iPhone/iPod touch Terminology

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  1. ZombieKiller

    ZombieKiller Banned

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    To all the people in people in the iPodTouchFans Community, new and old, here are a couple of words that will help you understand what we are talking about in this here Forum. If there is anything wrong in the following, or anything would fit in here... please leave a reply or send my a PM.

    Also, if there is something that you dont understand, and its not here... Reply or PM.


    Activation: When you first purchase your iPhone all you can do is call 911 until you activate with AT&T (or similar). If you are using an official Apple carrier carrier then you can activate through iTunes; otherwise you will have to perform a hack to activate your iPhone. Once activated it becomes an iPod touch with camera and bluetooth at which point you will want to proceed to jailbreak and possibly unlock it for use on other carriers.

    Apple: formerly Apple Computer, Inc., is an American multinational corporation which designs and manufactures consumer electronics and software products. The company's best-known hardware products include Macintosh computers, iPod portable media players, and the iPhone.

    App: It is a program that runs on the iPod/iPhone.

    App Store:
    The App Store is an application for the iPhone and iPod Touch created by Apple Inc., which allows users to browse and download applications, from the iTunes Store, that were developed with the iPhone SDK and published through Apple.


    Baseband: The Baseband controls the interaction between the Phone part of the iPhone and the operating system. Whenever the iPhone needs to talk to cell towers-- whether for voice or data-- it works through the Baseband. The Baseband is responsible for making sure the SIM-card is valid and for getting Signal. When you unlock your iPhone the baseband is modified to allow communication to other wireless carriers.

    Bootloader: There are at least two bootloaders in the iPhone. One is the ARM Core Bootloader and deals with the Operating System, the other is the Baseband Bootloader. Bootloaders make sure that when the iPhone boots it is doing things in the right order, and getting everything done. Currently the iPhone has shipped with two different Baseband Bootloaders (3.9 and 4.6). The 3.9BL allowed us to load a hacked baseband which matches the firmware version. Apple changed this feature in the 4.6 BL and made it require a baseband of a newer firmware version. This is why the Dev Team has released a 3.9 fakeblank BL which allows you to load a hacked baseband matching your firmware version.

    When used in reference to electronics, "brick" describes a device that cannot function in any capacity (such as a machine with damaged firmware). This usage derives from the machine now being considered "as useful, and as entertaining, as a brick."[citation needed] The term can also be used as a verb. For example, "I bricked my MP3 player when I tried to modify its firmware."

    In the strictest sense of the term, bricking must imply that the device is completely unrecoverable without some hardware replacement. If the device can be repaired through software or firmware changes, it's not a brick.


    Chronic Dev Team:
    The Chronic Dev Team is a team of developers made up of, but not limited to, chronic, ius, westbaer, AriX, pod2g, and probably more. Chronic Dev Blog

    comex: The developer of the Spirit Jailbreak - allows you to jailbreak any model/generation iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad running on Firmware 3.1.2/3.1.3 or 3.2.

    Cydia: Cydia is a package installer developed and managed by Jay Freeman (aka saurik). It's essentially an App Store for jailbroken applications.

    Cydia Store: Allows you to purchase various jailbroken third-party applications. For jailbroken applications that are not free.


    DFU: DFU or Device Firmware Upgrade mode allows the S5L8900 to be restored from any state. It resides in the VROM and is vulnerable to the pwnage 2.0 exploit. In other words... its like Recovery Mode, but used if your iPod/iPhone is "severe" condition.

    How To Enter DFU Mode:
    1. Put the iPod/iPhone in Recovery Mode, and have the iPod Cable Connected. (See Recovery Mode)
    2. Hold the Home button for 5 Seconds.
    3. Without letting go, Hold the Home and Sleep Buttons for 10 Seconds.
    4. Let go of the Sleep button, and keep on holding the Home button for 30 more seconds.
    Dock: The Dock is located at the bottom of the Springboard, which hold 4 Apps. The Apps do not change when the Page is changed on the Springboard.


    Another way to say "For Example". It is an abbreviation of Latin phrase exempli gratia.


    Firmware: Firmware is a term sometimes used to denote the fixed, usually rather small, programs that internally control various electronic devices. Typical examples range from end user products such as remote controls or calculators, via computer parts and devices like harddisks, keyboards, TFT screens or memory cards, all the way to scientific instrumentation and industrial robotics.


    geohot: A developer who has successfully managed to jailbreak various firmwares and devices such as the iPhone and iPad.



    Installer: Installer is a 3rd party application that was created by Nullriver. It is now being developed by R.I.P Dev, but it will never be the same... OH GOD NO!!!

    iPodTouchFans: Its the damn site bro!

    iPTF: See iPodTouchFans

    iPod:iPod is a brand of portable media players designed and marketed by Apple Inc. and launched on October 23, 2001. Some people refer to the iPod Touch as just an iPod... since this is a iPod Touch Forum.

    iPod Touch:
    The iPod Touch is a portable media player and Wi-Fi mobile platform designed and marketed by Apple Inc. It is the main thing we talk about on this Website... dont know what one is? Well... why are you here?

    iPod Touch 2G:
    The Second Generation of iPod Touch. Its a slight upgrade from the iPod Touch... few new features include Speakers, New Processor, and new back. See iPod Touch.

    The iPhone is an internet-connected multimedia smartphone designed and marketed by Apple Inc. with a flush multi-touch screen and a minimal hardware interface.

    iPhone 3G:
    The Second Generation iPhone. New Features include a new screen, new back, and added 3G Capabilities. See iPhone.

    iPhoneLinux: iPhonelinux is a project which goals are to port linux on the iPhone and make a Free (free software) OS alternative to the Apple proprietary "iPhone OS".

    iPhone Dev Team:
    A development team that has worked on various exploits on the iPod and iPhone. Their team is derived from asap18, bgm, Bugout, bushing, c1de0x, chris, dinopio, drudge, Fred_, ghost_000, gray, iZsh, jim–, MuscleNerd, netkas, np101137, p*nisbird, planetbeing, pr3d4t0r, pumpkin, pytey, roxfan, saurik, Turbo, w___, wizdaz, Zf.

    See iPod Touch... its recommended if you don't say this when referring to the iPod Touch, you will get flamed.

    Icy: An application that downloads and installs third party apps, like Cydia. This is RIPDev's attempt to make a cleaner and faster version of Cydia, and an attempt to better their version of Installer.


    Jailbreak: Jailbreak is the act of exploiting a bug or design flaw in a software application or hardware to gain access to resources which normally would have been protected from an application or user. The result is that the application or hardware performs actions with more privileges than intended by the application developer or system administrator.




    Macintosh (Mac):
    A brand name which covers several lines of personal computers designed, developed, and marketed by Apple Inc. Includes the MacBook, iMac, and Mac Pro.


    Nullriver: Nullriver was the creator of Installer and Summerboard. Nullriver now develops for the AppStore. See AppStore. Installer is now managed and developed by R.I.P Dev Team. See R.I.P Dev Team.


    Operating System: An operating system (commonly abbreviated OS and O/S) is the infrastructure software component of a computer system; it is responsible for the management and coordination of activities and the sharing of the limited resources of the computer.

    OS: See Operating System.

    OOB: "Out of box" or "Out of the Box". It usually refers to iPhone unlockability directly out of the box... with out hard modifications, or to describe the firmware that the iPhone or iPod comes with (E.G. iPhone 2.0 OOB)

    OTB: See OOB


    Pwn: See Pwnage.

    Pwnage: Pwnage was an exploit found from the iPhone Development Team that modifies the VROM. It is the main Jailbreak tool that is used now. See Pwnage Tool

    Pwnage Tool:
    Pwnage Tool is created by the iPhone Development Team that uses the Pwnage exploit


    QuickPwn: A fast and easy tool to use to Pwn your iPod or iPhone. See PwnageTool.


    RedSn0w: RenSn0w is the exploit and jailbreak tool for the iPod Touch 2G that the iPhone Dev Team has developed. It was released as a set of commands that have to be manually entered. At the moment, it is a Tethered Jailbreak. See Tethered Jailbreak.

    Recovery Mode: This is the mode the Apple ramdisk enters to restore the iPod/iPhone.

    How to Enter Recovery Mode:
    1. Disconnect your iPod, and hold the home button.
    2. While holding the Home Button, connect your iPod/iPhone to your Computer.
    3. Keep holding the home button, and an image of iTunes should come up on the iPod/iPhone.
    Repo: See Repository.

    Repository is a site that has packages downloadable by Cydia or Installer. A Repository can be added to Cydia or Installer as a link to a website.

    R.I.P Development Team: Another Development Team in the iPhone Scene. They Manage the famous Installer... well, the not so famous anymore.

    Rock Your Phone: Similar to Cydia Store, its a app on your iTem that lets you purchase full fledged programs, from 3rd Party Companies.


    Safari is a proprietary Internet web browser developed by Apple Inc. It is now the main internet browser for Mac OS, and iPhone OS.

    Screenshot: A screenshot, screen capture, or screen dump is an image taken by the computer to record the visible items displayed on the monitor or another visual output device. It can also be also be referred to a Screenie, Screeny, SS, and Screen Cap.

    Springboard: The Springboard is the screen that you know and love... the screen that you have all seen... the Home Screen.

    Summerboard: Summerboard was the first application (Developed by NullRiver) to allow the iPod/iPhone to be theme-able... it was discontinued when the Development team for this application started to make applications for the AppStore

    SSH: Secure Shell or SSH is a network protocol that allows data to be exchanged using a secure channel between two networked devices.

    Sticky: A post that is Stuck or Stickied means that its always going to be on top of other posts. It will move around but it will always be on top of post that are not Stickied.

    Status Bar: The Status Bar, or Notification Bar, is the bar that is always on the top of the iPod/iPhone. It shows the Phone Carrier, Phone Signal, Wi-Fi Signal, Time, and Battery Status.

    SMB: An abbreviation for Super Monkey Ball, or formerly for Summerboard.


    Tethered Jailbreak:
    A Tethered Jailbreak is when an iPod/iPhone needs to have commands injected to boot up to a Jailbroken State.

    TTR: Abbreviation for the original jailbreak game called Tap Tap Revolution and it's App Store successor called Tap Tap Revenge (a game developed by Tapulous).




    WinterBoard: The successor to NullRivers Summerboard, which allows more customization to the iPod/iPhone.

    WinSCP: WinSCP (Windows Secure CoPy) is an open source SFTP and FTP client for Microsoft Windows. Its main function is secure file transfer between a local and a remote computer.




    Zibri: The Creator or "Stealer" of ZiPhone.

    ZiPhone: ZiPhone was a Jailbreak tool developed by Zibri (See Zibri) for use on both Windows and Mac to jailbreak firmware 1.1.3 to 1.1.5. There were allegations of Zibri "stealing code from other development teams to create ZiPhone. ZiPhone is not in development anymore.


    3G: A short form for "3rd generation" and a cellular networking protocol (iPhone 3G or 3G for example).
  2. Baker5

    Baker5 Well-Known Member

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    very nice how about apps cause some people dont know what those are
  3. latinoboi113

    latinoboi113 New Member

    Nov 1, 2008
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    Hey zombie. Nice list. Hopefully we can help you fill the rest in.
  4. deleted account 92

    deleted account 92 Active Member

    Jan 1, 2008
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    Nice, this is pretty cool.
    ------------------double post merged------------------
    You should add installer and cydia.
  5. ZombieKiller

    ZombieKiller Banned

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    Il add it now!
  6. NeSEncHo

    NeSEncHo Active Member

    Jul 16, 2008
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    I am lol-ing at the title. Shouldn't it be Terminology?

    And yes, if this gets stickied, it would be a good help.
  7. ZombieKiller

    ZombieKiller Banned

    Oct 21, 2007
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    Damn... maybe a mod could help.
  8. Alpacaman

    Alpacaman New Member

    Dec 26, 2008
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    2G iPod touch
    This would do well stickied

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    1YNQMWQVHZ Active Member

    Dec 17, 2008
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    Nice list))
  10. ZombieKiller

    ZombieKiller Banned

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    I have stuff to add... but i'm on my iPhone...

    Please Suggest things to add!

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