In amongst all the excitement of Apple’s Back to the Mac event the other day, I spotted that the Dev Team had released their new version of their excellent Pwnage Tool jailbreak package. I just hadn’t had an opportunity to mention it until now.
Pwnage Tool – which allows you to build a custom jailbroken firmware and then apply it to your iDevice via an iTunes restore (how cool is that?) – has always been my favorite jailbreak method. The big new addition to this latest version is Apple TV 2G (the latest model). The range of devices Pwntage Tool 4.1.1 supports is impressive – details on that below.
Here’s some of the details of the release, via the Dev Team Blog:
We’re pleased to release PwnageTool
18.104.22.168 for Mac OS X (free of charge, blog ads, and donation requests — as always!). Today’s big new addition to the jailbreak family is AppleTV 2G, which was first shown jailbroken in its release week!
ULTRASN0W UNLOCKERS BEWARE!! ULTRASN0W UNLOCKERS BEWARE!! The biggest mistake you can make (and it is a big one!) is lettings iTunes restore to the official IPSW — you’ll lose the unlock and won’t be able to go back! You must use Option-Restore, not just the Restore button by itself. Then navigate to your custom IPSW — not to the stock one! If you accidentally started a restore to the official IPSW, unplug your iPhone immediately before the restore gets to the “Updating Firmware” step!
Through a combination of the recently released geohot limera1n exploit , @comex’s recently released pf kernel exploit, and our original pwnage2 exploit, PwnageTool
22.214.171.124 works untethered on these devices at firmware 4.1:
- AppleTV 2G
- iPad (firmware 3.2.2)
- iPod touch 4G
- iPod touch 3G
- iPhone 3GS
- iPhone 3G
PwnageTool allows you to restore to a custom IPSW file. For instance, you can restore to a pre-jailbroken firmware while simultaneously maintaining your current baseband (and thus your ultrasn0w carrier unlock). You can also add whatever packages you want in the “Expert” mode of PwnageTool, if you wish to pre-install Cydia packages. iPhone 3G users get the additional benefit of selecting their own boot and recovery logos, and features like multitasking and battery charge percentage.
Talk about a complete jailbreaking package – this sure as heck is one, from the hardest working jailbreakers in show biz.
I haven’t had a chance to try out Pwnage Tool 4.1.1 yet, but I look forward to giving it a go soon – either on my iPhone 4, or maybe my daughter’s WiFi only iPad (my 3G model is running the iOS 4.2 beta) or even on Apple TV when I grab one soon.
In the meantime, if you’re looking for a good tutorial for jailbreaking iOS 4.2 with Pwnage Tool, I recommend our friend Sebastien’s at his iPhone Download Blog site: