We decided to sum up some of the best solar gadgets we knew of that either have been designed for or are compatible with the iPhone (2G and 3G) / iPod Touch. We know solar gadgets are very popular these days especially among those who are cautious about being eco-friendly, the environmnet and of course the often talked about CO2 emission. We managed to put into this list five solar gadgets, we did think there

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Update (15/04/2009): For those looking for a baseband downgrade solution for the iPhone 3G, ModMyi have now released a tool which could help you

Like we’ve always done with newly released iPhone firmwares, we want to do our best at providing free help and explaining to iPhone users who are not familiar with iPhone jailbreaking and unlocking what it is all about with our roundup of jailbreak and unlock for the iPhone, but please note we’re also just iPhone users ourselves!

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Update (15/04/2009): For those looking for a baseband downgrade solution for the iPhone 3G, ModMyi have now released a tool which could help you

Readers here who have iPhones either iPhone original or iPhone 3G will notice that this week Apple quietly released a new update for minor bugfixes, firmware version: 2.2.1. For iPhone users who aren’t bothered about jailbreaking or unlocking, this is great because the update does a few things for your iPhone in terms of improvement in stability but for those who jailbreak and unlock this meant trouble.

Let us first summarise the advantage of having the new firmware 2.2.1 on board:


The firmware update contains minor bug fixes and improvements such as improved stability of Safari and a fix for an issue where some images saved from Mail do not display correctly in the Camera Roll.

The release notes lists minor bug fixes and improvements in iPhone firmware 2.2.1. They are mentioned below:

  • Improved general stability of Safari
  • Fixed issue where some images saved from Mail do not display correctly in the Camera Roll

I know a few of you sent us emails about accidentally upgrading through iTunes sync, the result of which meant that your iPhone became either no longer jailbroken, no longer unlocked or even both. This is not the first time this has happened and I don’t think it will be the last. Its because its so easy to press yes to update firmware when doing a routine iPhone backup or synchronisation in iTunes – I don’t blame you guys!

So I’ve decided to look up like before, ways in which you’d be able to downgrade from firmware 2.2.1, please be aware though, this method if completed successfully will downgrade from 2.2.1 to 2.2 and not the firmware you had previously on your iPhone, as I’m aware that some don’t update their iPhone firmwares everytime a new update comes out, I thought this was worth a mention.

Now, here’s the crucial part, please read the below if you want to find out why 2.2.1 is no good (yet) especially for the unlocked iPhone 3G:

The reason you need to downgrade if you accidentally upgraded to firmware 2.2.1 through iTunes is because the new 2.2.1 update breaks what the iPhone Dev Team had used in their application yellowsn0w to modify the firmware which had helped to successfully unlock iPhone 3G. Also, the new update seems to have caused a change of baseband within the iPhone 3G from 02.28.00 to 02.30.03 (don’t know if this is permanent though), 02.28.00 was crucial in order for yellowsn0w to work, so you see, updating your unlocked iPhone 3G to 2.2.1 may prove to be costly, unfortunately this was a deliberate act from Apple’s part.

Update (03/02/2009): Folks we now know that the baseband on the iPhone 3G is definitely altered and upgraded once you update your firmware to 2.2.1 and this appears at least for now, non-reversible, therefore those who are hoping downgrade might allow their iPhone 3G to be unlocked again should realise this will not be possible.

So to summarise, downgrading is therefore good only if you have the iPhone first generation and wish to downgrade back to 2.2 for unlock and jailbreak using QuickPwn for firmware 2.2. Or if you have the iPhone 3G and wish to downgrade back to firmware 2.2 for jailbreak but you definitely won’t be able to unlock for the time being. Our suggestion, if you’ve updated your iPhone 3G anyway, yellowsn0w is unlikely to be able to work until iPhone Dev Team pulls out another trick up their sleeves because your iPhone 3G’s baseband has already been altered. Therefore, why not stay in 2.2.1 and go for the jailbreak using new QuickPwn released by iPhone Dev Team for firmware 2.2.1 and enjoy some third party apps while you wait for an updated yellowsn0w (hopefully).

Therefore, if:

  • If you have the first generation iPhone, the good news is it seems the latest 2.2.1 updates doesn’t seem to have modified anything on the first gen iPhone’s baseband, the iPhone Dev Team should soon be able to release updated versions of PwnageTool and QuickPwn tools which will let you jailbreak and unlock your first generation iPhone.
  • If you have an iPhone 3G then the dev team should soon release updated versions of their PwnageTool and QuickPwn to jailbreak (not unlock) your iPhone 3G running firmware 2.2.1 but you will need to wait and see if the iPhone Dev Team will be able to unlock the latest modem firmware / baseband 02.30.03 just like they did for 02.28.00 in yellowsn0w.
  • Update (03/02/2009): As mentioned above, baseband can’t be altered once changed at this time but tools to jailbreak 2.2.1 are already available for download.


So here are the instructions on how to downgrade your iPhone 3G back from 2.2.1 to firmware 2.2. You must realise the problem is even after downgrading your iPhone 3G will still be locked because if you read the above, Apple has changed your iPhone 3G’s baseband delibrately but hopefully iPhone Dev Team will be able to unlock this new baseband soon.

Before we start with the step-by-step guide, you need to first download iPhone firmware 2.2 (for 1st Gen iPhone, use this direct download link and for iPhone 3G, use this direct download link).

You can then follow these steps to downgrade from iPhone firmware 2.2.1 to firmware 2.2:

  • Connect your iPhone to your Mac or PC and select your iPhone from the list of devices in iTunes.
  • You can follow these steps to put your iPhone in DFU mode (this is required only if iTunes does not recognise your iPhone at all):
    • Connect your iPhone to your computer
    • Turn iPhone off.
    • Hold power and home together for 10 seconds (exactly).
    • Release power but keep holding home until the computers beeps (observed on a PC) as a USB device is recognized.
    • A few seconds later iTunes should detect your iPhone.
  • In the Summary Tab, Hold down Option and press the “Restore”  button. If you are using Windows hold down Shift and press the Restore button. (This is an important step as just pressing the “Restore” button will result in restoring your iPhone with the latest firmware which is firmware 2.2 currently, by holding down Option in case of Mac or Shift in case of Windows, allows you choose the firmware file that you want to downgrade to.)


  • You should be able to see all the older iPhone firmware files you had downloaded so far, select iPhone firmware 2.2 file from the download link mentioned earlier (1st Gen iPhone: iPhone1,1_2.2_5G77_Restore.ipsw or iPhone 3G: iPhone1,2_2.2_5G77_Restore.ipsw) to restore your iPhone or browse to the folder where you have downloaded it and select it.
  • You might get the any of the following errors: 1011, 1013, 1015, you can ignore them. However, if you get errors such as: 1601, 1602, 1600 or anything else then try putting the iPhone into DFU mode and try again.
  • Your iPhone should now be restored to iPhone firmware 2.2. You can check by going to Settings -> General -> About and looking for Version, it should read 2.2 (5G77).
  • The last step is to set up your iPhone from a backup and that should look like this:


[via iPhonehacks]

Update (31/01/2009):

If you see an 10xx error by following the steps mentioned above then follow the steps mentioned below:

  1. Disconnect the iPhone3G from iTunes when it comes across the error 1013. (Actually the firmware 2.2 is already successfully installed)
  2. Launch Quickpwn 2.2-1 (download links are available in our step by step guides for Mac users or for Windows users), at this time, quickpwn will pop up a window telling you to hold down both of the power & home buttons for 15 seconds then release the home button but keep holding the power button for another 2 seconds to re-activate your iPhone3G.
  3. Then you will see a white apple as usual and the iPhone 3G is now re-activating.
  4. You can see a normal screen with those lovely icons and your service back to normal.
  5. Jailbreak it using the ready launched Quickpwn tool.
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After project yellowsn0w, the iPhone Dev Team have been working hard into 2009 on the next most important thing – jailbreak for iPod Touch 2G. Yes it’s what many of you guys have been asking about, and up til now, we have said we don’t know whether its possible 🙁 , well now we know that it is possible. Though no info on when it would be released yet, we do know that a jailbreak solution does exist and they are working on it!

The first video below shows you guys why its not been as easy to get through and jailbreak the second gen iPod Touch as the first gen. The second one features what it will be like when its released and available to everyone. Of course, when it is out redsn0w should not have any restrictions to you accessing and downloading from the App Store in addition to being able to download jailbroken apps.

[via iPhone Dev]

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Update (22/12/08): Those who have come into this article looking for info on iPhone unlock, please visit for the latest video released by the iPhone Dev Team demonstrating their latest tool for unlocking the iPhone 3G.

Just a day or so after its release the latest iPhone OS firmware / software version 2.2 has been jailbroken by the iPhone Dev Team’s PwnageTool 2.2 and QuickPWN 2.2. Like we mentioned earlier, the iPhone Dev Team was bound to release their iPhone 2.2 jailbreak / unlock solution soon, but this time, it was unexpectedly quick!

Please be aware that firmware 2.2 jailbreaking / unlocking DOES require abit more attention than previous releases, any false moves could result in permanent, irreversible consequences (such as not being able to unlock your iPhone 3G in the near future!).

Please, please read carefully, we have illustrated a few scenarios and we hope you read through all this before going ahead, if in doubt, ask questions!


  • The new Pwnage Tool 2.2 is not available to Windows users but only QuickPwn 2.2
    • Here is the bittorrent link:
      • We apologise but the mentioned download links have now been removed.
  • Latest Pwnage Tool 2.2 and QuickPwn 2.2 are both available to Mac OS users
    • Pwnage Tool 2.2:
      • We apologise but the mentioned download links have now been removed.
    • QuickPwn 2.2:
      • We apologise but the mentioned download links have now been removed.

Before you read further, please quickly be aware of the following main points:

  • iPhone 3G users, you have to update your iPhone 3G using Pwnage Tool if you plan to someday unlock your iPhone 3G
  • Using the iPhone Dev Team’s latest Pwnage Tool will give you an end result of a Pwnage Tool-based iPhone 2.2 OS jailbreak which the team believes is the only way to preserve your iPhone’s older baseband firmware

What the heck is baseband and why should I care about it on my iPhone 3G?

The ‘baseband’ is the generic name given to the internal components of the iPhone that handle the phone calls and Internet access. This ‘baseband’ is a tiny and unique independent computer system that runs inside your iPhone, it is separate to the main system that handles the applications (such as email and google maps) and it talks to the main part of the phone over an internal communications network. Think of it like a cable modem or other peripheral that is attached to your home PC that needs occasional updates. When a software update is released and presented to you within iTunes the baseband is sometimes updated (to fix bugs or add new features). The 2.2 update for the iPhone 3G contains such an update, so running the vanilla updater straight away with iTunes will reprogram and update the baseband.

As we mentioned in the bullet point above, it is absolutely crucial at this point that if you have the iPhone 3G, you don’t plug it into iTunes and automatically agree to iTunes when it prompts you to update to firmware 2.2. We can’t stress this hard enough, you must update your iPhone’s firmware to version 2.2 using PwnageTool if you ever want to even dream about unlocking your iPhone 3G in the near future.

I have iPhone 3G, I’m not bothered about unlocking and just want to jailbreak…

If you are a loyal and happy O2 or AT&T customer and don’t think you will ever need to unlock your iPhone but just want to jailbreak so that you can download lots of neat applications off Cydia. All that you need to do is click agree to update to firmware 2.2 via iTunes then use the latest version of QuickPwn, version 2.2 to jailbreak your iPhone’s firmware 2.2.

I bought an iPhone 3G (from Asia for example) that was already manufacturer unlocked…

We got asked this by a reader for the last firmware. If this is you, we now know that you don’t need to worry about anything. Your iPhone was destined to be unlocked and won’t lock itself up after restoring or updating or upgrading using iTunes. So all you need to do is jailbreak if that is what you want, use QuickPwn 2.2.

I have the iPhone 2G (first generation), which tool should I use?

The iPhone 2G is the simpler of the two, it is no longer a difficulty for the iPhone Dev Team, it can be unlocked and jailbroken with no problems at all, the instructions below also applies to the iPhone 2G.

Will this work for the iPod Touch?

For first generation iPod Touch, yes just like the iPhone 2G, your iPod can be jailbroken to install Cydia apps. For second generation iPod Touch, your device is currently unsupported.


Now for the all important, crucial part. The following steps will take you through the process so that your iPhone 3G’s baseband is preserved for any possible future iPhone 3G unlock solutions. The below instructions also apply to unlocking and jailbreaking the iPhone 2G.

  • Download the iPhone 2.2 OS firmware to your desktop:
    • We apologise but the mentioned download links have now been removed.
  • Download Pwnage Tool 2.2, (Pwnage Tool is not available for PC Windows):
    • We apologise but the mentioned download links have now been removed.
  • Now that you’ve downloaded Pwnage Tool, click it to start it up
  • Select Expert Mode
  • Select your iPhone version, iPhone 3G or iPhone
  • Click Next
  • Allow Pwnage Tool 2.2 to find the iPhone 2.2 OS firmware that you downloaded to your desktop
  • Select the iPhone 2.2 OS firmware
    • The iPhone 2G’s firmware 2.2 filename is iPhone1,1_2.2_5G77_Restore.ipsw
    • The iPhone 3G’s firmware 2.2 filename is iPhone1,2_2.2_5G77_Restore.ipsw
  • Now click Next
  • Select the General category
  • Click Next
  • General Settings:
    • If you are using your iPhone on a contract with your carrier or network you must uncheck the box next to Activate
    • If you don’t have a legitimate iPhone contract with your carrier, you will need to ensure that the box next to Activate is checked, this will make your iPhone or iPhone 3G for use on an official iPhone carrier’s network
    • Change root partition size to 1000MB
  • Now keep clicking Next until you get back to the Build screen
  • Now select Build
  • Click Next
  • Save the custom restore file to your desktop and this file should be named iPhone1,1_2.2_5G77_Custom_Restore.ipsw
  • Wait for PwnageTool 2.2 to build your custom iPhone firmware 2.2 file
  • When asked if the iPhone has been Pwned before, be honest and choose the appropriate option
  • Now connect your iPhone
  • Follow directions to enter into the Restore Mode, remember the trick is to press the power button slightly before pressing the home button!
  • If you followed the directions correctly, you will then be given a blue window, now click on OK
  • You will see I Can Haz Success, now quit Pwnage Tool 2.2
  • Now start and go into your iTunes
    • You will be told your iPhone needs to be restored
    • Click OK
  • Now here is a crucial part, make sure you hold down on options key on your keyboard while you click restore
  • Now choose the iPhone1,2_2.1_5F136_Custom_Restore.ipsw from your desktop and click open
  • The next part is to wait and can take up to a few minutes, be patient!
  • After some more waiting, you will be told that your iPhone has been restored, click on OK
  • Now disconnect your iPhone after iTunes recognises it, you can now restore the backup of your iPhone’s data
  • Congratulations, all done!

Any comments will be appreciated, comments usually replied within 48 hours, we hope everything works out ok for you! We’ll be keep this guide updated, so come back soon!

With help from iPhone Hacks, iPhone Dev, IntoMobile, QuickPwn

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Hey everyone this is just a quick heads up to let you know that the iPhone Dev Team have now released an updated version of QuickPwn – the quicker and easier to jailbreak tool which does not require an iTunes based full restore!

The latest QuickPwn, version 2.1 is for Windows users and will jailbreak and unlock first generation iPhones, jailbreak first generation iPod Touch NOT second generation and will jailbreak, NOT unlock the iPhone 3G, visit our Roundup of jailbreaking, unlocking the iPhone 2.1 2G and 3G… for full details and download links!

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Hey folks! Just abit over two weeks after our last roundup for jailbreaking the iPhone firmware 2.0.2, we now have another updated roundup for the latest and just recently released iPhone firmware version 2.1. In this latest roundup, as before, we will try to summarise the most popular methods that the iPhone community and also the iPhone Dev Team have come up with for jailbreaking and unlocking the iPhone 2.1.

The iPhone software or firmware 2.1 which was announced by Steve Jobs earlier this week has indeed addressed a number of issues, these include…

  1. Decrease in call set-up failures and dropped calls
  2. Significantly better battery life for most users
  3. Dramatically reduced time to backup to iTunes
  4. Improved email reliability, notably fetching email from POP and Exchange accounts
  5. Faster installation of 3rd party applications
  6. Fixed bugs causing hangs and crashes for users with lots of third party applications
  7. Improved performance in text messaging
  8. Faster loading and searching of contacts
  9. Improved accuracy of the 3G signal strength display
  10. Repeat alert up to two additional times for incoming text messages
  11. Option to wipe data after ten failed passcode attempts
  12. Genius playlist creation

However, as you would expect if you’ve previously experienced some jailbreaking or unlock yourself, updating to the latest iPhone firmware always means paying a bigger price, getting your iPhone locked or ‘bricked’ again…

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