iPhone Hackers Release Updated Version of AppSnapp – Single-Click Method to JailBreak iPhone OS v1.1.1 Gets Even Better

BY Jason

Published 5 Nov 2007

AppSnapp - Single Click JailBreak

When I had tested the initial version of AppSnapp, the Single-Click method to jailbreak the iPhone & iPod Touch v1.1.1 which also installed the cool Installer App,  I had got it to work after a quite a few attempts. When it works you  appreciate how easy it is to jailbreak your iPhone and install the Installer application.

The iPhone hackers have just rolled out an updated version of AppSnapp to make it even better by addressing most of the issues.

So if you were one of those who gave up after it did not work the first time can give it a shot again.

The iPhone hacking geniuses metasploit, rezn, dinopio, drudge, kroo, pumpkin, davidc, dunham, planetbeing and NerveGas had introduced a single-click instant jailbreaking method for both iPhone and iPod touch OS v1.1.1. The jailbreak essentially opened your iPhone for full disk access and even installs the cool Installer.app so you can add just about any third-party application you like.

All you needed to do is to point your iPhone’s or iPod Touch’s Safari browser to jailbreakme.com, then click the “Install AppSnapp” button at the bottom of the page.

However, the initial version of the jailbreaking method was not very intuitive (as people assumed that crashing of the browser meant that it did not work though actually the jailbreaking process was going on in the background) and in many cases one had to try many times to get it to work. Maybe not any more as iPhone Hackers claim to have made improvements in AppSnapp to resolve the issues and further improve the user experience to jailbreak your iPhone or iPod Touch.

Here are the list of enhancements:

  • Entire process is logged to /var/root/Media/AppSnapp.log and can be retreived with iphuc/ssh, so in case it does not work you can find out the reason for the issue.
  • Added a check to prevent AppSnapp from being ran on devices which are not running 1.1.1 as it currently supports only iPhone OS v1.1.1.
  • They are no longer using raw sockets to send the payload files to improve reliability, they are being served back to the phone/ipod via HTTP so that you can successfully jailbreak in the first attempt.
  • They have added the much needed progress indicator so that once safari crashes, you’ll see a dialog letting you know what’s going on.
  • Updated to the latest version of Installer.app (v3.08b) and also installs Community Sources by default. Installer App can be used to install native third-party iPhone applications while the community resources adds repositories of many applications.
  • They have made it really one-touch solution even for users with unactivated phones.
  • They have also fixed the issue where the majority of users with unactivated phones couldn’t get YouTube to work automatically.

As you all know, that we also got the news from T3 who got a chance to play around with the UK iPhone that iPhone firmware update v1.1.2 could be coming as early as this week which appears to have fixed the TIFF exploit (security flaw) which incidentally has also been used by this method to jailbreak the iPhone.

However, iPhone hackers have also made changes to AppSnapp in preparation for iPhone OS v1.1.2 so that when they find an exploit for 1.1.2, they can use the same installer for it.

AppSnapp is by far the easiest method to jailbreak the iPhone and if you are looking to unlock the iPhone, then AppSnapp makes unlocking the iPhone a two-step process as it also installs the Installer application which can be used to install anySIM, the free GUI-based SIM unlocking method by the iPhone Dev Team.

We have already seen overwhelming demand for AppSnapp since its launch a week back, and these enhancements will make it even more attractive for iPhone and iPod Touch owners to check out.

However, before you plan to test it out here is the warning from the Hackers:

This software comes with absolutely no warranty of any kind. If it should cause any harm to your iPhone or data, we shall not be held responsible.

If you still want to check it out, point your iPhone or iPod Touch’s Safari browser to JailBreakMe.com to Jailbreak your iPhone or iPod Touch OS v1.1.1 and install the cool Installer.app.

Thanks metasploit, rezn, dinopio, drudge, kroo, pumpkin, davidc, dunham, planetbeing and NerveGas for making AppSnapp even better.


I just tested the enhanced version of AppSnapp on my iPod Touch (after restoring it), unfortunately it did not work in first attempt as expected and worked on the third attempt, but I must say that the progress indicator is very helpful which shows up on the home screen as soon as Safari crashes on clicking on "Install AppSnapp" at jailbreakme.com.

I remember when I had tested the initial version of AppSnapp I had to try it out at least a dozen times or more to get it to work, so the enhanced version with the progress indicator is definitely a lot better. If you had used the initial version of AppSnapp you will definitely appreciate the enhancements.

Stay tuned here @ iPhone Hacks for more updates and impressions on the enhanced Jailbreaking solution.

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