This is a follow-up round up of our previous post: Roundup of jailbreaking, unlocking the iPhone 2.0 2G and 3G so far…
As most will know the latest firmware for the iPhone 2G and the 3G is currently 2.0.1 and no longer 2.0. However the latest version of the Pwnage Tool 2.0.1 isn’t a version match which means it has nothing to do with jailbreaking the firmware 2.0.1 iPhone 2G or 3G. However it is effective for jailbreaking firmware 2.0, click here to see more on this.
At the moment, whether your iPhone is 2G or 3G and is working fine, jailbroken on firmware 2.0 then it is suggested that you leave it alone and not update via iTunes. There isn’t much that can be done once you have updated to 2.0.1, it will almost inevitably render you losing all your favorite unofficial native iPhone apps. If you were using an unlocked iPhone then it means that your iPhone will be locked. So if you were using an iPhone with a SIM from some other carrier then it would make your iPhone unusable, also termed as “iBrick” in the iPhone hacking terms.
However if you’ve got a contract and don’t plan on switching to any other carrier or network in the near future, plus you’re not bothered about unofficial native iPhone apps, here is what some users have noticed about the latest firmware 2.0.1 upgrade:
- SMS typing faster
- Faster backup process
- Some users are reporting that the iPhone seems a lot snappier after the update
- Contacts app loads faster
- Safari seems to be significantly more responsive after the update
Here is also what the iPhone Dev Team have noticed about the latest firmware 2.0.1:
The iPhone Dev Team have noticed that iPhone firmware 2.0.1 also updates iPhone 3G baseband. This means that even if the iPhone Dev Team release an updated version of their Pwnage Tool to unlock iPhone 3G running iPhone firmware 2.0, it will not be able to unlock iPhone 3G running iPhone firmware 2.0.1 as the baseband has also been updated. So you run the risk of your iPhone 3G being rendered un-lockable until the iPhone Dev Team get around to unlocking the iPhone 3G baseband bundled iPhone firmware 2.0.1.
Meanwhile here is what the iPhone Dev Team have said on their blog, a quick summary on a few situations and what you should do at this moment:
- If you own a first generation (2G iPhone), no matter what you do now, you don’t have to worry, the next PwnageTool will get you where you want even if it you prematurely updated. 2G is completely pwned at every conceivable level and you’ll always be OK. But if you own a 3G iPhone and are looking for unlock in the near future, don’t use Apple’s update yet!
- If your 3G iPhone is on a regular contract and you always plan to be with the carrier then you can update but you will lose the jailbreak and access to third party (non AppStore) applications.
- If your 3G iPhone is not on a regular contract and you plan to use it on an alternative network to the carrier that supplied it then do not update unless you do it with the impending PwnageTool update.
Update (09/08/2008): Pwnage Tool 2.0.2 just released, it can be used to jailbreak first generation iPhones running 1.1.x versions and 2.0.1 of the iPhone firmware as well as the iPhone 3G running the latest firmware 2.0.1.
Click here for the download links…
Remember like the previous version of the Pwnage Tool, it will be able to jailbreak and unlock the iPhone 2G (first generation) running the versions mentioned above but only jailbreak and not unlock the iPhone 3G.
One important point to note is that the Pwnage Tool at the moment is only suitable for Mac users, however for iPhone 3G users, the iPhone Dev Team still recommends that you stay with firmware 2.0.1 and not upgrade if you’re expecting to unlock your iPhone in the future.
For Windows users, because the Pwnage Tool 2.0.2 just released by the iPhone Dev Team doesn’t work for Windows, we suggest that you don’t upgrade to the latest 2.0.1 firmware while you wait for an update of the ‘WinPwn’ Tool to be released.
We recommend iPhone users to have a look at our previous jailbreak and unlock roundup for firmware 2.0 if you’ve not upgraded to the latest 2.0.1 yet…
Update (12/08/2008): The latest version of WinPwn is out, Windows users can now use it to jailbreak and unlock their iPhone first gen and jailbreak iPhone 3G. This means that still it is not possible to unlock the iPhone 3G and using the i-Smartphone unlock chip seems to remain as the only method. Click on the screenshot below to be transferred to WinPwn’s blog for instructions and download links for the latest WinPwn 188.8.131.52…
Update (18/08/2008): New tool from the iPhone Dev Team released to complement the already available Pwnage Tool 2.0.2, it’s called QuickPwn and it’s for Windows!
Quickpwn has been released as a beta, intended to complement the main PwnageTool. It works with iPhones and iPod’s running 2.0.1 firmware, and operates very quickly without needing iTunes to rebuild/restore your device afterwards. This beta version is basically feature-complete, but lacks a “funky UI” (they’re adding that soon) and is currently windows only (other OS’s are “coming soon”).
The good thing about QuickPwn, though it’s just in beta and still under development, is that it’s impossible for it to permanently damage your device. Currently QuickPwn requires your device to be running version 2.0.1 of the iPhone/iPod firmware. This requirement will change in a subsequent release. Click here for the download…
[via iPhone Dev Team Blog]
One particular iPhone 3G on eBay (US) is making its way to becoming featured on a number of blogs this week. This 8Gb black iPhone 3G is just one week old, though screen is seriously cracked from an accidentally drop on the floor, everything else does function perfectly fine, as pictured and as claimed by its seller. At this moment, bid is just at $127.50, though reserve have not yet been met.
No contract comes with this phone. The Iphone comes with charger, sim card, sim card removal tool, usb cord, user manual and original box.
With brand new iPhone 3Gs’ with no attached contracts on eBay bidding up to as much as $700 – $800 or even more, how much are you willing to pay for an iPhone 3G that’s got a damaged screen, taking into consideration you will probably need to spend some cash to repair it at some point in the future…
I love checking out new things at Instructables, simply because their DIYs are so detailed, easy to do and most of them are pretty eco-friendly. Just like this one I found yesterday, make your own in-car iPhone or iPod Touch stand, with the packaging that comes with your device. The only thing you need to buy is a velcro which only costs very little. Here are some pics from the instructions and if interested, the link is at the bottom of this post…
Unfortunately, you will need to sacrifice the transparent sleeve of your USB cable for this DIY:
This DIY process doesn’t take very long, here is how the pieces fit together:
All done, now make your friends absolutely jealous!
Click here for full instructions over at instructables…
Colorware is at it again, this time the iPhone 3G. Colorware are the people who originally brought us the first revolution against Steve Jobs’ boring iPhone colour, these guys wanted to show us that we could too have some fun and bring on our iPhones customisable colours. As well as iPhones, Colorware have expanded their quality service and expertise towards other gadgets and smartphones like the Blackberrys, Sidekick and also game consoles like the Wii, PSP, PS3 and XBox 360. They have been known to help users create colours that are unique to their taste, to me I think the best part of it all is the design process using their online studio that they offer on their site, its quite fun!
However, all the fun does come at a hefty price. For the iPhone 3G in question for example, you’re looking at $150 USD for the back, $20 for the frame, another $20 for the button, $10 for the SIM card tray and $10 for the earbuds. If you really want your whole set of iPhone to be special, you can also customise your iPhone dock at a cost of $20. So in total the maximum you’re looking at is about $230 USD!
More after the jump…
As you will know, the iPhone Dev Team have yet to produce a Pwnage tool that will be able to unlock the latest iPhone 3G, though you can jailbreak, you can’t unlock.
The latest unlock clip from Brando is probably the closest thing you can do at the moment to unlock your iPhone.
I’m not entirely sure how it works, but its been designed to says specifically on Brando’s site that it has been designed to unlock operator / SIM card locked Apple iPhone 3G phones. Its really easy to use, all you need to do is slide the attachment under your “normal” SIM card (the one that you wish to use).
Just released the i-Smartphone unlock clip costs $20.50 USD and has been claimed by Brando to also unlock various brands of GSM smartphones. Click here for more details…
iPod Touch users have been pretty much left out in the recent weeks with all the iPhone jailbreaking and unlocking that’s been going on but just right now I came across something just for you guys. As you will be aware, it’s been completely free for iPhone users to upgrade to firmware 2.0 but for iPod Touch users, they have been required to pay $9.25! I too think this is unfair but nothing could have been done about it, not until now!
If you’ve waited this long and not upgraded the firmware on your Touch just because of the pricing then its worth giving this go. Just follow these simple steps which will only take you about five minutes.
- Download 7.7 from Here
- Download iTouch 2.0 firmware from links below:
- Hold Shift and click Restore.
- Select iPod1,1_2.0_5A347_Restore.ipsw
After the ‘cracking iPhone 3G’ news, it seems the iPhone 3G has yet to offer another rather shocking and hopefully one-off problem. Pictured are shots of an overheated and as a result an iPhone 3G with a melted casing. All the hardware is working fine and are intact but the dock connector was damaged which would probably mean that the phone will be useless as it cannot be neither charged nor synced.
Apparently the story behind this was a member of the Mac Rumors forum fell asleep with his iPhone 3G left in his pocket, but he soon woke up in pain to find that his iPhone had overheated and burnt the skin over his leg. When taken out of the pocket, the iPhone 3G was hot and the plastic casing had melted! The user in question had noted that he had disabled 3G as well as push services and the screen was set to auto-lock in a minute, so it was unlikely that this situation should have happened. Take a look at the photos below, hopefully this was just a one off incident, but I reckon this will be a difficult one for the warranty to cover!