updated 06:45 pm EST, Thu March 11, 2010
Device overcomes recovery mode after restart
An electronic engineer has developed a hardware dongle that allegedly jailbreaks an iPhone. The device reportedly can be used to either jailbreak and 'hacktivate' a new iPhone, or boot a jailbroken handset that gets stuck in recovery mode. A 9V battery provides power, allowing users to restart their jailbroken iPhones while away from a computer.
The creator claims the dongle works with any iPhone 3GS or iPod touch 2G/3G running OS versions 3.1, 3.1.1, or 3.1.2. The firmware can also be updated via USB to address any changes with future versions of the iPhone OS.
The iDongle is currently in the prototype stage of development, although the final price is expected to be around 30€ (~$40 USD). [via Hack A Day]