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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iPad jailbreak, specs and letdowns

While lucky Americans are already enjoying their iPads the rest of the world can only slowly die of envy while hungrily consuming all pieces of news appearing on the web. And some of these we receive with mixed feelings.

For one thing thanks to our recent interviewee ZodTTD and his iPad IO Registry Tree dumps, MacRumours has finally been able to decipher the true iPad hardware specs. And they have turned out not to be as exciting as thought of before.

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Geohot untethered jailbreak for the iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad coming soon!

One of the most frustrating things with jailbreaking the latest generation of Apple devices (most iPhones 3GS, iPod Touches 2G and 3G) is the requirement to have it connected to PC/Mac and pressing the “Make it rain” button on each reboot. The extent of the issue is clearly shown by the recently reported project of making a special iDongle to avoid the dependency on a desktop computer. Unfortunately for @mrbreakit (the inventor of the iDongle) this may soon cease to be an issue.

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SyleTap iPhone Palm OS emulator – Reason to Jailbreak # 1045?

If everything in your being screams: “I just got to run Epocrates!”, then you need SyleTap (and a Jailbreaked iDevice), the iPhone’s first Palm OS emulator. Palm pretty much dropped legacy users with the release of the Pre, so greybeard users need to be grandfathered to new platforms if they want to enjoy the freedom and features of a new OS. SyleTap isn’t a new spanking app; it’s been doing its thing on Symbian and Windows Mobile for a long season. It’s introduction to the iDevice isn’t quite so unexpected as it is flummoxing: it costs 50$ and in the words of one Redmond Pie user, ‘scream[s] “Pirate Me!”‘

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Jailbreaker – classic? controversial name. game.

To be sure, Jailbreaking is illegal. No, not the sort we talk about here – the other type – you know, that sort which has you busting out of lead-laced walls, jumping buzz saws, stealing smokes, and riffraffing around – that sort is illegal. Jailbreaker by Triniti Interactive Limited is just a violent flash-turned-iPhone game. But, the conspiracist in me tends to think of it as a message – Jailbreaking is dangerous – you might lose your neck to a buzz saw. We will see.

Jailbreaker Triniti Interactive Limited, Jailbreaker – $0.99

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Reason to Jailbreak #1443: Bluetooth keyboards

Among non-vocal jailbreakers, I am probably one of its meakest proponents. I’m not a pirate and not much of a hacker. But when out and about, I would love a better way to enjoy a cup of coffee, a sandwich and my iPod touch at the same time. Currently, I have to do either one or the other, and in the heat of it all, remember to wipe my greasy fingers. Of all the cryptic messages I have seen on da internets, “Available in the Cydia store before Christmas” has sent heretofore absent chills up and down my spine. In short, Jailbreak your hamstrung iPhone if you long for the more graceful input allowed by external Bluetooth keyboards. Sometime soon, the iPhone Bluetooth Keyboard driver will make quick work of emails, stories, and obtuse SMS messages.

It will debut at the Cydia store in time for Santa to drop something beneath the Christmas tree. Click here for more information.

JBnator Diaries – Why the hell do I Jailbreak?

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Looking back on my JBnator Diaries articles I have noticed one quite obvious thing missing. I’ve written quite a lot about how to jailbreak, how to upgrade jailbroken phones, and how to fix various issues. I have even posted on how to revert your “Jesus” phone to its virgin state. But I haven’t yet written why I think jailbreaking is worth it. So listen one, listen all – today I will describe what drives and keeps on driving me to jailbreak my iPhone.

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Jailbreak – The App Store’s big daddy

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Back when the iPhone was still suckling at the teats of limited web-apps, it had little to recommend itself other than its great touchscreen and OS. Fortunately, a group of pioneers forged their way into the device’s firmware and suddenly, the iPhone learned to walk. No longer just an Apple-branded phone with a few cute features: it became a viable alternative for the . It could run heaps of apps, some of which persist today through the App Store. Indeed, the Jailbreak community is the training wheels for the great dev community which exists on the iPhone today: a fact Apple wold be wise to remember in its ire to halt further Jailbreak developments.

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1st Self-Perpetuating iPhone Worm – a Jailbreak coming of Astley story

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Thanks to the insecurity of a majority of the Jailbreaked community, Rick Astley is Rick Rolling Australian iPhones. The worm, dubbed Ikee does more than photocopy a goeey mug of the smooth and sexy singer; it safaris itself around local networks, looking for other infectable iPhones to plaster. Fortunately, the backdoor which Astley steals in from is most likely user error: Apple’s root password ‘alpine’ (which is needed to SSH into the device), is the same on every iDevice. Jailbreaked users can change it to anything which, like Rick, may tickle their fancy, but the onus is on the user, not Apple. Security firm, Sophos, are blogging about it right now, riding high on raging (and humorous) whuffie spawned by clever forum users.

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