Software-based Method to JailBreak iPhone Firmware v1.1.3 (Mac only)

BY Jason

Published 25 Jan 2008

I was not playing favorite when I published the Software-based Method to JailBreak iPhone Firmware v1.1.3 (Windows only). It was the jailbreak method which was published first by iPhone hacker Natetrue as he was still working on the method that could be used by Mac users.

However, it didn’t seem to have taken him much time, as he has also released the software-based Jailbreak method as I had reported yesterday.

If you are a Windows user check out this link Software-based Method to JailBreak iPhone Firmware v1.1.3 (Windows only).

More details available after the jump on the jailbreak method as well
as things you might want to consider before proceeding to jailbreak
your iPhone.

Natetrue, was the one who had leaked the details of iPhone firmware
v1.1.3 even before it was officially released by Apple (check iPhone
Hacks, Breaking News: iPhone Firmware v1.1.3 Leaked).
He has published a jailbreak method for both Windows and Mac users.
This post is for Mac users, if you are a Windows user, check out this link Software-based Method to JailBreak iPhone Firmware v1.1.3 (Windows only).

Before I go into the details it is important to mention that before
you jailbreak your iPhone, be sure to backup in iTunes so you can
restore your iPhone if somethings goes terribly wrong and since I have
not tried this method I am not in a position to cannot confirm either
way so do remember that hacking your iPhone is completely at your own

The Mac method is apparently easier than the Windows method, as all you need to do is download and use of a single file called 1.1.3 package maker.

However, folks at iPhone Atlas have provided a trick on how to get this file to work:

"Once you download it and mount this disk image, move both the file “Run_This” and the folder “data” to the root level of your startup drive, then launch “Run_This.” Otherwise you may receive errors."

Natetrue has also published an FAQ so it would be a good idea to check it out in case you need any clarifications, here is the link to the FAQ. Natetrue plans to publish a video tutorial soon.

However, as I had mentioned, this method by Natetrue has raised
quite a few concerns/issues and Jonathan Zdziarski one of the members
of iPhone hacking community had this to say about Natetrue and his
jailbreak method in his blog:

January 24, 2008: Dev Team Member Gone Rogue, Unauthorized Release

NateTrue has recently leaked a v1.1.3 Jailbreak without the
Dev-Team’s permission, getting himself kicked off the team. Against our
wishes, he’s included both files belonging to Apple and patches which
contain copyrighted information by Apple, making his personal release
illegal and unethical. This is directly contrary to the spirit of true
hacking, honorable competition, and sharing of knowledge. He’s a
disgrace to developers everywhere. I’d like to strongly advise against
using his system for upgrading, and make it known that the rest of the
dev team does not support software piracy or copyright infringement.
The method the Dev Team was/is planning on releasing allows you to
perform the jailbreak without violating federal law.

However, Erica Sudan seems to have the inside story as this is what she had to say over @ Tuaw.

iPhone hacker NerveGas raised concerns as to whether this release would
illegally distribute Apple software. Nate assures me that he merely
uses a diff (differences) file between the 1.1.3 firmware as provided
and the jailbroken 1.1.3 firmware. NerveGas asked me to mention that
this release is not canon and distributed against his wishes and
against the wishes of some of the dev/elite team. From what I
understand, the dev team was behind this release until shortly before
Nate took it live. NerveGas’s copyright concerns divided the team,
splitting opinions on whether it should go live just at the wire.

I will keep you posted in case I get any further updates on this story.

Readers of iPhone Hacks, Zafar & Wes have confirmed that the
jailbreak method works and Zafar has even confirmed that it works with
iPod Touch.

Breaking News:

Official 1.1.3 Upgrader: Automatic Graphical Method for Upgrading to a Jailbroken iPhone Firmware v1.1.3


iPhone Dev Team Release Instructions to JailBreak iPhone Firmware v1.1.3

Thanks Hans & Zafar for the tip!

As always don’t forget to let me know if you plan to use this
jailbreak method and in case you are do provide your feedback in the
comments below.


Shane Blyth, one of the readers here @ iPhone Hacks has quite rightly pointed out that there are quite a few people who are reporting problems with this method on Natetrue’s blog.

So as I had mentioned earlier it would be a good idea to check out the FAQ published by Natetrue which answers questions you might have about the methods limitations, the problems you may have encountered after trying to jailbreak your iPhone and even on how to recover your iPhone if things go horribly wrong.

The good folks at iPhone Atlas has also published some known issues so far with this method:

  • The Google Maps “Locate Me” function will not work as well after
    applying this jailbreak. That’s because this method doesn’t upgrade the
    iPhone’s cell phone radio, meaning only Wi-Fi data will be used to
    estimate your current position.
  • iTunes Store previews don’t work with this method.
  • A variety of issues can cause you to have to restore your iPhone —
    over and over in some cases — in order to get this jailbreak to take.
  • Your iPhone may take a while (up to 4 minutes) to boot after applying the jailbreak.
  • The jailbreak currently doesn’t work on PowerPC-based Macs.

I would recommend that it would be better to wait for this method to mature before trying it out.

Breaking News: iPhone Dev Team Release Instructions to JailBreak iPhone Firmware v1.1.3

[iPhone Atlas via NateTrue’s Blog]

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