Yesterday's news of a simple, webpage-based Jailbreak solution for the iPhone 4, iPad and iPod touch took most of us by surprise, but the fact that over-demand crashed the JailbreakMe.com servers didn't. Now they're back up, but if you managed to run your device through the jailbreaking process early yesterday then you might find a few issues remaining: namely, problems with FaceTime video calling and MMS messaging.
It was a busy week in tech with lots of new announcements and gear showing up during the week. Early in the week Android App Inventor launched to turn anyone into a developer of apps for Android smartphones. The software uses drag and drop goodness to make developing simple apps easy.
If you're an international customer (not in the United States), then you won't have to do much to get your hands on an unlocked iPhone 4. They come like that across the pond. So, as is usual 'round these parts, devs had to crack down on their social lives to get the new iPhone, running iOS4, unlocked. It involved rewriting the entire ultrasn0w software, which meant previous versions couldn't be used, thanks to the new baseband that Apple installed in the iPhone 4. But, PlanetBeing and MuscleNerd of the iPhone Dev Team have managed to get an iPhone 4, running iOS4, unlocked.
Having pushed out an iOS4 redsn0w updated yesterday for the iPhone 3G, the iPhone Dev Team are back today with a new version of their PwnageTool 4.01 for the iPhone 3GS, 3G and second-gen iPod touch. The new software works with the new iOS4 releases Apple pushed out earlier in the week, together with an updated version of the ultrasn0w baseband unlocking tool that severs the carrier lock.
The iPhone Dev Team have released the latest version of redsn0w, the software tool for jailbreaking, unlocking and customizing Apple's PMPs and smartphones, and version redsn0w 0.9.2 now supports all iPhone and iPod touch models. Apple iPhone OS firmware 3.0 and 3.1.2 are supported, though for certain carrier unlocks you'll need to follow up with ultrasn0w or blacksn0w.
Apple is reportedly blocking one of the most anticipated features of iPhone OS 3.0, Push Notifications, for those users who have unlocked their handsets. The issue has been flagged up by developer PoweryBase, who offer the NotifyMe reminder app, after finding "more than 80-percent of customer support requests" are from users complaining their hacked iPhone and iPod touch devices prove incompatible with the software. The issue is being blamed on Apple's servers, which handle the Push Notification Service (APNS); the company is seemingly denying APNS updates to those handsets which have been unlocked.
The iPhone Dev Team may have held off on releasing their ultrasn0w iPhone 3GS jailbreaking and unlocking tool, but that hasn't stopped long-time Apple hacker George Hotz. He's released a tool called purplera1n which, while not unlocking the iPhone 3GS, does at least jailbreak it so that unofficial third-party apps can be installed.
The iPhone Dev Team have announced that they are delaying the release of the updated ultrasn0w iPhone 3GS jailbreaking and unlocking tool. In a post on the Team's blog, they detail the nature of the exploit used to jailbreak (and then unlock) the 3GS, a loophole which Apple could readily close once it was made public.
Owners of the new iPhone 3GS will soon be able to jailbreak and unlock their smartphone, thanks to a five-month-old security flaw in the handset's baseband. The iPhone Dev Team have verified that Apple have not addressed an exploit known as 24Kpwn that was originally identified in the iPod touch 2G; with it, they will be able to upgrade their ultrasn0w tool to work on the iPhone 3GS.