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.
December 27, 2011
Pod2g's untether exploit has been released by the iPhone Dev Team (PwnageTool - for those
requiring custom firmware to unlock, and redsn0w have both been updated), and the Chronic
Dev Team (a Cydia based package for those on 5.0.1 firmware called Coronoa 5.0.1
These tools are only for the iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4 (CDMA, GSM), iPad 1, iPod Touch 4G &
iPod Touch 3G.
You can read more about Corona 5.0.1 Untether
and PwnageTool and
Update: The tutorial for the Cydia patch for 5.0.1 firmware users is now posted.
Update 2: The tutorial for using redsn0w to jailbreak is posted.
Update 3: PwnageTool needs to be updated to have the jailbreak fixed as it still suffers
from the launchctl and mobil subrstrate issues. Avoid this program for now. I have
created an PwnageTool tutorial anyway. I'm only making one for the 5.x firmware family.
I would still hold off on using it. Redsn0w has been updated a couple times now to fix
these same issues. Why the team hasn't updated PwnageTool yet is anyone's guess.
Update 4: I've posted the simulated unlocking tutorial with redsn0w. By the end of this
tutorial you'll be able to restore your iPhone with pre-approved firmware even when it
is not the most current. You'll also be able to jailbreak and unlock by following it.
November 27, 2011
A few things to mention today. The Chronic Dev Team is asking for your assistance in
helping to find exploits for future jailbreaks. Not a programmer? Not a problem. They
have created a simple program that will send crash reports from your iDevice to them for
analysis. Apple benefits from these very same crash reports so that they can make a
better, more secure device. It only makes sense that jailbreakers can benefit from this
too. You can read about and download the program
MuscleNerd mentioned that there is a promising unlock for the iPhone 4S. He posted a
MuscleNerd also Tweeted that if you admire the teams that make jailbreaks and unlocks
possible and would like to learn more about how they work, there is an upcoming book that
will teach you. It's called the
iOS Hackers Handbook
and it comes out in May of next year.
October 12, 2011
Just a reminder that iOS 5 goes live tomorrow. I will begin posting tutorials once the
jailbreak has been released. Keep in mind I work during the day (no not this site) so I
doubt any tutorials will be posted tomorrow. If you rely on an unlock (I personally have
a factory unlocked iPhone and do not), then do not update until the iPhone Dev Team (or
TinyUmbrella) has released a method for preserving that baseband.
Remember, iOS 5 tutorials are available to members only. You can click the Paypal
donate button at the bottom of this page to become a member. Login information will
be emailed to you within 24 hours.
There is no untethered jailbreak at this time. I will create a tutorial that shows you
how to have a tethered jailbreak this one time, and that will be it. Tethered jailbreaks
are not a great thing. Also, if you rely on an unlock you should not update as you need
to preserve your baseband. I have successfully jailbroken iOS 5 firmware on my
factory unlocked iPhone using redsn0w, which was just updated tonight.
The tethered jailbreak tutorial is posted. With ultrasn0w being updated to work with 5.0
firmware I will create a tutorial on this next. This will show those of you who still
have and iPhone 4 or a 3G S with an unlockable baseband how to get to 5.0 firmware and
Update 3: The unlocking tutorial is now posted. Next up: downgrading to 4.x
firmware, continuing to develop the read me first page and working on a Cydia tutorial
and how to use OpenSSH and change your root and mobile passwords.
ModMyi has an excellent
of Cydia programs that are compatible with iOS 5.
June 26, 2011
If you are one of those people who values the ability to restore to firmware that isn't
approved of by Apple, then you might want to read
the latest post
the iPhone Dev Team. Apple has stepped up its game with iOS 5 in that they have come up
with a method to prevent people from restoring to firmware that isn't the most recent.
While having an SHSH or blob allowed us to get around Apple's approval in the past, it
seems they have come up with a new method that now creates a unique key every time the
iPhone is booted or when you restore. The man in the middle method we've used up until
now (Cydia and TinyUmbrella) will be rendered ineffective.
This of course won't change the way you downgrade to iOS 4.x, where this method is still
useful. The team also hints that using an older version of iTunes may come into the
picture as well. Stay tuned for more...
July 28, 2010
Kyle Matthews (the owner of the most popular iPhone hacking forum in my opinion) wrote an
article about what jailbreaking is and why it’s important. I just wanted to parrot his
idea here in case you missed it. I feel the more websites that carry this message and
spread it are a good thing. You can read his original article
What is jailbreaking?
Without getting technical, jailbreaking is a term coined for gaining write access to the
file system of an iPhone. The iPhone contains a flash memory chip which is comparable
to the hard drive in a computer. It contains files and programs.
Why do people jailbreak?
The iPhone is essentially a handheld computer. When you can write to the file system you
can add, remove or modify files or programs on that computer to improve or expand its
abilities. Most people do this every single day with their laptop and desktop computers.
They create documents for school or work and save them. Some even choose to share these
files with other people who own their own computers.
Many go to the store and purchase whatever software they like, and from whatever software
manufacturer they like and then install it on their computers. This software could be a
video game or a productivity program. Jailbreaking provides iPhone owners with this same
Many people like to personalize their computers as well by changing the desktop wallpaper
or customizing the icons that represent programs, et cetera. iPhone owners should have
these exact same choices. With jailbreaking they do.
Many choose to write their own software and run it on their own computers. Some of these
programs are then sold to other computer owners. These have always been legal activities.
With jailbreaking this is now possible on the iPhone as well.
The jailbreaking scene has proved beneficial to current iPhone owners. Many of the things
jailbreakers created, Apple then decided to add to the iPhone to expand its capabilities.
This included copy and paste, wallpapers, tethering, placing applications into folders
with other applications, and the biggest invention of all: a program on the iPhone that
allows you to browse an online store to purchase and install other programs.
What if I don’t care about jailbreaking anyway?
This all sounds well and good, but maybe you purchased an iPhone (or even a home computer)
and don’t intend to ever buy any software for it, or want to install or change anything on
that computer. That is certainly your choice. That choice should not be taken away from
other people however. If jailbreaking were ruled illegal, then choice would have been
When you own an iPhone or a computer, you should be able to do anything you want with it.
If all you seek is to be able to expand the abilities of the device and, in the case of
the iPhone, make your smart phone even smarter, or more useful, then this should not be an
issue for anyone else, it’s your phone. You paid for it. This is no different than
purchasing a new car and then installing better tires, rims, or a stereo in it. You don’t
need the automobile manufacturer’s approval to do this do you?
Kyle made a similar analogy about this. He equated this choice to going to your local
computer store, purchasing a computer running the Windows operating system, and then being
told by the salesperson that you could only purchase programs for that computer that were
approved of by Microsoft, or by the device manufacturer (Dell, Sony, Toshiba, et cetera).
Any other programs you purchased would be illegal to install on that computer. This
analogy could be extended to apply to hardware you want to install on that computer.
Upgrading the RAM or the video card or the hard drive would have to be approved by the
manufacturer of the laptop as well. Sound ridiculous? It should. Apple doesn’t have
restrictions like this with their computers. Why should these restrictions be placed on
Aren’t jailbreakers software pirates?
Jailbreaking has always been legal, piracy is illegal. While jailbreaking an iPhone
certainly would allow you to steal a program for the iPhone without paying for it and then
run that program, this was not the driving force behind this process. I’ve certainly
never understood how someone can afford to purchase a phone that costs hundreds of
dollars, yet steal a program for it that costs five dollars. Those people are in the
These are the same people who pirate software for home computers. The Windows operating
system is more often found to be illegally installed on your (or your neighbor’s) home
computer, or even your work computer than any program on the iPhone. Just because some
people choose to steal doesn’t mean all choose to.
Doesn’t jailbreaking impact the security of the cell phone networks?
If a malicious programmer wanted to create a program to disrupt cell phone service, it
would be an illegal act. It would be no different than using a home computer to illegally
gain access to someone else's bank account, or credit cards, or to do damage to a computer
network and steal or delete data.
I haven’t heard of any reports of a jailbroken iPhone causing damage to the cell phone
network, or of any virus being spread through the cell phone network. This doesn’t mean
it can’t happen, but in over three years of iPhones being jailbroken and being used on
cell phone networks around the world, it certainly seems improbable. But I bet you’ve
heard of at least one news story where someone used a computer to cause harm to others by
stealing their identity. I think a lot of fear, anxiety and doubt is being spread around
by the industry with regards to the iPhone and wanting to
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
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
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!
Below is a video of PlanetBeing discussing the unlock.
April 23, 2010
So I have Android running on my 2G iPhone now. I found a great guide (with only a couple
minor errors) here: http://androidalot.com/tag/iphone/ I'll make my own version
of this tutorial most likely. In the video below I demonstrate it booting up.
I have posted my tutorial for installing Android
April 21, 2010
Android is now running on the iPhone. iPhone Dev Team member PlanetBeing has released
prebuilt images and source code. You can read more about this project at PlanetBeing's
I'll make a tutorial on this... Ok maybe I won't. The read me is pretty intense for a
tutorial at this stage.
In the mean time enjoy this video demonstrating it running.