The guys over at iPhone Dev are just great. No matter what Apple throws at them, they patch it – and fast.
For example, Apple just released iTunes 8, of course, with a countermeasure for pwned iTouches and iPhones. Already, the Dev team is prepared to give us the fix.
They say: "That hardware fact is still true. But one way they can try to combat Pwnage for existing hardware is to program iTunes to detect and prevent the Pwnage exploit. In fact, they’ve already done that in iTunes 8. The screenshot below from iTunes 8 using a Pwned ipsw (with an unPwned device attached) is one example."
(Read the full Dev Team article here.)
Also, the 2.1 iPhone software was pawned by Dev Team only days after the official release.
The tools set for 2.1 pwning is pretty much the same:
3. Windows versions are coming soon. If you cannot wait for a Windows version, search for a custom firmware file that was created on Mac, and then restore your iPhone from that file.
We wanted to test the tools for ourselves, and we are pleased to say everything works as expected.
Just a few notes:
- if you get "Error 1600" when you start your restore, make sure that you got into DFU mode properly. If our method did not work, then you have to use the Pwnage tool and follow the instructions at the end on how to get into DFU mode. (Make sure to say that your phone was not pwned before.)
- Also, we had some intermittent issues connecting to WiFi. We think it was related to some other configuration settings. To experiment, we restored our iPhone again and we did not experience that problem.
If you have any questions about this process, let us know.
We believe that jailbreaking is here to stay. DevTeam is cementing its relevancy every day by releasing useful and well-designed tools for jailbreaking and unlocking.
In our opinion, jailbreaking will become more relevant over time, and become a necessity for a majority of iPhone users.
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