The new Spirit jailbreak for the iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad was released a little over a week ago.  It provides an untethered jailbreak (one that does not require you to re-jailbreak after each reboot of the iPhone) for all current iDevices, and allows you to jailbreak under the latest (3.1.3) iPhone firmware. I’ve had […]
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A Few Quick Thoughts On Using Spirit Jailbreak

Spirit jailbreak

The new Spirit jailbreak for the iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad was released a little over a week ago.  It provides an untethered jailbreak (one that does not require you to re-jailbreak after each reboot of the iPhone) for all current iDevices, and allows you to jailbreak under the latest (3.1.3) iPhone firmware.

I’ve had a chance to try Spirit out on three devices so far – an iPhone 2G, an iPod Touch 2G, and an iPhone 3GS – and have a few very quick thoughts on the experience of using this latest iPhone jailbreak application

It’s Not ‘The Fastest Ever’

As with pretty much all of my points in this post, your mileage may well vary on this. I’m just going by my efforts with Spirit on the three devices mentioned above, and over multiple jailbreak attempts for each of them.

Spirit is fast but it doesn’t strike me as lightning fast.  My recollection (and admittedly I haven’t recorded specific times to compare) is that blackra1n was faster. It either succeeded or failed more quickly than Spirit seems to.

It’s Very Temperamental 

I had at least one failed attempt to jailbreak on each of the three devices I tried.  One was my fault – on the 3GS I forgot a basic step prior to running Spirit, I left iTunes open while I tried it. On the other two devices though, I had iTunes closed when running it, and still got some failures before ultimately getting a successful jailbreak.  Here’s a quick rundown of the failures and ways past them:

On the iPhone 2G: Not successful first time, appeared to finish – got to the color splash screen and showed status bar and got all the way to end of it, then hung with spinning wheel of wait for a long while – tried a hard reboot, and it would not boot, just hung up on Apple logo.  Had to do a restore and try again.  Second attempt worked. 

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iPod Touch 2G: Failed on first jailbreak attempt.  Gave very lengthy error code in its desktop app (unfortunately I didn’t screencap before it went away).  Re-tried right away and it worked second time around.

iPhone 3GS:  About the same as on the 2G – appeared to complete, said jailbreak complete in the desktop app and showed multi-color screen with status bar and showed progress all the way to the end.  Then never rebooted, just stayed stuck on that screen for over 10 minutes. Once again, had to restore and re-jailbreak.  Second attempt succeeded in a little over a minute.

The need for a restore in 2 out of 3 cases is a bit of a nuisance – as one of the benefits of this jailbreak should be that the whole process is quite speedy.  Adding a restore and then a restore of an iTunes backup (if you want any of your stuff back) obviously throws speedy right out the window.

I experienced a few failures with blackra1n, but none that I can recall that forced a restore of the iPhone.  So time lost was much less with those failures.

The hanging on the boot logo after appearing to complete and succeed seems to be a common occurrence for quite a number of users, as a quick Google search turned up a good number of forum threads and similar on this subject – with a restore being the only suggested method of getting past it.

It Works

jailbreaking with Spirit

Ultimately, Spirit works.  It works on firmware 3.1.3, which no other jailbreak has managed.  And it works across all iDevices – so major props to chpwn and comex and anyone else who worked on it.

It would be nice if it worked a little more consistently, or at least failed more gracefully – without requiring a restore to get past a failure.

If I have missed an easier solution to the reboot failures, please let me know in the comments – or share your experiences of any kind with Spirit.

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