Kassie has just ever so kindly given me her iPhone 3G, as she’s upgraded to a 3G S. So, before it arrives (she’s shipping it back home for me later this week) I decided to write an article on how to Jailbreak an iPhone. Before I start, don’t confuse the two iPhone phrases Jailbreaking, and Unlocking. They’re two completely different things:
Jailbreaking: Allows the use of unsigned Apps
Unlocking: Removing the SIM restriction to allow your phone to be used on other networks.
Please note that Unlocking IS NOT illegal, 02 themselves here in the UK can do it for you for free, whereas Jailbreaking possibly is. Apple have bricked phones in the past by releasing updates that disable iPhones that are jailbroken. Luckily I’ve never had one that I’ve done for a customer actually do it! Kassie’s always backed off from doing it to hers herself. Even though she’s helped in OS X x86 dev before, having her £400 phone wrecked is a scary thing to take in, even for a financially well off lady as herself.
The best thing to do once jailbroken is to not update the iPhone firmware, unless you notice any bugs or new features you want to use. This itself though is risky, as we never know what Apple are up to. That aside, let’s begin:
First of all, I WILL NOT BE HELD RESPONSIBLE for damage or bricking caused by you following this article. If you’re not sure what you’re doing, don’t do it, or get someone to do it for you!
1. Before we start, MAKE SURE you’re on FW 3.1.2 or earlier. The newly released 3.1.3 in February is currently unable to be jailbroken. What we’re going to do is RESTORE to a hacked 3.1.2 firmware on our hard drive, we don’t UPDATE to newer hacked, it doesn’t work like that.
2. Download the 3.1.2 hacked restore firmware from TideLog, by clicking HERE (Link not ready, file being uploaded, check back later!). Download it anywhere you like. Update to iTunes 9.
3 Open iTunes, connect your iPhone. Click on your iPhone in the left sidebar of iTunes when it appears.
4. Hold the Shift key, and click the Restore button. Browse to the .ipsw file you downloaded from TideLog earlier. Let the process complete, and you’re done!
Enjoy your Jailbroken iPhone! The world of Apps is much nicer when you’ve not got Apple holding the reins on what you can buy from the App Store, because you DON’T need the App Store!