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Apple Blocks iPhone 3GS Jailbreak on Latest Devices

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Uh oh. It looks like the constant battle of “cat and mouse” between Apple and iPhone hackers has taken a turn in favour of Apple. According to some tweets, users are reporting that newly shipped iPhone 3GS and iPod Touch 3G units can no longer be jailbroken.

According to MuscleNerd via twitter, it’s the first time Apple has updated has done a complete bootrom update to both the iPhone and iPod Touch simultaneously (now iBoot-359.3.2) to seal up the jailbreak exploits. We all know that jailbreaking has been quite the back and forth battle, but it seems this could be the one that Apple can sit on for a while.

What Will Be the Future of Jailbreaking for the iPhone 3GS?

Honestly, I truly believe this game of cat and mouse will never end. If we can take a lesson from history, every single firmware since 1.x has been jailbroken. It’s not a matter of “if” but a matter of “when” (like when the 3.0 jailbreak was released). The people who work on discovering these exploits are truly gifted–and we are all the lucky recipients of their hard work. It’s not a matter of who can discover the exploit first (think iPhone Dev Team vs George Hotz), but just figuring it out.

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So what can you do if you want to jailbreak your iPhone 3GS? Easy. Find a refurbished iPhone 3GS, and try to avoid getting a newly shipped unit. However, if the jailbreak is not important to you, I’m confident that an exploit will be found to once again jailbreak these newly shipped iPhone 3GS units. Only time will tell! Better start finding an older iPhone 3GS while you still can!

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  • rorypiper

    Crap. I was planning on upgrading my wife's 3G to a 3GS for Christmas this year. Maybe I'll be able to find a refurb unit.

  • djelimon

    You can bet the telcos have been howling.

    One scenario that could play out is the open Application phones absorb the jailreak niche.

  • Dusty

    The cat and mouse game will never end I think… It just may take some more time for the Dev's to Jailbreak the newer FW devices. Apple's iPhone sell great for user's that want to unlock/jailbreak.

  • DjDATZ

    LOL, silly Apple, it's only a matter of time until someone finds an exploit. No software is ever perfect. 😛

  • Flaxx

    I swear, the old 1984 Apple ads had nothing to do with “thinking differently” but was actually a foreshadow of Apple's business practice. They are “Big Brother” described in George Orwell's book, “1984”. Apple is stupid for patching these exploits. They've made an “effort” to patch up exploits, so why not leave the jailbreakers alone? It represents 10% of owners (and growing). Personally, I never saw a reason to jailbreak my iPhone 3G but finally after having a 3GS for a while, I jailbroke it and could now NEVER go back. There are so many improvements and uses to the phone now that it's jailbroken. IF Jailbreaking was no more, I'd seriously consider an Andriod or Windows phone simply to make unlimited Skype calls, if nothing else. Although the iPhone is a remarkable device, I cringed the day I bought one because I've always loathed Apple — and Apple reminds me why on a daily basis.

  • speed2bump

    If jailbraking will be no more, Apple will loose a lot of customers, I for one will choose to go to Android.

  • xaroc

    Im waiting for the day Apple will introduce the “Keeping updated” feature to “Help” Users keep up-to-date with update releases. Apple would Include an Auto Update within Syncing to Itunes that cannot be Disabled.
    so you can use all the Custom Firmwares you want to Jailbreak, When it comes time to Sync your Music an stuff back up, Itunes will Detect somthing incorrect with the system files and automatically correct it as a “User Safety Feature against possible security threats” Thus Preventing Jailbreaking. If jailbroken, Cannot Sync, Thus limiting the features such as syncing music/video, apps, Backups…ect… in my mind that would be a brilliant move by apple.

    Dont get me wrong, i support the Jail-breaking community, i even use it myself. just stating what i believe could be a serious, and smart move by apple.

    P.S.. Lack of Jail breaking wouldnt cause to many people to change to another Phone. may a small handful, the people who say they would, probably would see things differently if actually faced with that situation. Even if they DID change. Apple wouldnt care. they arnt getting any money from them anyways from paid apps lol

  • KnightFire

    Agreed. My next cellphone may have to be Android OS based.

  • Dusty
  • speed2bump

    I also bought a MacBook Pro as I needed a laptop and figured this way I could try to do some dev work for iPhone….If I would have an Android, I would have never considered buying a Mac, so this way they not only gained an iphone sale but also a other items and services….

  • speed2bump

    I also bought a MacBook Pro as I needed a laptop and figured this way I could try to do some dev work for iPhone….If I would have an Android, I would have never considered buying a Mac, so this way they not only gained an iphone sale but also a other items and services….

    And I am sure I am not the only one!

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