For those of you who have been working with the iPhone Dev Team in their beta testing of the new untethered jailbreak solution, you must be aware of some issues that prevented Skype from working correctly with Redsn0w untethered jailbreak. The Dev team has now released a new beta software – the sixth such release – that apparently fixes these Skype issues.
Users who already have a jailbroken iPhone running the beta 5 version can run the latest version directly over this version. These users have to “run beta6 and deselect every checkbox”. The Dev team has acknowledged a few other bugs that are still present on the beta test version – primarily with the Wi-Fi Sync app crashing the JB Monte process. We expect these issues to be sorted out in the next release.
Also, the Dev team has pointed out that a Windows version shall be released “only if we can make it less painful“. No time frame has been given for the completion of this.
The iPhone Dev Team has released a new untethered jailbreak solution for beta testers. The new download comes with a couple of improvements. Firstly, Bluetooth – which was disabled in the jailbreak software until now, has now been enabled. Also, the Dev Team has noted that any sandbox related issues must be fixed in the new version.
While this version is closer to a public release (you may recall that the Dev team had indicated that if beta 4 goes well, the next version could be a public release), it is still advisable to go ahead with this download only if you have already tested the older beta versions. Interestingly, a basic version of Redsn0w for Windows too is apparently available although the Dev Team points out that this version is very slow at this point. A test release should be out when the Dev Team manages to speed this up.
Those of you who need to jailbreak one of the latest generation iDevices like iPhone 4 or iPod Touch 4G would have to be running a tethered jailbreak solution (the untethered version is still under testing). The iPhone Dev team have just added a bit of sophistication to this tool by introducing a one-click support to the software. Using this latest version, you may bypass the several screens that one may come across while tethered booting.
The one-click jailbreak tool offers a few command line arguments that can perform tasks such as
-j to ask redsn0w to “Just boot now”
-i <filename> to specify your reference IPSW
-o for old-bootrom iPod touch 2G and iPhone 3GS
-b <filename> to specify your own boot logo png
Do note that you will need a copy of RedSn0w
(the tethered version) and IPSW on your hard drive. You can find the relevant files for download as well as the instructions on the Dev Team blog by clicking here
The iPhone Dev Team has just released a new version of their RedSn0w untethered jailbreak software. Like the earlier versions, this one too is a beta software and is only advised for testers. If you have already jailbroken your iPhone using one of the earlier test softwares, the Dev Team has advised users to restore before trying this jailbreak.
So what’s new on the latest beta version? Nothing much except that the new v4 incorporates usbmux software natively which means users no longer have to separately install and run this program. Also, the new version should fix a few bugs that were detected with the earlier version. You can download this version by clicking here. Do remember that this one is not for novice users and only attempt a jailbreak if you think you can handle any issues that may arise.
An interesting last line from the iPhone Dev team. They have noted,
“We believe this is the last big code change. If beta4 goes smoothly, we can move on to opening up to Windows testers, the remaining devices, and fixing the Bluetooth and Skype issues.”
If you are a Windows user, stay right here. A Windows version should be available for testing soon.
The Redsn0w untethered jailbreak for iOS 4.2.1 is still in its testing phase among Mac users. Once this is complete, the tool is likely to be opened up for Windows users for testing before a public release will happen. While that is likely to take some more time one interesting piece of information that has come out is that this new untethered jailbreak solution will allow users to large size install custom bundles that was hitherto not possible.
In a tweet conversation, popular Dev Team member, MuscleNerd has pointed out that this feature is likely to be one of the benefits in this new tool.
@MuscleNerd Once the new redsn0w is out, will it allow to install custom bundles > 100 MB?
@i0n1c yeah that’ll be one of the side benefits of this new “upload to running ramdisk” capability
The iPhone Dev Team has spent the Christmas weekend and beyond testing the new ‘back up plan‘ untethered jailbreak solution for iOS 4.2.1. So far, the team has been working solely with Mac users and although a number of bugs have been resolved, some work still seems to be remaining. The team is presently reported to be working on a new version that will incorporate the usbmuxd files (that are at present required to be installed separately) into the native software.
When this is done, we hear, the untethered jailbreak for iPhone 4, iPad and iPod Touch 4G users should also open up for Windows users. In a tweet asking about the incorporation of usbmuxd on RedSn0w, the team has replied,
“that version is next…and if that’s successful, we should be able to expand to Windows testers after that”
Going by the rate the team has been churning out new improved versions, we expect this to not take more than a couple of days. In any case, stay on hold till we bring the news from this front.
The iPhone Dev Team has been fervently working away on a number of bugs that were reported on the first beta tester version of RedSn0w for iOS 4.2.1. The latest beta 3 version named RedSn0w 0.9.7b3 fixes a number of things including third party app crashing, embedded videos, etc.
In an update to their redsn0w blog, the iPhone Dev team writes,
” The third beta is now available (testers ONLY please!). This version extends the fix made in beta2 over to the non-GUI programs too (like the daemons that handle media content). That should cover things like Facetime, Winterboard themes, and embedded videos in iTunes. If you had trouble using the usbmuxd in previous betas, please wait until we incorporate that into redsn0w itself (i.e. don’t bother trying this beta3, just wait for the integration).”
An earlier beta 2 version had fixed the native app crashes. Although this won’t be the last of the beta releases, you can still check out if you are a seasoned jailbreaker who can manage all the eventualities. Otherwise, it is best advised to stay put until a general release is announced.
The iPhone Dev Team had released a beta version of the untethered jailbreak solution for iOS 4.2 yesterday. And from what we hear now, the process has not gone smoothly for a number of users. If you are yet to jailbreak your device, you may want to check out the issues that one can anticipate while jailbreaking with this beta software
- iPod app on iPhone 4 and iPad may not work
- YouTube app on your iDevice may stop working
- Your iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad may face incompatibility with AirPlay
- Applications may crash randomly
- Videos from camera roll may not play smoothly
Besides this, the iPhone Dev team has also outlined a number of other known bugs and have also noted that Bluetooth has been disabled for the time being. What all this means is that unless you are a seasoned developer who can manage these hiccups, this jailbreak is not for you. You may be advised to wait for some more time until a more stable release is developed.
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.
Comex from the iPhone Dev Team had only recently revealed that the untethered jailbreak for iPhone 4 and the other new generation iDevices could be delayed. But here is some good news if you had been desperately looking for an update from the Dev Team. We have now heard from MuscleNerd, the popular iPhone hacker who is part of the team that an alternative untethered solution will now be released on Christmas day. He has said,
“Over the Christmas weekend we’ll be releasing a version of redsn0w that implements the “backup plan” to the 4.2.1 untethered jailbreak. We’re seeking your help to test this redsn0w and find any bugs before we do a general release!”
Some points to note here if you are willing to volunteer as a tester. Firstly, this will be a Mac-only test program. Secondly, those users who need an UltraSn0w unlock may run the risk of losing their unlock and are hence advised against volunteering. He further notes,
“Right now, the “backup plan” requires that you have the 4.2b3 IPSW on your Mac, and that Cydia has your 4.2b3 SHSH hashes. Please don’t pirate that 4.2b3 IPSW! (We’re also working on a way that this technique might apply to all those with 4.1 IPSWs, but that’s not the first goal right now.)”
Details regarding the test program is expected to be available on a new Twitter account @redsn0w_testers. In any case, the public release is scheduled for just a day from now. So get ready to jailbreak this weekend.