Palm Reports Apple to USB Compliance Organization

Palm has reported Apple, to the USB Implementers Forum for improper use of the Vendor ID used to identify devices Palm Logousing the USB interface.

“Palm believes that openness and interoperability offer better experiences for users by allowing them the freedom to use the content they own without interference across devices and services, so on behalf of consumers, we have notified the USB Implementers Forum of what we believe is improper use of the Vendor ID number by another member.”

This move is a bold statement by Palm given the company’s apparent misuse of Apple’s USB Vendor ID in order to permit iTunes media syncing.

When plugging a Palm Pre running WebOS 1.1, it’s identifies itself with an Apple USB Vendor ID:

Product ID: 0x8002
Vendor ID: 0x05ac (Apple Inc.)
Version: 0.16
Manufacturer: Palm Inc.

Such use of another manufacturer’s Vendor ID is “strictly prohibited” by the USB Implementers Forum:

When you apply for a USB Vendor ID, you sign a form that explicitly states that:

“Unauthorized use of assigned or unassigned USB Vendor ID Numbers and associated Product ID Numbers are strictly prohibited.”

Hacker Enables Tethering in iPhone OS 3.0

Steve Troughton-Smith of Ireland, whilst he “was hacking around with APNs in the Carrier.bundle itcc file” managed to work out how to tether his iPhone 3G over USB.

Tethering Homescreen
Thethering Prefs


Apple did confirm that Tethering was in OS 3.0 but that it was dependent on carriers choice to weather or not it would be enabled.

For people who are unaware of what tethering is, it’s using the iPhone’s EDGE or 3G connection and using it on a computer which the phone is either attached over USB or Bluetooth, sharing the connection so that if you have no WiFi and you don’t have a 3G card you could just plug in your iPhone and browse away.