updated 10:40 pm EST, Thu January 24, 2008
iPhone 1.1.3 jailbreak
Hackers on Thursday released a simple "jailbreak" solution for iPhone 1.1.3, allowing users with already jailbroken iPhones running v1.1.1 and v1.1.2 to upgrade to the latest software/firmware update. Delivered about 9 days after the v1.1.3 update was first released to the public, the iPhone Dev Team and Iphone Elite Team have released a working "jailbreak" for iPhone 1.1.3, allowing users to install third-party applications and obtain access to the filesystem. Ironically, version 1.1.3 of the software includes the groundwork for Apple's forthcoming SDK (due by end of February), which will allow third-parties to deliver native applications for the iPhone without the "jailbreak." Update: some reports indicate that unlocked phones appear work properly after the update and true AT&T users can correct the issues with the map locator functions.
Announced at Macworld Expo last week, the latest software/firmware brings a variety new features, including a GPS-like locator function, SMS to multiple recipients, webclips (Web shortcuts from the desktop), custom home page settings, video lyrics and chapter navigation, and selective/manual iPhone song/video management.
Like the v1.1.2 jailbreak solution, the published process requires a jailbroken iPhone v1.1.1 or v1.1.2 and Installer.app, so v1.1.3 users can follow these downgrade instructions (iTunes 7.6 users also read this) and then jailbreak iPhone v1.1.1 here.
Users run a special Windows program, iBrickr Special 1.1.3 jailbreak edition (Mac version here), which will guide them through the process of obtaining and modifying the 1.1.3 firmware. In short, iBrickr downloads the 1.1.3 iPhone firmware image and then extracts, decrypts, and decompresses the disk image. The software then applies a patch, jailbreaking the disk image and activating it, and also installing Installer.app. It then uploads this new modified image to the phone, so the "1.1.3 soft upgrade" app flashes the phone with the image and reboots.
Earlier today, we noted a hack that allows users to create "speed dial" icons on their homepage without first jailbreaking the device.