Thanks Pangu team for the iOS 9 jailbreak! Worked the first time on my iPhone 6 plus. It
took about 6 tries on my first generation iPad mini before it would work, so don't be
Hey Apple, weren't you supposed to be using some new "rootless" technology to stop
jailbreaking? Good job guys! Not.
September 9, 2014
Well ladies and gentlemen, these last 7 years have been quite the ride. This site
sure started out with a bang back in 2007, and hit a high point where the tutorials I
created were translated into some 23 languages! People sure loved learning about how to
modify their iPhones and greatly expand its capabilities.
With the proliferation of the iPhone into dozens of countries around the world over the
years (and more and more iPhone how-to sites appearing as well), I've watched this site's
traffic steadily dwindle from a high of 50,000+ uniques daily to about 1,200.
While working on this site is fun, it's something I'm not willing to do for free. With
the release of iOS 8, scheduled for September 17th, I currently have no plans to develop
tutorials for this site any longer.
I've enjoyed recouping the time I used to spend here by placing it into an even more
exciting online effort:
The Catholic FAQ.
A big THANK YOU goes out to all of those readers who have supported
the site over the years! You're the best!
A note to all members: The members only section has been retired. All content
is now in the free section which can be accessed from the main page through the
August 1, 2014
The President signed legislation making it legal once again to unlock cell phones. The
Library of Congress chose not to renew this protection in the latest update to the Digital
Millennium Copyright Act a couple years ago. You can read more about this at the
White House blog
July 22, 2014
Former iPhone Dev Team member NerveGas, and now iOS forensics expert Jonathan Zdziarski
spoke at the Hackers on Planet Earth (HOPE/X) conference recently. He discussed
several backdoor mechanisms that Apple has developed and uses to assist government
agencies in their investigations.
You can check out his blog here.
You can download his slide presentation here.
He also links to an even more in-depth 17-page article he wrote in the International
Journal of Digital Forensics and Incident Response here.
You will have to pay a pretty high fee ($31.50) to download this magazine.
He notes that some basic precautions one can take are to set a complex passcode, and to
install the Apple Configurator program (which is free in the Mac App Store). Use of this
program will allow you to set Mobile Device Management (MDM) restrictions on your iOS
device to delete all the pairing records on it. This of course won't help if your iOS
device is sent to Apple for repair or research.
September 19, 2013
Yet another reason you shouldn't update on release day.
September 10, 2013
It sure feels good to have something to post about for a change! Apple had many
announcements today. A quick summary:
iOS 7 will be released on September 18th and is for iPhone 4 and later, iPad 2 and later
and iPad mini. iOS 7 final has been released to developers.
Keynote, Pages, Numbers, iPhoto and iMovie are now free with any new iOS device
The iPhone 5 has been retired. It is being replaced by the iPhone 5C and the iPhone
5S. The 5C is available in 5 neon like colors with a polycarbonate back, the 5S in three
metallic colors with an aluminum and glass back. The new iPhones will be available on
September 20th, with a pre-order on the 13th for the 5C only.
tweeted that the evad3rs
team is actively testing exploits in iOS 7 now!
I posted a tutorial that has nothing to do with iPhones. I have an original Apple TV and
I've wanted to add more storage to it. I have a stock 160 GB drive and it's just way too
small. After tearing it apart I wound up not having a drive to replace the internal drive
so I decided to just add an external drive. I Googled around quite a bit and found a
plethora of tutorials (none of them were complete) to help me out. I decided to take
pieces of several of them and put them all together in you know, coherent fashion.
I hope someone finds it useful. I had a lot of fun doing this. I'm warped I know.
The cool thing about this is you can use any hard drive you want as long as you can
attach a USB cord to it. iTunes will also sync with this drive and you can put all your
purchased content on it and all your ripped content too. The best part is this cost
nothing. I already had a 1 TB drive just lying around...
Anyone can read this tutorial. You don't need to be a member. You can only get to it
from the splash page, the site updates page or this link (it's not in the menus
February 4, 2013
I don't normally post news updates for tutorials, but since we've been waiting so long
for the 6.x jailbreak I'm posting that evasi0n has been released. If you are a member you
will finally see a Step 1 tutorial in the navigation bar. More tutorials to follow!
You can download evasi0n here.
If you'd like to read an interview with @planetbeing done by Forbes about evasi0n, then
November 30, 2012
I picked up an unlocked iPhone 5 from the Apple store tonight.
I then got out the Noosy SIM cutting tool that's been sitting in my desk drawer for the
last couple months and converted my micro SIM into a nano SIM in seconds. That thing
I'm running T-Mobile and dying for a jailbreak just like the rest of you. At this point
I'd even be willing to cover a tethered jailbreak if one was available... I love that
this iPhone doesn't suffer from the grip of death like my 4 and 4S did.
October 18, 2012
I've reached the goal to purchase a new iPhone 5 unlocked model. I do want to thank
"Nikko" for stepping up and donating the remaining $150 needed to fund the phone!
Without awesome readers like him and those of you who also helped, this site would not
have gone forward. We're going through some tough times at home and I was not able to
afford this phone on my own. That's all I will say about that.
Let's just all hope for an untethered jailbreak (PlanetBeing hinted at some progress
tonight in a Tweet) soon. I'm now just waiting for Apple to offer the iPhone 5 in a
factory unlocked edition.
Thank you again to all who pitched in! Here's a list of those
who helped me during this fund drive: Robert B. (donated twice!), Nicholas R., Sérgio O.,
Kenneth S., Juan M., William P., Taneya T., Tim C. (major donater), Penny K. (major
donater), Thomas G., Leslie M., Sergio R., Miles A., Henrique P., Mina A., Shane D.,
Ralph S., Robert B., Craig C. and Clive H. Half the cost of the phone was donated by
4 people! I hope all the readers of the site appreciate their help too.
July 4, 2012
We've dreamed of the day when AT&T would unlock iPhones for a long time. AT&T decided to
start unlocking iPhones back on April 8th of this year. My wife's iPhone 4 just came off
contract yesterday and we unlocked it through AT&T. It only took a few minutes! Thank
you AT&T for finally coming around on this.
While they advise you to restore your iPhone for the unlock to take effect we didn't want
to do that. If you are jailbroken you could use redsn0w or SAM to get around restoring.
We didn't want to jailbreak the iPhone either. I've posted a tutorial where I demonstrate
how to deactivate the iPhone instead. This is the simplest, least intrusive method to
unlock. Read about it
How appropriate that this is the Independence Day holiday as well.
March 7, 2012
Apple released 5.1 firmware today. Do not install it if you value your jailbreak or
unlock. Apple does not force you to install updates so there is no excuse for this
accidentally happening. The iPhone does allow you to apply an update on the go. Just say
no! Note: if you are jailbroken the over the air (OTA) update will fail anyway as Apple
performs a check of the /Applications folder looking for jailbreak activity.
Update: You can
the iPhone Dev Team's post on this new firmware. They have released a version of redsn0w
that will provided a tethered jailbreak for the iPhone 4 and an untethered jailbreak for
old bootrom versions of the iPhone 3G S.
Update 2: I know there is a tethered jailbreak. I won't cover it. I realize there is an
unofficial untethered jailbreak. I won't cover that either. Trust me, you want the real
deal that the iPhone Dev Team or the Chronic Dev Team will eventually release. The less
bugs, the better.
July 26, 2010
Jailbreaking has been ruled as an exemption to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA)
by the Librarian of Congress. This means jailbreaking is now a legally protected act for
the next three years. This case for a DMCA exemption would have to be presented again in
three years to the Librarian of Congress to continue to be upheld.
Keep in mind, jailbreaking was NEVER an illegal act despite what many media sources claim.
They are wrong. They just like to make wild statements and create a frenzy to feed their
ratings so they can charge more for air time to marketers from time to time. I haven't
heard of anything jailbreak related going to trial ever, certainly not anything being
ruled on by a judge as legal or illegal.
You can read the full statement from the Library of Congress
The sections that relate to us are:
(2) 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.
(3) 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.
The library's determination and text of the ruling can be found
article from the
Electronic Frontier Foundation, who represented jailbreakers from a legal standpoint.
They brought our case before the librarian.
Here's an article
from CNN on what the Library of Congress ruling means. I find some of the information
incorrect with regards to jailbreaking being illegal up until this recent exemption came
It's nice to see main stream media picking up this story. I've appeared in the New York
Times, and CNN as a destination website. Hopefully this will bring many new people into
the fold. You can click the images below to be taken to those particular articles.
July 19, 2010
Well it seems like Apple is up to their old tricks again. The iPhone Dev Team
two hours ago about ECID SHSH blobs being used on 4.0 firmware for all iPhones, now
including the 3G. You owe it to yourself to launch Cydia and press the make my life easier
button right away. I'm guessing since we are just hearing about this that 3G owners can
no longer restore to 4.0 firmware? The dev team's posting on this isn't clear. They do
state you can always downgrade to 3.x firmware however since no ECID SHSH blob check is
being done. This really isn't that big of a deal as 4.0.1 firmware can be jailbroken and
unlocked on the 3G using redsn0w and ultrasn0w. I have a tutorial for it
Update: I can not restore to stock 4.0 firmware on my already jailbroken 3G. I CAN
restore to a custom 4.0 .ipsw made with PwnageTool however :P You'll receive the same
error message as the 3G S owners where Apple states the requested build isn't available
for this device, if they don't approve of the firmware you are trying to restore to.
Once you've done this, much like with the 3G S, you'll see the message that your device
has a pending TSS request. It only took about twelve hours and I received confirmation of
being on file for 4.0.
July 13, 2009
PlanetBeing, from the iPhone Dev Team (and Android porting fame), tweeted just a few
minutes ago: "Looks like I now have an unlocked iPhone 4. :)"
Now it's just a matter of waiting for Apple to release its signal bar algorithm update and
then the team will release their tools. Congrats to PlanetBeing, MuscleNerd and the team!
May 13, 2009
Nothing like waking up to find you are in the New York Times. I was interviewed along
with Jay Freeman "Saurik" who created Cydia, and the creator of the Rock your Phone
program. It's nice to see jailbreaking covered in the main stream press like this.
Hopefully this will bring more people into the fold to help expand the community in a
positive way. It may also open the eyes of current iPhone owners who never realized what
can be added to their iPhones outside of iTunes and the App Store.
The article discusses jailbreaking and the legal battle being fought by Apple and the
Electronic Frontier Foundation. Apple has claimed jailbreaking is illegal and should be
forbidden in the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA). You can read the article online
it is also in today's edition of the New York Times on page B1.
April 10, 2009
Check out this month's issue of Laptop magazine. There is a nice article about why
hacking the iPhone is so appealing. They interviewed Pytey of the iPhone Dev Team, and
yours truly, the webmaster of this site. I was hoping for a much longer article, of
course. However it is nice to see something like this in main stream press. Thanks
August 28, 2007
I have an unlocked iPhone running on the T-Mobile network! I did it with a couple needles
that cost me 86 cents at the drug store and some speaker wire. There have also been
developments which enable the ability to travel and swap out multiple SIMs without having
to go through the iPhone's activation process.
I prefer to use T-Mobile personally because their pre-paid plan is an inexpensive option
for me. Also, AT&T refuses to update my phone number to the new state I live in without
me signing a new contract for a more expensive plan, so to heck with 'em. I'm glad
T-Mobile is now an option.
Here it is, the unofficial iPhone unlocking tool... Not what you thought, huh?
The T-Mobile logo appeared on its own. This is not a graphic swap by me! In fact it's
impossible to switch out graphics at this particular screen.
August 23, 2007
GeoHot is in the process of posting his how to on how he accomplished the hardware unlock
on the iPhone. You better be good with circuit boards, probes and soldering irons. If
not, this isn't the tutorial for you. I think I may give this one a try myself, looks
like fun. I've done some nasty things with Dremels and L7s and V3s before, so I'm not
The iPhone is unlocked and working on T-Mobile here in the U.S. Here is GeoHot's video
Yes that's right, we have an unlocked iPhone. The hardware is only used to unlock the
iPhone, and can be removed after it's unlocked. Thanks to gray, iProof, geohot, dinopio,
lazyc0der, and an anonymous contributor for making this possible. Thanks also to everyone
who donated and stuck with us in #iphone.unlock. The group has agreed to release the
method in one week. The current method involves taking apart your phone and doing some
complicated soldering, with a high probability of a bricked phone. Although after the
phone is unlocked all the hardware can be removed. We hope to find a software unlock very
soon. So in one week exactly from this blog post (that's less than the time it takes to
ship a TurboSIM) they will release simple step by step instructions for unlocking. This
may not even involve using hardware. Sorry about the wait, but I assure you it will be