Apple’s latest batch of iPhone 3GS units jailbreak-proof?

“Apple is now shipping the iPhone 3GS with a new Bootrom that is not vulnerable to the 24kpwn exploit,” iClarified reports.

MacDailyNews Note: The 24kpwn exploit is used to jailbreak iPhones.

iClarified reports, “The iBoot-359.3.2 started to ship last week.”

“‘MuscleNerd’ from the iPhone Dev-Team has confirmed that the loss of the 24kpwn exploit would mean a normal jailbreak would be impossible for the time being,” iClarified reports.

Full article here.


  1. I’m sure we’ll soon be getting a bunch of posts from the small but vocal minority of people for whom jailbreaking is important, trying to spread their “Apple is too closed” / “vendor lock-in” memes.

    Apple’s doing pretty darn well selling to the majority of people (like me) who just want their iPhones to work.

  2. In July I traveled to Europe. Jail broke my 1st gen iPhone and used it with local phone provider’s SIM card. Setting the service card the rep made sure my phone was unlocked, so I could use their service. The company was actually selling iPhones, and they were all UNLOCKED by default. All their phones were unlocked, as a matter of fact. The posters on the retail outlet’s walls were shouting “all our phones are unlocked”. They weren’t locking their iPhones, probably because another service provider is selling them in the same country, too. A customer can freely switch providers there. We need the same freedom in the U.S. of A. Apple is not at fault. Carriers and Congress are.

  3. Apple is NOT at fault. The options for other phones on other meteors is all but endless. If you have an iPhone, *YOU* chose to purchase that phone, knowing full well that Apple is in an exclusive deal with AT&T;. There was no subterfuge, no bait and switch. No one lied to you. This is the way the company chooses to market THEIR product at this time. Either get over it or move on.

    You complainers are like people who go into a restaurant, decide you like the ambience, but want to have food brought in from elsewhere, and whine when the restaurant says no.

  4. The problem in America is that there are so few people who actually WANT an unlocked phone (at full price) that no carrier really bothers to provide it. There are plenty of retail outlets in the US (physical or online) where you can buy an unlocked phone and use any SIM card with it. But who in their sane mind would do this?

    There are no carrier plans in the US without the subsidy portion. Regardless of what phone you’re using, you must pay the nominal $40 minimum for a voice plan (or $70 for a voice/data). Pretty much all major carriers have same or similar plans, and they ALL include a subsidy for a phone. It is really foolish to pay a full price for some unlocked phone, and then sign up with a carrier for a $70 per month plan, knowing full well that you could have received a free phone upfront with that plan. This is the same as the people who let their contract “expire” without getting a new free phone. You have paid off your free phone, you’re still paying full monthly rate, only this time, your carrier is pocketing the part of that monthly rate that subsidised your phone. That’s giving free money to the carrier.

    As soon as my contract becomes eligible for a new free phone (usually, after 18 months), I get one the next day. I get my carrier to unlock it immediately, and sell the old one on eBay (I normally get around $80-100 for an 18-month old phone). This is the only way I can get back some of that subsidy money.

    Unfortunately, iPhone is a different story altogether. And it is time for AT&T to begin giving unlocking instructions to the eligible iPhone owners who ask for them.

  5. The issue today is that people who need to use the iPhone outside the US need to jailbreak and they should be able to.

    People who live in the US have only a minimal need to jailbreak, more like geek stuff or $30 issue

  6. I am one of those who jailbreaks.

    I won’t cry about Apple closing the holes that make it possible, but I will be dissapointed.

    As a capitalist company, they are free to produce their product however they see fit, and as a free thinker, I will use it as I see fit.

    If I can continue to jailbreak, great. I’ve been looking forward to a release of icontrolpad, and I’d like to be able to have it, moving forward with new devices, and with various game emulators. So far, it’s vaporware, but I’d love to be able to use it with a 3GS (or whatever is next).

    There are other legitimate reasons I jailbreak, but I won’t get into it here, because I don’t care to debate it, but I do have to ask one question to those of you who vehememently defend every decision that Apple makes regarding their closed platform (for the record, I bleed apple juice):

    Would you be so willing to embrace such policies if it were your Mac that Apple kept under such control?

  7. @MacGuy. Nope. Wrong.

    1. I use the iPhone outside the United States, no problem, on the AT&T;network. All over freaking Europe and Asia.

    2. I made sure the ability would be there before I bought the phone. How hard is that? If it had not been there, I wouldn’t have purchased an iPhone. It’s that simple.

    People who cry about this need to really move on.

  8. Here’s a reason to jailbreak: Boss Prefs. This is THE most cool utility on the iPhone:

    Just swipe your finger across the top of the screen while in ANY application and you get a drop down window with icons which allow you to instantly change: WiFi on/off, brightness, Bluetooth on/off, write notes, SSH on/off, phone on/off…

    You get the idea. I wish Apple had built this into the OS. I mean, who really wants to exit the app your in, scroll page after page to find the settings, launch settings, click on whatever it is you want to change (brightness, WiFi, whatever- to save some battery) and then go all the way back to where you were?

    There are so many things out there to make the iPhone experience better (like extensions back in the day of Mac OS 7). Apple can’t think of or do everything.

    Also, I happen to live in a country where the iPhone is not yet sold (if you can believe that- although it’s supposed to be coming “any day now” but probably at outrageous prices), so unlocking was my only option (I would buy it if I could).

    I agree that Apple has the right to lock and protect the iPhone any way they want- I just wish they didn’t feel the need to still do this now that iPhones are available in most countries in the world…

    Just my 2¢ worth…

  9. What Eakster said.

    This isn’t about “unlocking” the iPhone. This has absolutely nothing to do with which mobile carrier you use with the phone. That’s another issue entirely.

    This is about “jailbreaking”, the process of hacking the iPhone so that you can load unapproved applications on it. And I can’t for the life of me understand why anyone would still bother to do it.

    People started jailbreaking their iPhones back when there was no approved iPhone SDK and no App Store. I could understand why people would want to do it back then. (Tap Tap Revenge started out as a jailbreak app.) But with the App Store going full tilt, and more than 85,000 applications available, what reason is there to jailbreak? Is there really some radical, subversive application out there that Apple won’t approve, but that’s so awesome you just have to have it??


  10. Periodically we get a report of a problem with an iPhone. It might be some phones shut down prematurely or some phones have some other problem or something. It’s hard to remember them because they are that infrequent.

    The high stability and high user satisfaction numbers of the iPhone are in no small part due to Apple not allowing everyone to do anything they wish with the phone. They limit the law of unintended consequences while simultaneously managing sensitive dependence on initial conditions. They limit complexity and boost the likelihood that a developer can depend on a specific set of conditions when his application runs.

    The darn thing does what I expect, even though it’s running a robust OS. It’s one of the most ideal blends of general purpose computer and turnkey utility I’ve ever seen.

    Once jailbroken however, all bets are off. That’s the benefit of not jailbreaking.

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