Jailbreaking your iOS device may be officially permitted under the DMCA, but that presumes there's a jailbreak out there to run. Happily, anyone with an iOS 3.1.2, 3.1.3, 4.0, 4.0.1 or iPad 3.2.1 device now has a super-straightforward way to jailbreak, thanks to comex's new JailBreakMe site.
After yesterday's landmark DMCA ruling, all eyes were on Apple to see how the company would respond now that jailbreaking and unlocking devices is explicitly legal. Unsurprisingly, they're not throwing open the doors and welcoming in the iPhone Dev Team with open arms; in a statement to Cult of Mac, an unnamed Apple PR person reiterated that the Cupertino company recommends users do not jailbreak their iPhone or iPod touch, and that doing so will violate their warranty.
The Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) has been seen as a double-edged sword by many, offering small content producers a legitimate way to defend themselves against copyright theft, but also throwing into doubt things like fair-use excerpts, jailbreaking of devices like Apple's iPhone, and unlocking handsets. Now, in a new set of exemptions pushed for by the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), the legal rights of those looking to do those things have been made clearer and - dare we say - more palatable. That includes the proviso that jailbreaking a device to run an app that has been made incompatible by the handset manufacturer is fair use, as is bypassing copy protection on media (such as DVDs) to excerpt sections for derivative fair use works.
iPhone (and PS3) hacker Geohot has been showing off his freshly jailbroken iPhone 4, but he also apparently has no plans on releasing it. So far the bulk of the jailbreak work has been done by the iPhone Dev Team; Geohot - or George Hotz as he goes in real life - says his reasoning for not releasing the jailbreak isn't technical but motivational, since he believes users will then simply move on to demanding the next step in the unlock chain.
According to multiple sources at Apple retail, the company has decided to hold off on releasing their next iOS4 firmware update so as to use it to patch the hole used in the promised jailbreak hack. Two employees from an Apple Store in Lakeside, UK, have apparently confirmed to Redmond Pie that the iOS 4.0.1 (or 4.1) update will be toward the end of Apple's tipped "next few weeks" release window.
An all-devices jailbreak that will liberate the iPhone 4 from its Apple lock and permit the installation of unofficial third-party software - among other things - has been promised as imminent by one of the iPhone Dev Team, who has confirmed that the group's next release will address the fourth-generation smartphone. MuscleNerd revealed that the next jailbreak app will work in a similar way to Spirit, addressing all devices, all bootroms and the latest official Apple firmware, with a "painless install".
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.
iOS4 is out for the iPhone 3GS, 3G and second-gen iPod touch, but what about your precious hacktivation or jailbreak? The iPhone Dev Team have been working like busy beavers to update their redsn0w tool to handle iOS4, and have just pushed out a new beta, redsn0w 0.9.5b5-3, that can hacktivate an iOS4-running iPhone 3G as well as jailbreak both that handset and the iPod touch 2G.
Keen to get iOS4 on your iPhone before Apple officially release it on June 21st? Turns out, with the iOS4 Golden Master (GM) release in the wild - which Apple pushed out to developers after Monday's WWDC keynote - those of us with iPhone 3G or 3GS handsets can now take advantage of the new functionality, and thanks to a little hacking you can also jailbreak an iOS4-running iPhone 3G and enable the custom wallpapers and multitasking Apple don't want you to have.
Last we heard of Wi-Fi Sync, the app which allows you to wireless synchronize your Apple device with iTunes, it had been updated for Windows and the iPad; now developer Greg Hughes is adding 3G and VPN support. The app - only available in the Cydia store for jailbroken iPhone, iPod touch and iPad devices, since Apple refused it entry into the official App Store - is also on sale, at $4.99.