If you’re a proud iPhone owner, you’ve probably noticed the fact that Apple has a stranglehold over the Applications Store. Apple has the first and last say over the programs that make it into this outlet, and if the Powers that Be decide that your application is a threat to the company, it will simply not be accepted.
For determined iPhone users, however, there is a route around this virtual monopoly. A jailbroken iPhone is capable of running code for programs that don’t originate in the App Store, opening up programming to anyone and everyone who can string together some code. This new development threatens to give computer programmers across the world the ability to develop applications without fear of being rejected by Apple.
Any of the iPhone models can now be jailbroken, including the newest model, the 3GS. A quick search will bring up your options. Choose wisely, of course: look for a program that can be erased to leave no trace, as you should be forewarned that jailbreaking an iPhone automatically voids Apple’s standard warranty.
So what applications can you look forward to enjoying once you’ve become an owner of an unlocked iPhone? Perhaps the most talked about and most downloaded is Fring. This one has AT&T (the only cell phone company licensed to sell and provide service for the iPhone) absolutely terrified, and for good reason. Once downloaded, Fring allows you to run Skype from your iPhone. Why does that have AT&T so freaked? Well, if you can use Skype rather than your cell phone minutes, suddenly your wireless company isn’t pulling in all that revenue from you going over your plan. Another app that falls into this “scare the crap out of AT&T” category is SkySMS, which allows you to send text messages for free. For folks who constantly go over their rationed number of text messages each month, that could be enough of a reason to jailbreak right there.
There are some other cool apps out there for those lucky enough to own a jailbroken iPhone. Take BossPrefs, for instance. This exciting application gives you much more precise control over your iPhone’s preferences, including the ability to customize icons. With that kind of functionality, you can have the coolest jailbroken iPhone on the block in no time at all.
A jailbroken iPhone also gives you the ability to add ringtones and change your phone’s wallpaper, functions that are impossible on units that haven’t been modified.
As competition keeps increasing in the mobile phone sector, you can expect Apple to continue to blacklist more and more applications. Take Google, for example. Now that the G-Men are developing Android, Apple is spooked, and they’re running for cover. That means more and more applications developed by Google are being rejected from the Apps Store. We can only expect this trend to continue. Luckily, with a jailbroken iPhone, you can use any of the applications you want.
Apple has revised its original AirPrint announcement, they removed it’s huge promise, support for the second-generation iPod touch. It was announced way back in September. Apple originally said that printing would be supported on devices that support iOS multitasking, but they listed the second-generation iPod touch as compatible. The second-generation iPod touch has since been removed from the compatible device list, however, there’s no doubt that once iOS 4.2 is jailbroken, there will be a tweak available for download from Cydia to allow the iPod touch 2G to print wirelessly.
To make this short and sweet, iH8sn0w, maker of the extremely popular jailbreak too, Sn0wbreeze, has announced a release date for Sn0wbreeze 2.0. It will be released Wednesday September 23, 2010. Here’s the devices it will jailbreak:
- iPhone 2G — Works out the box
- iPhone 3G — Works out the box
- iPhone 3GS (old bootrom) — Requires you to be already jailbroken. (If you are the old bootrom on Spirit or Jailbreakme use Spirit2Pwn on http://repo.woowiz.net)
- iPhone 3GS (new bootrom) — Requires you to be on 3.1.2
- iPhone 4 (When exploit is released)
- iPod Touch 1G — Works out the box
- iPod Touch 2G (MB) — Works Out the Box
- iPod Touch 2G (MC) — Requires you to be on 3.1.2
- iPod Touch 3G — Requires you to be on 3.1.2
- iPod Touch 4 — (When exploit is released)
- iPad — (When exploit is released)
This new version is said to jailbreak iOS 3.1.x, 4.0, 4.0.1, and 4.1.
A new version of iReb is also said to be released. iREB is a tool for Windows and Mac that will bypass any errors while restoring to a custom IPSW in iTunes.
A jailbreak tutorial will be posted here as well as on our YouTube channel on Wednesday showing how to perform the jailbreak. We will also upload a video demonstrating how to jailbreak the iPod touch 4 & iPhone 4 when the exploits are released. Follow @TechGeec to stay up-to-date and if you have any questions, leave a comment below and we’ll get back to you ASAP.
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As we all know, Apple decided to come out with their own version of multitasking in iOS4. The problem is that it’s not “true” multitasking. In this tutorial, I will explain how to use Apple’s multitasking bar with Backgrounder. This disables Apple’s multitasking and replaces it with Backgrounder’s multitasking.
This is great for older iDevices with 128MB RAM (iPod touch 1G, iPod touch 2G, iPhone 2G, iPhone 3G) because they don’t support Apple’s multitasking but it will still work perfectly using this method.
1. Open Cydia and download Backgrounder
2. Open Backgrounder and go to Global. Make sure “Backgrounder” is checked as ‘Backgrounding Method’ and “Fall Back to Native” is TURNED OFF
3. SSH into the directory: /System/Library/CoreServices/SpringBoard.app
4. Locate the N72AP.plist (or N82AP.plist)
5. Backup the .plist file. Edit your .plist in any text editing software and add the following key after <dict> and before </dict>:
6. Copy the newly edited .plist file back to the directory on your iDevice (OR save it if you edited it straight from your SSH client) and REBOOT.
7. Open Cydia and download a package, “Remove Recents”.
8. Respring (or reboot if you don’t know how to respring).
The OtterBox Defender Series case for the iPad is the most protective iPad case on the market to date. It’s strength combined with it’s stealth-like design makes it one of a kind and well worth the $89.95 (pricey – yes – but worth it when protecting a $600 device).
The case features a hard plastic internal shell coupled with a shock-absorbent exterior silicone layer makes for the perfect combination. The plastic shell holds the device in place while protecting virtually every part of the device while the silicone layer provides added support for drops and such while also covering the the headphone jack as to protect against debris that might find it’s way into the ports. It also features a removable piece at the bottom of the case to allow for easy docking in Apple’s iPad charging dock.
The Defender Series has a cutout on the back to display the Apple logo, however, it has a plastic film on it so that logo’s area is not exposed. It also comes with a clear screen protector to protect the entire screen of the iPad from scratches.
The one and only downside that this case has, is the fact that it adds so much bulk as well as weight, but that is to be expected with such a protective case. I highly recommend picking this case up for yourself and out of the several iPad cases that I own, I normally choose this one.
The OtterBox Defender Series case for the iPhone 3G/3GS, iPod touch 2G/3G, iPhone 4 (coming soon), and the iPad (coming soon) is the most protective iDevice case on the market to date. It’s strength combined with it’s stealth-like design makes it one of a kind and well worth the money. Prices are as follows:
- iPhone 3G/3GS: $49.95
- iPod touch 2G/3G: $29.95
- iPhone 4: $49.95
- iPad: $89.95
The case features a hard plastic internal shell coupled with a shock-absorbent exterior silicone layer makes for the perfect combination. The plastic shell holds the device in place while protecting virtually every part of the device while the silicone layer provides added support for drops and such while also covering the 30-pin dock connector as well as the headphone jack as to protect against debris that might find it’s way into those ports.
The Defender Series has a cutout on the back to display the Apple logo, however, it has a plastic film on it so that logo’s area is not exposed. There is also a “built-in” screen protector which will still work with a separate screen protector that may be already installed on the device.
The one and only downside that this case has, is the fact that it adds so much bulk, but that is to be expected with such a protective case. I highly recommend picking this case up for yourself and out of the twenty-or-so cases I own, this is my preferred case.
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There has been so much confusion lately on which devices can be jailbroken, what programs to use, etc. Hopefully the video below will answer your questions. If you still have questions that weren’t answered in the video, leave a comment and your question will be answered ASAP.
Quote (via iPhone Dev-Team Blog)
PwnageTool 4.0 Release Info
On Monday, Apple released firmware 4.0 for the iPhone and iPod touch devices. This of course was a major upgrade.
As advised, you shouldn’t have upgraded your devices if you have previously relied on our tools for hacktivation and/or a carrier unlock.
With that said, today we are releasing PwnageTool 4.0
PLEASE READ THIS ENTIRE POST CAREFULLY, THERE ARE KNOWN UPGRADE TRAPS AND DIFFERENT UPGRADE SCENARIOS THAT NEED TO BE FULLY UNDERSTOOD AND CONSIDERED BEFORE USING THESE TOOLS.
Each supported device has few different scenarios that users need to consider when performing the upgrades, you need to check below and perform the upgrade in the particular way that matches your current device state.
NB: With PwnageTool 4.0 certain devices are not supported this is because they are not supported in iOS 4.0 or they are not supported by our software. We’re working on ways to get past these restrictions.
- iPhone 2G - not supported
- iPod Touch – not supported
- iPod Touch 3G – not supported
PwnageTool 4.0 only recognizes the official IPSWs that came out yesterday. If you had developer access to the “4.0 GM” IPSWs, do not try to use those.
Summary: Currently, PwnageTool only works on previously jailbroken 3GS devices with the old bootrom.
- If you have a Jailbroken iPhone 3GS with the OLD BOOTROM and you DID NOT use Spirit to jailbreak then you can create the ipsw with PwnageTool 4.0 and restore with your jailbroken recovery mode.
- If you have an iPhone 3GS with the NEW BOOTROM this is NOT supported by PwnageTool 4.0
- If you have a Jailbroken iPhone 3G at 3.1.2 (but not jailbroken with Spirit) then you should create the ipsw with PwnageTool 4.0 and restore from recovery mode or DFU mode.
- If you have an out of the box iPhone 3G you should restore using a PwnageTool 4.0 ipsw using DFU mode.
- If you have a Jailbroken 3.1.3 iPhone 3G it is very possible that this can fail from recovery mode, if this failure happens you will need to restore using DFU mode.
- As an alternative to PwnageTool, you can use redsn0w on iPhone 3G (on both Windows and Mac) as mentioned in our last post.
IMPORTANT! Whenever you need to enter DFU mode, you will need to do so using PwnageTool.
iPod touch 2G
- If you have an iPod touch 2G (non-MC model) that is jailbroken (but not with Spirit) then you can restore using recovery mode.
- As an alternative to PwnageTool, you can use redsn0w on non-MC iPod Touch 2G (on both Windows and Mac) as mentioned in our last post.
- As you probably know by now, ultrasn0w has been updated to cover all basebands from 04.26.08 onward. Many thanks to @sherif_hashim for finding the crashing command that the new ultrasn0w 0.93 uses! He worked hard at finding the crash, and he kept it confidential until the right time to use it.
- iPhone 3G and 3GS baseband unlockers (those who rely on ultrasn0w to make phone calls) should always be very wary to update their firmware, however our Ultrasn0w application will unlock all recent (including the current) 3GS and 3G baseband firmware versions. Once you are jailbroken using PwnageTool 4.0, install ultrasn0w from Cydia and you’ll be unlocked.
- Remember! This baseband unlock situation is rare, should you upgrade your iPhone blindly at the next iOS release please don’t expect an unlock – but for now you are OK (whatever state your baseband is in).
Please feel free to ask any questions in the comment section below. We’ve got a bunch of expert help there, including our friendly moderators confucious and angie!
Official Bittorrent Releases
PwnageTool 4.0 Torrent - PwnageTool_4.0.dmg.5644414.TPB.torrent
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