Dev Team Warns Jailbreakers, Unlockers Not To Update To iTunes 8.2

The iPhone Dev Team has posted a warning on their blog not to download the iTunes 8.2 update released yesterday if they want to maintain the ability to jailbreak or unlock their iPhone. As iPhone Alley reader back2thebeatof84 pointed out yesterday, the new version of iTunes breaks YellowSn0w, QuickPwn and the Pwnage Tool. They list four reasons why not to update.

  • Most people aren’t at 3.0. In fact 3.0 is still in beta and has lots of bugs (especially related to push updates).
  • It breaks your ability to use QuickPwn, PwnageTool, and iPhone Tunneling Suite (ssh over usb). We don’t think this is a deliberate breakage of these tools. It’s just that Apple has updated a low-level USB protocol that normally only Apple cares about (but jailbreakers care about).
  • So far, the only appreciable change to iTunes 8.2 is the Genius function working on videos.
  • It may actually break Palm Pre’s connection to the device (please give us feedback on this).

They also note that 8.2 seems to be one of the updates that “incidentally breaks QuickPwn and PwnageTool. It doesn’t seem like an anti-jailbreak. But nonetheless, it will break your ability to re-run QuickPwn or PwnageTool’s dfu-entry.”

They add that they could easily fix it, but they don’t want to update until OS 3.0 has been released.

They also answer questions about if YellowSn0w will ever be updated to work on software versions past 2.2. Their answer:

If there is a yellowsn0w update for firmware after 2.2 (or basebands after 02.28), there is no way it would ever be released before 3.0 is official. It just wouldn’t make any sense to release an exploit for something that only those who have beta 3.0’s (NDA signers) could use. Most people in the world aren’t NDA signers. Any yellowsn0w update for 3.0 would need to happen *after* 3.0 is officially available.

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