iPhone was declared invention of the year by Times Magazine in 2007. Since then, its user base has grown exponentially. After the release of 1st Gen iPhone, Apple has released a new model every year with new and improved features. The operating system running on iPhone’s hardware gets fixed and updated more quickly. Now, iPhone 4.0 firmware beta has been released and iPhone 4 is also expected to be released very soon. We are going to provide a sneak peak on previous unlocking and jailbreaking solutions along with expected tools to unlock and jailbreak 4.0 firmware running in iPhone 4, 3GS, and 3G.
Breaking: JailbreakMe lets you Jailbreak iPhone 4 3GS [4.0 and 4.0.1], iPod Touch 4.0 and iPad 3.2.1
- Jailbreak iPhone 3GS iOS 4 using sn0wbreeze1.6
- Jailbreak iOS 4 iPhone 3GS with Pwnagetool 4.0
- Jailbreak iPod Touch 2G iOS 4 using redsn0w 0.9.5
- Download Custom iOS 4 Firmware iPhone 3GS 3G
History of Jailbreaking and Unlocking Tools for iPhone
Apple has been very possessive about their platform in multiple ways. Usually, the iPhone buyer has to stick with one service provider and his iPhone is locked to be used on another network. The hackers have taken this head to head and put their best to slash the device for maximum usage.
Apple is also domineering to allow use of 3rd party apps on iPhone. Its regulation procedure to accept application in iTunes store has always been polemic. Also popular application like Flash is not supported at all on iPhone OS. The need arises to modify the platform for user’s convenience. This is managed by jailbreaking the iPhone which brings support of further awesome features like Tethering and Visual Customization. We will take a look at unlocking and jailbreaking solutions developed for iPhone OS 3.0 or higher running on iPhone 3G and iPhone 3GS.
Unlocking iPhone 3G and iPhone 3GS
This tool from iPhone Dev Team can unlock iPhone 3G/3GS to be used on any carrier around the world. The iPhone should be jailbroken with one of the tools mentioned below. For unlocking with, the user must take extra care to verify that it is running the supported baseband firmware as ultrasn0w supports up to firmware 04.26.08.
This tool from GeoHot can unlock iPhone 3G/3GS running iPhone OS 3.1.3 with baseband firmware 05.11.07. It is also required that iPhone should be already jailbroken.
The most current baseband firmware 05.12.01 and new bootrom has also been exploited but there are not tools available. These unlocking tools are expected to release with iPhone 4 running iPhone 4.0 firmware.
Jailbreaking iPhone 3G and 3GS
This is a jailbreaking tool developed by iPhone Dev Team and support jailbreaking iPhone 3G/3GS running iPhone OS 3.1 up to 3.1.3 version. The tool is only compatible with MAC operating system.
This is another tool from iPhone Dev Team which is compatible with both Windows and MAC. It jailbreaks iPhone 3G/3GS employing iPhone OS 3.0 up to version 3.1.3.
This tool has been developed by Geo Hot to jailbreak iPhone 3G/3GS using iPhone OS 3.1.1 up to 3.1.2. It is available for MAC and Windows.
It is another option avaiblel for users of iPhone 3G and 3GS (old bootrom) to jailbreak the devices running iPhoneOS 3.1.2 or 3.1.3.
** Do not try to unlock or jailbreak your iPhone device by reading a short summary of tools. Instead there are many detailed guides available on other sources. Try finding one.
The upcoming iPhone 4 and iPhone 4.0 firmware
iPhone 4.0 firmware Features:
iPhone 4.0 firmware was announced in April 2010 and a developer beta version was also released. The prominent features of this new iPhone 4.0 firmware are
Multitasking (Support on iPhone 3GS, iPod 3rd Generation, and Expected iPhone 4)
The user will be able to run multiple applications at once. This will enable users to listen songs while browsing Web, read books while making a call, and the possibilities move on.
Users of iPhone 4.0 firmware will have freedom to organize more applications through Folders. It will be possible to drag and drop 12 applications in a single folder. This will make possible to access 2160 applications at maximum while confiscating the current 180 limit.
iPhone 4.0 firmware will facilitate users to change wallpaper at home and lock screen. This will be allowed in the update for iPhone 3GS and iPod 3rd generation.
Jailbreak 4.0 firmware?
- Tethering is one of the prime reasons which pushes iPhone users to jailbreak it. It is still not allowed in iPhone 4.0 firmware. So, users will tend to jailbreak 4.0 firmware running on iPhone 4, 3GS, and 3G for getting benefit of tethering.
- The default support for multitasking on iPhone 3GS and iPhone 4 eliminates one reason for jailbreaking the device but iPhone 3G will not get this multitasking update.
- The ability to get a new look of home screen and lock screen according to user’s choice i.e. support of changing wallpapers will not be facilitated for iPhone 3G users.
- 3rd applications support which are not approved by Apple for iTunes app store or pirated apps will still remain a major reason to jailbreak 4.0 firmware.
- Flash support to get benefit of a number of applications on iPhone will hold true as well for iPhone 4.0 firmware.
It turns out despite many improvements in iPhone 4.0 firmware, the features like Tethering, 3rd party applications, Visual Customization, Flash support and some others will force users to jailbreak 4.0 firmware.
It is expected with every major release of iPhone OS that a new iPhone device will be also available. Same holds true today and world is expecting iPhone 4 which may be named as iPhone HD. Gizmodo got a lost iPhone 4 and we know pretty much about the device before its release in this summer. The expected features to be included iPhone 4 are
- Front camera for Video Chat
- Improved back camera with Flash
- Better Display (May Be 960×640)
- Large Battery
- A Pretty Changed Look than iPhone 3G and 3GS
iPhone 4 would surely utilize iPhone 4.0 firmware and the combination is expected to bring a new experience for iPhone users.
Would it provide choice for users to operate iPhone on another network other than AT&T? Rumors are there that it may ship with Verzion contract as well but it is unlikely to happen. So, users will be forced to unlock iPhone 4 if they are unsatisfied with AT&T or use it outside USA on service provider of their choice.
iPhone Dev Team is winner in race to jailbreak 4.0 firmware. They have release a beta version which only works to jailbreak 4.0 firmware on iPhone 3G. Only MAC version is available for Download. This is for developers only and normal users should not try this.
Based on the results of previous battles between Apple and Hackers and the release of redsn0w 0.9.5, it can be deduced that users will get tools to unlock their iPhone 4 and jailbreak iPhone 3G, 3GS, and 4 running iPhone 4.0 firmware.
Update 1: limera1n jailbreak may be the next tool by GeoHot. It is expected that it will be jailbreak 4.0 for iPhone and iPad 3.2 but nothing can be ensured till limera1n download is available or any official information is released.
Update 3: You can watch a working demonstration of exploit which can jailbreak iPod Touch 4.0
Update 4: Kaatje has managed to jailbreak 4.0 on iPhone 3GS. It may be released by iPhone Dev Team as Pwnage Tool 4.0 but nothing can be assured until Pwnage Tool 4.0 download is available
Update 5:Unlock iPhone 4.0 is discussed with some expected tools to achieve the task.
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