IT DIDN'T TAKE LONG for the clever chaps at the Iphone Dev-Team to bust open Steve Jobs' locked down Iphone OS 4 (IOS4).
The latest Apple operating system for the Iphone and Ipad was cracked even before the Iphone 4 hit the shelves, with the Dev Team releasing and even having time to update its Pwnagetool. The tool isn't able to remove the carrier lock, however it can activate and jailbreak devices running IOS4.
The team is, as always, cautious in its recommendation for its handiwork, saying that users "shouldn't have upgraded your devices if you have previously relied on our tools for hacktivation and/or a carrier unlock."
Even with such a caveat, many Iphone users are claiming success, though it is vital that those looking to free themselves from the walled garden of Apple's App Store first read the instructions.
A similar Windows application has also been released under the Sn0wbreeze moniker. Both Pwnagetool and Sn0wbreeze work in similar ways, in that they create custom IPSW files on the target device to circumvent Apple's restrictions. Users with older Iphone OS devices such as the first Iphone, Ipod Touch and the third-generation Ipod Touch are warned not to upgrade.
Though a software unlock has yet to be announced, in the past it hasn't taken the talented coders long to hack Jobs' Mob's mobile OS, raising the question of just how hardened is the Iphone OS? µ
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