UPDATED! iPhone 2.0 Firmware Pwned: Full Jailbreak and Unlock


Gizmodo raises the Jolly Roger this morning with news that the scurvy Pwned Project DevTeam has forced the iPhone SDK beta firmware to walk the plank:

  • Jailbreak? Aye.
  • Unlock? Aye Aye.
  • Unsigned Apps? JAR!

Old Install.app applications will need to be updated to the new APIs, but by using a firmware patch rather than hack, DevTeam believes this Jailbreak will be hard for Apple to counter. Prepare to be boarded!

Has the DevTeam got Apple's treasure for good this time or is Cap'n Jobs already coming around, cannons primed? The cat and mouse game continues!

UPDATE: Ars Technica explains:

The new exploit works by taking advantage of the boot loading process on the iPhone, using the AppleImage2NorAccess extension to load a custom firmware to the device in the same way that the standard restore process works. After the patched firmware has been written to the device and restarted, any unsigned app can be loaded and run.

Catch the video after the break!

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UPDATED! iPhone 2.0 Firmware Pwned: Full Jailbreak and Unlock


If this lets me rock 2.0 on Rogers, I will cyber-kiss the DevTeam on the lips!
(Also interesting to note they refer to this firmware as 1.2, not 2.0, which I guess makes sense coming after 1.4, and prior to an actual 2G iPhone...)

Apple released versions 1.1.1-1.1.4. This firmware is 1.2.0 so there is short explanation on the consumer end its called 2.0 from a hacker/software end its 1.2.

The 1.2 software was what the 2.0 software was called during the beta. Once released on July 11th (Today), it will become version 2.0.

I own an unlocked 1st gen iPhone. I was wondering if I can still update it to the new iPhone 2 firmware and unlock it again.
Could someone describe it in details. I dont have an AT&T sim/connection. A friend of mine help me unlock it in the first place, and I have no clue how its done.

Just updated my phone 2 2.0 and looks like I am not able to unlock it. Do not upgrade to firmware2.0 till someone finds a solution.

I updated my phone to 2.0 on the same day 07/11 and was fine normal just too plain, so since I knew i couldnt unlock it, it was a pain to get to back to 1.1.4, but its possible you have to do the following:
Source: http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=516349
working iphone FW 1.1.4 has modem Firmware 04.03.13_G

  1. You need to erase baseband 04.05.04G
    2A. Windows client: http://rapidshare.com/files/11940767...04.05.04
    2B. Mac client: http://rapidshare.com/files/11940767....04G_En_.zip
  2. After erasing you should have now, 04.03.13_G

i have my phone back working!!!

I'll gear this review to 2 types of people: current Zune owners who are considering an upgrade, and people trying to decide between a Zune and an iPod. (There are other players worth considering out there, like the Sony Walkman X, but I hope this gives you enough info to make an informed decision of the Zune vs players other than the iPod line as well.)