updated 09:40 am EDT, Thu April 2, 2009
iPhone 3.0b2 jailbroken
Only a day after the release of the second iPhone 3.0 developer beta, the firmware has already been jailbroken, hackers claim. A new version of QuickPWN, described as "unofficial" because it is not based on iPhone Dev Team work, opens up iPhones and first-generation iPod touches for purposes such as file browsing and loading unofficial apps. Second-gen Touches are incompatible as a result of Apple's separation of the firmware line.
After the main software is launched, the hack additionally requires the installation of programs called Icy and OpenSSH. The successful jailbreak of iPhone 3.0 was generally not anticipated so quickly, as changes made for the iPhone 2.0 firmware made it significantly more difficult to crack than v1.x. Apple has also taken an increasingly stringent stance against jailbreaking, calling it a violation of the DMCA. More recently the company has inserted anti-jailbreaking references into its NDA, which could theoretically land the creators of QuickPWN in trouble.