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If you’ve been waiting for the Windows version of the PwnageTool to arrive, your wait is over, your time has come, and iPhone OS 2.0 could soon be yours – but is iPhone OS 2.0 truly worth it?

Although iPhone 3G owners have no say in which iPhone OS they use, as each phone comes with the iPhone OS 2.0 pre-installed, the desire to ‘pwn’ and jailbreak the iPhone 3G is clear: it gives you the ability to run unauthorised third party programs, do your own development or simply use the iPhone in ways that Apple does not want you to access.

Before we go on: unlocking and jailbreaking your iPhone always carries a risk of damage, may not be legal in your jurisdiction and likely voids your warranty. So please be aware of that before taking any further action!

Now, given that you have purchased the phone and should be able to do with it what you want, the iPhone Dev Team spent 9 days perfecting its PwnageTool 2.0, and the releasing a PwnageTool 2.0.1, but shock horror: it was only available to Mac users.

This is naturally no shock to a Mac owner, but there were plenty of Windows users hoping the PwnageTool would soon come for Windows, too.

While there was a “workaround” that does the job, as described in an article called “Pwnage option to unlock iPhone 2G for Windows users released”, a true WinPwn 2.0 has been awaited ever since, and it as finally arrived.

And as a quick aside, two other hacks are now known, too: an easy “iPhone 3G customisation” showing a “how to hack the keyboard and number display format for any country”, along with the news that an “iPhone as modem tethering hack” has also been revealed.

So, where’s the WinPwn tool? You’ll find it, and all the details, at the WinPwn site.

Called WinPwn 2.0, predictably enough, it supports 1.1.4 and 2.0 firmware (the iPhone OS 2.0) and both the original iPhone and the iPhone 3G. Presumably it also supports the iPod Touch as the PwnageTool also does. It also works on XP and Vista.

The “custom image” the software creates will unlock and jailbreak the iPhone 2G, and jailbreak the iPhone 3G. If WinPwn also supports the iPod Touch, it will jailbreak it too.

There is a small bug, which is being fixed, but it won’t affect most users. But do you really want to go to iPhone 2.0 just yet, especially if you’ve been waiting for PwnageTool or WinPwn to arrive and haven’t yet upgraded from 1.1.4?

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Apparently there is a minor bug, for some, regarding the installation of “Cydia” on Windows XP, a bug that will be fixed in an updated version of WinPwn 2.0 (presumably WinPwn 2.0.1) due on the 24th of July, 2008 (US timezone).

The WinPwn site gives basic instructions on how to use the software, some important notes which include the necessity to remove WinPwn 1.0 and to upgrade to iTunes 7.7, and a warning NOT to install or activate the YouTube service if you are connected to AT&T.

There are also two download locations to get the software, and no doubt they are running hot right now for the millions of Windows-using original iPhone owners keen to see what the iPhone OS 2.0 is truly like for themselves.

This is especially the case if these users have a “hacked” iPhone in a country that was not previously supported, or in a supported country but on an unapproved (or previously unapproved) carrier.

The developer of WinPwn thanks the iPhone Dev Team and others for all their assistance, and promises WinPwn will be updated with “some better features” and “help sections over the next few days”.

But do you really want to upgrade to iPhone OS 2.0 if you are an original iPhone user with a previously released jailbreak and/or unlock, happy with use of the Installer.app and all the apps already available?

The short answer is quite possibly no. iPhone OS 2.0 is exceedingly buggy, something that has been very widely reported. You can read about my experiences in an article entitled: “iMessage to Apple: iPhone OS 2.0 sucks”.

Random re-starts, sluggish performance, bricked devices just from downloading an App Store updated program via Wi-Fi, slow camera performance, the intermittent failure of Safari to rotate and more are just some of the iPhone OS 2.0 symptoms.

But despite the problems with the iPhone OS 2.0, plenty of people will want to upgrade anyway, and with reports of the iPhone OS 2.0.1 being seen in server logs on the web, it seems likely Apple will release an update sometime soon.

That said, when it comes to Apple, one can really never tell when they will do whatever it is they are going to do, often waiting and putting up with the problems is the only solution Apple offers until a solution magically appears.

Although I’m both happy and unhappy with the iPhone OS 2.0 in semi-equal measure, some might decide to wait until OS 2.0.1 to appear, and then to wait once more until the iPhone Dev Team do their unlock/jailbreak magic yet again before deciding to upgrade, while others will race out to do it no matter what.

But for those who want to downgrade from 2.0 back to 1.1.4, instructions are here.

It’s worth noting again that WinPwn 2.0 will not unlock the iPhone 3G, only jailbreak it. But if you have an original iPhone 2G, WinPwn will both unlock and jailbreak it.

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It’s also worth noting that the Cydia tool is an alternative installer to the Installer.app, which is being re-written to work on iPhone OS 2.0. All of the programs written for iPhone 1.1.4 won’t work on iPhone OS 2.0, and need to be re-written.

Some of the previously available Installer.app programs will never re-appear – they’ve migrated to the Apple’s own App Store, exclusively available on iPhone OS 2.0.

But others, such as the Nintendo NES emulator, and the icon hiding “poof” program, are already up on the Cydia installer, along with a host of developer tools, like Java, Ruby, a Mobile Terminal and more, with plenty more programs promised to come.

So, there you have it.

WinPwn 2.0 comes to Windows users at last.

The wait for iPhone OS 2.0.1 and its inevitable Pwning starts up once again!

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