iPhone jailbreakers: Problems with QuickPwn?

iPhone jailbreakers: Problems with QuickPwn?

Summary: On Friday, the word came out from iPhone jailbreaker community to avoid update to the iPhone 2.2 firmware. The next day, the team at blog.iphone-dev.org warned that use of QuickPwn could bring problems with Apple's iPhone Firmware 2.2 update released on Friday.

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iPhone jailbreakers: Problems with QuickPwn?On Friday, the word came out from iPhone jailbreaker community to avoid update to the iPhone 2.2 firmware. The next day, the team at blog.iphone-dev.org warned that use of QuickPwn could bring problems with Apple's iPhone Firmware 2.2 update released on Friday.

Here is the note:

GOLDEN RULE: If you have a 3G iPhone and want potential soft unlock in the near future do NOT use QuickPwn, and do not use the official ipsw or the iTunes update process without using PwnageTool.

The previous note titled Sir, step away from the keyboard was posted on the "unofficial, official blog of the iphone-dev team" and told jailbreakers to avoid the firmware update.

If you want to keep that option of a ‘soft-unlock in the near future’ available but you want the new features of 2.2, you will be able to update to 2.2 using a PwnageTool created custom ipsw file that disables the baseband update. You will be able to do this using an updated version of PwnageTool.

Links to PwnageTool 2.2.1 and QuickPwn are available here.

The Friday post offers some interesting information on the differences between the iPod Touch and the iPhone 3G.

-The 2.2 firmware for 3G contains a baseband update for the 3G iPhone. -The 2.2 firmware for 2G (1st gen iPhones) doesn’t contain a baseband update and the baseband is still at 04.05.04. -We believe that our Pwnage technique (and therefore the Jailbreak) isn’t affected, but PwnageTool and QuickPwn do not support this release as yet, so DO NOT install 2.2 using iTunes as you will lose your jailbreak. -If you apply this update and you previously relied on PwnageTool or QuickPwn to activate your phone, it may become temporarily deactivated and unusable (until we release the new version of PwnageTool or QuickPwn). -2G (1st gen) iPhone users who cannot wait for the new PwnageTool or QuickPwn can safely “Update” to 2.2 using iTunes, this will preserve the existing activation. However “restoring” to 2.2 using iTunes will return the iPhone to the unactivated state. If you are in any doubt just wait. NB: This works for 2G ONLY. -The use of SIM-Proxies (small circuit boards/chips that sit underneath the SIM card) to provide GSM/UMTS service on your locked iPhone 3G is a method that we have always advised against. Early reports suggest that the 2.2 update disables the functionality of these devices. The techniques used were always unreliable and we are surprised that they have lasted this long.

Note: I'm not a user of jailbreak applications and admit that I can live without them. But I was interested in the differences between the models and the confusion the firmware update may bring to jailbreaker community. If the guys at blog.iphone-dev.org are wrong, I am sorry for bringing even more confusion.

Topics: Mobility, Apple, Hardware, iPhone, Networking, Software, Wi-Fi

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  • What a fantastic user experience!!

    I'm laughing so hard here. :) :) :)
    NonZealot
    • Jailbroken iphones are awesome

      it is a shame that Apple doesn't give that kind of functionality out of the box and that it must be reverse engineered.

      Joey
      voyager529
      • Yeah.. It's such a shame...

        I'm with NZ.. The contortions you have to go through just to get the bleepin' iPhone to work on T-Mobile (or some other GSM carrier) is hysterical.
        Wolfie2K3
        • Wait... so you're actually complaining...

          because Apple has not made it EASY to do something that Apple DOES NOT WANT YOU TO DO?

          Here's a clue for you. They don't want you to jailbreak. They don't want you to use other carriers. They are not obligated to make it easy for you to do something they don't want you to do.


          What next? People complaining about it being too complicated to buy alcohol for minors?
          bmerc
          • Complaining? Hardly...

            I just happen to know that MOST phones aren't so anal retentively tied to any one carrier. I can request an unlock code after 60 or 90 days of service, pop it in and off you go. I DO find it curious that most iphone and Apple fanbois somehow think this lock in is a good thing.
            Wolfie2K3
  • Jailbreakers hold much responsibility for this

    Apple will never give you better functionality until you punish them. By buying an iPhone (thus paying Apple for an inferior product) you are telling that multi national, multi billion $$$/year company that they don't need to give you better functionality. Apple fanboys are the cause of the inferior products that they buy from Apple. :)
    NonZealot
    • Despite you getting my posts deleted, the question stands.

      [i]Apple will never give you better functionality until you punish them. By buying an iPhone (thus paying Apple for an inferior product) you are telling that multi national, multi billion $$$/year company that they don't need to give you better functionality. Apple fanboys are the cause of the inferior products that they buy from Apple.[/i]

      How does not buying a product improve it?
      Letophoro
    • By the numbers...

      1. I bought my iPhone second hand.

      2. Apple isn't getting any money off of my AT&T bill, because I don't have one.

      3. Being as we've got some people in the Apple cult who all but sign their paychecks over to Apple, my purchase won't change their business model.

      4. Apple's business model has done them very well over the past decade, and it's highly unlikely opening up the platform is in the cards for them.

      5. That said, if they were to do something like make OSX run on any x86 hardware, I'd buy a copy on principle for the exact reasons you mention.

      6. The fact that Zibri and the Dev Team are reverse engineering mods for iPhones is no secret to Apple, and the number of iPhones running around not on the AT&T grid speaks for itself that there *is* a market for a more open iPhone. The fact that Apple has not yet taken advantage of it is their undoing.

      Joey
      voyager529
      • um...hey, genius...

        Hey, genius, you do realize that Apple and AT&T have a 5
        year contract right? They can't just open it up and let you
        play with it because their obligated to hold up their end of
        the deal with AT&T.

        Think before you speak.
        Shawn Bailey