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.
Things have moved on a bit since I jailbroke my 1.1.1 iPod touch using the iJailbrake V0.4.1 method to upgrade it to 1.1.3. iJailbreak is now up to V0.5.3 and can jailbreak a new 1.1.3 iPhone, with iPod touch support on the way. TUAW has a nice article summing up the last few days progress, but it looks like there are now several methods of jailbreaking your iPhone and unlocking it to work on any cellphone network.
With the recent speculation that there are as many as one million unlocked iPhones in use it’s starting to look like Apple isn’t trying too hard to stop the practice. The hacking effort certainly seems to be gaining momentum. This may change with the next update which is rumoured to be hitting soon with flash support in safari. We should know by the end of February, the original target for the software developer kit’s release.