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iOS 4.1 Released, Jailbroken in Hours

Andy Vandervell


iOS 4.1 Released, Jailbroken in Hours

iOS 4.1, which was announced last week, is now available for download via iTunes 10. And, in mere hours, iOS jailbreak developer pod2g announced on Twitter that it has been jailbroken. This, it turns out, is far more serious an exploit than previous jailbreaks, as it takes advantage of the boot ROM of iOS devices. There's still some work to be done on the exploit, but once completed Apple is unlikely to able to plug the gap without some hardware changes.

As for the update itself, it delivers a number of bug fixes and new features, the former of which include notably improved performance on the iPhone 3G, and a fix for the reported proximity sensor issues. New features include: Apple's much-touted HDR photo mode for improved dynamic range in photos; the ability to upload HD videos via Wi-Fi (iPhone 4 only); TV show rentals directly to iOS 4 devices; and Ping integration into iTunes.

All these updates, and more, are available now, and the full jailbreak is no doubt in development as well.


{iOS 4 Update Page


September 9, 2010, 9:59 pm

I upgraded my 3GS this morning and was pleased as punch to read, in the release notes, that there is finally full AVCRP support. Now I can skip tracks using my car stereo instead of furtively pushing the iphone screen (it's dash mounted so relatively safe but not legal, I think).

Otherwise all looks the same. First time you play Flight Control it adds itself to the Game Centre (I mean Center :o). Looking forward to the odd bash of multiplayer on that.

My main hope is it will remove the odd slowdown I got whilst gaming. They were infrequent and short but it would be nice to see them gone.

Everything else is working nicely as before.

I understand (from Anandtech - sorry, lol) that it speeds things back up for 3G owners, although not as good as 3.1.3.


September 10, 2010, 12:37 am

Can't update my iPhone 4. I left my cable at work, and as they still refuse to support syncing via WiFi, I guess I'll have to hold on....


September 10, 2010, 2:46 pm

@Greg - WiFi sync is the killer feature I'm waiting for. Would also be nice to be able to browse the full iTunes library on my MacBook Pro from my iPhone over WiFi and choose what to sync remotely. Though I don't know if I'd want to do a firmware update over WiFi - I'd rather have to plug in a cable than risk bricking my iPhone because of wireless interference or something. For exactly this reason, even if they did implement WiFi sync, I doubt Apple would let you update firmware that way.


September 10, 2010, 9:38 pm


Another worthless 'upgrade'. Hacked in hours.

Come on Apple - wake up and smell the coffee - stop putting silly restrictions on your devices and give people what they want.


September 11, 2010, 3:13 am

I found it far from worthless - it's made my 3G usable again. Well, for now, at least.


September 11, 2010, 10:24 pm

@ownlism - my 3G too is much snappier with this update.

Web browsing, in particular, is better than it's ever been on my 3G - when I scroll around large pages, the redraw is lightning fast.

Happier giving the wife my 3G now it's a slick pleasure to use once again.


September 12, 2010, 8:30 am

I don't like the game centre. Hasanyone noticed some new and updated games need an Internet connection to work.


September 13, 2010, 1:26 pm

Update from my earlier post:

1) Fwd/Back buttons on my car stereo now skip tracks :)

2) No momentary slowdowns during Angry Birds :)

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