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iPhone Dev-Team puts out remote iPhone 4 jailbreak

updated 06:40 pm EDT, Sun August 1, 2010

JailbreakMe cracks iPhone 4 over the web

The unofficial iPhone Dev-Team today sent word that it had published its first widely available jailbreak tool for the iPhone 4. JailbreakMe uses an exploit in Safari to derestrict the phone over the web. Like earlier jailbreaks, it voids the phone's warranty as long as it's installed but also allows running unsigned apps and others features that Apple chooses not to allow in normal use.

While it can jailbreak the iPad and older iPhones, JailbreakMe doesn't work with the iPad's 3.2.1 firmware. Some iPhone owners have also reported that MMS breaks with the release. Current demand has overwhelmed the servers, they add. The Dev-Team notes that it's still possible to revert to a regular build of iOS by connecting to iTunes and choosing to restore the firmware.

The launch comes just as the Library of Congress has legally sanctioned jailbreaking for the purposes of installing software that a phone vendor wouldn't normally permit. Apple has never filed lawsuits to stop jailbreaking, but the new exemption greenlights at least the use of JailbreakMe and similar tools, if not necessarily their distribution. The company has instead warned of the support consequences that result from running a non-official OS state.

by MacNN Staff



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  1. lkrupp

    Joined: Dec 1969


    And when something gets loose?

    And what happens when something bad gets loose and pwns jailbroken iPhones? What happens when personal data is compromised (like the recent Android attack) and money is stolen? Who will get blamed? The iPhone Dev-Team? The a** hat user who jailbroke their iPhone? The author of the malware? No, of course, None of those will be blamed.

    Apple will be blamed. That's how it works in the world of the a** hats.

  1. andrewbw

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Sorry to hear your Sunday is now COMPLETELY RUINED due to what people do with their own technology. :( :( :( :( :( :( :( I hope your Monday goes better, champ! I'm rooting for you!

    Hey everyone? Let's all think good thoughts for lkrupp. Some big bad mean hacker baddies did something bad, and it's got him in a funk. So if you see him, be sure to give him a "chin up!" or a "there there!" or a "Look on the bright side!" if you have a moment.

  1. sammaffei

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Someone's going to mod this...

    I can see it now... Site is spoofed. Code Modified. All of a sudden your iPhone is crank calling the White House at 3:00AM.

  1. Fast iBook

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Re: Someone's going to mod this...

    Who's going to answer the call, hillary? :p

    - A

  1. Jane66

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Thanks Comex et al! (Dev Team)
    Just jail-broken my ipad on latest version 3.2.1.
    Absolutely effortless install, one swipe and its done!
    Great job.
    BTW, now Im totally sucked in the iPad, with it and iPad video converter from ifunia, Im reading and watching videos, movies everytime, everywhere when wanna!
    I believe with this jailbreaking, iPad can bring much more for me! awesome!

  1. HappyPhil

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Use Logmein instead

    Rather than threaten the integrity of your iPad by jailbreaking, wouldn't it just be better to use logmein to connect to your souped up PC, and watch flash movies, play whatever games you have on there, and do whatever you think the iPad can't do - on your iPad?

  1. wrenchy

    Joined: Dec 1969


    re: And when something gets loose?

    I don't think anyone is going to blame Apple if their iPhone gets "pwnd" as a result of jailbreaking. Please give these people more credit. That's like modding your Vauxhall with an aftermarket ECU chip and twin turbos and claiming warranty repairs if the engine blows.

    Sounds like lkrupp doesn't like the concept of freedom. He's happier if Apple protects him from the Wide Wooly Web of malware, viruses and dragons. Just the kind of robot Apple is looking for.

    Hey, speaking of robots, how about that new Droid X! YOWZAAAS! Now that's a slick phone.

  1. ZinkDifferent

    Joined: Dec 1969


    No matter...

    wrenchy - if people break their own iPhones because they are stupid, you bet they will blame Apple; and if they don't, the media will. "iPhone reveals personal information to hackers - beware!" would be a typical headline.

    It doesn't really matter, and I do believe that iKrupp over-reacted. If this were to happen, a whole bunch of people will be compromised; maybe they will have learned their lesson, maybe they won't. It won't matter to Apple, and the situation will blow over after a couple of weeks.

    Maybe some of the usual housewives, or uninformed non-techs will make reference to it once in a while when it's a boring bingo night, but throughout it all, lines will extend out of Apple store, of those who want to buy their iPhones.

    ... and by 2012 jailbreaking will be a distant memory.

  1. facebook_Razvan

    Via Facebook

    Joined: Aug 2010


    Easy JB...

    I just found a website with full pics, faqs and tutorials, maybe it'll help - . Helped me a lot because it was simple... JBd my devices (two iPhone 3GS, both with 4.0.1) by following the instructions from there and it all went buttery smooth!

  1. Darchmare

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Okay, people...

    ...those of you who look down on those who jailbreak: You do realize, don't you, that this basically puts the iPhone in a state not unlike that of the iMacs, MacBooks, etc. you are likely accessing this site with. Right?

    Nobody should be made to feel bad for wanting to have full control over a device that they own. It's theirs, after all, and if Apple really won't back down and recognize this by offering a fully disclosed/disclaimed "Pro setting", this is the _only_ alternative.

    I do agree that _some_ (idiots) people will blame Apple if anything goes wrong, which is stupod - just as stupid as it would be if they blamed them for something a 3rd party app did on their Mac. Somehow, though, Apple's reputation over the years with a non-locked-down Mac platform is on-the-whole pretty good. So chill...

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