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Apple tackling jailbreaks with new iPhone 3GS revision?

updated 09:35 am EDT, Wed October 14, 2009

May force new workarounds

A minor revision of the iPhone 3GS is now shipping with a new bootrom, preventing the use of somecurrent jailbreaking techniques, hackers claim. Phones with iBoot 359.3.2 are believed to have gone on sale last week, quietly and without explanation from Apple. The new code is said to prevent the 24kpwn exploit, however, which has been used for some time in jailbreaking tools, including those from the unofficial iPhone Dev Team.

Devices equipped with the new bootrom should thus be harder to hack even with the latest utilities, namely PwnageTool 3.1.4 and blackra1n. It is suggested that people still interested in hacking a 3GS should for the time being only buy from older stock, such as refurbished models. It may still be possible to jailbreak a 3GS through alternate means, while tethered to a computer.

by MacNN Staff



  1. climacs

    Joined: Dec 1969



    well, my current 3GS is up-to-date (3.1.2) so this minor revision is apparently limited to new iPhones and is not actually an update for iPhones already in use. I'd love to jailbreak it, but I probably shouldn't have updated it since I bought it six weeks back, it sounds like if you're running 3.1.2 then it's risky to mess with it.

  1. bobolicious

    Joined: Dec 1969


    If we can't break/unlock it...

    ...we may not buy it - this seems pretty short sighted on Apple's part - ransoming excessive cell plans down users throats & restricting apps may improve margins & quality, but what good is quality if many won't buy it...?

  1. WiseWeasel

    Joined: Dec 1969


    s**** you, apple

    Right back at you, Apple! What I choose to do with my hardware after I buy it is no business of yours. Sooner or later, another handset will be just as usable WITHOUT these unacceptable restrictions, and I will have bought my last iPhone. I'm getting tired of fighting my hardware vendor for access to my own freaking hardware.

  1. disturbo

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Total BS

    I do not understand why Apple cares so much. It does not make any sense. Can't they see that the more they limit their hardware the fewer the number of sales they will have. You know, I bet that this is only in the US market. Apple does not seem to care about all of the other countries that have the iPhone where there are multiple carriers. I hope they end their exclusivity contract with ATT at the end of this year so we can get some competition when they release the iPhone to T-Mobile.

  1. iphonerulez

    Joined: Dec 1969


    So, switch to another smartphone brand, nobody

    is stopping you. Most of the people I know that have iPhones know nothing about jailbreaking or unlocking. They just use it as it was intended to be used and are more than satisfied with it. I'd certainly advise the unhappy complainers to head to Android. You can customize your ROMs to your heart's content, change the UI completely if that's what you want. If you really just want to tinker with your smartphones, the sooner you leave, the better. Android was built for tinkerers. In another year, there'll be so many versions of Android from multiple companies, it'll be hard to keep track of what the real version's supposed to be. If you knew that the iPhone was going to be on a controlled platform, why did you bother to purchase one in the first place?

    Apple has already explained why they don't want their devices jailbroken whether you consider it rational or not. One of their claims was network disruption. It matters on marginal networks. That's why it would make more sense for you to go to another less taxed network and play on that one for your own benefit. Nobody will say a word or even care.

    The rationale of you can do anything with something you own doesn't pan out in the real world. Even blowing the horn on a car that's yours isn't allowed in all neighborhoods and you can get fined for doing it. Same with driving drunk with a bottle of whiskey you bought in a car you own. There are rules regardless of what you rightfully own. If you think they're unfair, well, that's just the way things are. Maybe you can change the rules, maybe you can't.

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969



    As I understand it, jailbreaks are performed by utilizing security issues in the code. As such, aren't they really just fixing holes, not blocking jailbreaking?

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