Bad news for those of you intently waiting for the iPhone 4 unlock tool to be released. The iPhone Dev Team has clarified that an unlock tool for iPhone 4 shall not release until the official roll out of iOS 4.2.5 or iOS 4.3 – whichever is the latest. In a tweet to followers, jailbreaker MuscleNerd wrote,
“Official iPhone unlock statement: no unlock will be released until after 4.2.5 or official 4.3 (whichever is last) is out”
This should come as a huge disappointment considering that we had heard from another jailbreaker a few weeks that promised an unlock solution by this week. You may remember that Dev Team member Sherif Hashim had revealed back in December that the application should be out latest by January 16.
While this is definitely bad news, this was not entirely unexpected. Apple is expected to roll out iOS 4.3 within a couple of weeks from now – the beta version is already out with developers. Given that this new version could possibly patch the current exploits, it does not make much sense for the Dev Team to roll out an unlock tool only to get blocked a couple of weeks later.
Firecore, the developers of the aTV Flash software for Apple TV have now come up with a new product that will let users jailbreak their second generation Apple TV. Called Seas0nPass, the application would let users install custom IPSW firmwares for their Apple TV devices.
Please do note that at the moment, this is a tethered jailbreak. This means that you will need to connect the Apple TV to a computer every time you want to boot. Also, as with any jailbreaking process, deploying this tool could potentially brick your device and probably void your warranty. So, it goes without saying that you need to proceed at your own risk.
The Firecore team has posted a comprehensive how-to guide for the jailbreak process. You can check the tutorial here and please do let us know how the process goes in the comments below.
George Hotz, the popular hacker who is widely known as GeoHot in the jailbreak circles has made Sony’s PlayStation 3 security key public that could enable users to install custom firmwares and games on their console without going through the Sony platform. Thanking the German hacker group, Fail0verflow who discovered the exploit, Hotz wrote on his blog,
“props to fail0verflow for the asymmetric half. no donate link, just use this info wisely. i do not condone piracy”
The security keys are significant in that it is assigned to every legit application and is used by Sony to verify if any particular application the user is trying to open is legitimate or not. By making this security key public, software pirates can open copyrighted gaming applications illegally.
Sony is yet to acknowledge the issue and we hope they act soon enough to minimize the damage caused.
Those of you wanting to put your iPod nano to better use can get hopeful. Developer James Whelton has revealed that he has taken the first step towards enabling a possible jailbreak of the sixth generation iPod nano. In all fairness, Whelton’s hack at present is pretty simplistic and all that it does is to remove one of the default apps from the iPod nano. But Whelton has said that hackers can now build upon this to develop a more sophisticated jailbreaking solution for iPod nano in the future. He says,
“The hack and things I’ve been playing around with and have done use the already available ‘disk use’ of the device. The hack is simple, like Forrest Gump simple, the importance is that it got the Nano hack got attention and thankfully attracted some kickass hackers and developers who wish to work on it with me, I’m gonna be doing all I can to facilitate this. iPod Nano hacking is nothing new (http://ipodlinuxinstl.sourceforge.net/).”
Meanwhile, if you own a iPod nano 6th gen device, you can check out the tutorial for the current hack by clicking here.
Gingerbread users – that’s predominantly Google Nexus S owners as of now – who want to get hold of a more resourceful firmware can now start testing the new CyanogenMod 7 firmware. For the uninitiated, CyanogenMod is a custom firmware that is built over the Android platform that could bring features hitherto not available on the native platform to these smartphones.
The CyanogenMod team had initially reported issues with the camcorder and Wi-Fi that was however later rectified. Koush, one of the lead developers from CyanogenMod has now released an alpha version of the firmware that can now be downloaded from here.
Do note that this is an alpha version that is bound to come with a lot of bugs. That means, unless you are absolutely sure of what you are doing, you are advised to hold off from installing these updates. There is no word on when a public release is due. Nevertheless, keep looking here, we might update you on the same when that happens.
Popular iPhone developer and hacker, iH8Sn0w has spilled the beans on his upcoming project – Sn0wBreeze 2.2. The new software application, that is still in development mode will let users unlock their iPhone 4, 3GS or 3G running iOS 4.2.1 with the help of the UltraSn0w unlocking tool. In a tweet posted recently, iH8Sn0w has posted the following teaser image of the upcoming tool.
The new version of Sn0wBreeze is expected to come with a new option called ‘Basedband Preservation Mode’ that will let users restore their iDevices to iOS 4.2.1 without having to upgrade their baseband. There are also other modes like Simple Mode and Expert mode that the user may employ to create custom firmwares without the need for upgraded baseband.
There is no news on when the new Sn0wbreeze version will release. But we will let you know as and when that happens.
So as we had expected, the iPhone Dev Team is out with their ‘back up plan‘ version of the RedSn0w untethered jailbreak solution this Christmas weekend. But before you proceed, the iPhone Dev team have warned that this is a “beta tester” program that could potentially go wrong if you are not careful. The team has come up with some nuggets of advice that you can use to decide whether you really want to go ahead and jailbreak
This is a beta tester program. It’s not a general release! Things can go very wrong, so please don’t even consider testing if you have pictures or other media on your device that you haven’t backed up!
For the same reason, please don’t participate if you rely on the ultrasn0w carrier unlock. Wait for the final version!
Until we fix some sandbox issues with bluetooth, the bluetooth functionality is disabled.
Cydia must have your 4.2b3 SHSH blobs saved on file. (As we approach a general release, we’ll provide a way to let you use locally saved hashes too).
You must already have the usbmuxd software installed and running on your Mac (this requirement will eventually go away too). The correct invocation of the relay is just as that page says: “./tcprelay.py -t 22:2222”. If the relay isn’t installed or running correctly by the time the redsn0w ramdisk has started, you’ll need to restore to stock FW again to try it again. Please test it beforehand to save yourself some time!
This tester program is apparently limited to just the iPhone 4, iPad and iPod Touch 4th generation. You can check out the RedSn0w download link here. Have some trouble or questions? Post them here.
This is one jailbreak exploit that has made so much news but will still fail to be incorporated in any of the official jailbreak tools. We first wrote about SHAtter back in September this year. This was a hardware exploit that would enable existing models of iDevices to be permanently jailbroken. The exploit was expected to be incorporated in a jailbreak release scheduled for October 10th of this year. That however got cancelled after the Limera1n jailbreak software was released by GeoHot.
This SHAtter exploit has now reportedly been made public. While it is still unclear who in the iPhone Dev Team could be responsible for the leak, accusations seem to be flying among the members of the group. More importantly, what this means is that Apple would now be able to patch the Limera1n and SHAtter exploits at one go when their next production units hit the market.
Despite this setback, P0sixninja from the Chronic Dev Team has assured iPhone users that the untethered jailbreak – that has recently seen a delay – shall be on its way soon.
Earlier this month, Erica Sadun – hacker and writer for TUAW had launched an alpha-stage ad supported tool called AirPlayer that enabled users to stream videos from their iPhone or iPad to a Mac computer using AirPlay. The tool basically hacked a Mac and made it camouflage itself as an Apple TV that subsequently helped her stream her videos from an iDevice using AirPlay.
Now in another nifty development, Sadun has developed another tool called AirFlick that will enable Mac users to stream videos from their computers to an Apple TV. She writes,
“AirFlick works by transforming your Mac into a web browser, the same way AirPlay works on your iPhone or other iOS device. For Mac-based files, AirFlick tells your Apple TV to connect to a local URL and serves the data that the Apple TV plays back. So long as those files are in a supported format such as mp4, m4v, mp3, etc, the Apple TV can read and display the file data.”
AirFlick comes with a number of additional features like transcoding of unsupported file formats in real time as well as the ability to play videos directly from the web.
You can download the alpha-version of the software by clicking here. Also, check out a video demo of AirFlick embedded below.
iPhone 4 users looking for a way to unlock their device may not have to wait for long. According to a tweet posted by Sherif Hashim, one of the prominent hackers from the iPhone Dev Team, the unlock tool should be released in less than a month’s time – at least before January 16.
It is not clear if this new unlocking solution will be based on a new exploit or if Hashim will make use of a baseband exploit that was discovered sometime back. As you may recall, this exploit can be used to cover all basebands – including versions 02.10.04 (that is incorporated on iOS 4.1) and 03.10.01 that is bundled with iOS 4.2.1.
Last month, we had reported about the release of UltraSn0w unlock tool. That, however, only worked with the older iPhone models like the 3G and 3GS. So if you are an iPhone 4 user who is yet to break away from your contracted carrier, the time to do it should come soon.