Dev Team Releases PwnageTool 2.2, QuickPwn 2.2 for Mac & QuickPwn 2.2 for Windows; Supports iPhone Firmware 2.2

BY Jason

Published 22 Nov 2008

The ever-so dependable iPhone Dev team have
delivered yet again. They have released updated versions of their
PwnageTool and QuickPwn Tools to jailbreak and unlock the 1st Gen iPhone
and jailbreak iPhone 3G running iPhone firmware 2.2 that was released
by Apple only on Thursday night

They have also updated the PwnageTool so that you can create a custom firmware (.ipsw) which will not contain the baseband update but still bring the new features of iPhone firmware 2.2 to iPhone 3G.

The iPhone dev team have published the following on their blog:

  1. GOLDEN RULE: If you have a 3G iPhone and want potential soft
    unlock in the near future do NOT use QuickPwn, and do not use the
    official ipsw or the iTunes update process without using PwnageTool.
  2. Read item 1 again and again.
  3. At the bottom of this post are the bittorrent files for the latest versions of PwnageTool and QuickPwn.
  4. These are suitable for the recent 2.2 release.
  5. Please read all parts of this post before downloading and using these tools.
  6. The ‘late 2008’ MacBook/air/pro line of computers have an issue
    with DFU mode, it is possible to go from Pwned 2.1 -> 2.2 but going
    from stock to Pwned does not work, if in any doubt use a different
  7. Choosing the correct tool is crucial. Be warned!

Baseband 101 

The ‘baseband’ is the generic name 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 2.2 update for the iPhone 3G
contains such an update, so running the vanilla updater straight away
with iTunes will reprogram and update the baseband. This
could be bad for certain people, depending on your ultimate aim.

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 2.2 using iTunes and
then use QuickPwn to Pwn and Jailbreak. This will add Cydia and
Installer too.

Locked iPhone 3G – Preserve Baseband

This applies if you have a locked iPhone 3G and you wish to update
to 2.2 but preserve the iPhone’s current baseband software. Preserving
the baseband will give you the maximum chance for any upcoming software
unlock. To upgrade your phone to 2.2 and preserve the state of the
baseband you need to create a custom .ipsw with PwnageTool. This custom
.ipsw will not contain the baseband update but of course will still
allow all the cool new stuff from 2.2.

There are plenty of tutorials about this process on the web, but
PwnageTool contains intuitive graphics and easy to follow prompts that
should have you up and running in no time at all. 

Locked iPhone 3G

If you are using your iPhone with one carrier and have no interest
in the possibility of an iPhone 3G unlock in the near future then just
restore or upgrade to 2.2 using iTunes and use QuickPwn to Jailbreak
and add Cydia and Installer.

Locked iPhone 2G (1st Generation)

Restore your iPhone 2G with iTunes then run QuickPwn to do the magic, ‘nuff said.

Important note for Windows Users:

Since the PwnageTool is available only for Mac users, Windows users will not be able to create the custom firmware (.ipsw file) which is a mandatory step if they want to update their iPhone 3G with firmware 2.2 but do not want to update the baseband firmware so that they have the option to unlock it when iPhone Dev Team release their software method. However, they will be able to use the custom firmware file created on a Mac. So until its available Windows users using iPhone 3G should NOT use QuickPwn tool.

The Bittorrent and download links for the latest hacking tools from the iPhone Dev Team are mentioned below:
PwnageTool 2.2 for Mac OS X – Bittorrent link here, download link here.
PwnageTool 2.2.1 for Mac OS X – Bittorrent link here or use download links here, here or here.
QuickPwn 2.2 for Mac OS X – Bittorrent link here or use download links here, here or here.
QuickPwn 2.2 for Windows – Bittorrent link here or use download links here, here or here.


The dev team has just updated their post with the following note:

NOTE: ‘Simple Mode’ in PwnageTool currently only works for the iPod Touch. To use PwnageTool for iPhones you will need to use ‘Expert mode’. This is a workaround while we make an update and fix this issue. In order to do this you will need to navigate to the ‘General’ window and change two things: Deselect ‘activate’ ONLY if you are normally able to activate through iTunes (but if you wish to ‘hacktivate’ the iPhone using PwnageTool then leave it selected).  You will also need to change the partition size to about 1000MB (type in the value or use the slider).

‘Hactivate’ means to activate the iPhone yourself without Apple. This is used if you live outside an officially supported region and cannot activate the phone using iTunes.

Update 1:

Dev Team has released Pwnage Tool 2.2.1 which Fixes Bug related to "Simple Mode", you can download it using the bittorrent link.

Update 2:

Apple Breaks Hardware Method to Unlock iPhone 3G with Firmware 2.2

As always, don’t forget to backup your iPhone before you try the latest Pwnage Tool. It would also be good idea to keep an eye on the comments.

Please remember that hacking your iPhone could result in voiding your warranty so please proceed with caution.

Please do let us know how it goes.

[via iPhone Dev Team blog]

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