iDongle – Boot your tethered jailbroken iPhone or iPod Touch without a PC

One of the issues for the free-minded owners of later versions of the iPhone 3GS and iPod Touch 2G & 3G is the inability to do an “untethered jailbreak”. These devices CAN be jailbroken but have to be connected to a PC on each reboot and be jailbroken again, or else be stuck in recovery mode. There is still no word from either Geohot or the iPhone Dev Team when or even whether an untethered jailbreak will be possible for the latest Jesus devices.

Meanwhile, Mribreakit, an electronics engineer from France has decided to go the other way and make a dongle-type device to make a standalone tethered boot of a jailbroken device. And while it’s still in prototype stages at the moment, it seems like a new round of Apple vs Community battle has begun.

Product info, video and some pictures after the gap.

# What is it ?

This is a standalone piece of hardware able to boot your jailbreaked device (a.k.a “tethered boot”), and optionnally to jailbreak and hacktivate it if not already done.

# Why do I need this ?

If your jailbreaked device is stuck into “recovery mode” (i.e Connect-to-iTunes logo) each time you restart or reboot your device, then it may be usefull for you =)

# I want one !

From now, I only have a dozen of (working) prototype. I need to raise some minimal funds to start manufacturing them in quantities, to lower the price as much as possible for the community. You can help by buying me a prototype at good price, or simply donate as pre-order :)

* How do I know if my device is concerned ?

Any iPhone 3GS made after week 40 (2009). The week number is usually the 4th and 5th digit of the serial number. iPod Touch 2G whose serial number begins with “MC” are concerned or any iPod Touch 3G.

* Which device is supported ?

From now, iPhone 3GS and iPodTouch 2G/3G are supported, all with OS 3.1 / 3.1.1 / 3.1.2 only, but the later is recommended.

* Will you support OS 3.1.3 ?

Maybe, or not. iDongle can be easily updated through USB. If jailbreak is available, I’ll try and post a free update.

* Does it provide unlock ?

Not directly. Look for Geohot’s “sn0w” or Dev Team’s “ultrasn0w” package on Cydia.

  • Thunderclaw

    This is actually pretty cool, although lugging one of these ugly pieces of hardware around with you could be a bother. Also not loving the name.

    Although I guess you probably wouldn’t care if you wanted to reboot your iDevice.

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