Well, Geohot has done it again, although with a lot less enthusiasm, this time. Geohot (aka George Hotz) was the original iPhone unlocker and was all over mainstream media, for being able to hack the original iPhone to run on T-Mobile, instead of AT&T. Back then it was a pretty messy hardware hack that had to be done. Nowadays, it can be simple as one click, and you’re device is jailbroken.
Geohot’s most recent released jailbreak was called Blackra1n, which still works on all devices up to iPhone 3GS, on iOS 3.1.2. It is a simple, fast jailbreak that was easy for folks who were just getting into the jailbreak scene. Geohot has now shown off his new jailbreak skills, in a new blog post apathetically called “Meh”, jailbreaking the iPhone 4. Apparently, he is using the same exploit that he used for the iPad, a few months ago. Back then he assumed this exploit would work on iPhone 4, as he was right.
Geohot had this to say on his blog:
Got one of these in the mail today and figured I’d give it a shot.
As far as a release goes, it probably won’t happen from me. limera1n is little more than a raindrop on a website; it was never mentioned by me previous to this post. pwned4life is a complete invention of some blogger in a basement somewhere. When I said pwned for life, I was referring to the original iPhone, 3G, and Touch; which of course are, by the aptly named PwnageTool.
Again, please don’t ask for release dates. Every person that does makes me want to release a little bit less.
MyÂ personalÂ opinion is this: we will see a new release from comex and The iPhone Dev Team, before we see anything from Geohot. They have a new version of the Spirit jailbreak ready to go, and are just waiting for Apple to release their iOS4 update, before releasing the new jailbreak to the public.
From the Spirit website:
What’s up with 4.0? It’s theoretically possible to chainload a 4.0 kernel on top of 3.1.x, which would allow the existing userland exploit to run a jailbroken 4.0 for devices with saved 3.1.x SHSH blobs, but quite hard. Instead, I’m focusing on exploiting a new bug, which is actually easier and should work on the iPhone 4 as well…
Geohot may hold on to his exploit until there isÂ absolutelyÂ no other options out there, who knows. Maybe if everyone stopped bugging him about it, he’d be more inclined to release something. 🙂