The JBnator Diaries – Jailbreaking your iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch with iOS 4.1 via limera1n [Tutorial]

Hi folks! I know it’s been a while, but with the recent release of the long-awaited jailbreak for iOS 4.1 from both geohot and Dev Team I just couldn’t NOT address it. I made a short news bit about it several days ago, but I know what you really want is a detailed step by walkthrough. So here you are! Oh yeah, just remembered – if you’re an owner of an iPhone 2G, 3G or iPod Touch 1G or 2G this is not the article for you. At the moment limera1n only works on iPhone 3GS, iPod Touch 3G/4G, iPad, iPhone 4 and theoretically on the Apple TV 2G. So if you’re the lucky owner of the aforementioned devices – read on!

Also, if you desire a clean device while keeping all of your saved games and other stuff, look out for an updated guide on backing up and restoring the info in the near future.

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All current iOS devices pwned4life – Jailbreakable forever!

A significant victory has recently been achieved over Apple’s incessant attempts to thwart jailbreaking. First unveiled by the infamous Geohot during the “Nuit du hacks” — one of the oldest and most famous French underground hacker’s conferences — the pwned4life exploit is claimed to make all current iOS devices jailbreakable forever. Unfortunately George Hotz himself has since left the iPhone arena but his work is being continued by pod2g, responsible for the 24kpwn exploit that first made the iPod Touch 2G jailbreak possible and who has already confirmed that all iOS devices up to the latest iPod Touch 4G are indeed susceptible to it.

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iOS 4.0.2 now out. JailbreakMe.com PDF exploit fixed

Apple has now released the iOS 4.0.2 update (3.2.2 for iPad) that plugs the security hole found by JailbreakMe, a web based tool that enables untethered jailbreak via Mobile Safari. If you’re worried about vulnerability, by all means install the update. If however, you rely on your Jailbreak for Facetime over 3G, flash via Frash and of course, unlocking, then it’d be wise to hold off for the time being.

[9to5mac via iphonedownloadblog]

Untethered jailbreak for iPhone 4, 3G, 3GS, iPad and ALL iPod touch models

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.

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Jailbreaking now legal but still voids warranty

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.

Apple’s reply?

We don’t care!

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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.

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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.

[via G4tv.com]

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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