MuscleNerd of the iPhone Dev Team has just confirmed via Twitter that his team will soon be releasing an untethered jailbreak for all iTouch devices running iOS 4.3.1.
At the moment, the only jailbreak available for iOS 4.3.1 is a tethered jailbreak released by DjayB6. MuscleNerd also confirmed that the jailbreak is in its final stage, with the team busy in ironing out some bugs.
This new jailbreak will work for the iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPod Touch 3G/4G, Apple TV 2G and the original iPad. However, like the DjayB6‘s tethered jailbreak for iOS 4.3.1, this new jailbreak method will also not support the iPad 2.
iPhone 4 owners who have unlocked their device via Ultrasn0w, are recommended not to update their iOS version and use this jailbreak. If they do so, their baseband version will be upgraded and they will lose their unlock.
The jailbreak is based on an exploit found by i0n1c, and will be available for both Windows and Mac users via Redsn0w and PwnageTool, respectively. Hopefully, the iPhone Dev Team will release the updated version of PwnageTool and sn0wbreeze within a week or so.
Cydia, the App Store for all jailbroken iTouch device owners, was recently updated by its owner Saurik – and his team members.
Cydia 1.1 is faster, sleeker and, consumes less RAM than the previous version. One of the major problems with Cydia was that it does not support multi-tasking. Even the latest version of Cydia does not support multi-tasking, due to some root related issues as explained by Saurik here.
However, the developer has added a resume where you left-offfeature, as a workaround for the lack of multi-tasking. The new version will also allow users to run and operate Activator, libstatusbar, and SimulatedKeyEvents, when Cydia is running.
The app start-up time and package loading times have also been reduced drastically. Compatibility with older packages has also been improved along with an improved search algorithm and support for more local languages.
Readers can know more about the changes in Cydia 1.1 here. iTouch owners, who have jailbroken their device, can install Cydia from within Cydia itself.
Apple released the iOS 4.3.1 a couple of days ago, to address battery life issues and graphical glitches with iPod Touch.
Now, within a day of its release, iOS 4.3.1 has been jailbroken by DjayB6. Sadly, the jailbreak is a tethered’ one at the moment. This means iTouch device owners will need to jailbreak their device, every time they reboot it.
As of now, the iOS 4.3.1 tethered’ jailbreak will only work for the iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPod Touch 3G/4G, Apple TV 2G and iPad.
Owners of the latest generation Apple’s tablet, iPad 2, will have to wait for some more time before a jailbreak comes out for their device. Until then, they are recommended not to update their iOS version to 4.3.1.
Also, iPhone 3GS and iPhone 4 owners who have unlocked their handset using Ultrasn0w are recommended not to update to iOS 4.3.1. If they do so, their baseband version will be upgraded and they will lose the network unlock. The tethered’ jailbreak is only available for Mac OS X based PCs.
Hopefully, a Windows version will be released soon. The steps to jailbreak your iTouch device running iOS 4.3.1 can be found here.
Today morning, iOS hacker iH8sn0whas released an updated version of his application sn0wbreeze which brings some nifty features for iOS device owners.
The latest beta of sn0wbreeze brings with it hosts of performance improvements and bug fixes.
The beta also adds an option to enable multi-touch gestures for iTouch devices running iOS 4.3. Yes, the same multi-touch gestures which were first introduced by Apple in the iOS 4.3 betas, which were seeded to developers.
Below is a video showing the multi-touch gestures :
However, these handy multi-touch gestures were dropped from the final version of iOS 4.3.
sn0wbreeze allows iOS owners to jailbreak their iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPod Touch 4 and the iPad 1/2. Readers can simply download sn0wbreeze from here and follow the on-screen instructions on how to jailbreak their device.
However, the app will only tether’ jailbreak your iTouch device running iOS 4.3, which means that the jailbreak will be lost once a user restarts his iTouch device.
Hopefully, the next major update of the iOS will bring these handy multi-touch gestures to all iTouch devices. Until then, iTouch owners can use sn0wbreeze to activate these hidden multi-touch gestures.
If you are someone who jailbreak iPhone or jailbreak iPad or jailbreak iPod Touch then it is advisable to stay away from this update. However, if you want to try out iOS 4.3 you should create a backup of the iOS 4.2.1 SHSH Blobs so that you can restore the device in future or use it for jailbreaking iOS 4.3.
Apple is smart which is why it has been taking longer and longer to jailbreak the newer versions of iOS. However, the Dev team has been able to find a workaround to jailbreak and unlock. It’s more of a cat and mouse game between these two.
The fix was put in place by @comex and @pushfix who managed to fix the issue with the latest jailbreaking tool, allowing users to continue reading book they purchased through the app store.
So if you have been facing an issue with the iBooks software, head over to the Dev Team blog to download the latest PwnageTool 4.2 bundle to jailbreak and unlock your iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad and start using iBooks again. These updates will also be made available through the Cydia app, so you can just update the app and start using iBooks app without having to restore and jailbreak your device again.
Up until now, Geohot has been known as a very talented hacker who unlocked the iDevices from Apple and hacked the PlayStation 3. However, Sony filed a lawsuit against Geohot at the beginning of this year for jailbreaking the PS3 and also requested for a restraining order (TRO) on the distribution of the jailbreak.
Now, George Hotz a.k.a Geohot has posted an explicit rap on his YouTube account explaining the lawsuit and challenging Sony as well. Readers can watch the video (NSFW lyrics) of the Geohot rap below :
Below are the full lyrics of the rap, for people who were unable to figure out what Geohot said in the above video :
Yo it’s geohot And for those who don’t know I’m getting sued by Sony
Let’s take this out of the courtroom and into the streets I’m a beast, at the least, you’ll face me in the northeast Get my ire up, light my fire I’ll go harder then Eminem went at Mariah Call me a liar Pound me in the ass with no lube, chafing You’re f*cking with the dude who got the keys to your safe and Those that can’t do bring suits Cry to your Uncle Sam to settle disputes Thought you’d tackle this with a little more tact But then again fudgepackers, I don’t know Jack
I shed a tear everytime I think of Lik Sang But shit man, they’re a corporation And I’m a personification of freedom for all You fill dockets, like thats a concept foreign to y’all While lawyers muddy water and TROs stall Out of business is jail for me And you’re suing me civilly
Exhibit this in the courtroom Go on, do it, I dare you
First the jailbreak for iDevices, then the PS3 jailbreak and now this rap. Geohot sure is a talented guy!
Up until now, iOS4.2.1 users could only tether’ jailbreak their iTouch device. A tethered’ jailbreak is a temporary jailbreak and will last only until a reboot. After rebooting, the jailbreak will be lost and the user will again need to jailbreak his iTouch using a PC/Mac. Now, the Chronic Dev. Team has finally released a tethered jailbreak for iTouch devices running iOS4.2.1.
Today, the Chronic Dev. Team tool GreenPois0n was updated to RC5 which will allow users to jailbreak their iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPod Touch 3G/4G and the iPad running on iOS 4.2.1. Unlike Redsn0w, users don’t need SHSH blobs of any previous iOS version to jailbreak. Users, who already have tethered’ jailbroken their iTouch, can directly use GreenPois0n to jailbreak their device.
iPhone 4 owners who are new to the jailbreaking scene and have unlocked their device are recommended to stay away from this jailbreak. They may accidentally update their baseband while updating to iOS 4.2.1 thus losing their unlock. They are suggested to use TinyUmbrella to preserve their baseband whilst upgrading to iOS 4.2.1.
Sadly, at the moment GreenPois0n is only available for Mac. A PC and Windows version is in the pipeline and should be coming soon. Mac owners simply need to download GreenPois0n from here and follow the on-screen instructions.
The hot topic in the Sony PlayStation community has been the security breach of the PS3 devices by computer security analysts and hackers as was revealed in the Chaos Communication Congress. When hacker George Hotz (of the legalizediPhone jailbreak fame) managed to use root keys to make the PS3 run unauthorized code, there was havoc. Geohotz’s method allows anyone with a PS3 to use his hack to run homebrew games or applications (software that is not authorized by Sony) and pirated games. While Geohotz claims that the purpose of his hack was to enable the running of homebrew software something the PS3’s smaller sibling, the PlayStation Portable, is highly sought-after for the inevitability of piracy landing on the unhackablePS3 is quite obvious.
Thus, Sony is suing George Hotz, and some other security analysts under certain laws of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA). The DMCA is supposed to be a champion for the cause of intellectual property rights and royalty rights, and is also the key support on which Digital Rights Management (DRM) stands.
However, the Electronic Frontier Foundation, an organization that tries to preserve our rights of speech and privacy in this age of electronic devices and networks, has always warned the general public about the DMCA. Corrynne McSherry and Marcia Hofmann of the EFF write:-
For years, EFF has been warning that the anti-circumvention provisions of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act can be used to chill speech, particularly security research, because legitimate researchers will be afraid to publish their results lest they be accused of circumventing a technological protection measure. We’ve also been concerned that the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act could be abused to try to make alleged contract violations into crimes.
The DMCA is also strangely inconsistent. While Geohotz is being tried under this law, earlier he was released by the same law when he allowed the jailbreaking of Apple’s iPhone. Sony also words its complaint harshly stating that Hotz and his defendants breached the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act as well:
by transmitting in interstate and foreign commerce a communication containing a threat to obtain information from a protected computer without authorization, or to impair the confidentiality of information obtained from a protected computer.
How Sony will ever remove the hack from the depths of the internet is something that will keep the tech world interested in the coming days. It would be the nearest that the net will come to seeing a slapstick comedy performed live by a huge technology company.
AT&T seems to be doing something about the multitude of iPhone jailbreaks and iPhone unlocks which allow users to use iPhone on another network. The most recent thing is sending an SMS to users to upgrade their devices to a latest update available from Apple.
However, don’t fall for the upgrade message, it is a trap. The iPhone Dev team just tweeted that the message sent by AT&T (see above) is a trap and users should not upgrade their devices, specially those who have unlocked their iPhone.
The new update will possibly break the unlock and jailbreak, rendering your device unlockable till an update is available. So please stay away from it if you want to preserve your iPhone unlocks.