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    IPOD TOUCH / IPHONE FAQ (c)
    A n o n y m o u s l y a n o n y m o u s​



    OUTCOMES

    This FAQ/Reference will assist in the development of knowledge and understanding of the purposes and effects; the ways in which jailbreaking, unlocking, etc shape meaning and potential in a variety of iPod devices.


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    INTRODUCTION


    You have an iPhone or iPod Touch. You’d like to hack it or unleash its full potential, but you’re not sure where to start. You’re not sure what’ll work with your computer, your device, and what won’t. Is Apple OK with this? Is it illegal? Will apple release a third party program system? After this FAQ/Bible list, you’ll be able to make a final decision on how to hack your unit or whether or not you’ll hack it at all.

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    WHAT? and WHY?


    Why would I want to hack my iPod Touch or iPhone?

    When Apple first released the iPhone and then the iPod Touch, the company also released a method for third-parties to create applications for the devices. The apps wouldn’t run on the units themselves, but rather one would use Safari on the mobile device to access web sites that would perform basic functions such as simple games, dictionaries, etc. In the end, it wasn’t really software but rather simple web sites, or web apps, designed to work with the iPhone and iPod Touch.

    Users worldwide were not OK with this. They wanted to run other programs on the devices other than those supplied by Apple. They also wanted the convenience of not needing a wifi connection to access these 'softwares'. As a result, they figured out a way to install their own programs, allowing users to run programs like Instant Messaging clients, complex games, interactive fiction, and customization apps used to change the look and feel of the Springboard.

    What is the SpringBoard?

    The SpringBoard typically refers to the homescreen of your iPod Touch or iPhone. More accurately, the SpringBoard is the program that allows you to launch applications from the homescreen.

    Why would I not want to hack my iPod Touch or iPhone?

    The main reason users choose not to hack their units is because they’re satisfied with their devices as they are. If you see no reason in hacking your unit, why go through the effort? Besides, Apple already has an official third-party app delivery system called the AppStore (but you may not be happy with the idea of paying for the various applications released through this system or even the restrictions Apple will place in the applications that are allowed to be released).

    Is it illegal to hack the iPod Touch or iPhone?

    Hacking the iPod Touch is not illegal. While Apple would like to make you think it is illegal, it is not, and it is impossible to get in any legal trouble for hacking it. You and Apple made an exchange. You gave Apple $400 and they gave you an iPod. It is officially yours and you can do whatever you want with it.

    It is illegal to post copyrighted code, such as the operating system of the iPod Touch and the iPhone, on the Internet. But you won’t be doing that if you choose to hack your device.

    Will this void the iPod Touch / iPhone warranty?

    Technically speaking, the warranty is void if you perform any modifications to your device, however, since a full restore through iTunes would erase all tracks of your modifications, Apple would not know whether you have performed any of these jailbreaking methods. In this sense, jailbreaking or modifying your device would not void your warranty as long as you perform a full restore before sending your device back to an Apple store, etc.

    You speak about the iPod Touch and iPhone as if they were the same device or at least very, very similar. What’s the deal with that?

    The iPod Touch and the iPhone are very, very similar. They use the same operating system and very similar software. As a result, the main differences between the two are the hardware differences. The iPod Touch is essentially a phone-less, Bluetooth-less, iPhone.

    Do the same hacks work with both the iPod Touch and the iPhone?

    Yes, but not really. Some hacks have to be tweaked to work with on both devices. Since the iPhone came out a few months before the iPod Touch, hacks existed for versions of earlier firmwares for the iPhone. The latest and greatest iPhone and iPod Touch hacks are all designed or have been upgraded to at least 1.1.5 firmware. As a result, should you choose to hack your unit, you should hold off on updating your device if Apple releases an update to another firmware. Once the firmware is tested with hacking community and it has been deemed safe to upgrade, then you can upgrade with a specific method provided.

    So upgrades can mess up the hacks on my iPod Touch or iPhone?

    Yes, they can. Although, if you stick to software hacks, anything you do to your unit is repairable through the iTunes firmware restore feature. iTunes, at any moment, can restore your iPod Touch or iPhone to its factory state (however, losing all data saved on the device). As stated above, if you Apple releases an update for your device, hold off on updating until the latest firmware has been tested and approved by the hacking community.

    Keep in mind, that when the term “hacks” is used, It is referring to unlocking services for the iPhone or iPod touch. That is a separate issue that will be addressed somewhere down the list.

    How can I restore my iPod Touch or iPhone should something go wrong?

    Connect your device to your computer via the included USB cable. Open iTunes, click on the iPod or iPhone icon on the left, and click the big restore button somewhere towards the middle of the application. After a short period of time, your device will return to its factory settings.

    Unlocking services is a different thing altogether which can potentially cause changes in your iPhone that a restore cannot reverse. As a result, when firmware updates disable the phone functions of an iPhone, the hacking community can generally figure out a way to restore your iPhone to its true factory state.

    Note: Sometimes a firmware upgrade may prohibit you from restore to a previous firmware, in this case, you may need to turn your iPod Touch into recovery mode in which you can restore to any firmware (useful when downgrading) [see below].

    What if the restore button within iTunes does not work or gives me some sort of error?

    In some rare circumstances, the restore feature within iTunes may not be able to restore your iPod Touch in which case you will need to turn your iPod touch / iPhone into recovery mode.

    Recovery Mode:

    1. Connect your device to your computer through the USB cable and open up iTunes.
    2. Press and hold both the Hold and Home physical buttons simultaneously until the screen turns off (appears to be black). (Your iPod touch should also disappear from iTunes)
    3. Release the Hold button whilst still holding the Home button until your device pops back in iTunes.

    iTunes will then detect your iPod touch in recovery mode and ask you to restore it (restore it as usual)

    Does Apple purposely disable software hacks and unlocks with firmware updates?

    That’s a good question, and a lot of us would like to know the answer to that. Apple has made statements saying they won’t purposefully disable hacks and unlocks with firmware updates, and the company has also warned users that hacks and unlocks will probably get disabled with future updates.

    This is a very gray area as Apple has a partnership with AT&T and various carriers around the world to keep locked handsets in the wild. AT&T and others pay Apple for every iPhone that is activated with their service, so it would make sense for Apple to try to stop unlockers from disrupting its revenue.

    Apple announced that it will release an official software development kit for the iPhone/Touch platform for third-party developers in February. Many are suspicious that Apple will force third-party developers into a closed system, requiring all third-party developers to get their apps approved by Apple. If Apple chooses to sell those apps through iTunes, it could see the free third-party apps out today as a threat to app sale revenue through iTunes. As a result, it would make sense for Apple to try to stop hacks in future updates.

    So Apple is going to ditch the web app concept for true third-party apps?

    Apple is not going to ditch the use of web apps. They will continue to support them along with their 3rd party app system the AppStore.

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    JAILBREAKING


    What exactly is jailbreaking?

    Jailbreaking refers to breaking the iPod Touch and iPhone free from the clutches of Apple. In other words, gaining read/write access to the devices in order to install your own programs.

    What exactly is unlocking?

    If you unlock your iPhone, you can use the services of various GSM based carriers around the world.


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    WHAT TO DO?

    After having all my questions answered, I’d like to hack and/or unlock my unit. What do I have to do?

    If you have a Mac or PC, the automated jailbreak methods for both the iPhone and iPod Touch can be found in this forum (just search) or you could scroll down this FAQ for a jailbreaking summary for each firmware.

    Note: Scroll Down for a summary of all the jailbreaks available.

    How do I unlock my iPhone?

    To unlock your iPhone (1st Generation), you will have to use Pwnage (Mac) or WinPWN (Windows) and follow the instructions. You will also have to download the Dev Team's official Bootneuter app which will unlock your iPhone.

    For iPhone 3G, visit the Dev Team's Tutorial.

    OK, I jailbreaked my device. Now what?

    Now you can run unlock software on your iPhone, and you can install and run third party apps.

    If you went through with one of the automatic jailbreak methods above, you should see a program called "Cydia" or “Installer” on your SpringBoard, AKA homescreen. Through Cydia/Installer, you can choose to download and install various free programs, utilities, and games. Simply click on a program, and it’ll install it on your device. The next time you visit your homescreen, you should see an icon for the app you installed. Cydia/Installer can also uninstall apps, update apps, and notify you when an update is available for an app you installed.

    Note: Some system software have to be installed first such as BSD subsystem in order for most applications to run and/or work.

    In order to see more apps, make sure you install “Community Resources”. Resources provide Cydia/Installer with information of databases of third-party apps.

    Furthermore, some apps require certain components in order to work. If you have Cydia installed, this will not concern you.

    Although most apps in Cydia/Installer will work on both devices, some are targeted at specific firmwares, and some won’t work at all on the iPod Touch due to hardware limitations such as a phone antenna.

    iPodTouchMaster05 Youtube video guides is an excellent source for all sorts of tutorials for modding the iPod Touch / iPhone. You can find the list of guides here.

    How can I connect to my jailbroken iPod touch / iPhone and access its files (e.g. disk mode)?

    Since the iPod touch and iPhone flash memory is formated to a different filesystem format, Apple has essentially prevented users to access these device's files. Nevertheless, there are still two methods by which you can access your device's filesystem and make changes.

    WINDOWS AND MAC COMPATIBLE
    If you have installed SSH on your iPod Touch / iPhone, then you can use a SSH client such as WinSCP to access its filesystem or input commands through a terminal. However, this requires you to connect to your device through wifi which means you need to have a local wifi connection that is connected to your computer. More details...

    MAC ONLY

    ~ DiskAid. Completely free applicationi that allows USB transfers of files, etc. More Details...

    WINDOWS ONLY
    If you do not have a wifi connection available, you can still edit/access the filesystem through the USB cable provided by apple, (however, you will not be able to input commands as you would through terminal). Currently these two softwares do the job pretty well.

    [The following software all require iTunes (at least 7.3 installed) and NET 2.0 Framework installed] ~ Total Commander with t-pot plugin. (Only has a one month free trial after which you have to pay for a full license.) Currently fastest client to transfer through USB (up to 4GB tranfer at a time). More Details...

    ~ iPhonebrowser. (Free software) Significantly slower transfer speeds compared to t-pot. More details...

    ~ iPhoneList. (Free software)
    Significantly slower transfer speeds compared to t-pot. More details...

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    FURTHER QUESTIONS

    I have more questions about hacking my mobile Apple product. Where can I get answers?

    Search the forums, most of the time someone else has already asked that question and most likely that question has already been answered.

    Otherwise, Search it on Google - it's a wonderful tool.

    Or... if you still can't find answers, posting a question in the right section may also work.

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    IPOD TOUCH / IPHONE TERMINOLOGY

    ~ Chmod: refers to changing the permission of a file (e.g. to 755).

    ~ SSH: SSH stands for Secure Shell. It allows you to connect to your iPod Touch or iPhone over a WiFi connection using a SSH client such as Putty. Through SSH,
    you can access your iPhone / iPod Touch's file system or input commands as you would through terminal.

    ~ PWN: refers to unlocking your iPhone or iPod Touch to allow unsigned code to be run. Essentially, its purpose is to allow your device to be restored to a pre-jailbroken (pre-unlocked and pre-activated for you iPhone users) firmware file.

    ~ iPT: acronym for iPod touch.


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    CURRENT JAILBREAKING METHODS SUMMARY

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    Firmware 1.1.1 - Visit "jailbreakme.com' on safari for an automated jailbreak.

    Firmware 1.1.2 - In order to jailbreak 1.1.2 you need to downgrade to 1.1.1 and jailbreak using the "jailbreakme.com" method then installing "oktoprep" in installer.

    Then you can hold <shift> and press the update button (NOT restore) within iTunes and choose the 1.1.2 firmware.

    After you have updated your firmware to 1.1.2, make sure your iPod touch / iPhone is still connected to your computer. Make sure you end all processors that are related to iTunes such as "appledevice..." (this will ensure a successful jailbreak that will work will even work with iTunes 7.6).

    Finally, download the following zip file here and unzip it to a folder on your desktop. For Windows users, run the .bat cmd file which will start the jailbreak.jar file and start the process.More details...

    Firmware 1.1.3 -

    Works for all memory capacities of the iPhone and iPod Touch.

    ~ Download ZiPhone and jailbreak through the application. More details...

    ~ Alternatively, if ZiPhone is not the best solution for you, you could try iLiberty+ which does the same thing.

    Firmware 1.1.4 -

    Works for all memory capacities of the iPhone and iPod Touch.

    ~ Download ZiPhone and jailbreak through the application. More details...

    ~ Alternatively, if ZiPhone is not the best solution for you, you could try iLiberty+ which does the same thing.

    Firmware 1.1.5 -

    Works for all memory capacities of the iPhone and iPod Touch.

    ~ Download ZiPhone and jailbreak through the application. More details...

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    Firmware 2.0 [Does not work with iPT 2Gen] (Final build: 5A347) -

    You will need to PWN your iPod Touch or iPhone using the Pwnage Tool (or WinPWN for Windows) developed by the Dev Team (WinPWN by cmw).

    After successfully PWNing your device, you will then need to create a customized 2.0 firmware file.

    You will then need to put your device in DFU mode, and restore your device with the customized version of your 2.0 firmware.

    Firmware 2.1 [Does not work with iPT 2Gen] (Final build: 5F137) -

    Download QuickPWN (Mac) or WinPWN (Windows) and use the QuickPWN feature to jailbreak your device that is already restored to 2.1.

    Firmware 2.2.x [iPT 1st & 2nd Gen] -

    Download QuickPWN (Mac) or WinPWN (Windows) and use the QuickPWN feature to jailbreak your device which should already be restored to 2.2.x.

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    Firmware 3.0 (7A341 - Final) [iPT 1st & 2nd Gen] -

    Download iPhone Dev's PwnageTool.

    Firmware 3.1.x [iPT 1st & 2nd Gen] -

    Download iPhone Dev's PwnageTool. More Details...

    Or alternatively, use Blackrain.
    NOTE: This jailbreak works with the iPT 3rd Gen, however, it is currently a tethered jailbreak (meaning whenever you shut down your device, you will have to connect to the computer and jailbreak again to boot up)

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    DISCLAIMER:

    This article is for educational purposes only.
    No part of this publication may be reproduced or used in any way or in any form, by Photostat, microfilm, xerography, photocopy or any means of incorporated into any information retrieval system, electronic or mechanical, without the expression permission of the copyright owner.

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    looks good. you should talk about ssh/sftp and chmod stuff in your terms section.
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    this rocks! thanks.
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    Very very informative post. Should be stickied. I wish i was as smart as you all are.

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    just wanted to say thanks for this. (Rep added)
    Getting my Touch tonight, and it has cleared up alot of stuff for me.
    Thanks alot.
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    Well written, i hope you keep updating
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    thx for the post
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    Might update with the Teathered Jailbreak for iPT 2g 2.2

    Otherwise, awesome thread.
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