

    Wonder how many ppl still have 1st gen iphone, it doesnt have gps or 3g …

  • Z

    While I believe that is photoshopped (looks like it, tho I could just spoof version 4 firmware on an iphone 2g easily, it looks off for some reason) I also believe that this is completely possible. of course, you'd need to make it look exactly like a 3g, or the app store would detect it (2G running 4.0? OUTRAGEOUS! *disable*), this seems possible as the 3G has the same hardware as the 2g in all respects but gps and… well the 3g.

  • http://www.colinfleming.com.au Yeppon Lawyers

    I can afford innovation. But still I need to consider these things since I am not millionaire.
    In addition, the money we spend need to worth why waste it.

  • http://www.freegadgets4you.co.uk FreeGadgets4You UK

    "this seems possible as the 3G has the same hardware as the 2g in all respects but gps and… well the 3g"

    I think not, the whole logic board is different, infact i dont think ANY of the hardware in the 2G is the same as the 3G

  • Ben

    My post was not about being able to ''afford innovation''. I don't know where that was coming from. Anyway, I own both a 2G and 3G.

  • Sureno'isAprick'

    Your insight into this topic is overwhelming!!
    Now feel free to cut out a star and use a gold crayon to color it in, pin it to your top and wear it to school, ask an adult if the scissors are too sharp for you

  • Sureno'isAprick'

    Your insight into this topic is overwhelming!!
    Now feel free to cut out a star and use a gold crayon to color it in, pin it to your top and wear it to school, ask an adult if the scissors are too sharp for you

  • nj

    hmm im wondering why ur not getting mad at technology itself? it's not steve jobs fault that technology advances at such an exponential rate that devices made 4 years ago aren't cutting it performance wise for software created in the present time.

  • TimW

    You can't please all the people all the time :)

  • Tom

    Here is a crazy idea… all iPhone 2g owners, upgrade to a cheap used 3g, 3gs, or iPhone HD!

  • anjay

    what a hell….if not possible…den apple must atleast launch a software dat is suited 4 iphone 2g……as dere must b a no. of iphone 2g users throughout d world…!

  • cpht

    Stop blaming them for trying to do their job: to make money. They're other job is to please the customers and they're doing that pretty well. They have 4 iPhones now its not a surprise that by this time they've dropped support for the 2G.