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UltraSn0w Unlock for iPhone 4.3.2 Released

Following the release of the updated PwnageTool 4.3.2 jailbreak tool, the iPhone Dev Team has also pushed out an update to the UltraSn0w unlock in Cydia.

UltraSn0w 1.2.2 has been released to support the new iOS 4.3.2 firmware, as the previous version of UltraSn0w (1.2.1) was broken in iOS 4.3.2. Please note, this will only work for the older iPhone 4 baseband 1.59.00, and iPhone 3G/3GS  basebands 4.26.08, 5.11.07, 5.12.01, 5.13.04, and 6.15.00. It can not unlock newer basebands since there is currently no unlock available.

The Dev Team has provided the following information on their blog…

“Note that there’s a corresponding update to ultrasn0w, which has been bumped up to v1.2.2 to get along with iOS 4.3.2 (the ultrasn0w update does not include any new baseband support!). Please reboot your iPhone using the normal “slide to power off” swipe after installing ultrasn0w 1.2.2.”

Student Makes $50,000 A Year Jailbreaking iPhones

Kevin Lee, a senior at George Mason University, Virginia, has turned iPhone jailbreaking into a full-time job, hacking customers devices to earn an impressive $50,000 a year. Lee uses Craigslist to advertise his services, which include unlocking, jailbreaking, and customizing devices to a user’s preference.

Lee told The Washington Post that he started off with a mere 5 to 10 customers a week – most of whom were friends. Now he pulls in between 30 and 40 – performing relatively simple hacks that many people don’t like to attempt themselves. A recent customer from the Mongolian embassy wanted his device unlocked so that he could use it in Mongolia when he moves.

Lee’s interview with The Washington Post is rather short, and he has since declined to provide further comment, removing his advert and contact details from Craigslist.

Though jailbreaking was ruled legal last year by the Library of Congress, many still fear repercussions from Apple. I’m sure the Dev-Team behind PwnageTool, RedSn0w and other jailbreak & unlock tools won’t be too happy either – in the past they have publicly shown their displeasure to others who try to make money from the tools that they provide for free.

Lee isn’t the only person to make money from this service, however. Kyle Matthews from ModMyI said in the report:

The industry just keeps increasing; there are even repair stores that will jailbreak for you.

The article is well worth a read and provides some interesting information on the jailbreaking community and the state of the industry at the moment.

[via iPhone Download Blog]

New to jailbreaking? Here’s 6 must-have tweaks !

If you’ve jailbroken your device for the first time this week (thanks to the iOS 4.3.1 untethered jailbreak being released), chances are that you may not know where to begin. There are thousands of neat things that you can do once jailbroken.

This post will cover just 6 of them, all of which I personally consider “must-have” tweaks for anybody who has recently joined the jailbreak scene.

1. revi-krs HD (iOS Theme)

One of the main reasons to jailbreak is to use custom iOS themes, which are all able to customize the way your copy of iOS looks, functions, and feels. The above theme is called “revi” by theme designer-extraordinaire “krs”. This theme will change nearly every UI element in iOS. It also includes several nice UISounds (lock, unlock, etc). It also features a weather widget for both your home screen and lock screen, which can be customized with your own location and wallpaper. Note: The missed calls/voicemail/mail/SMS/notification area that you see on the lock screen is “LockInfo”, which is discussed later on in this post.

2. SBSettings

SBSettings is a really simple and convenient way of turning certain functions of your phone on and off, such as 3G, Wi-Fi, location services, Bluetooth, and more. There are also a number of extra toggles available, such as brightness, notes, and more. SBSettings also has a settings application that has some extra features, such as hiding icons from your SpringBoard, disabling/enabling certain MobileSubstrate extensions, and a lot more. Lastly, SBSettings can be themed. With the number of SBSettings themes available, you’re likely to find something that suits your style.

3. FolderEnhancer

Looking for an alternative to the built-in Folders feature of iOS? FolderEnhancer is your answer. With it, you’ll be able to put folders inside of folders, add pages to your folders, scroll through the icons in your folders vertically or horizontally, and more. My favorite feature is with the speed at which it opens your folders; opening folders is instant, no matter how many icons or folders that you may have in them. The actual opening animation is silky smooth as well, which with the stock folders in iOS, could be quite sluggish and choppy if you have a lot of apps in them.

4. iFile

Jailbreaking opens up the entire filesystem for your browsing pleasure. iFile is a simple and feature-packed way of doing so. It brings in features, such as opening a web server, sending files to other iDevices via Bluetooth, ZIPping up files and folders, and emailing files and folders. It also allows you to open files and edit them (.plist files, .txt files, etc). If you like tinkering with things, or if you just want to know how the filesystem of iOS works, then iFile is your answer.

5. LockInfo

Looking for an alternative to the default iOS notification system? Want to bring your various notifications to your lock screen to quickly view them while on-the-go? LockInfo is for you. It can show you your missed calls, new voicemail messages, new email message, text/picture messages, push notifications, and a lot more all on your lock screen OR on your home screen thanks to its InfoShade feature. InfoShade is basically a drop-down panel that contains the same information as on your lock screen, but can be accessed anywhere on your iDevice no matter what application you’re in. I have mine set so that, when I slide down on my status bar, it will bring up the panel. There are a number of extra plugins available, such as Twitter, weather, RSS, and some for various “to-do” apps.

6. biteSMS

Lastly, we have biteSMS, a full iOS Messages replacement that makes Messages what it should’ve been all along. The most notable feature is the ability to reply to text messages without leaving the app that you’re in. Once the usual new message pop-up comes up, you’ll have a number of options, one of which is reply. Tapping on reply will bring up the keyboard, and you’ll be able to reply to the message right then and there. You’ll have the option to make biteSMS the default app, use Messages as the default app, or use both at the same time.

How to Jailbreak iPhone 4, 3GS on 4.2.1 with PwnageTool & Unlock with Ultrasn0w

iOS hacker Nadeem Ateyeh has released PwnageTool Bundles for iPhone 4 and iPhone 3GS to jailbreak the device on iOS 4.2.1 without upgrading its baseband. This is an untethered bundle for use with PwnageTool to create custom iPSW preserving the Baseband and also booting untethered and Jailbroken. Ultrasn0w unlockers can use these bundles for later unlocking it using iPhone Dev Teams ultrasn0w tool.

 

How to Jailbreak iOS 4.2.1 iPhone 4, 3GS using PwnageTool

Requirements:

  • Download PwnageTool 4.1.3 for Mac
  • iOS 4.2.1 original firmware of your device saved on your computer
  • iTunes 10.1.2 installed on your Mac

Modifying PwnageTool

Step 1: Download PwnageTool bundle (via) for your iPhone 4 device. Extract the .zip folder, and copy iPhone3,1_4.2.1_8C148.bundle (for iPhone 4) oriPhone2,1_4.2.1_8C148a.bundle (for iPhone 3GS) to your desktop.
Step 2: Download PwnageTool 4.1.2 and copy it to your desktop. Right click, and then click on “Show Package Contents”
Step 3: Copy the .bundle files to PwnageTool.app/Content/Resources/FirmwareBundles/

Step 4: Copy info.plist goes inside PwnageTool.app/Content/Resources/CustomPackages/CydiaInstaller.bundle/   (IMPORTANT IF YOU WANT CYDIA IN YOUR IPSW)

Building a Custom Firmware

Step 1: Launch latest version of iTunes 10.1.2 and sync your iPhone 4 with your Mac for backup.
Step 2: Double click to start PwnageTool. Click Ok, if prompted with a warning. Click to select Expert Mode from the top menu bar and then select your iPhone 4 or 3GS. Click Blue arrow button at the bottom right to continue.

Step 3: Click the Browse for IPSW… button and then select your firmware from the Pwnage folder (refer Step 2).

Step 4: You will be prompted to select one of the option from following window. Select General then click the blue arrow button to continue.

Step 5: Under General settings “DO NOT” check Activate the phone. This bundle supports legit activation only

Step 6: Now the Cydia settings window will allows you to create custom packages. Double click any of the packages to select. For example, double click on OpenSSH, it will then appear under Select Packages tab.

Step 7: Click Select Packages Tab and then select OpenSSH as shown in the screen below.

Step 8: You are now ready to begin the pwnage process! Click the Build button to select it then click the Blue arrow button to begin.

Step 9: PwnageTool will now create the custom .ipsw file for your iPhone. You will be prompted to save custom .ipsw firmware file. Save it to the desktop. It might take 10-15 minutes for building custom firmware.

Step 10: Now its time to restore your iPhone 4 or iPhone 3GS to this custom firmware iOS 4.2.1.

  • Click on your phone icon from the sidebar in iTunes.
  • Press and hold left “alt” button (“Shift” button on Windows) on the keyboard and then click on “Restore” (Not “Update” or “Check for Update”) button in the iTunes
  • Now, release the “Shift” button.

Step 11: iTunes will now prompt you to select the location for your custom firmware 4.2.1 Once your iPhone 4 / 3GS is successfully in DFU mode.

Step 12: Once In iTunes, hold the Alt/Option key and click Restore.

Step 13: Now select the custom IPSW that was created and click the Choose button. Wait for a while till iTunes installs the new firmware 4.2.1 on your iPhone. After the installation is done, iPhone 4 or iPhone 3GS will restart automatically. You have now successfully jailbroken iPhone running iOS 4.2.1.

Step 14: After jailbreaking iPhone 4 / 3GS on iOS 4.2.1, you can now restore all your settings, apps, contacts and photos to the newly installed firmware version iOS 4.2.1 by restoring the backup that you made in Step 1 from iTunes.

How to Jailbreak iPhone 4 (1.59.00 Baseband) on 4.2.1 with PwnageTool & Unlock with Ultrasn0w

Untethered iPhone 4 PwnageTool Bundle (unofficial) has been released that will jailbreak your iPhone 4 on iOS 4.2.1 without upgrading its baseband. This is an untethered bundle for use with PwnageTool to create custom iPSW preserving the Baseband and also booting untethered and Jailbroken. Ultrasn0w unlockers can use these bundles for later unlocking it with ultrasn0w tool.

 

How to Jailbreak iOS 4.2.1 iPhone 4 using PwnageTool

Requirements:

  • Download PwnageTool 4.1.3 for Mac
  • iOS 4.2.1 original firmware of your device saved on your computer
  • iTunes 10.1.2 installed on your Mac

Modifying PwnageTool

Step 1: Download PwnageTool bundle (via) for your iPhone 4 device. Extract the .zip folder, and copyiPhone3,1_4.2.1_8C148.bundle to your desktop.
Step 2: Download PwnageTool 4.1.2 and copy it to your desktop. Right click, and then click on “Show Package Contents”
Step 3: Copy the .bundle files to PwnageTool.app/Content/Resources/FirmwareBundles/

Step 4: Copy info.plist goes inside PwnageTool.app/Content/Resources/CustomPackages/CydiaInstaller.bundle/   (IMPORTANT IF YOU WANT CYDIA IN YOUR IPSW)

Building a Custom Firmware

Step 1: Launch latest version of iTunes 10.1.2 and sync your iPhone 4 with your Mac for backup.
Step 2: Double click to start PwnageTool. Click Ok, if prompted with a warning. Click to select Expert Mode from the top menu bar and then select your iPhone 4. Click Blue arrow button at the bottom right to continue.

Step 3: Click the Browse for IPSW… button and then select your firmware from the Pwnage folder (refer Step 2).

Step 4: You will be prompted to select one of the option from following window. Select General then click the blue arrow button to continue.

Step 5: Under General settings “DO NOT” check Activate the phone. This bundle supports legit activation only

Step 6: Now the Cydia settings window will allows you to create custom packages. Double click any of the packages to select. For example, double click on OpenSSH, it will then appear under Select Packages tab.

Step 7: Click Select Packages Tab and then select OpenSSH as shown in the screen below.

Step 8: You are now ready to begin the pwnage process! Click the Build button to select it then click the Blue arrow button to begin.

Step 9: PwnageTool will now create the custom .ipsw file for your iPhone. You will be prompted to save custom .ipsw firmware file. Save it to the desktop. It might take 10-15 minutes for building custom firmware.

Step 10: Now its time to restore your iPhone 4 to this custom firmware iOS 4.2.1.

  • Click on your phone icon from the sidebar in iTunes.
  • Press and hold left “alt” button (“Shift” button on Windows) on the keyboard and then click on “Restore” (Not “Update” or “Check for Update”) button in the iTunes
  • Now, release the “Shift” button.

Step 11: iTunes will now prompt you to select the location for your custom firmware 4.2.1 Once your iPhone 4 is successfully in DFU mode.

Step 12: Once In iTunes, hold the Alt/Option key and click Restore.

Step 13: Now select the custom IPSW that was created and click the Choose button. Wait for a while till iTunes installs the new firmware 4.2.1 on your iPhone. After the installation is done, iPhone 4 will restart automatically. You have now successfully jailbroken iPhone running iOS 4.2.1.

Step 14: After jailbreaking iPhone 4 on iOS 4.2.1, you can now restore all your settings, apps, contacts and photos to the newly installed firmware version iOS 4.2.1 by restoring the backup that you made in Step 1 from iTunes.

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