Hurrah.  My iPhone 3GS is jailbroken again, and running iPhone OS 3.1.2 “ thanks to GeoHot ‘s new blackra1n jailbreak, which he released late last night. As many of you know, and have teased me about :), I updated to the 3.1 firmware a few weeks back and have been kicking myself about it ever […]
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Hurrah.  My iPhone 3GS is jailbroken again, and running iPhone OS 3.1.2 “ thanks to GeoHot ‘s new blackra1n jailbreak, which he released late last night.

As many of you know, and have teased me about :), I updated to the 3.1 firmware a few weeks back and have been kicking myself about it ever since and missing the jailbreak.

I had a few glitches this morning “ mostly of my own making I think “ but still found the whole process smooth and effective.  And I ‘m very happy to be jailbroken again.  Read on for just a few quick notes and impressions on my experience with blackra1n

A Few Things to Note on blackra1n

It ‘s Windows only for now “ I have not seen any word on if / when GeoHot plans to release a Mac version.

It is a ‘tethered ‘ jailbreak for the iPod Touch 3rd gen (see GeoHot notes below)

If you ‘re running a 3G or 3GS and have it / need it unlocked, GeoHot warns against updating to 3.1.2

Here is a little more info from GeoHot ‘s blog post on this:

So, what is blackra1n? blackra1n is a 30 second ALL device 3.1.2 jailbreak. Even the ipt3, but the ipt3 is tethered. In order to boot it, just rerun blackra1n. As far as donations go, they are much appreciated, but not until after blackra1n works for you. I never ask for donations before the tool is released.

Warning 3g and 3gs unlockers, do not upgrade to 3.1.2 using iTunes if you want to keep your unlock. Baseband cannot be downgraded. Check out the dev team’s offerings. Also blackra1n doesn’t hacktivate.

See his full post HERE.

My Initial Attempt

I use a Mac, but run a Windows 7 virtual machine on it via VMWare Fusion, so I updated iTunes on the VM, and downloaded blackra1n to it while I updated my iPhone to firmware 3.1.2 on the Mac.

This time round, I did not do a ‘clean ‘ restore of my iPhone prior to jailbreaking “ just ran the 3.1.2 update on it, then fired away with blackra1n.

Just as with purplera1n (GeoHot ‘s previous jailbreak for iPhone OS versions prior to 3.0.1), the process is quick and gives you a few quick status updates as it runs through

Windows 7 RC-1

Windows 7 RC-2

At the end of the very quick process, it tells you it succeeded and asks to wait for a reboot.  On my virtual machine that reboot never came, and when I forced one the phone came back up with no Cydia or blackra1n app on it “ i.e. not jailbroken. 

I tried twice, made sure iTunes was inactive on the Mac side, but still no joy.  There is probably a solution to that, but I was impatient and decided to knock the virtual machine out of the equation just in case “ so I swapped to my daughter ‘s netbook running Windows Vista and downloaded blackra1n on it.

Third Time Lucky

My first try at running blackra1n on the netbook got the error ‘Blackra1n.exe is not a valid Win32 application ‘. 

I went with the most likely cause for that error, a corrupt file, and deleted and re-downloaded the blackra1n.exe file. 

That worked “ and it ran as quickly and smoothly as I remember from the purplera1n experience.  Rebooted as it was supposed to “ complete with ginormous GeoHot / blackra1n image on the restart screen “ and now it was properly jailbroken.

The jailbreak installs the blackra1n app on the iPhone.  You use that app to install Cydia (the leading jailbreak App Store equivalent) or two other alternative jailbreak app stores.

blackra1n app

I ‘ve only installed Cydia so far, as I don ‘t know enough about the other two as yet.  Cydia required a few upgrades on first launch “ which require a reboot of the phone and a few springboard restarts as well.

It ‘s fun to see this Spotlight result again

Cydia in Spotlight

And even more fun to start re-installing some jailbreak favorites (I know, I should ‘ve used aptbackup or similar to make this quicker “ but I didn ‘t).  Like the Mac Wallpapers collection

Mac Wallpapers for iPhone

Which provides the lovely background used on my home and lock screens (via Winterboard ‘s ‘User Wallpaper ‘ setting)

blackra1n new jailbreak

The superb Glasklart theme that I ‘ve been missing was also one of the first things I put back on of course.

As was mQuickDo, the superb app that provides app-switching capability “ which is probably the very best thing about being jailbroken for me.

mQuickDo app switching app for iPhone

Results So Far “ Happy Camper

It ‘s only been a short while “ but so far, so good.  In fact, every bit as good as I ‘d come to expect having used GeoHot ‘s purplera1n in the past.  The iPhone is performing just as well, just as snappily, as ever.  WiFi and settings are all good.  Phone is good. YouTube as well.  Stock apps cool.  Jailbreak apps cool.  I ‘m a happy camper.

Oh, and as I mentioned on Twitter, I definitely feel this is worth a donation to GeoHot for his efforts, and I ‘ve made a donation earlier on.  Great work GeoHot!

If you haven ‘t tried blackra1n yet, or want to donate “ go HERE for easy, one-click options for download and donations.

I hope blackra1n is working well for all of you as well.  Let us know your thoughts / questions in the comments

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