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06 July 2009, 10:39

iPhone 3GS cracked

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George Hotz, the teenage hacker who originally unlocked the iPhone, has released a jailbreaking tool called purplera1n for the iPhone 3GS. Jailbreaking an iPhone enables users to access and install third-party software that hasn't been approved for Apple's App Store through another package manager application such as Cydia. In a post on his blog, Hotz says that he normally doesn't make tools for the general public and that he would rather wait for the iPhone Dev Team to do it.

The Dev Team are well known for their free iPhone jailbreaking and unlocking tools (QuickPwn, PwnageTool, Yellowsn0W, etc.), however, they have yet to release a tool that's compatible with the 3GS and version 3.0 of the iPhone software. The Dev Team developers have said that they have a working solution, but want to wait to release it publicly until more users purchase the 3GS and version 3.1 of the iPhone OS is released. According to gadget site Gizmodo, the UltraSn0w iPhone 3G unlock tool from the Dev Team does work on the 3GS.

Users wanting to run the purplera1n tool, now available for Windows and Mac OSX, should backup their information first and proceed at their own risk. The jailbreak requires the latest version of iTunes and an iPhone 3GS running the latest 3.0 firmware.

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