The iPhone Dev Team has released a new version of RedSn0w that jailbreaks the iPhone 3GS, as well as 2G, 3G, and iPod touch 2 on OS 3.0. It runs on both Windows and Mac, and has the same instructions for each as previous versions. The problems with Icy and Cydia have allegedly been resolved, and Ultrasn0w should work on the 3GS after you jailbreak with RedSn0w. Mobile Substrate and Winterboard are also now working on the 3GS. BigBoss is hosting the files here: Windows, Mac.
Thanks to the combined efforts of AriX and westbaer, they are releasing a version of GeoHot's purplera1n jailbreak for the 3GS for the Mac. Both Windows and Mac versions have also received payload stability improvements, updating the the Windows version from RC2 to RC2a (although there's no reason to use it if you already have RC2 installed). You can get both the Mac version and the new Windows version at purplera1n.com.
Geohot has updated his purplera1n jailbreak for the iPhone 3GS, which adds the following: support for Vista, Windows 7, International, and 64-bit; Less flakiness in the payload; Cydia tar cleaned up; Improved logging with slightly more useful errors; New kernel patches, codesign errors gone. Props posixninja; and Added vm_map +x, passed vm_check. He added that it will be up to Saurik to add support for winterboard. You can download the new purplera1n here, and get instructions here.
In response to the Dev Team's decision to wait until OS 3.1 to release a jailbreak for the iPhone 3GS, George Hotz, aka Geohot, has released his own jailbreaking tool for the iPhone 3GS called purplera1n, as he announced on his site. Right now it's only for Windows, but he says a Mac version is next on his list. It's still in beta, and many of the comments on his website are from people experiencing issues like frozen iPhones and compatibility problems with Vista, but an equal number of comments say it works just fine.
The iPhone Dev Team has posted a notice for iPhone 3GS owners hoping to jailbreak. A jailbreak will be released relatively soon, they say, but certain files will be needed. They have a new, more reliable method for obtaining these files, but it will only work if you do it before Apple releases another update and if you don't have the OS 3.1 beta. It should also be noted that this method may update you to the 3.1 beta if it's on your computer, which would remove your chances of using Ultrasn0w in the future.
George Hotz, better known as GeoHot, the guy responsible for the hardware unlock of the original iPhone, has discovered what may be a jailbreak for the iPhone 3G S. He left out the juicy details, but he did post a screenshot showing what looks like a custom command in iBoot (after the break).
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.
The team at Ripdev has updated their iPhone theme installer Icy to version 1.4.1, adding several updates focusing on OS 3.0 compatability. The new version of Icy can be downloaded and installed for free using either Cydia with the http://apt.ripdev.com source or in Installer under the System category. You can learn more about Icy here. Full changes list after the break.
Keeping with their track record of unpopular App Store approval decisions, Apple has rejected an update to the NIN: Access app. Allegedly, it was rejected due to the presence of profane language in the song "The Downward Spiral", which is available on the app. Not surprisingly, Trent Reznor is pissed, and he's given them a public piece of his mind on the NIN forums, threatening to go to the jailbreak side if they don't allow it through.
The Electronic Frontier Foundation is set to square off against Apple's VP of iPod and iPhone product marketing today in a courtroom in Palo Alto, California. They will be attempting to make their case to the Copyright Office that an exception should be made to DCMA law to make the process and act of jailbreaking an iPhone or iPod touch legal.