Apple has released an update for the iPhone and iPod Touch to firmware 2.2.1. This looks to be a bugfix release with no new features, and the iPhone Dev Team has upgraded their QuickPwn and Pwnage tools to handle the new firmware. Read the release notes at the Dev Team Blog before upgrading as their recommendation is to NOT use QuickPwn with a 2.2 iPhone 3G if you want to continue using it unlocked.
Due sometime today, the iPhone 3G unlock is compatible with firmware 2.2/baseband 02.28. This contradicts the previous recommendation to iPhone 3G users to NOT update to firmware 2.2, but is a welcome bonus allowing the latest software to be unlocked. The package will be released through Cydia and requires the use of Quickpwn to get the iPhone into a jailbroken state with Cydia installed.
Just to repeat what has been stated many times before, this is free software, so don’t be conned into paying for it on any of the rip-off sites. It’s also beta software, so there may still be bugs. Thanks to the iPhone dev team for their work and continued support of the jailbreak community.
Those looking to Pwn their device without wiping it clean can now use the Windows version of QuickPwn 2.1. Currently available as a torrent or from several mirror’s, the new version supports the following devices:
- iPhone 1G can be unlocked and jailbroken
- iPod Touch 1G can be jailbroken
- iPhone 3G can be jailbroken
The iPod Touch 2G is not currently supported for jailbreaking, and the iPhone 3G cannot currently be unlocked.
Both of the iPhone and iPod Touch jailbreaking apps have been updated this afternoon, and are available for now only as bittorrent downloads (until demand subsides) from the iPhone Dev Team site. Which app you use depends on how you want to jailbreak your device. PwnageTool will create a new restore IPSW file that iTunes can use, and QuickPwn will jailbreak a device without using iTunes. I had previously updated to firmware 2.1 on my iPod Touch so QuickPwn was the best choice. Read more…
Very late last night came the news that the iPhone dev Team has updated both the Macintosh PwnageTool and the Windows QuickPwn. Both tools will jailbreak the latest iPhone/iPod vesion 2.0.2 firmware. PwnageTool 2.0.3 for the Mac is reported as having some problems with the iPod Touch so the Dev Team are recommending you hold off a little longer and wait for the next version due soon. Windows QuickPwn is updated to beta 150 offering some bug fixes.
There’s a comment on the blog recommending that QuickPwn isn’t run through Macintosh virtualisation software such as parallels and VMware. I had wondered if this was an option while rebooting into Windows to use QuickPwn, so there’s the answer.