Browser-based iPhone 4 jailbreak goes live

By on August 2, 2010, 10:25 AM
Just days after the U.S. Copyright Office made cell phone jailbreaking legal, the folks over at iPhone Dev Team have made it easy for the average user to set their Apple smartphones free and install apps that aren't available through the iTunes-based App Store. The hack is accessible to anyone through the website JailbreakMe.com, via the Mobile Safari browser, and can be used with an iPod touch or iPhone 4, 3GS and 3G running iOS 4 and 4.0.1.

The whole process is reportedly quite simple. After pointing your iOS device to JailbreakMe.com, hit the big "slide to jailbreak" button on the front page (which mimics Apple's slide-to-unlock button) and within minutes the hack will finish installing itself and dump the Cydia Store app on your home screen. Apple can't have the site taken down now that jailbreaking has been legalized, but the company can -- and likely will -- close the Safari hole that makes this hack possible in a future update, if only for security purposes.

Early reports said that some iPhone 4 owners who used JailbreakMe to hack their phones were having problems with FaceTime and MMS, but those problems are now fixed. Nevertheless, you should backup your device before proceeding with the hack in case something goes wrong, and of course, be aware that jailbreaking voids your warranty with Apple.




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kyosuke said:

in the amount of time it took me to read this article I jailbroke my phone . Bloody insane how quickly Jailbreaking is spreading. If smart Cydia should just join Apple and make a real profit

HaMsTeYr HaMsTeYr said:

apple would be having too much fun playing big brother and thought control to even consider that kind if partnership...

TophCPU said:

yeah I'm sure apple wants to team up with the company that has been costing them a shit ton of money.

Skout said:

lol shit ton? does shit weigh more than other tons?

but yah... little chance of Apple sharing their game with anyone, much less upstarts who they see as thieving from them.

Recipe7 Recipe7 said:

Even with a jailbroken iphone 4, doesn't the new type of simcard prevent using the phone with another carrier?

bj00uk said:

@recipe7

this is jailbreaking not unlocking, although supposedly a unlock to all carriers is on its way in a few days

jobeard jobeard, TS Ambassador, said:

the cited code is reported to do BOTH jailbreak (allow install of oem software) and unlock (allow access to multiple GSM providers)

paynetrain007 said:

All sounds good, the real question is there a hack out there that can make the iphone 4 work like its supposed to without a case on it?

bj00uk said:

@paynetrain007, lol yeah its called an Android Phone

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