iPhone 4 Jailbreak Hits the Web

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The Unofficial iPhone Dev Team released JailbreakMe for the iPhone 4 over the weekend, giving average iPhone users a simple way to jailbreak their iPhone and install apps that aren’t available through Apple’s iTunes-based App Store. The jailbreak takes advantage of an exploit in Mobile Safari that lets users perform the hack without installing any special software on their iPhone or computer.

Jailbreaking is a process where you hack your iPhone or iPod touch so apps that Apple hasn’t authorized can be installed on the device. Instead of relying only on the App Store for third-party titles, jailbreakers can also use services like Cydia to find and install apps.

The hack also works with older iPhone models as well as the iPod touch, but it doesn’t jailbreak the iPad.

While Apple doesn’t support jailbreaking and may not honor warranties for jailbroken devices, a recent ruling by the US Copyright Office said individual users can’t be sued for hacking their smartphone and installing unapproved apps. Jailbreaking could, however potentially cause stability and security problems, so don’t hack your iPhone or iPod touch unless you know what you’re doing.

Comments

Khaled

I see what you did there wink

JonGl

To me, the only _real_ issue is if this jailbreak can be used to unlock the phone from whatever carrier it’s locked to (Mine’s Orange Swiss). I have my suspicion that this isn’t a full jailbreak… Plus, how does one install Cydia using this jailbreak? I’m still at 3.1.2, and jailbroken, so I’m not going to play with this until I hear more.

-Jon

TitanTiger

You’re confusing terms.  Jailbreak merely means that you can now modify the system software to install third party apps outside of Apple’s App Store and use features that the iOS currently locks down.  Unlocking is a separate task that will allow you to use the phone on another carrier such as TMobile.

Cydia is automatically installed with this jailbreak.  Ultrasn0w for unlocking should be available in the next day or so.

mlvezie

Actually, Jeff, according to their website’s faq, it does include the iPad. If someone wanted to give me an iPad, I’d be happy to test it. smile

I’ve been in dire need of a grinectomy ever since I jailbroke my iPhone 4 last night. I can’t tell you how much I missed Activator and sbsettings. So personally, I’m really excited about this!!

Having said that, I’m also a bit scared. This means there really is a nasty exploit in Mobile Safari (something that can, in theory, brick my iPhone if I just visit a website? Yikes). I’m glad my phone’s jailbroken. I just wish it wasn’t so easy to do so. I fear for people with prankster friends who say, “Can I borrow your phone for a few minutes”, then hand it back a couple minutes later, jailbroken.

I have no doubt Apple will, by the end of the week, release a new version (4.0.2, probably) of iOS that will close this hole. But I know I’m going to be more careful what websites I visit from my phone…

JonGl

You?re confusing terms.? Jailbreak merely means that you can now modify the system software to install third party apps outside of Apple?s App Store and use features that the iOS currently locks down.? Unlocking is a separate task that will allow you to use the phone on another carrier such as TMobile.

Cydia is automatically installed with this jailbreak.? Ultrasn0w for unlocking should be available in the next day or so.

no confusion on my part. I think I wasn’t clear in what I said. It does appear this a full, genuine jailbreak, installing Cydia. But if I read you correctly, Unlocking via Ultrasn0w is not yet ready for this. Well, I palmned to wait until I’m back home later this fall anyway. I’ll see then how it’s all working.

computerbandgeek

ultrasn0w will work just fine for any iPhone 3G or 3GS. It’s the iPhone 4 unlock that won’t be out for another 24 hours.

BurmaYank

Here’s a good posting on how to do it: 

“First Web-based Jailbreak for iPhone 4 arrives; here’s how to do it”
(By Jason D. O’Grady, August 1, 2010 - ZDNet / News & Blogs / The Apple Core)

mlvezie

JonGI, if you plan to wait, at least get Umbrella and save your SHSH blobs (no jailbreaking needed). If you upgrade your phone without doing that, it’s a safe bet you won’t be able to jailbreak your phone later.

jeey

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!

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