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.


QuickPwn 2.2.5 And PwnageTool 2.2.5 is available for iPhone 2.2.1 Jailbreak (Windows & Mac)

6 02 2009

Just two days after firmware 2.2.1 release, iPhone Dev Team has made the impossible possible again. iPhone Dev Team has just released an updated version of PwnageTool and QuickPwn for iPhone 2.2.1 jailbreak. The updated versions are now available for Windows users.

As I mentioned before, firmware 2.2.1 is only a minor bug fix update. I don’t recommend you to upgrade to this version if you already satisfy with firmware 2.2. But if you insist to upgrade to this latest firmware version for whatever reasons and plan to jailbreak your iPhone, please continue to read on carefully.

For iPhone 2G

If you’re using the 1st generation iPhone, that’s pretty easy for you. The firmware 2.2.1 does not upgrade the baseband of iPhone 2G. So, it’s quite safe to use QuickPwn 2.2.5 or PwnageTool 2.2.5 to jailbreak firmware 2.2.1.

Again, it’s up to you to decide whether you need to upgrade to firmware 2.2.1. For jailbreak, you can download QuickPwn 2.2.5 (Windows) and PwnageTool 2.2.5 (Mac), and follow the same jailbreak guide to jailbreak your iPhone for Windows.

For iPhone 3G

It’s a little-bit complicated for iPhone 3G user, as the firmware 2.2.1 upgrades the iPhone baseband to version 02.30.03. That said, the current version of iPhone 3G unlock application (i.e. yellowsn0w) cannot handle this baseband (at least for now). So, please take note if you plan to jailbreak and unlock iPhone 3G on firmware 2.2.1:

1. If you plan to upgrade to firmware 2.2.1 and unlock iPhone 3G, please do not use QuickPwn 2.2.5. Use PwnageTool 2.2.5, instead. PwnageTool allows you to create a custom version of IPSW that can be updated safely without affecting the baseband. So, you can then use yellowsn0w to unlock iPhone 3G.

2. So, when should you use QuickPwn 2.2.5 on iPhone 3G? If you just plan to jailbreak but NOT to unlock your 3G iPhone, you can use QuickPwn.

Please read the above points carefully and make sure you understand before you dive into the upgrade. Okay, you have made up your mind. You can download QuickPwn 2.2.5 and PwnageTool 2.2.5 here. To unlock iPhone 3G after using PwnageTool, you can download yellowsn0w 0.9.7 via Cydia and perform the unlock.

For the official release note for QuickPwn 2.2.5 and PwnageTool 2.2.5, you can refer to iPhone Dev-Team’s blog.

iPhone Firmware 2.2.1 Released..

29 01 2009

Apple has released firmware 2.2.1 for iPhone with minor bug fixes and improvements. The upgrade is now available for download via iTunes. In brief, this update includes:

  • Improved general stability of Safari
  • Fixed issue where some images saved from Mail do not display correctly in the Camera Roll

For user with jailbroken or unlocked iPhone, please do not upgrade to this firmware version yet. Even iTunes prompts you for the upgrade, just cancel it. This new firmware update will break the unlock of iPhone 3G using yellowsn0w as warned by iPhone Dev Team. Also, for iPhone 2G user, I suggest you to hold the upgrade until we got more updates from the developers of QuickPwn & PwnageTool.

Anyway, this is not a big firmware update. If you’re already on firmware 2.2, just stay with it. And, for those who’re planning to upgrade the firmware version, you can consider to upgrade to firmware 2.2 and jailbreak it using QuickPwn.

JailBird-WinPwn Replacement Will Come Soon

23 01 2009

The development of  WinPwn seems come to a halt after the beta release of WinPwn 2.5. Presently, to jailbreak and unlock iPhone on Windows, QuickPwn from iPhone Dev Team is the only solution. Soon, you’ll see “Jailbird“, a WinPwn replacement to be released as an alternative jailbreak solution.

Unlike QuickPwn, Jailbird lets you create a custom IPSW and change the partition size. Jailbird is the first jailbreak application on Windows that works like PwnageTool on Mac and will support firmware 2.0 to 2.2. As of today, we only have a glimpse of the screenshot. But Jailbird will soon recruit beta testers.

iPhone Dev-Team Warns About Upgrading iPhone 2.2 Firmware

17 11 2008

The iPhone Dev-Team warns that installing the iPhone 2.2 firmware might prevent a software unlock when it is available. They were also thought a good news about unlocking iPhone 3G progress.

And they said:

“We’ve made some decent progress with the iPhone 3G, nothing worthy of a party as yet but we are moving along nicely, we’ll keep you updated on this.

Now for something a bit more serious, we’ve explained about Apple’s updates in the past and we’ve warned against the immediate installation of these updates without knowing what they do to your device.

This is indeed true of the iPhone 3G’s upcoming 2.2 release. Installing ‘2.2’ on the iPhone 3G could affect your chances of any software unlock in the near future (should one be found and released), so when you see an update in iTunes await our instructions first!

Please don’t blindly install the update and then complain about it later 😉

I’ll post the safe upgrade path when it becomes available. Read more details on their blog.

iPhone News: Dev-Team Unlock & Jailbreak iPhone 2.2 Firmware (Beta)

8 11 2008

The iPhone Dev Team announced in another post that they’ve successfully jailbroken and unlocked iPhone 2.2 firmware (Beta) on a first generation device. See the details on their blog..

iPhone News: iPhone Dev-Team Cracked iPhone 3G Baseband!

27 10 2008

The iPhone Dev Team revealed early Sunday (26 October 2008) morning that they have made a crucial breakthrough in the process of unlocking the iPhone 3G. See a video on their blog for the demonstrating to hacked the baseband processor of an iPhone 3G.