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Jailbreaking iPhone 2.0 [video]

updated 10:25 am EDT, Sat July 12, 2008

iPhone 2.0 jailbreak

Following the initial announcement a few days ago, the iPhone dev team says it is close to releasing a new version of its iPhone PwnageTool application for jailbreaking and/or unlocking an iPhone. The new version, PwnageTool 2.0, brings support for the new iPhone 2.0 firmware, allowing the new iPhone 3G, or 1st gen iPhones/iPod touch's to be "jail-broken," so users can install third-party software (not through the Apps store) and access the file system. The tool is designed to be extremely user-friendly and simple, enabling almost anyone to jailbreak their iPhone. After the process is finished all of the 2.0 firmware features, such as the App Store or Exchange support, will be available to the user as well as the ability to add other third-party apps via the installer, reminiscent of the way software was installed before Apple launched the App Store.

PwnageTool 2.0 is expected to be released in the next couple of weeks and will support both versions of the iPhone as well as the iPod touch.




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  1. Feathers

    Joined: Dec 1969

    -4

    What's the point?

    Considering that there's no value in breaking (and risking bricking) a phone where you have to sign up (to a contract) before you leave the store. You can't even buy an iPhone as a gift anymore! Let's see how that plays out coming up to Christmas?

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +2

    the point

    The points:
    - If you're traveling, you can add a local SIM card and not pay AT&T's (or whoever's) high international prices.

    - More importantly, you can install third-party apps that aren't controlled or need pre-approval by Apple (bear in mind that Apple has such control they can disable your legally bought apps - they probably won't do it, but just know they can)

    - You can then make and deliver your own apps without needing to spend $100 on Apple's developer's program (which you need to do just to get your 'free' app on the store), assuming Apple ever opens it up to more developers, that is.

    - Get to use the hardware in your phone in ways Apple won't let you. Like using the GPS for navigation (which Apple strictly forbids). Or the camera for video (yeah, they did this with the iPhone 1.0 previously).

    - And, get this, you can have access to the file system. So you can store files on it. Save files to it. Use it as a hard drive. All the things you used to do with your iPod before Apple decided such activity is nefarious or something.

    And some people like to have cool hardware and not be limited to what it can do by DRM and other restrictive technologies.

  1. chas_m

    Moderator

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +7

    Valuable for 1.0 owners

    While the value of unlocking/jailbreaking a 2.0 iPhone is of limited appeal (though powernerds will want to do it for the reasons mentioned above), being able to use 2.0 software on a unlocked iPhone 1.0 is very valuable.

    I use my original iPhone in Canada and don't really need a new one, but would like to use the 2.0 software and still keep the freedom to use this phone in Canada and other countries where I travel. Pwnage will allow me to do this, so my thanks to the iPhone Dev Team.

  1. MichaelNH

    Joined: Dec 1969

    -5

    lack of point

    You know when you buy a car and have your license.. they can take your license away from you for any reason.... so you might as well just steal cars and not get your license..... why would anyone risk getting a license and paying for a car when they both can be taken away from you... NOT

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