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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.

No Unlock for iPhone 3.0 Upgrade, Yet

Just a reminder for those looking to upgrade to the new iPhone 3.0 firmware update that many people are expecting to be released tomorrow, Monday, the 8th, at the Apple World Wide Developer Conference (WWDC):  There is no known unlock, yet.  If the unlock is important to you, wait to upgrade until the iPhone Dev Team releases a tested unlock.

Read Before Buying a 3G iPhone for Unlocking or You May Be Sorry

If you are planing on buying a 3G iPhone for unlocking, DON”T, at least not until you read more.

As of right now, there is no way to unlock a brand new 3G iPhone. The newest iPhones have version 2.2.1 firmware, which was released at the end of January. The 2.2.1 firmware includes included an update (02.30.03) to the “baseband” firmware (the chip that makes the iPhone a phone) that breaks the unlock.

Older 3G iPhones can be updated to the 2.2.1 firmware using a special process that preserves the older, unlockable, baseband, but chances are, unless the iPhone has been sitting on the shelf for a month, any newly purchased iPhone will have to wait for an update to yellowSn0w that works with the newest baseband firmware.

If you have an older 3G with 2.2 firmware, you’ll have to use the Mac-only PwnageTool to prepare a custom firmware image with the old baseband.  Unfortunately, if you have a newer 3G iPhone, there is no way to roll-back to the older baseband firmware.

Again, as of early March, new 3G iPhone’s can’t be unlocked until the iphone dev team releases an unlocker that supports the 2.2.1 firmware with the 2.30.3 baseband firmware.

Update for Yellowsn0w

The iPhone dev team recently released an update to yellowsn0w, their free software unlocking application for the 3G iPhone.  It’s available through Cydia.  For details about the unlock and how to install it, see “Free iPhone 3G Unlock with Yellowsn0w!”