Looking for a jailbreak for your iPod touch or iPhone running iOS 4.1?
Your chariot is named limera1n -- assuming you're willing to risk your
device on a software developer showdown. The infamous Geohot
just upstaged the iPhone Dev Team and Chronic Dev Team by releasing a
reportedly buggy beta exploit of his own, which you can find at our
download link immediately below. It only works on Windows at the
moment, hacks only official releases and iPhone 3GS isn't supported
right now, and it claims to be an unpatchable, untethered release for
those of you who appreciate what those terms mean.
As you can imagine, rival developers aren't terribly happy that
Geohot's back in the limelight. MuscleNerd (of the iPhone Dev Team)
claims that limera1n will re-lock iPhones that were unlocked by his
team's ultrasn0w software, and recommends you skip limera1n, but the
main reason the iOS hacking community is angry at Geohot is because if
more than one exploit is released simultaneously, Apple can fix them
both in one fell swoop. By releasing first, Geohot has allegedly forced
other teams to decide between the good of iPhone users over the short
term (by releasing a different, more stable exploit) or over the long
term (by saving their exploit for future use) and so far it looks like
both teams have chosen to prolong the fight -- the iPhone Dev Team is
asking folks to withhold its Shatter exploit, and Chronic Dev Team says
it will modify its greenpois0n jailbreak to use Geohot's hack instead.
What a weird, wild world we live in.
Update: How might this work on an iPad, given that beta versions of iOS (like 4.2)
aren't currently supported? Good question. We've struck all references
to iPad accordingly, until the powers that be figure it out.
Update 2: Video after the break! Also, we're hearing
that some folks have jailbroken their iPads successfully with limera1n,
and we personally got it working quickly on a pair of iPhones with iOS
4.1... but one of the two was missing icons upon restart and didn't
regain App Store, Maps, Game Center and Calendar even after a restore.
Be careful, now!