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Easy Jailbreaking Utility Arrives for iPhone 4


Easy Jailbreaking Utility Arrives for iPhone 4

A simple-to-use browser-based Jailbreak utility has been released for the iPhone 4.

JailbreakMe 2.0 enables users of devices running iOS4 4.0.1 to ‘Jailbreak’, bypassing the restrictions that Apple places on the devices.

The utility works on the iPhone, iPod touch and the iPad and provides access to the Cydia App Store, where users can install apps that have not been pre-approved by Apple and that offer otherwise unavailable functionality.

The release of the utility follows the announcement by the Copyright Office of the Library of Congress in the US that jailbreaking phones constitutes fair use, and is therefore legal. The legal status is the UK has yet to be tested due to the lack of legal precedent, an IT lawyer told Wired UK.

While Jailbreakers believe that Jailbreaking will enhance their devices, Apple would have them believe the opposite. Following the US Congress ruling Apple released a statement that read, “"Apple's goal has always been to ensure that our customers have a great experience with their iPhone and we know that jailbreaking can severely degrade the experience. As we've said before, the vast majority of customers do not jailbreak their iPhones as this can violate the warranty and can cause the iPhone to become unstable and not work reliably."

Early reports do suggest that the replacement firmware prevents MMS and FaceTime from working, though we suspect that for many users neither of these will be an issue.

Jailbreaking is normally a convoluted process, and involves downloading software to your computer and attaching your device by cable. However, JailbreakMe, works right from the Safari Mobile browser. On first visit, users are invited to automatically download and install the firmware, with a message that says, “slide to jailbreak’ – with an animation that cheekily mirrors how users ‘slide to unock’ when they want to take their phone out of standby.

Is this what you've been waiting for for your Apple device? Will you be taking advantage of this free and easy Jailbreak utility? Let us know in the comments.

Link: JailbreakMe 2.0 FAQ


August 2, 2010, 4:10 pm

Will it fix the antenna? ;)


August 2, 2010, 4:42 pm

Ignoring the Pro/Cons of jailbreaking, the process actually is a bit worrying. It's possible to jailbreak via a simple website, what if a website used similar technique for malicious intent?


August 2, 2010, 5:01 pm

Excellent, I'll be using this - but not for a couple of weeks. Cydia will be next to unusable due to high demand for a little while, and my mobile data appears to be broken too so I may need a replacement handset.


August 2, 2010, 5:05 pm

Cant say I know all that much about the benefits and pitfalls of jailbraking other voiding your warranty and a few other things. Before OS4 I was tempted to look into it further as background Spotify was a big issue for me but that's been sorted and I dont really see (or know of) a reason to go through with it now.


August 2, 2010, 5:27 pm

Just about the only reason left to jailbreak, for me, is the ability to toggle things like Bluetooth and Location Services from any app, also allowing custom message tones etc. It has never voided your warranty, how could it when restoring from iTunes always removed all evidence of jailbreaking?


August 2, 2010, 5:44 pm

@Norbury: It has never voided your warranty, how could it when restoring from iTunes always removed all evidence of jailbreaking?

If you need to use the warranty, it might be because your iPhone is broken. Restoring to a broken iPhone might be difficult.


August 2, 2010, 6:06 pm

@Keith: but to deny your warranty claim based on the handset being jailbroken they would need to show that the jailbreaking was the cause of the warranty claim. AFAIK this has never happened.

Ala Miah

August 2, 2010, 6:16 pm

Jailbreaking is like downloading illegal music/movies from internet. You simple don't ever have to pay for an app on the app store ever again.

There are other legal ways of making use of jailbreak but most people use to download jailbroken apps.

Very simples :)


August 2, 2010, 6:17 pm

Done on both my 3GS and Iphone 4 works like a charm, Dev team also mention they'll be releasing the ultrasn01 unlock (to use on all networks) for the Iphone 4 shortly, (should work for 3g and 3gs already). Also for anyone wanting to install the mobile terminal make sure you install the one for IOS 4 if its visible when doing a Search for MobileTerminal or http://forums.macrumors.com... to install once you have ssh capability


August 2, 2010, 6:34 pm

Sorry correction ultrasn0w :)


August 2, 2010, 7:33 pm

@Ala Miah

If jailbreaking is the iOS equivalent of rooting than I really don't think the purpose of it is to obtain pirated software. It's about being able to cunstomise your phone and use it the way you want rather how Apple tells you to. Judging by Apple's approval process I'd guess ther eare some gems in the Cydia store which can't be used without jailbreaking.

As an XDA regular I've found that most people are happy to pay for apps they deem valuable. Some just require permissions that are not available by default.


August 2, 2010, 7:49 pm

Surely if its been ruled "fair use" to jailbreak in the US Apple cant deny a warranty claim because of it?

Or am I totally off base :)


August 2, 2010, 8:20 pm

sweet. done late last night on my 3gs and the networking setting is not working properly. APN setting is gone. wait to restore and do it again.

A Scotland

August 2, 2010, 8:59 pm


it's not illegal to open your iphone up and hit the insides with a hammer...but this may well still void the warranty. I suppose the question is whether or not jailbreaking is specifically excluded in the warranty wording.

This would not as far as I know affect your statutory rights though. ie it may void your warranty but if you can show that the phone is not of satisfactory quality regardless of the jailbreak then you should be entitled to your money back.


August 2, 2010, 9:15 pm

@Keldon: As I understand it, 'fair use' only means that you're not breaking copyright law by jailbreaking your iPhone. It has nothing to do with the conditions of your warranty - you can be in the clear for the purpose of copyright, but still be in breach of your warranty.


August 3, 2010, 2:01 am

This is great and all, and I'll more than likely do it on my 3G now, but what should be a concern is how easy it is to compromise the iPhone this way.

What next, a site that goes, SLIDE TO SEE THIS, and then it gives access to the core iOS. Hmmmm...


August 5, 2010, 3:44 pm

My 3GS did have a few problems after a 3.0.1 JB and later a 3.1.3 one. These created a 4.0 update problem that was only solved by a total DFU mode wipe (only lost Angry Bird save games!). Now it is running perfectly on 4.0.1 and the new OS, I mean iOS, negates most of the reasons I jailbroke in the first place. I have no intention of messing with it again. It goes against my nature to leave it alone which is probably why I only have this one Apple product! Only phone I have still loved after more than a year ...

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