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iPhone OS 3.0 and iPhone 3GS Jailbreak and Unlock News

Yesterday Apple released the the iPhone 3.0 firmware to the public, and tomorrow people will be getting their hands on the new iPhone 3GS, so of course, its time for a short update on where things are with Jailbreaks and unlocks.

First off, any jailbreak or unlock for the 3GS is probably some time off since the dev team hasn’t really gotten a crack at the new hardware, once they do, they plan on keeping things quiet so as not to tip off Apple.

As to those of you with an earlier iPhone, good new about what is coming.  First off, they are in the process of testing an carrier unlock for the iPhone 3G with 3.0 firmware.  I’m not sure what all it is going to take, so if you already have an unlocked phone and this is important to you, I’d hold off on the iPhone 3.0 upgrade until more details emerge about the unlock.

For the rest of us, jailbreaks are coming real soon now, maybe even by the time you read this!

For more info, as always, check the source, the Dev-Team’s Blog.

Jailbreaking and Unlocking the new iPhone and v 3.0 firmware

Monday, June 8th marks the beginning of Apple’s annual World Wide Developer Conference.  Many are expecting Apple will use the occasion to announce the release of the next major version of the iPhone firmware, v 3.0., and perhaps going even further and announcing new iPhone hardware.  Other’s don’t expect either until later in the month.  Either way, some big changes are coming soon.

It’s tempting to get wrapped up in the excitement and install the software upgrades, but be aware, doing so is going to create problems with any jailbreak or unlock you may have performed.  Don’t do it!  Wait until the iPhone dev team has released a well tested jailbreak and unlock.  Don’t be fooled by all the sites out there that are distributing poorly tested beta versions of the jailbreak.  At best, you’ll not be able to unlock your iPhone for a while.  Worse, you’ll never be able to unlock your iPhone again, and you may end up with a nasty virus on your PC .

If you want to be on the safe side, make sure you check out the iPhone Dev Team’s own blog.  I’ll also be posting updates here as I find them.

iPhone 3.0 Beta Unlocked

Someone has released a jailbreak for one of the betas of the iPhone 3.0 firmware.  The iPhone dev team, who are responsible for the 3G unlock released a few months ago, hurried to get a post up explaining why they weren’t the ones to release  this latest exploit.  

They offer proof that they had a jailbreak a few weeks ago, but they kept it to themselves because they’d rather work towards a carrier unlock of 3.0, than try to keep up with a stream of beta releases from Apple.

Before you decide you want to be all cutting edge, a few things to keep in mind before trying to install one of the 3.0 betas, much less jailbreak it.

  • The new firmware doesn’t work with the baseband 02.28 firmware unlocked by yellowsn0w.
  • Apple is just going to release a new version.
  • You may render it impossible to ever unlock your iPhone 3G
  • You may not be able to roll back to the released firmware
  • Its a knock off of the hard work of the iPhone dev team.

If you still want to go ahead and do it, you can find it here.

Jailbreak your iPhone from Linux with xpwn

Most of the iPhone jailbreaking action has been on Mac OS X and Windows, but there is an option for linux users called xpwn.

Xpwn is a commandline tool. Nightly binary builds are available for both Windows and Linux.  There isn’t a lot of information available about how up-to-date they are, but looking at the check-in history of the source code on Github suggests that it was last updated on Jan 30 to support the latest 2.2.1 iPhone firmware update.

Cydia App Store for Unlocked iPhones Now Takes Payments

User’s of jailbroken iPhones aren’t limited to applications from Apple’s official store.  They can also install 3rd party apps that haven’t been through Apple’s screening process, and now the developers of those apps have a simple way to charge for their apps.

Most iPhone jailbreaking tools install Cydia app store, which makes it the most popular option for distributing 3rd party apps.  Up to this point, a few 3rd party developers have tried charging for apps, but they had to roll their own ecommerce solution.

Starting this weekend, Jay Freeman, the creator of the Cydia store, has added an option to allow developers fot charge for their apps.  Right now it only works with a limited number of applications, but in the coming weeks, he’ll be opening it up to more developers and offering more payment options (currently it is Amazon only).

ModMyI has more details in First Look: Purchasing from the Cydia Store.  Check it out!