iPhone 3.0 Beta Jailbreak: Hold Off, Not To Jailbreak

11 04 2009

As I reported in my earlier post, you shouldn’t worry about the jailbreak issue for iPhone firmware 3.0. With the recent release of iPhone 3.0 Beta 2, iPhone Dev-Team has once again confirmed that it can be jailbroken by using QuickPwn and PwnageTool. As mentioned in its Dev blog, the team said that once a given device can be jailbroken, it can always be jailbroken. So, it’s not surprise that we can jailbreak iPhone 3.0 when it’s officially released.

However, the team also mentioned they will not release any beta version of QuickPwn or PwnageTool for jailbreaking iPhone 3.0 beta. They will only debut the jailbreak tools when iPhone 3.0 is officially released this summer. Here are the reasons:

1. We don’t want to have to release a new version of PwnageTool and QuickPwn for every beta release. Last time around during the 2.0 beta period, there were nine (9!) Apple releases, spaced within a few weeks of each other.
2. There are unresolved problems that we’re still working on. It’s currently impossible to get the 3.0 firmware to talk to baseband 02.28 where yellowsn0w lives, for instance.
3. We don’t want to have to support everyone who wants to back down from the betas…because the betas are, well, buggy.
4. It’s silly to play cat&mouse with Apple during a beta period, when relatively few people are willing to actually use the beta software in their everyday lives. There are ways Apple can tighten the screws, and we’d rather not burn methods just for a beta release.

Probably, you may have heard of the release of QuickPwn 3.0 Beta somewhere around the web for jailbreak iPhone 3.0 Beta 2. Please take note it’s adventurous to jailbreak with QuickPwn Beta. That version of QuickPwn is an UNOFFICIAL release, as iPhone Dev Team warned. The team has published a warning about it:

THE MOST IMPORTANT THING ABOUT THE UNOFFICIAL QUICKPWN RELEASES IS THAT IF YOU USE THEM, YOU WILL KILL YELLOWSN0W, POSSIBLY FOREVER. That’s because QuickPwn, by its very nature, requires you to already have accepted Apple’s official IPSW, along with its baseband update. If you do that, you will (possibly forever) lose your ability to software-unlock your iPhone 3G.

So, what does it mean to you? Simply hold off the jailbreak until iPhone Dev Team releases an official QuickPwn or PwnageTool for iPhone 3.0.

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