February 16, 2008 in iAnnouncements (E)
[prMac.com] Philadelphia, Pennsylvania - February 16, 2008 - AriX and Ben have announced the immediate availability of iJailBreak 0.5.1, the latest version of the open source Mac OS X jailbreaking utility. iJailBreak 0.5.1 allows iPhone (and soon iPod Touch) users the ability to jailbreak, and if so desired, unlock and "hactivate," their device in mere minutes. Currently iJailBreak 0.5.1 is an Intel-architecture only application that supports Mac OS X Tiger and Leopard.
This process also works for other firmware versions, however iJailBreak 0.5.x was written with 1.1.3 in mind, thus it's suggested that you only use iJailBreak 0.5.x for 1.1.3. Note that the unlock only works for iPhones with Boot Loader 4.6 (all iPhones that came pre-loaded with 1.1.2 or 1.1.3 have Boot Loader 4.6).
iJailBreak 0.5.x fixes many of the issues found with the "1.1.3 Soft Upgrade"-based method, including the inability to play some DRMed music. Those who have used the 1.1.3 Soft Upgrade include users of iJailBreak 0.4.x and iJailBreakMobile 1.0.
An iPod Touch-compatible version will be shipped as an update as soon as technically and efficiently possible and will include the free and legal enabling of the iPhone applications.
The jailbreaking process is very straightforward: download iJailBreak 0.5.1 from Google Code, plug in your device, open and run iJailBreak, and when you're ready, click the Jailbreak button. The entire process should take just a few minutes, and no music or settings will be lost. Your device will automatically reboot into your new, jailbroken 1.1.3 firmware.
Also, a feature for a future version the 0.5.x branch is in the works that allows users of the "1.1.3 Soft Upgrade" (which, again, includes users of iJailBreak 0.4.x and iJailBreakMobile 1.0) to "truly" jailbreak their device. This is not currently in 0.5.1.
As with all previous versions of iJailBreak, 0.5.x is free/open source software released under the GNU General Public License version 2.
iJailBreak's 0.5.x branch is an automated iPhone jailbreaker, taking advantage of ZiPhone as its core. The project is run by 13 year olds AriX and Ben.