Many of you may already have an iPhone 4, but there’s bound to be a number of users out there who opted not to purchase the phone outright as a factory unlocked model. If this is the case and you wish to use your iPhone 4 on another carrier (great for overseas travels – simply buy a local pay-as-you-go sim card to avoid exuberant roaming charges), you may now do so as the unlocking tool, Ultrasn0w, has just been updated to support the iPhone 4.
Version 1.0-1 of ultrasn0w works for:
- iPhone4 baseband 01.59
- 3G/3GS basebands 04.26.08, 05.11.07, 05.12.01 and 05.13.04
Needless to say, you must have a jailbroken iPhone to install ultrasn0w, but thanks to Comex, jailbreaking is now as easy as visiting JailBreakMe.com on your mobile safari. Once the process is complete, all that needs to be done is to install ultrasn0w via Cydia. If you can’t find the tool under search, you can manually add the repo: repo666.ultrasn0w.com. Take a look at the step-by-step video from youtuber @AdamFromYT after the break.
The prolific Dev Team, or more specifically, Comex, have done it again, releasing the sequel to one of the oldest Jailbreaks for the iDevice. Veteran jailbreakers will remember an early iPhone OS 1.1.1 Safari exploit that allowed users to jailbreak their devices with the minimal toolbox of Mobile Safari and a Wifi connection. About two and a half years have passed since the days of iPhone OS 1.1.1 and predictably, history has repeated itself. Here’s to 2010 and the return of the untethered jailbreak! Of course, this news comes on the cusp of a new ruling in the USA that legalises jailbreaking.
I will post a detailed walkthrough of the new jailbreak very soon, but for those who don’t want to wait, make sure to backup your iDevice and then head over to JailbreakMe.com to experience a new iDevice! Veteran jailbreakers, this really is a momentous occasion!
You can also check after the gap for a detailed listing of compatible iDevices.
George Hotz, better known as Geohot and author of the infamous blackra1n jailbreak and unlock tool that set a new standard for ease of use and speed of jailbreaking back in early autumn 2009, has officially hung his metaphorical boxing gloves in the closet.
In a historical amendment to the DMCA rules, Jailbreaking has finally been made officially legal, without all of the ifs, buts and uncertainties of the past. According to the copyright office:
The Librarian of Congress has announced the classes of works subject to the exemption from the prohibition against circumvention of technological measures that control access to copyrighted works. Persons making noninfringing uses of the following six classes of works will not be subject to the prohibition against circumventing access controls (17 U.S.C. § 1201(a)(1)) until the conclusion of the next rulemaking…
Computer programs that enable wireless telephone handsets to execute software applications, where circumvention is accomplished for the sole purpose of enabling interoperability of such applications, when they have been lawfully obtained, with computer programs on the telephone handset….
Computer programs, in the form of firmware or software, that enable used wireless telephone handsets to connect to a wireless telecommunications network, when circumvention is initiated by the owner of the copy of the computer program solely in order to connect to a wireless telecommunications network and access to the network is authorized by the operator of the network.
What does all of this hubbub mean exactly? Well, it means no one will be able to prosecute neither the developers of the jailbreak and unlock tools, like Geohot or the Dev Team, nor any users of such tools, namely you and I. Furthermore, any applications, not infringing on copyright (read purchased through Cydia and the like) regardless of the channels they have been acquired through are allowed as well.
We don’t care!
Jay Freemen aka Saurik gives an interview to Make It Work – iPhone 4 Jailbreak, the Dev-Team and much much more [video]
I don’t think there is anyone left in the iDevice community who hasn’t heard about Jay Freemen, aka Saurik. Author of the legendary Cydia, a software application that brought a new era to the iDevice jailbreak app distribution and made Installer obsolete, he rarely makes a public appearance. But somehow the folks over at Make It Work have coerced him into coming in for chat.
WWDC has just passed and Apple has just unveiled the iPhone 4. At the same moment the older models, namely iPhone 2G and 3G, are not available anymore barring bartering around the net. The net effect? devs may try to get away with creating apps for fast iDevices, leaving our oldies in the dust. If the latest iPhone 4 still is not reason enough for you to upgrade, here’s the closing article in my cycle of getting the maximum from your old and tested workhorse.
With this in mind let’s dig in to our today’s topic. iOS has support for over 3000 language packs. Realising the overhead these packs are supporting, clever people over at sinfuliphone.com have created a special script that allows you to remove the excess language packs and significantly improve the performance of all iPhone applications. Improvements include everything from native apps to the springboard. Join me on a journey to strip away the language ability of iDevice.
Apple are losing the battle. Leak after leak, their stronghouse is dripping away. This time, it isn’t stolen hardware; it’s iOS 4 that’s been fed to the wolves. The latest GM release just got out the doors today, so it’s pretty safe to say that Apple haven’t patched the security holes that allowed the original iOS 4 beta to be jailbreaked. Anyway, this jailbreak release isn’t the official badboy – that will be released later this month. If you are some sort of iPhone Jailbreaking freak who knows all the do’s and don’t's, then have at it and let iOS 4 hang with the Spirit of the iPad.
Thanks iPhone DevTeam
Some time ago we reported an independent dev team creating an version of the Android 1.6 for the iPhone 2G and having updated it later to support the iPhone 3G with over 80% of functionality (minus some minor points like Power Management ) fully supported. Well, an Italian iPhone webblog has taken the project one step further and used the OpeniBoot project basis to port the latest and greatest version of the Android platform, even still not available for the majority of native Android phones – the Android 2.2 Froyo.
Of course not everything works, some things, already implemented for the older Android 1.6 have gone wonky, like Wi-Fi and sound support. And remember, the Power Management is also still amiss, meaning your iPhone will get very hot and discharge in about an hour or so. Anyhow, if you’re feeling brave, fins the instructions, translated Italian-to-English by RedMond Piem or just check out the video after the gap.
Last week in the JBnator column I covered a VM hack for the iDevice that utilizes the age-old virtual memory technology to make up to 70MB of free RAM available for all your app needs. Unfortunately that technology was omitted from the iPhone OS for a reason: it ramps up app loading time considerably can cause frame-rate massacring when the disk swaps. This week I’m going to tell you how to get a bit more free RAM, though in no way as spectacular in terms of the increase, but with zero performance drops.
As I promised in my iDevice overclocking article, I will tell you how to free RAM on your Jesus device. As most of you probably know limited RAM is THE iDevices most limiting factor today and the reason for most app crashes. The iPhone OS tracks the amount of free memory available and starts killing off background apps when it gets low (remember, even on the the OS 3.0 Apple’s stock apps like Mail, Safari and iPod still support backgrounding out of the box). If the memory still gets under a certain threshold the OS kills the running app as well.
Well, the jailbreaking community has an answer to this, as it turns out. And the funny thing is – it is an age old technology, present in the desktop OSs for years. I’m talking of course about Virtual Memory.