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iPad 3G Jailbroken Using ‘Spirit’ Jailbreak
It was quick but not very surprising, MuscleNerd of the iPhone Dev Team has just confirmed that the iPad Wi-Fi+3G, which went on sale today has been successfully jailbroken.
He has also published photos and videos of the jailbroken iPad 3G. The iPad 3G was jailbroken using the Spirit jailbreak that Comex plans to release shortly.
iPhone Dev Team had published a post today providing more details about the Spirit jailbreak, which was supposed to be released today but has been delayed by a few days due to the iPad 3G launch today.
Today’s iPad 3G just as hackable as iPad Wifi
He has also published the following photos:
And here is the video of the jailbroken iPad 3G:
Comex has also explained the reason for the delay in releasing the Spirit jailbreak, which was supposed to be released today:
the point of the spirit delay is to allow time to get SHSH blobs, especially on the 3G iPad. spirit will support:
- all models of iPhone and iPod touch, 3.1.2 and 3.1.3
- both models of iPad, 3.2
You don’t need a SHSH blob to jailbreak, but you do need it to restore or downgrade if something goes wrong or you accidentally upgrade. For 3.1.2 (required for blackra1n, etc.), Apple is no longer handing out blobs, but for 3.1.3 and 3.2, you can still get blobs– and should do so ASAP!
You can get more details about taking
of SHSH blob from our earlier post.
[via iPhone Dev Team]
iPhone Dev Team has published a post providing more details about the ‘Spirit’ jailbreak that Comex is planning to release shortly that can jailbreak iPhone OS 3.1.3 for all iPhone and iPod Touches and iPhone OS 3.2 for iPad.
The ‘Spirit’ jailbreak is the first userland jailbreak since iPhone firmware 1.x, which allowed users to jailbreak their iPhone using Mobile Safari.
Here are some useful details about the ‘Spirit’ jailbreak that will be released by Comex shortly:
Spirit is an untethered jailbreak.
Spirit works on all devices. (However, the redsn0w and PwnageTool flows will continue to work on those devices they’ve always worked on)
Spirit does not include a carrier unlock.
Spirit requires your device to be activated or hacktivated
It will not be Mobile Safari based like the iPhone firmware 1.x version.
iPhone Dev Team explains:
Userland jailbreaks are more troublesome for Apple since they expose security weaknesses that exist even for non-jailbroken owners. As such, Apple is likely to close them soon after they’re made public. One recent example of this is the SMS vulnerability exposed at Blackhat last summer. Apple released new firmware to close that hole within a day.
The Spirit jailbreak is most useful for newer devices: iPhone 3GS, iPod Touch 3G, and the iPads. Unfortunately those devices are the same ones that Apple can prevent you from downgrading unless you’ve got a backup of your personalized SHSH blobs. Unless you’ve backed up your SHSH blobs for vulnerable firmware versions, you’ll lose the ability to use the current Spirit jailbreak if you accidentally upgrade.
Please note that Comex has hinted that he might not release the Spirit jailbreak on Friday as he had announced earlier due to the launch of iPad 3G. But he has promised to release it in a few days.
Apple’s announcement of the dates for the 2010 edition of the WorldWide Developers Conference has triggered fresh speculations over the official launch date for the next generation iPhone.
You may recall that Apple has traditionally used the WWDC platform to unveil its new iPhone models though the devices themselves are made available in the stores only a few days later.
This year however, Apple may be looking at an immediate release. Sources close to Mashable have told the website that the next generation iPhone, dubbed iPhone HD, could go on sale as early as June 7 - the opening day of WWDC 2010 when Steve Jobs is expected to unveil the new iPhone model.
Mashable speculates that this might have something to do with the leak of an iPhone prototype earlier this month. It notes that a delayed launch of the iPhone could affect the sale numbers and thus an immediate release would help the new product get more traction.
Folks at BGR had also confirmed from several sources earlier this month that AT&T had blocked employee vacations through the month of June. The launch of Apple’s new iPhone in the first half of June thus looks very likely.
Are you planning to buy or upgrade to Apple’s next generation iPhone?
Adobe recently announced that it has stopped working on Flash for iPhone, which caused some uproar among iPhone users.
Steve Jobs has posted an open letter on Apple’s website offering his “Thoughts on Flash”. It is a must-read to find out the reason for not allowing Flash on the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch.
Steve Jobs has provided six reasons for not allowing Flash on its iPhone OS devices.
The Full Web:
Steve Jobs points out that Adobe’s claim that iPhone OS devices cannot access 75% of the video on the web is not accurate as almost all the videos on the web is available in H.264 format, which works on iPhone OS devices.
He admits that users can’t play Flash games on their iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch but highlights that there are 50,000 game and entertainment iPhone apps available in the App Store of which many are free.
Reliability, Security, and Performance:
Jobs points out to a report by Symantec, which highlighted that Flash had one of the worst security records last year.
He claims that Flash is the number one reason for Mac crashes that have persisted even after working with Adobe to fix the problems for many years.
Steve Jobs also highlighted that though Adobe has mentioned that they will bring Flash on the smartphone in early 2009, we still haven’t seen it work well on the mobile.
Steve Jobs explains that to preserve battery life it is important to decode videos in hardware, which is possible with chips used in most smartphones as they have a decoder called H.264 rather than decoding videos using software. Apple has observed that H.264 videos play for up to 10 hours, while videos decoded in software play for less than 5 hours.
Jobs points out that Flash was designed for PCs using mice and it is not compatible with Apple’s revolutionary multi-touch iPhone OS as there is no concept of a rollover, which is widely used in many Flash based websites.
Third-Party Cross platform development Development Tool:
The most important reason for not allowing developers to use cross platform development tools is because Apple believes that developers end up developing sub-standard iPhone apps as the cross platform development tools would be slower to adopt the changes and improvements that are rolled out by Apple.
Steve Jobs concludes by saying:
New open standards created in the mobile era, such as HTML5, will win on mobile devices (and PCs too). Perhaps Adobe should focus more on creating great HTML5 tools for the future, and less on criticizing Apple for leaving the past behind.
You can read the full text of Steve Jobs’ open letter by followingthis link.
Is AT&T a better network today than it was a year earlier?
Executives at Ma Bell would definitely say so. The company is noted to have been working on improving the network infrastructure in several high iPhone density areas in the past few months. The results have been positive with many of our readers noticing fewer dropped calls and better reliability on an average.
Despite the improvements seen in AT&T’s network, the company is yet to allow iPhone tethering to their customers. The feature, that was introduced in iPhone OS 3.0, allows users to connect their iPhone as a wireless internet modem to surf the internet on other devices like the laptop. AT&T has noted that iPhone tethering may lead to a terrific rise in network data usage that could potentially cripple the company’s wireless infrastructure. This is despite promises made by AT&T Mobility CEO Ralph de la Vega in November 2008 that tethering on iPhone shall be made available “soon”.
Apparently, AT&T users are still some time away from seeing the functionality enabled. In a recent conversation with Engadget, an AT&T spokesperson has said:
“We understand that there is great interest in tethering but cannot provide any details at this time. We know that iPhone users love their devices and mobile broadband, and that they’re likely to embrace tethering just as they have other features and apps – by using it a lot. iPhone tethering has the potential to exponentially increase traffic, and we need to ensure that we’re able to deliver excellent performance for the feature – over and above the increases in data traffic we’re already seeing – before we will offer the feature.”
This could come as a huge disappointment to iPhone users who may have expected the feature to be made available soon.
AT&T is also Apple’s exclusive partner for iPad 3G, which will be available from tomorrow. With several hundred thousand iPads expected to be sold over the next few weeks, AT&T has its task cut out in ensuring that their wireless infrastructure is not crippled due to the excessive data usage.
Though we agree with AT&T that it should not release the feature until it has the required infrastructure to support it, it has been more than 10 months since the feature was introduced in iPhone OS 3.0 and it is disappointing that they haven’t addressed the infrastructure issues to bring one of the most requested features to its iPhone customers. It might be the reason Apple is working on two new iPhones, including one for Verizon as non-availability of such features will end up affecting them as well.
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The Spirit jailbreaking tool for iPhone OS 3.1.3 for iPhone and iPod Touch and iPhone OS 3.2 for iPad is coming soon and might be released as early as tomorrow (April 30).
Comex, the developer of the popular untethered jailbreaking software solution has announced that the much awaited tool shall be released on Friday. The announcement comes courtesy a Twitter conversation between Comex and an iPhone user.
While responding to queries regarding the release date for ‘Spirit’ jailbreak on Twitter, Comex said:
wahoofan5: @comex so when’s it coming out? At least give a month please
about 4 hours ago via Twitterrific in reply to comex
comex: @wahoofan5 Friday.
about 1 hour ago via web in reply to wahoofan5
There are however a few caveats to be noted. Firstly, Spirit shall not be offering a userland jailbreaking solution. In other words, the jailbreaking software will not be browser-based as previously thought. Secondly, this shall be a jailbreak-only software and will not help in unlocking your iPhone. Based on reports it appears that an unlocking solution for the latest baseband shall not be made available until the release of iPhone OS 4.0 in June.
The ‘Spirit’ jailbreak will be able to jailbreak iPhone OS 3.1.3 and iPad OS 3.2 on all generations of iPhone, iPod touch and iPad. Here is a demo of the untethered jailbroken iPod Touch in action.
We will update you when the software has been released. Stay tuned here at Theiphonenerd or follow us on Twitter or subscribe to our RSS feed.