Attack of the Jailbreaker

Despite all of Apple’s efforts to demote Jailbreaking with each passing day, there are more and more proponents of it. IT even started getting some high level media coverage outside of specialized tech blogs like Gizmodo and Endgadget. And now, one of the more amusing entertainment shows out there has posted it’s own video on Jailbreaking your Jesus device using spirit.


How to get yourself an iAndroid 3G

Just a little while ago, we reported about an independent hacker creating custom dual-boot Android firmware for the original iPhone. Well, Droid-fans, the same infamous team just shocked the community with another ground-shattering announcement – they have implemented most of the functionality (barring Power Management) as well as making a custom version of the firmware for the iPhone 3G. Even better – exclusively for PC World David Wang – the brain behind the project, has done a detailed step-by-step walkthrough of making your own iAndroid phone.

You can find the guide over here, but be warned:

Although this port does everything that you expect your smartphone to be able to do, it isn’t usable for day-to-day activities just yet–I haven’t implemented any power-management functions, so a fully charged iPhone running Android will last only an hour or so.

A few bugs and performance issues remain, too, so while the phone will be usable, it won’t be fast. If you do something unexpected (such as forcing the iPhone off), there is a small chance that you may end up restoring your device. However, it is impossible for any bugs to brick or disable your iPhone permanently.

Finally, media syncing is not working, so loading your media onto your phone is kind of a pain. I’m working as hard as I can, though, and I expect to fix these issues soon.

Where to find iPad-compatible Cydia applist

With the iPad jailbreak available for nearly a month now, finding compatible Cydia apps is still a major issue for many users. The problems with installing an incompatible one may range from a simple crash of the app to introducing some major issues into the OS and having to resort to a full system restore.

To help ease the pain of the jailbreak community, MuscleNerd, one of the members of the infamous Dev Team, has created a crowd-sourced Google Docs file that lists the current tested apps, both compatible and not. And while there are dangers in such an approach, namely irresponsible users and possibly even vandals, to date it is the best and only way to check out if your favourite jailbroken app is ready for the big screen.

Stuck on OS 3.1.2 and the apps want 3.1.3 already? There’s a hack for that!

With OS 4.0 just around the corner and a jailbreak for OS 3.1.3 only recently released, quite a few people are still using the good old OS 3.1.2, which has been the only choice for all the free-minded jailbreakers for almost 6 months. But more and more, apps and games on the AppStore require the 3.1.3 OS as a minimum, effectively locking out users of the older OS for now.

Well, it seems there’s a hack for that!

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The JBnator Diaries – Overclocking your iPhone or iPod Touch

Hey folks, I’m baaaack. I know it has been a while since my last JBnator article, but nothing much has been happening on the Jailbreak scene. Until now that is. With the recent iPad Spirit jailbreak and a few other bits of interesting stuff I finally have enough to put out another half-a-dozen or so articles. So, let’s get to today’s hot topic: overclocking your iPhone/iPod touch.

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Mount external drives with Camera Connection Kit and Jailbroken iPad

Since the iPhone OS and the iPad are somewhat locked down, a riggum has to be rolled through to access all the fun stuff a hunk of hardware should be able to do. We’ve already established that the iPad can run external audio equipment, but this just in: a Spirit Jailbroken iPad can connect to external disks. You’ll need to be somewhat Terminal friendly, but otherwise, the process is as simple. The iPad doesn’t supply the full 5V needed to run some external devices, so it needs the help of a MacBook Pro, or other 5V USB power supply and a dual-entry USB cable.

What conclusions can a person wring from this example? Jailbreaking is valid. Jailbreaking busts limitations. It also pushes Apple to develop with pragmatic goals in mind.

iPad Spirit jailbreak out – already some nifty features unlocked!

Hallelujah. Just a few days after the iPad 3G started shipping, the long awaited untethered jailbreak for the “Jesus” devices – codenamed Spirit - is finally out (for the masses). It works on ANY iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch running OS < 4.0! I’m going to write out a detailed walkthrough of jailbreaking your iDevice later this week as part of my JBNator Diaries column, but for now, check the low-down after the gap.

P.S. A lot of the packages in Cydia are not optimized for iPad, so it’s best to be a bit selective on what you install.

With the iPad jailbreak finally out, some nifty tweaks have already been discovered and published on the internet. As with the Spirit jailbreak walk-through, I’ll get to it in the coming weeks. But here’s the quickie bit – you can (a) enable the voice control and (b) manually tweak the installed AppStore apps to take advantage of the fullscreen without the messy default 2X upscaling.

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Jesus and the robot – Android comes to iPhone

Jobs ain’t gonna like this – Android for the iPhone is out. If you are the owner of anything but an iPhone 3GS and hate Jobsian control, but love Jobsian design, but don’t want to get an Android contract, but don’t know why you have an iphone – why not step over to the Android side of things? Naturally, an OS which isn’t specifically made for a piece of hardware is going have its issues, but that isn’t really the issue is it? The issue, rather, is that Apple’s hegemony – their complete control of a closed device – has been broken yet again, and this time far more intimately than by jailbreaking. The installation has some quirks, but what alternative firmware doesn’t?

Feel free to discuss Android on the iPhone in our forums.

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iPhone OS 4.0 beta 1 jailbreak now available – but probably not a very good idea for most

With the first beta of iPhone OS 4.0 released just over a week ago, I think the hot topic topic for many has been the question of jailbreak. While there has not been any doubts that it would be jailbroken in the end (MuscleNerd showed off a jailbreak roughly a day after the initial release), I don’t think anyone actually expected a generally available jailbreak any time before the final summer release.

Guess what, there is one already! The Dev-Team have released a BETA version of their redsn0w 0.9.5 tool capable of jailbreaking an iPhone 3G. At the moment the package works on the following:

  • iPhone 3G only (for now)
  • Mac OSX only (for now)
  • the 4.0beta1 FW only (for now)

I have to make a special emphasis: the jailbreak is aimed at iPhone developers only and REQUIRES a properly-registered developer UDID with Apple to get past the activation screen. For the same reasons it does not support Windows, unlock or hacktivation.

What do we, common users, care? Actually – a lot! The generally available jailbreak means developers can start adapting their jailbroken apps for the new OS immediately (rather than waiting for the official summer release) and should considerably shorten the time we will have to wait to get them fully working on our brand new JB OS 4.0 iPhones!

You can find the full Dev-Team explanation after the gap, as well as instructions on what to do in case you upgraded to OS 4.0 beta 01 already and wish to downgrade.

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You thought snes4iphone was cool on the iPad? Just check out n64iphone!

Recently we made a post about the amazing work of a friend of TMA – ZodTTD – in already having tested out his snes4iphone emulator on the iPad. Well, with the iPad already jailbroken, his buddy chpwn has most recently checked out how one of the most anticipated emulators, the N64 one, will run on the iPad.

The official comment from ZodTTD after the gap…

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