Jailbreakers, rejoice! Geohot has done it again! Yesterday he made available his long-awaited new jailbreaking tool – blackra1n. This tool tackles just about everything, from the old 2G to the latest 3.1 OTB (Out the box) 3GS and even the iPod Touch 3G. And all of this in just 30 seconds! A note of warning though – blackra1n is for OFFICIAL 3G/3GS phones ONLY since it requires the phone to be updated by the official 3.1.2 firmware. If you’re not afraid of this, read on!
Good news from the team who have consistently bettered the iDevice by stripping away as much of Apple’s restrictions as possible: with some limitations, Pwnage Tool 3.1.3 now supports the 3GS and the iPod touch 2G. They are as follows:
The iPhone 3GS is now supported in PwnageTool 3.1.3, assuming the phone was pwned at 3.0 or 3.0.1 – PwnageTool does not support the 3GS out of the box. If your iPhone 3GS has 3.1 preinstalled and is not Pwned then there is no tested jailbreak solution at the moment.
The iPod 2G is now supported in PwnageTool 3.1.3, assuming the iPod 2G was pwned at 3.0 or 3.0.1 – PwnageTool does not support the iPod 2G with 3.1 software out of the box.
It took me some time to finally decide to jailbreak my iPod Touch and I am very satisfied with the result. Now, it is in my best interest (not really) to show you how I did it. If you are a member of the group of stubborn folks who refuses to place their “precious” in the hands of some software with names like “redsn0w”, “quickpwn”, or “ultrasn0w”, don’t let it deter you anymore, hesitant one! If I can do it, so can you!
redsn0w beta jailbreak for the iPod Touch 2G is now available for those who don’t mind a bit of typing. One step closer to point and click GUI hacking, the iPhone Dev Team are making leaps and bounds progress on this platform that has been comparatively sidelined from the jailbreak scene. With promise of future GUI jailbreaks just down the track, the Dev Team race on.
Engadget report on a picture included in a recent patent application by Apple which displays a jailbreaked summerboard and a few apps that only Jailbreaked iPhones can run. After Apple’s bruhaha legal paper detailing the illegality of Jailbreaking and its detrimental effects on their service standards, the hand-drawn images surprise and confuse. Bafflement aside, the new patent is quite clear: more security for the iPhone user.
The Freedomless iPhone
In declaring Jail-breaking illegal, Apple pragmatically slammed the door on reverse-engineering. In some ways it makes sense. They have been actively pursuing patents to stifle any innovation set forth by their rivals since the days of Microsoft’s DOS. Now, Apple are trying to copyright all aspects of the iPhone’s user interface. They have been successful in the past, powering past other moguls such as Xerox, Apple Corp (the Beatles), eMachines and Creative (maker of the Zen line of portable audio players) among others. Legally, they are a virtual mother goose: hissing at any passerby while madly winging in their biological and adopted baby iPhone elements. And that is exactly the reason we should be wary: Apple are about all about the ‘i’ as it pertains to ‘me’ – as in Apple.
As reported by Today’s E90, snipers may have already landed in a jailbreaked iPhone or iPod Touch near you. According to the article, whilst tinkering with the calender in the /var/root section, nao, Today’s E90’s author found a suspect .* directory. Any directory beginning with a full stop is invisible to the ls command unless appended with -a. Nao found it because he usually appends the -a extension and was able to discover the directory. The source of the attack remains unclear.
At the moment, there seems to be no other commotion over this attack however, the threat remains. Do not store sensitive documents on your Jailbreaked iPhone especially if this is not an isolated incident. Apple Firmware users have yet to worry about this however, that does not mean the threat does not exist.
Just spotted some good news from the youtube about a pending release from the iPhone Dev Team that implicates everyone’s favourite iPod Touch as the target for the next Jailbreak. What does this mean for our sleek excellent sounding pmp? Well, if you like homebrew, alternate video codecs, ports, extra gadgets etc, a jailbraked iPod Touch will certainly be your stew of choice.
The lastest iOS update – version 6.1.3 – is now available for the iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad. This primarily fixes the security hole that was found in 6.1, one that allowed access to the phone module right from the locked screen without entering the correct passcode. The update also brings improvements to Maps for users in Japan. As for jailbreakers, you may want to stay away from 6.1.3 for the time being, as David Wang (one of the devs for the evasi0n and their untethered iOS 6.x jailbreak) told Forbes several weeks ago that the 6.1.3 beta 2 update patched one of the bugs that the Jailbreak exploits. This means that 6.1.3 isn’t likely to work with the only untethered jailbreak solution at this time. For the rest of you though, you can grab the latest iOS update right from within Settings –> General –> Software Update or on your desktop via iTunes.
It’s off to the races again. This time, ALO have suited up their youngest and most exciting audiophile offspring, The International. This amp features at 24/96kHz USB DAC, discrete analogue/digital sections, a powerful battery, extremely low noise floor, and the must-have feature of the decade: balanced input and output. With all that under the bonnet, you can be sure this youngster will turn heads as it swishes by.