Dev Team Release PwnageTool 3.0 to Jailbreak iPhone OS 3.0

BY Jason

Published 19 Jun 2009

The dependable iPhone Dev team have released updated version of their PwnageTool to jailbreak iPhone OS 3.0.

However, they are reporting that due some bugs and unexpected changes, they plan to release their tools in phases and have started off by releasing PwnageTool for Mac OS X to jailbreak iPhone OS 3.0.

They plan to release QuickPwn for Mac OS X and Windows soon.

The iPhone dev team have published the following details on their blog about jailbreaking iPhone OS 3.0:

1.  GOLDEN RULE: If you are using a 3G iPhone with yellowsn0w and rely on yellowsn0w to obtain cellular service, then you should NOT use PwnageTool right now. UltraSn0w is not included with this release and therefore your baseband will be locked and unable to use an operator other than the official one it was bought for. UltraSn0w will be release via APT (cydia and icy) soon. If you have an original iPhone (1st generation) then 3.0 unlock works with this PwnageTool release.

2. Yellowsn0w in its current form will NOT work with the baseband version that is present in the 3.0 update, you will need Ultrasn0w, which will be released sometime soon, Ultrasn0w will work with all iPhone 3G models (but not 3GS), even ones that were previously unlockable, Ultrasn0w (when available) will be released via APT (this means you can get it via Cydia or Icy).

3. Please read all parts of this post before downloading and using these tools.

4. Read items 1, 2 and 3 again and again.

5. At the bottom of this post are the bittorrent files for the 3.0 capable version of PwnageTool.

6. This app is suitable for the recent 3.0 release.

7. PwnageTool will NOT work for the iPhone 3GS.

8. PwnageTool WILL work for Original iPhone (1st Generation), Original iPod touch (1st Generation) and the iPhone 3G.

Baseband 101

The ‘baseband’ is the generic nickname given to the internal components of the iPhone that handle the phone calls and Internet access. This ‘baseband’ is a tiny and unique independent computer system that runs inside your iPhone, it is separate to the main system that handles the applications (such as email and google maps) and it talks to the main part of the phone over an internal communications network. Think of it like a cable modem or other peripheral that is attached to your home PC that needs occasional updates. When a software update is released and presented to you within iTunes the baseband is sometimes updated (to fix bugs or add new features). The 3.0 update for the iPhone 3G contains such an update, so running the vanilla updater straight away with iTunes will reprogram and update the baseband.

SIM Free/SP Unlocked/Factory Unlocked iPhone 3G

This applies if you bought your iPhone 3G for $$$$$$$. This model of iPhone 3G doesn’t have an Service Provider lock (aka factory unlocked) and you are able to put any SIM card into the phone and get service. Your phone is already unlocked so you do not need to worry about baseband updates, simply upgrade to 3.0 using iTunes and then use PwnageTool to create an ipsw and then use this to jailbreak your phone.

iPhone 2G (1st Generation)

Use PwnageTool to do the magic and then restore with iTunes using your newly created .ipsw ‘nuff said, you don’t need to worry about anything, the baseband will be unlocked, the phone jailbroken.

iPod Touch 1G (Original iPod Touch)

Use PwnageTool to create a firmware image and restore with that .ipsw using iTunes.

iPod Touch 2G (New iPod Touch)

Sorry, no support at this time within PwnageTool, use Redsn0w for an earlier (pre 3.0) firmware release instead.


New iPhone 3G S users:

PwnageTool currently does NOT work with iPhone 3G S so you will not be able to jailbreak your new iPhone.

iPhone 3G users:

If you are an iPhone 3G user who does NOT care about unlocking your iPhone then you can use PwnageTool to jailbreak iPhone OS 3.0 running on it.

If you are an iPhone 3G user and you wants to unlock your iPhone running iPhone OS 3.0 so that it can be used with any carrier then you should AVOID using the PwnageTool right now. You should use the PwnageTool only when Dev Team release UltraSn0w via Cydia and icy. We will let you know.

1st Generation iPhone:

You can use the PwnageTool to jailbreak and unlock your 1st Generation iPhone running iPhone OS 3.0.

It will be interesting to see if all the jailbreak apps have been ported to iPhone OS 3.0.

We will keep you posted as soon QuickPwn for Mac OS X and Windows, UltraSn0w is available and PwnageTool can jailbreak iPhone 3G S. So stay tuned here at iPhone Hacks.

Since the tool has just been released, please proceed with caution. If you are the adventurous types and plan to give it a shot (after reading the golden rule) then don't forget to tell us how it goes.

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Thanks everyone for giving us the heads up!