iOS 4.1 Jailbreak on the way?

Several tweets this morning are indicating that a jailbreak for iOS 4.1 could come sooner rather than later.  Could there be any better news you ask? Why yes! Jailbreaker @pod2g as well as other sources are indicating that this "particular" exploit would require Apple to flash to a whole new bootrom in order to fix it.

What does this mean for jailbreakers?  It means they run less of a risk of accidental updates and what-not being so catastrophic.  Apple can't fix this exploit by simply issuing a software update.  It would require a flashed version of the bootrom out of the factory.  We may eventually see new iPhone 4s shipped with newer bootroms but any older ones would remain jailbreakable, regardless of any software update Apple may issue.

So if you're like me and lost your jailbreak for 4.1 (darn prox sensor!), you'll soon be able to have jailbreak goodness back again.  How many of you still plan on jailbreaking and how many of you think iOS 4.x gave you what you needed?  For me, notification systems are still a valid reason to jailbreak.  What about you?

An update from someone BGR was in contact with has now stated that a flashed bootrom would not be sufficient.  A whole new processor revision would be necessary.

[via BGR]

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jasonphil says:

Excellent news!! I hope it comes out by this weekend at least, I love updates, and not updating my iPhone is killin me D:

Massie says:

Notifications and lockscreen SMS composing are what keep me from updating to 4.1 until a JB is released. Glad one is coming as I want to use the iMovie update, which is only for 4.1.

(Copy of) Dev says:

Update in the article:
UPDATE: We’re being told by someone who has knowledge about this exploit that in order to patch this particular bootrom hack Apple would need “a whole new processor rev.” A re-flashed or patched bootrom for the current hardware would not be sufficient.

Fully says:

Can't wait for this! JB is a must for me for notifications and the lock screen calendar.. and now that applications are starting to require newer updates, this can't come soon enough!

Allyson Kazmucha says:

@(Copy of) Dev
sorry read the update wrong, thought it meant something else. updated correctly now.

BLiNK says:

having the new iOS was fun... for a minute. I'M READY FOR A JB!!!

paulrkiii says:

From what I've read it will work for ipads and the new iPod as well....which will make me very happy since I just got an iPad and am ready to jailbreak it!!!!

Jpwillis says:

Until I can tether my iPad to my iPhone 4 via wifi for free legally I will want to jb

Gregz0r says:

SBSettings, Custom alert tones, 5 Icon Dock and a few other tweaks are still essential for me.

Gregz0r says:

Oh yeah, ans Infinifolders.

Kenny says:

As long as this "watermark" thing doesn't exist, I'm all for JB. SBSettings, BiteSMS, and multitasking (since I'm stuck on an iP3G)

DiveBum says:

I'm good with 4.0.1 till they JB 4.1. Luv the MyWi, and will patiently wait for Dev Team.

BrianTufo says:

Cant wait! I want multifl0w! thats the way multitasking should have been done!!!!

v1nn1e says:

Beat news all day! However, if the JB is not "userland" and is done by a bootrom exploit - what happens if you need to do an equipment exchange? Is it possible to un-jailbreak a device that was on the hardware/bootrom level, not software/code?

Matt Hall says:

@vinnie excellent question

zero credibility says:

Which cydia notifications are you using guys ?

Dom says:

I miss SB settings, Insomnia and just having a battery % in my title bar. Bring it on.

Michael says:

@Vinnie the JB is not to crack the bootrom, the JB exploits a "hole" in the bootrom/cpu that can not be patched with software. That means that you can always restore it to a non-jailbroken state when you want.
But also that you always can jailbreak it again (probably with the same JB software) directly after each new iOS release done by Apple.

Bryan says:

Absolutely JB. The iPhone is so much more enjoyable and useable when jailbroken. Notices are just one of many cool improvements (using LockInfo and Notified). One cool hack I love is SBSchedule. It automatically changes settings for bedtime, car, home etc. It even changes brightness and volume to desired levels.No biggie, but really sweet.

Waffles107 says:

What do you guys use for notifications? I want Notified to work but it's still a little buggy, and GRiP doesnt work on iOS 4.

Don says:

It's time for Apple to allow jailbreaking. You guys think it's great but their go the hopes if being allowed to use iPhone at work.
These jailbreak exploits convince corporate IT that the iPhone is insecure and are the reason we are forced to use a Lackberry.

HungWell says:

@Don- and you think your Crackberry is more secure? Ha.

francolasalsa#IM says:

Hope it's untethered or it's useless

Justin says:

you said that notifications were still a reason to jailbreak...what jailbreak apps do you use for notifications?

Fully says:

iblacklist and notifier are one of the main reasons I JB. No intruding sms popups!

Emre SUMENGEN says:

Seems like a tethered one for now tho... So, we'll really need a lot of time :(

Sterbuck says:

If u use mywi will Att charge you for tethering if it's not on yourvplsn? I have the unlimited data but I don't want to be surprised at the end of the month

Mike says:

Does JB'ing have any adverse effect on an Enterprise device?

shaurya says:

can't wait to get the JB back on my IPhone
anyone knows when will it exactly com????????????

Schrutefarms says:

@ sterbuck
I wouldn't worry about it. There are legitimate programs that use heavy bandwidth. I've used as much as 20 gigs streaming off of netflix on my xbox and AT&T hasn't said anything. I have been Using mywi for nearly a year...

Islandnard says:

I have yet to upgrade me iPhone 4 with the new iOS 4,1. I am taking a wait and see atitude. My iPhone does everything I want it to do with the current JB. I don't see any must have improvement that makes me want to rush out and upgrade.

Cuseguy says:

Just got my new IP4 with 4.0.2 and for the first time in 2 years, I am tied to Apple without a jb....ugggh. I still randomly swipe my finger across the screen and wait for sbsettings to pop up! Please jb 4.1 soon!

anto says:

i guess unlimited means unlimited, no matter how we use. I think US is the only country where tethering must pay :P . In my place, no need to pay. they even advice u to use it to tether, rather than not using.

Kyle says:

Not going to do it again...
Look, I like having things like Intelliscreen but I found the last jailbreak to be very laggy on my 4 so I decided to un-jailbreak it. I was also having to reset it 2-3 times a day. This unjkailbreaking process took me 3 hours that I am not going to repeat. Just updated to 4.1 which seems snappier than 4.0.2.
Sorry jailbreaking days are over unless they can make it do things thaat 4.1 cant do without making it seem like Im running a 3G.

Miggs says:

@Cuseguy, i have found myself doing that on numerous occasions, i bought my IP4 with 4.0.2 already on so i have no option but to wait for the JB to come out, i didn't realise just how much i have customised the 3g i had before, i am still happy with the standard IP4 but i would be overjoyed with the JB