updated 01:00 pm EST, Fri November 9, 2007
v1.1.2 jailbreak confirmed
A new 'jailbreak' for Apple's iPhone and iPod touch devices was confirmed today after a screenshot surfaced depicting a jailbroken iPod touch. Despite Apple's v1.1.2 firmware update for its multitouch-enabled devices, which the company released yesterday, hackers have already managed to 'jailbreak' the devices and obtain read/write access to the filesystem. 'Jailbreaking' the iPhone and iPod touch paves the way for installing third-party applications. iPhone owners who jailbreak their handsets can proceed to 'unlock' the devices, removing Apple's requirement to use AT&T as the exclusive wireless carrier.
According to TUAW, successfully jailbreaking Apple's v1.1.2 firmware update requires preparing a system in v1.1.1 before upgrading. The tester who confirmed the jailbreak used an application called iPhuc to bring the iPhone into recovery mode and install the necessary firmware. Using iTunes the iPhone was restored to v1.1.1, after which a single package was installed before upgrading to v1.1.2 and finally jailbreaking the phone using the new unreleased software.
[Photos courtesy of TUAW]