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.
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!