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Easy Jailbreaking Utility Arrives for iPhone 4

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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

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