Not even a full day has gone by and iPhone OS 4.0 has already been jailbroken. Dev Team’s MuscleNerd posted a video showing his 4.0 beta with Cydia installed, along with this tweet:
“Something you’ll only find on JB 4.0: VNC (BTW don’t bother with betas, they’re *very* buggy!)”
Don’t get too excited just yet though. For various reasons, the Dev Team most likely won’t be releasing the 4.0 Jailbreak until it has been officially released by Apple. The big question though is whether iPhone and iPod Touch users will still have a need to Jailbreak their 4.0 devices. With multitasking, folders and a whack load of other new features coming, Jailbreaking may no longer be as appealing (especially for 3GS and iPod Touch 3rd gen owners). Of course, if you want to unlock your phone, Jailbreak is still your only option.
MuscleNerd’s Video after the gap!
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.
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.
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!”‘
Piccies and more after the gap:
One of the issues for the free-minded owners of later versions of the iPhone 3GS and iPod Touch 2G & 3G is the inability to do an “untethered jailbreak”. These devices CAN be jailbroken but have to be connected to a PC on each reboot and be jailbroken again, or else be stuck in recovery mode. There is still no word from either Geohot or the iPhone Dev Team when or even whether an untethered jailbreak will be possible for the latest Jesus devices.
Meanwhile, Mribreakit, an electronics engineer from France has decided to go the other way and make a dongle-type device to make a standalone tethered boot of a jailbroken device. And while it’s still in prototype stages at the moment, it seems like a new round of Apple vs Community battle has begun.
Product info, video and some pictures after the gap.
iH8tSn0w have recently sprung into iPhone hacking and announced on their twitter account that in the coming few days they are going to release f0recast – a simple way for the casual user to find out if their iDevice can be Unlocked or Jailbroken using the untethered hack. Just connect your iPhone, launch the app and push a button.
I would also like to remind everyone that there is NO jailbreak or unlock for the 3.1.3 firmware for the newer iDevice. 2G, 3G, and 3GS iPhones with the old bootROM can only be jailbreaked using the latest version of the PwnageTool from the Dev-Team.
Important: Forecast is only an informational tool which determines if your device can or cannot be jailbreaked. It will NOT jailbreak your device.
One of the strange and unexplainable limitations Apple put in place when adding A2DP support to the iPhone OS 3.0 was limiting the mono headsets to the simpler protocol. That is even though you have a state of the art headset that (theoretically) is perfectly capable of playing music, podcasts, etc. on your “Jesus” phone, you can’t. You’re limited to the basic handsfree functionality. And only because you have a mono headset (single earpiece).
Well, no more! Jailbreakers – rejoice! Just yesterday a new toggle for SBSettings appeared on Cydia that allows one to turn on full A2DP functionality for the mono headsets (provided they support it of course). The developer we have to thank for is Weydson Lima and the toggle is called (unsurprisingly) Bluetooth Mono SBSettings Toggle.
Hey you, happy jailbreakers! This week I will cover the #1 reason for my jailbreak – SBSettings. In the stock iPhone configuration, doing such simple things as toggling Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, airplane mode and other simple things takes a lot of tapping through the Settings app. Even more so, it requires you to exit your current application to do so. Well, rejoice! For all of you brave enough to jailbreak there is a simple way around it!
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.
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.