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iPhone 3GS jailbreaking will persist, says iPhone Dev Team

updated 04:15 pm EDT, Thu October 15, 2009

Closed exploit a minor obstacle

Jailbreaking indeed remains an option for the iPhone 3GS, says a member of the unofficial iPhone Dev Team. "It's not going to be impossible to jailbreak even if the exploit we used is gone," notes Eric McDonald, responding to some media reports claiming that 3GS jailbreaks might be impossible with the closure of the 24kpwn exploit. Apple has begun shipping 3GS units with a new bootrom, rendering the hole ineffective.

In reality, says McDonald, the only difficulty caused by Apple's change relates to starting up an iPhone. If a new jailbroken 3GS runs out of power or is otherwise shutdown, it cannot be restarted without connecting it to a computer via USB. The same problem is said to have occurred with the second-generation iPod touch, only to be resolved in a relatively short space of time. It is unknown if modern Touches are also being given a bootrom update.

by MacNN Staff



  1. bleee

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Sell unlocked in the U.S. problem solved

    If they just sell the unlocked version in the U.S. and around the world they wouldn't have this problem. People pay $600 - $700 for the unlocked phone, and start suing the people that are unlocking it because they are s******* over carriers that subsidize the phone. Problem solved.

  1. WiseWeasel

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Re: bleee

    Apple would also have to sell them jailbroken (or rather remove the user access restrictions from iPhone OS X), which would be wonderful, but seems unlikely at this point. In the meantime, these heroes are much-appreciated.

  1. tonton

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Jailbreaking vs. Unlocked

    Unlocked is one issue. Jailbreaking is another.

    Apple may eventually sell the iPhone in the US unlocked as it does in other countries.

    Apple will never sell the iPhone with the ability to add third-party apps not authorized or purchased through the app store.

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