iPhone/iPod touch Terminology

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  1. daven1985

    daven1985 Member

    Apr 21, 2009
    #1 daven1985, Aug 3, 2009
    Last edited: Jan 20, 2010
    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.

    Appstore: 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.

    Brick: 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.

    Thanks to RenegadeKrogan... R.I.P.


    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. The team has been working on a jailbreak for the iPod touch 2G for quite a while. Chronic Dev Blog

    Cydia: Cydia is the Predecessor to Installer on 1.1.5 and below and the Successor to Installer on 2.0. See Installer. Cydia is a installer for various 3rd Party items. It is developed and managed by Jay Freeman (AKA Saurik). See Jay Freeman.

    Cydia Store: Cydia Store is developed and managed by Jay Freeman (AKA Saurik). Cydia Store lets you purchase 3rd Party Apps.


    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.


    E.G: 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.




    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.

    iPhone: 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, penisbird, planetbeing, pr3d4t0r, pumpkin, pytey, roxfan, saurik, Turbo, w___, wizdaz, Zf.

    iTouch: 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.




    Mac: See Macintosh.

    Macintosh: Macintosh, commonly shortened to Mac, is a brand name which covers several lines of personal computers designed, developed, and marketed by Apple Inc.


    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: 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.

    Quote [Originally Posted by Zombie_Killer]
  2. coconutbowling

    coconutbowling Well-Known Member

    Dec 8, 2008
    Awesome guide. If I may, I would recommend adding iPotch. It is a term I believe was made by Pablo19 which also means iPod Touch.

    Also TOFTT. This is a term which is short for take one for the team. When a new app/game is released on the AppStore, and there are no reviews, you can buy it and come back with a review to save others the trouble.
  3. CP1789

    CP1789 Well-Known Member

    Mar 15, 2009
    good guide

    SWOD(spinning wheel of death) would be another one. It happens to jailbroken iphones/touches
  4. Prab

    Prab Moderator
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    Dec 17, 2008
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    No 3GS?

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