Monday, 29 March 2010 00:39

Geohot hots up iPad jailbreak expectations


Famed iPhone hacker, George Hotz, has brought forth news of an untethered iPhone 3GS, iPod Touch 2nd Generation and iPod Touch 3rd Generation jailbreak, which will 'probably work on the iPad, too'.

Remember the kid that hardware hacked the original iPhone 2G and got a Nissan 300Z sports car and more for his troubles?

Yep, it's George Hotz, or GeoHot, who has continued in his iPhone hacking quest, upstaging the famed iPhone Dev Team at times, and now coming forth with an untethered jailbreak for the iPhone 3GS, the last two iPod Touches and, it is expected, the iPad.

Geohot has posted the information at his blog, 'On the iPhone', where he shows a video of the untethered jailbreak in operation, which lets the updated bootrom in newer iPhone 3GS models be jailbroken and used without needing to connect the iPhone to a computer each time the phone is rebooted - something that the new bootrom caused jailbreakers to do, much to their annoyance, thus making Geohot's new jailbreak very noteworthy for the hacker community.

Apple changing its iPhone 3GS bootrom without actually releasing a new iPhone 4.0 model was quite noteworthy in itself, such is Apple's desire to make life tough for the jailbreaking community.

The current jailbreaks for the iPhone are redsn0w from the iPhone Dev Team, and BlackRa1n from Geohot himself.

Hotz says that the 'jailbreak is all software based, and is as simple to use as blackra1n.'

He says that 'it is completely untethered, works on all current tethered models (ipt2, 3gs, ipt3), and will probably work on iPad too.'

He also warns: 'Don't ask about a release date. You won't make it happen any sooner.'

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The delay is likely because Geohot is waiting for Apple to release the iPad, so Geo can gain more massive worldwide publicity for his hacking and send a little embarrassment Apple's way.

Even though that scenario is quite plausible, it's just speculation, so we'll have to wait a little less than a week before iPads are available from store shelves at retail Apple stores, if there are any left after a deluge of iPad pre-orders.

Of course, Apple is rumoured to soon be previewing the supposedly multitasking iPhone OS 4.0, and as soon as Geohot's hack becomes public, Apple will obviously work as hard as it can to render the jailbreak useless when new models of Apple's gear start appearing.

That's because the iPad should also jump to a 4.0 version in a similar timeframe, but Geohot presumably won't wait for ever, because Apple will patch it eventually to close the loophole, which will only cause hackers to go into overdrive again.

Naturally, there's no guarantee how soon the 4.0 OS rumours will pan out, but already Geohot has thrown down the gauntlet to Apple and his fellow competitive hackers that he's ready and waiting to release his jailbreak for existing the latest iPhone and iPad Touch soon enough.

We'll just have to wait to see what revolutionary hacking magic Geohot thwacks Apple with!


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