The iPhone Dev Team releases their very own cross-platform jailbreaking, unlocking and customizing tool for iPhones and iPod touches, redsn0w in beta version. This software is applicable and works well for both Mac OSX (x86) and Windows users alike to enjoy.
Like all other software previously released, there are specific models and devices that are only supported by the beta version. Redsn0w supports the following:
- All iPhones and iPod touches except the iPod touch 3G
- iPhone OS 3.0 and iPhone OS 3.1.2
The Dev Team admits that their redsn0w doesn’t match up with the speed of its highest competitor blackra1n. However their program boasts far more variations. In the future, once redsn0w is out of beta, the team plans to support a greater number of models and devices such as iPod touch 3G, PPC OSX, and Linux.
Here are some of the reasons cited by the Dev Team that differentiates redsn0w from Geohot’s popular jailbreaking and unlocking tool blackra1n:
- It uses our original Pwnage bootrom exploit for iPhone 2G, iPhone 3G, and iPod 1G. (Because it’s a bootrom exploit, it can’t be fixed by Apple without a new hardware release.) Note that redsn0w 0.9 does use the USB exploit for iPhone 3GS and iPod 2G running 3.1.2, but that exploit will be fixed in Apple’s next FW release.
- It offers custom logos and verbose boot.
- It installs Cydia without needing a separate download
- It’s not as fast (but redsn0w handles more variations)
To those possessing the latest iPhone 3GS, iPod Touch 2G model with a serial number beginning with MC, or any iPod Touch 3G with the latest boot ROM, the Dev Team has specific instructions for you. Read on to find out more before accessing the latest software update:
You can use redsn0w to jailbreak but you are currently restricted to “tethered” rebooting. That means you need to connect your device to a computer to complete the boot after a reset. Also, these devices cannot have custom logos.
redsn0w will ask you whether or not you fit in this category when used with the iPhone 3GS or iPod touch 2G. If you have a late-model device and don’t give redsn0w the correct answer, you will likely need to do a system restore to recover from the mistake.
To do a tethered boot after your late-model device resets for some reason, either run redsn0w again and select “Just boot tethered right now”, or run blackra1n.
A general reminder to all: Hacking your iPhone could void its warranty for good. So please keep in mind to be careful of your actions and do them at your own risk. Your best companion in this process is backing up your iPhone for safety.