Why No iPhone 3G Unlock / New iPod Touch Jailbreak? And 2.2 Already Pwnd?

Did Apple finally bring the hounds to the old iPhone jailbreak/unlock cat and mouse game?

Maybe. It's been over 2 months and while the miraculous iPhone DevTeam has jailbroken the iPhone 3G, unlocking the device to work on any carrier has thus far eluded them. Likewise, the brand new iPod Touch -- which might be a sign of things to come with the next iPhone as well -- has proven more resistant to Jailbreaking. Says the DevTeam:

the 3G iPhone soft unlock and iPod Touch 2G jailbreak are still relatively new challenges (compare them with the timeframe of the iPhone challenges last year). We’re making slow advances on both fronts, but it’s not the sort of thing that can be easily described in a blog like this. But, to maybe show how interlinked these challenges are, this weekend we’ll be trying some hardware based ideas on the iPod Touch 2G jailbreak :)

It's not all doom and gloom, however, as the DevTeam also elaborates a little on iPhone 2.2 "Timberline", confirms it's still vulnerable to pwnage, and shows it running Terminal.app.


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  • I think a software unlock will be inevitable, it's just a matter of time. If you take a look at the unlock for 1.1.2 firmware on the first gen, that took longer than average. So if we wait patiently, it will come for the 3G! :)
  • i have a 3g iphone and,i want unlock
  • I hope the solution to unlock the 3G software it will come soon.I can't wait to come out .Great job DEV TEAM you are the best. :)
  • The Iphone 3g is already unlocked so don't bother
  • To Bakus: who did the unlock (website)? Can you provide some information?
  • 3G is only unlockable with a hardware hack (Turbo SIM or similar). No software unlock yet, as per iPhone Dev-Team...
  • i got one of the new ipod touches in september and have been waiting for jailbreaking ability but still no luck.
  • I want to get the touch 2G but only if I know for sure that people will jailbreak it before 2009 or early 2009. seriously, I don't feel like getting an old refurbished one. the new one has the new firmware AAAAND a speaker!!!
  • I am still waiting for the 3g unlocking software because i do not trust turbo sim. thanks for the info
  • Personally I think the dev team is in over their heads. They can't JB the iPod Touch 2G that's why it hasn't happened in months. Eventually they wont be able to do anything to the iPhone either. I mean Apple is a mega company introducing the future. And the dev team is a tiny group of hackers. Or maybe they just don't care about the Touch because their dicks are hard for the phone.
  • people need to have patience. I own two 3g's and in time there will be an unlock.
  • We all hate ATT for good reason. So...need unlocked perfectly working iphone for us Mac/Ipod folks. Thank you Dev Team for your work and I KNOW you will find the cure for ATT sickness...soon?
  • Hi :ö)
    I have bought the new Ipod touch and i am trying to unlock it but i ma not able to do that i am using quickpwn.can any one help me out in this my mail id is dsmittal@yahoo.com
  • Hey is there a way to jail break the new iPod touch if so can you email it to me at vianpersad@hotmail.com
  • Email me how to jail break the new iPod touch @ vianpersad@hotmail.com
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  • is there any solotion to 3g 2.2.1 i cant find any so if there is some one who can help mee pleas send a email to mee at jaferkbh@live.dk
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