Monthly Archive for November, 2008

iPhone 2.2, Jailbreak with Caution

Apple released a big update to the iPhone firmware last week.  It included security fixes and enhancements to the maps, and other applications.  It also included an update to the baseband firmware for the 3G iPhone which controls the core phone functions of the iPhone.

The iPhone dev team was quick to release a jailbreak for the 2.2 firmware to allow people to run unofficial 3rd party iPhone apps.  The jailbreak is also key to carrier unlocking the original iPhone, and is also an important prerequisite to an eventual unlock for the newer 3G iPhone.

They’ve made new versions of Pwnage, and the simpler to use QuickPwn.  Before you rush to update to 2.2, it’s important to read the dev teams cautions.  In particular, they warn that you must not to install the update via iTunes if  if you hope to take advantage of an any upcoming soft unlock for the 3G iPhone.  This is because this updates the baseband firmware on the iPhone, and all the unlock work the team has done has been on the earlier version of the baseband.

For more details about what you need to know, including sources of the official downloads of QuickPwn & Pwnage, continue reading on the iPhone dev teams site.

2.2 iPhone Firmware Released, Proceed with Caution

Apple released a new version of the iPhone firmware tonight that brings with it a lot of fixes and enhancements, but if you are hoping to unlock your 3G iPhone, heed the warning of the iPhone Dev Team to wait until the iPhone 2.2 update is better understood before installing it. They haven’t released an unlock for the 3G phone, but they think they are getting close.

In the meantime, you can read more about the update:

Apple Releases iPhone 2.2 Firmware « Hot iPhone Apps
the v2.2 firmware brings a lot of new features, including Google Street View to the Map app. The map app gets other improvements, including transit information, reverse geocoding, email location sharing.

There are also other enhancements, like the ability to download podcasts over WiFi and the cellular connections without having to sync from iTunes. Apple also lists a dozen security fixes.