Rumors are circulating that Apple has begun shipping an iPhone 3GS that is now impervious to the 24kpwn exploit, making it impossible to do a standard jailbreak for the time being. A screenshot (shown after the break) posted by Mathieulh shows the new version number, and it was confirmed by Dev Team member MuscleNerd.
The iPhone Dev-Team has released the latest version of its Mac-only jailbreaking software which is now compatible with iPhone OS 3.1.x. PwnageTool 3.1.4 now supports the iPhone, iPhone 3G, iPhone 3GS, and all 1st and 2nd gen iPod touches. The Dev-Team warns all iPhone 3GS users who wish to jailbreak now or in the future that they should do so as soon as possible. This is recommended so that your ECID hash can be saved for use in future update jailbreaks. More information can be found at the iPhone Dev-Team blog.
Windows users looking to jailbreak their iPhone or iPod touch should check out Blackra1n.
Geohot has just announced the release of blackra1n, which he describes as, "a 30 second ALL device 3.1.2 jailbreak," for Windows. The tool uses the same hack as the tool Chronic released recently, though Geohot is credited as being the first to discover it.
Last week the Dev Team released an update to their PwnageTool for the Mac which now jailbreaks all OS 3.1 devices. Today it was announced that a Windows jailbreak is also on its way from another source. Project sn0wbreeze is a new jailbreaking tool for Windows users currently in the works from ih8sn0w and DarkMalloc that will serve as a Pwnage Tool substitute on Windows.
Maybe there's still something to be said for jailbreaking after all. According to The Unofficial Apple Weblog, the following footage of SmartScreen, an app that lets you add and use widgets on your iPhone lock screen, has been released:
Pinch Media, provider of analytics services for advertisers on iPhone applications, somewhere around 8.43% of all iPhone users out there are using jailbroken iPhones. This number has gone up a little since last week, when it was at around 8%. It is possible that this may be related to the banning of Google Voice applications, but a solid correlation hasn't been proven yet.
The iPhone Dev Team informed users of their jailbreaking software that redsn0w should continue to work with iPhone OS 3.0.1 that was released yesterday, the only difference being: "when redsn0w asks you to identify the IPSW used, point it at the 3.0 IPSW instead of the 3.0.1 one. After the jailbreak, reinstall ultrasn0w 0.9 if you need the unlock."
After Apple's claim yesterday that the legalization of jailbreaking could potentially aid drug dealers and cell network hackers, we guessed the EFF would probably have something to say about it. Today they said it in a statement that rebutted Apple's claims, describing it as less than "a hill of beans."
Apple has responded to questions submitted to them from the Copyright Office concerning a proposed DCMA exemption for jailbreaking iPhones proposed by the EFF. Apple claims that not only is the iPhone's DRM a crucial part of their business model, but it also that jailbreaking could actually help facilitate drug dealers and crash cell towers.
If you're using a jailbroken or unlocked iPhone, you might want to think twice about sending anything over AIM that you don't want everyone to see. Equinux founder Till Schadde has found a bug that may be sending your AIM messages to random recipients without you ever knowing it.