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iPhone 3GS Jailbreak Delayed by Dev Team

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We got all excited when redsn0w was released to jailbreak the iPhone and iPhone 3G on firmware 3.0. Plus, with ultrasn0w to unlock 3G, that was even better. When news broke that the iPhone 3GS jailbreak was imminent, users around the world cheered.

The iPhone Dev Team can jailbreak the iPhone 3GS. However, they are going to hold off releasing the jailbreak until later. Why? Well, if the Dev Team releases the 3GS jailbreak now, it will only benefit the early adopters plus once the 3.0.1 update is out, it’ll be back to square one. So to prevent this, the Dev Team is going to wait until the next update is released (which should be coming soon) to unveil the iPhone 3GS jailbreak.

Some more details by the Dev Team:

If you already have a 3GS phone and have already done a full USB dump or captured your img3’s signed with your ECID, then you’re in great shape. You will always be able to jailbreak. But many people who plan on getting a 3GS do not yet have one. For instance, many people are waiting for their existing contracts to mature to the point where they get a price break on the 3GS. Many people are trying to sell their 3G before they can buy the 3GS. There are parts of the globe where you can’t even buy a 3GS yet! The reasons are varied, but they are many.

The nature of the 3GS hardware allows Apple to stop IPSWs from being usable unless you’ve already gotten the signed chunks they send to you based on your ECID (a unique chip ID). You cannot get these signed chunks without knowing your ECID, and you don’t know your ECID until you’ve bought your 3GS.

The jailbreak requires at least one signed iBoot-family img3 for your device. And that iBoot needs to have an exploitable bug. It’s an all-or-nothing deal…you either have your signed exploitable iBoot ready to use, for now and forever — always jailbreakable — or you have nothing.

Here’s the critical point, the reason why we’re delaying our version of the jailbreak: Once the jailbreak is out, Apple will fix the iBoot-family bug we use to accomplish it. They will simply stop signing the old iBoots and only sign the fixed ones. If you bought your phone after Apple has done this, there’s nothing you can do…the jailbreak isn’t going to work for you.

It is possible that Apple will find the bug we use without our handing it to them on a silver platter (via a public jailbreak). In that case, we will have delayed our jailbreak for “nothing”. But we’d rather be safe than sorry!

Apple is surely coming out with a 3.0.1 firmware release shortly. They need to fix ultrasn0w. They need to fix some UI issues. 3.0 is buggy and 3.0.1 is coming. We’re going to wait and see what 3.0.1 brings before figuring out the release date for our version of the jailbreak.

While I strongly applaud the iPhone Dev Team, this endless game of cat and mouse is starting to favor the cat more than the mouse. Apple is quickly closing down the jailbreaking doors, which could mean bad news for people who have been enjoying Cydia for so long. However, I wouldn’t count out the iPhone Dev Team at all, as time and time again they have displayed their uncanny ability to crack the Apple code.

iPhone 3GS owners looking to jailbreak need to perform a USB dump to ensure they can jailbreak in the future. Click here to check out the guides from iClarified!

Do you think jailbreaking will be around forever?

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  • Dude

    I jailbreak for 2 reasons.
    1 – to use skype over 3g.
    2 – to unlock.
    However the main reason is to use skype over 3G. If I could have that then I would not jailbreak. I should be able to use my data as I please.

  • Dude

    I jailbreak for 2 reasons.
    1 – to use skype over 3g.
    2 – to unlock.
    However the main reason is to use skype over 3G. If I could have that then I would not jailbreak. I should be able to use my data as I please.

  • Dusty

    Good news and good job Dev Team but really crappy no release until 3.0.1 🙁 Apple better release it soon like the rumors are saying, early July…?
    Jailbreak will always be around, its a never ending cat and mouse game. It just may get harder and harder until someone gives up or maybe not? Well see what the future has for us lol
    RELEASE ALREADY! Arghhh!!!! 😛

  • Guest

    Good news and good job Dev Team but really crappy no release until 3.0.1 🙁 Apple better release it soon like the rumors are saying, early July…?
    Jailbreak will always be around, its a never ending cat and mouse game. It just may get harder and harder until someone gives up or maybe not? Well see what the future has for us lol
    RELEASE ALREADY! Arghhh!!!! 😛

  • chanable

    I was really looking forward to it the jailbreak release, I do really love the new 3GS, but I also miss the skype over 3g and all the other things that can be done once jailbroken and unlocked

  • chanable

    I was really looking forward to it the jailbreak release, I do really love the new 3GS, but I also miss the skype over 3g and all the other things that can be done once jailbroken and unlocked

  • I think if future devices become “unjailbreakable”, Apple could see a decrease in sales. There are many iPhones being used in non-legit carriers, and the only way for them to do this, is with the jailbreak.
    I was hopng for the 3GS jailbreak to come soon, but I’ll gladly wait until 3.0.1. It’s annoying, having to re-jailbreak for every firmware update.

  • I think if future devices become “unjailbreakable”, Apple could see a decrease in sales. There are many iPhones being used in non-legit carriers, and the only way for them to do this, is with the jailbreak.
    I was hopng for the 3GS jailbreak to come soon, but I’ll gladly wait until 3.0.1. It’s annoying, having to re-jailbreak for every firmware update.

  • Frank Lo

    Is the skype over 3G working okay , after the update to 3.0 and jailbreaking with redsn0w, and unlocking with ultrasn0w for the iphone 3G ? I have been holding off the update to 3.0 , thanks in advance

  • Frank Lo

    Is the skype over 3G working okay , after the update to 3.0 and jailbreaking with redsn0w, and unlocking with ultrasn0w for the iphone 3G ? I have been holding off the update to 3.0 , thanks in advance

  • why Apple doesnt lets cydia to be an official application. they will be more winner!

    they can sell it 100$ if they want on the app store! but apple must lets ppl the choice to install it or not to get a real tools or a crappy useless phone!

    Or sell a licence to give full controle of the iphone. We buy the licence and can install legally cydia and other application we want.

  • why Apple doesnt lets cydia to be an official application. they will be more winner!

    they can sell it 100$ if they want on the app store! but apple must lets ppl the choice to install it or not to get a real tools or a crappy useless phone!

    Or sell a licence to give full controle of the iphone. We buy the licence and can install legally cydia and other application we want.

  • Dude

    Yes – skype over 3G is just fine on my iPhone 3G running OS 3.0

  • Dude

    Yes – skype over 3G is just fine on my iPhone 3G running OS 3.0

  • dashparr

    I jailbroke 3.0 the day it was released. It honestly takes about 2 hours to get everything back (all the cydia installs and home screen layout). I do agree it is really annoying to re-jailbreak every firmware release but I’m thankful for all the releases Apple comes out with to make the iPhone experience that much better.

    I do believe jailbreaking will be around forever. As long as there is a will there is a way.

  • dashparr

    I jailbroke 3.0 the day it was released. It honestly takes about 2 hours to get everything back (all the cydia installs and home screen layout). I do agree it is really annoying to re-jailbreak every firmware release but I’m thankful for all the releases Apple comes out with to make the iPhone experience that much better.

    I do believe jailbreaking will be around forever. As long as there is a will there is a way.

  • ReyT

    As long as the iPhone Dev Team is around, there will always be jailbreak, no matter what generation of iPhone or firmware version will come out (because the Dev Team rocks!). If the Pentagon can’t hide their files from hackers, so does Apple from anyone who dares. Really, this cat-and-mouse chase is just starting to get exciting. Cheers to the iPhone Dev Team!

  • ReyT

    As long as the iPhone Dev Team is around, there will always be jailbreak, no matter what generation of iPhone or firmware version will come out (because the Dev Team rocks!). If the Pentagon can’t hide their files from hackers, so does Apple from anyone who dares. Really, this cat-and-mouse chase is just starting to get exciting. Cheers to the iPhone Dev Team!

  • Lawrence

    Question? If I buy the new iPhone at full price can I demand one that is unlocked? If not why not? Locking is only to provide some security to the subsidy though even that is questionable since you could (would) be sued for the remainder of your contract if you choose to opt out early. Does anyone know under what law Rogers or anyone else could get away with selling a full priced iPhone that was not unlocked?

    No they have added tethering to the 3.0 OS I don’t really need the jailbreak but it would be nice to get an unlocked phone.

    Lawrence

  • Lawrence

    Question? If I buy the new iPhone at full price can I demand one that is unlocked? If not why not? Locking is only to provide some security to the subsidy though even that is questionable since you could (would) be sued for the remainder of your contract if you choose to opt out early. Does anyone know under what law Rogers or anyone else could get away with selling a full priced iPhone that was not unlocked?

    No they have added tethering to the 3.0 OS I don’t really need the jailbreak but it would be nice to get an unlocked phone.

    Lawrence

  • Anonymous

    Silly question from a new guy, does jailbreaking or unlocking void your warranty? Hell, can Rogers/Fido even do anything about it? Just curious. It’s good to see that they’re waiting, however long it is.

  • JMCD

    Silly question from a new guy, does jailbreaking or unlocking void your warranty? Hell, can Rogers/Fido even do anything about it? Just curious. It’s good to see that they’re waiting, however long it is.

  • I agree. I got that $3 unlimited USA/Canada plan, and I am patiently waiting for the 3GS jailbreak to continue using Skype again.

  • I agree. I got that $3 unlimited USA/Canada plan, and I am patiently waiting for the 3GS jailbreak to continue using Skype again.

  • Justin

    Agree. I paid the full price and it’s locked. So sad. Wish I could get the one made for Hong Kong.

  • Justin

    Agree. I paid the full price and it’s locked. So sad. Wish I could get the one made for Hong Kong.

  • Yup, pretty much anything can be figured out and hacked. The thing for me is the inconvenience factor of reinstalling apps, etc. But I guess in the end this is the fun part! Nothing better than seeing a cool 3rd party app released in Cydia. 🙂

  • Yup, pretty much anything can be figured out and hacked. The thing for me is the inconvenience factor of reinstalling apps, etc. But I guess in the end this is the fun part! Nothing better than seeing a cool 3rd party app released in Cydia. 🙂

  • Yeah, you can bet the Dev Team works harder when things start to look “impossible” and once they figure it out, it’s like joy on earth!

  • Yeah, you can bet the Dev Team works harder when things start to look “impossible” and once they figure it out, it’s like joy on earth!

  • Yes it voids your warranty. However, you can do a full restore and everything will be back to new.

  • Yes it voids your warranty. However, you can do a full restore and everything will be back to new.

  • Mirth

    I’ve never actually jailbroken my phones before, and was thinking about doing this with the old 3G and then saving the info needed for my new 3GS.

    I just have to ask if anyone else is concerned with the concept of entering your phone’s unique identifies into a web page. I’m not sure what bits of nastiness could be done with that, but it couldn’t be good to have that information out on the web…

    Of course, I’m not a phone expert, nor a jailbreak expert. I’d love to hear what the experienced jailbreakers think. It is the only thing stopping me right now.

  • Mirth

    I’ve never actually jailbroken my phones before, and was thinking about doing this with the old 3G and then saving the info needed for my new 3GS.

    I just have to ask if anyone else is concerned with the concept of entering your phone’s unique identifies into a web page. I’m not sure what bits of nastiness could be done with that, but it couldn’t be good to have that information out on the web…

    Of course, I’m not a phone expert, nor a jailbreak expert. I’d love to hear what the experienced jailbreakers think. It is the only thing stopping me right now.

  • skyngai

    can someone explain what “a full USB dump or captured your img3’s signed with your ECID” really mean? What tools and step do I have to use and follow in order to get the job done?

  • skyngai

    can someone explain what “a full USB dump or captured your img3’s signed with your ECID” really mean? What tools and step do I have to use and follow in order to get the job done?

  • Wallyg

    Guess we will have to wait and see

  • Wallyg

    Guess we will have to wait and see

  • xxJDxx

    Has anyone considered the legality of jailbreaking. I mean, I assume that it can’t be illegal to jailbreak as you own the hardware and should be legally allowed to run any software on it you choose. So isn’t this back and forth by apple kind of just sneaky manuevering around the fact that it would technically be illegal for them to force you to run their software?

  • xxJDxx

    Has anyone considered the legality of jailbreaking. I mean, I assume that it can’t be illegal to jailbreak as you own the hardware and should be legally allowed to run any software on it you choose. So isn’t this back and forth by apple kind of just sneaky manuevering around the fact that it would technically be illegal for them to force you to run their software?

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