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.
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.
If you are somebody who has inadvertently upgraded to the new iOS 4.2 update without realizing that it could break your unlock, here is some good news. The upcoming UltraSn0w unlocking application is expected to cover all the basebands – including the recent 05.15.04 that was shipped with iOS 4.2.1.
In a twitter response to a user who had upgraded his iPhone 3GS to iOS 4.2, popular jailbreaker MuscleNerd has confirmed this.
ssstephD: @MuscleNerd will the new ultrasn0w unlock be able to unl0ck baseband 5.15.04? made the big mistake of upgrading it =/ !
MuscleNerd: @ssstephD it covers 05.15.04 too — but yeah, really need to stay vigilant about not updating 🙁
Since the new UltraSn0w update would cover the latest baseband, it effectively means all basebands shall be covered since the software has already been able to achieve unlock on all the older basebands. UltraSn0w is expected to launch by tomorrow.
The latest iPhone 4 may offer you a lot of features that are not available on the older iPhone models. But if there is one area where owning an older iPhone can be a blessing, it is with respect to jailbreaking and unlocking. Yesterday, we wrote about the RedSn0w untethered jailbreak solution already available for iPhone 3G and iPhone 3GS users. While iPhone 4 users too shall be able to jailbreak their iDevices soon, it is still a tethered solution which is not exactly ideal.
Now popular jailbreaker, MuscleNerd, has revealed that a new UltraSn0w unlock for iPhone 3G/3GS should be out as early as by the end of this week. In a tweet, he wrote,
“now that redsn0w is out, can focus back on the unlock. The 3G/3GS version should be out this week. i4 will be longer.”
Yet again, if you own an older iPhone, the unlock should be out soon. If you are an iPhone 4 user, good luck with waiting for some more time till your phone becomes capable once again.
Ever since the Apple iPhone 4 was launched last month, a good number of the 1.7 million iPhone 4 users (assuming people stopped buying the device ever since the antenna paranoia broke out) have been waiting to unlock their device and latch on to their favorite wireless carrier.
The iPhone Dev Team has been working on the Ultrasn0w utility for the past few weeks and according to a recent tweet posted by Dev Team hacker @musclenerd, the team is just about to complete the unlocking process for iPhone 4. In short tweets posted recently, he writes,
Good progress on iPhone4 unlock with @planetbeing:http://is.gd/dh2WE <-injected cmd! (Akin to http://is.gd/dh2Ze on 3G)
Next step is to keep the task backgrounded like we did for 3G/3GShttp://is.gd/dh7Jh. Backgrounded task is the unlock.
So why has it taken a lot of time? Musclenerd explains that Apple has used a completely new baseband for iPhone 4 that is different from those used on iPhone 3G and iPhone 3GS. Hence, the Ultrasn0w unlock will have to completely rewritten.
iPhone unlockers – just hold on. the wait is just about to be over.