Greenpois0n Release Delayed

The Chronic Dev Team has confirmed that their jailbreak tool, Greenpois0n, will indeed be delayed in order to port Geohot’s limera1n exploit.

Following Geohot’s controversial release of his jailbreaking tool limera1n, the Chronic Dev Team has announced that greenpois0n will be delayed to port the exploit used in limera1n. While this will push the release date back, it will ensure that two exploits aren’t used at one time and (hopefully) will stop Apple from patching the SHAtter exploit.

Keeping the SHAtter exploit under wraps will allow it to affect more devices in the future, since it uses the Apple A4 chip powering the iPad, iPhone 4, and iPod touch 4. In a year, or six months, there should be more devices out using the A4 chip, which hopefully means that they will also be pwned4life. Whether you agree with Geohot’s brash decision, this is probably best for all current and future end users interested in jailbreaking and modifying their iDevice.

[Chronic Dev Team blog]

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Limera1n Released

limera1n, 6 months in the making
iPhone 3GS, iPod Touch 3G, iPad, iPhone 4, iPod Touch 4G
4.0-4.1 and beyond+++
limera1n is unpatchable
untethered thanks to jailbreakme star comex
released today to get chronicdev to do the right thing
brought to you by geohot
Mac and Linux coming soon
follow the instructions in the box, sadly limera1n isn’t one click
that’s the price of unpatchability
as usual, donations appreciated but not required
still in beta, pardon my ragged edges
zero pictures of my face

Geohot just released Limera1n, to get Chronic Dev to “do the right thing”. It is currently only available for Windows with Mac and Linux support coming soon.

Chronic already aren’t happy and it seems Geohot is using an unstable untether.

geohot is using an unstable untether very much against the wishes of @comex @iphone_dev and @chronicdevteam

To get it go to http://www.limera1n.com

UPDATE:

The website now says “Download link pending discussion” perhaps Geohot is conversing with Chronic Dev? More updates as the story goes.

Geohot has said in IRC NOT to use the beta, and beta 2 is coming in 5 minutes. Reports are coming from users that it is failing on MC models.

irc.osx86.hu #iOS

UPDATE 2:

The link is back up (now beta 2)! With comex giving his approval of Geohot using it… to a degree.

Fine, geohot’s release now has my approval, because otherwise everyone would use the initial (pulled) broken version.  Ugh.

UPDATE 3:

MuscleNerd has confirmed SHAtter will be held back

SHAtter will be held back now, so it’s not the worst possible scenario.  Who knows, maybe SHAtter can even be improved

Geohot has also said to expect a Mac version tomorrow.

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NYT Backs Up the WSJ’s Verizon iPhone Claims

Just two days ago, the Wall Street Journal published an article stating that Verizon would be getting the iPhone in 2011. They even updated their report the next day to make their claim even less obscure. If this wasn’t enough to convince you, the New York Time has just published an article of their own, confirming the Journal’s report.

After more than three years of using only AT&T cellphone networks, Apple is now making a version of the iPhone 4 for Verizon’s network, according to a person who is in direct contact with Apple. Apple and Verizon will begin selling the phone early next year, said the person, who agreed to speak on condition of anonymity because the plans were supposed to be confidential and he did not want to alienate his contacts at Apple.

At this point, the chances of Big Red getting the iPhone are greater than not, and the question is really “what will it be like?” We know Verizon has been beefing up their 4g network, but Apple may choose to stick with 3g to keep the hardware as similar as possible – and not alienate AT&T users. Considering the trouble Apple went through with Antennagate, it would be wise of them to do a major design overhaul, and perhaps introduce different form factors. (As some rumors claim they will.)

How many Touch Fans will be switching from AT&T – or any other network – once Verizon gets the iPhone?

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Rumor: Geohot Returning with Limera1n

This is all based on extreme speculation, but there is a rumor going around that Geohot is making a comeback with a jailbreak called limera1n, which will supposedly work on all iDevices. This sounds wonderful since it will liberate 3rd generation devices (which have remained resilient to the current exploits), but according to Will Straface, a limera1n release will ‘use up’ the exploit they planned to use for 5th gen devices.

@cdevwill

To clarify for those that don’t get it, if geohot releases this, it makes a perfectly good method for jb’ing iPhone / iPod 5th gen go away.

[7:45pm] geohot: eh, i’ll just steal your exploit [7:45pm] geohot: and beat you to the release

The rumor started when the Limera1n.com splash-screen redirected to an image displaying a slew of ‘limed devices, and the Twitterverse seems to believe that it will be released on 10/11, the day after greenpois0n’s ETA.

Would you trade a possible 5th generation device exploit for the ability to jailbreak every current iDevice? Personally, I don’t think it’s worth it.

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Apple Pushing for iTunes Subscription Service

According to the New York Post, Apple is gearing up to start a subscription-based music service which would run users $10-15 per month – an alternative to the current $.99 per song option. With a subscription service, users would only get to keep the content for as long as they pay the monthly fee, so it’s definitely not for everyone.

One source said the service could have tiered pricing ranging from $10 to $15, although there are issues to be ironed out, including how much music would be included in each tier and how long consumers would be able to access that content.

There have also been rumors that Microsoft will integrate Spotify, a European-only (at the moment) streaming-music service that has been a huge success, into Windows Phone 7. Spotify has been trying to get US approval for months, but is being held up by record labels who don’t agree with the terms. Apparently, Apple has also been leveraging it’s weight with the music industry to block Spotify in the states. If Spotify is successfully barred from the US, it would give iTunes a leading edge in the streaming media space.

This would coincide with the reports of Apple building a datacenter in North Carolina, and considering that Apple has already moved from local to streaming video content, a cloud-based iTunes service is very likely.

[New York Post]

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Redsn0w 9.6b1 Released

The Dev-Team has updated redsn0w to 9.6b1, with both a Windows and OS X client.

We’ve released a beta version of redsn0w for the iPhone3G and iPod Touch 2G at FW 4.1 or 4.0.  It uses the same pwnage2 DFU-mode exploit that we’ve been using since the 2.x days.  It does not include the SHAtter exploit developed by pod2g.  Nothing new is revealed to Apple with this jailbreak.

If you use the ultrasn0w unlock, please wait for pwnagetool to support 4.1.  Do not use redsn0w. That’s because to use redsn0w at 4.1, you need to already have updated to official 4.1 from Apple.  If you do that, you lose the ultrasn0w unlock (possibly forever).

Note: if you have an “MC” model of the ipt2g, your 4.1 jailbreak will be tethered…sorry!  (Consider rolling back to a FW supported by jailbreakme.com or spiritjb.com)

If you have any questions or problems, check out MuscleNerd’s Twitter feed (but please, don’t spam him), or read through the thread comments.

[Dev-Team Blog]

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Microsoft and Adobe Tag-Teaming Against Apple?

The New York Times is reporting that the CEO of Microsoft, Steve Ballmer, and the CEO of Adobe, Shantanu Narayen, met up for a secret meeting discussing tactics to take down Apple as the leader in the mobile phone market.

The meeting, which lasted more than an hour, covered a number of topics, but one of the main thrusts of the discussion was Apple and its control of the mobile phone market and how the two companies could team up in the battle against Apple. A possible acquisition of Adobe by Microsoft were among the options.

The source claims that Microsoft is looking to acquire Adobe, but considering how Apple just flat-out doesn’t want Flash on iOS (in its current buggy state, at least), I fail to see how this plan would significantly effect Apple. Even if the partnership would allow Windows Phone 7 to have baked-in Flash goodness, it would do little to entice users to switch to the platform – considering the rise in HTML5 webapps and video.

The fact that the two tech giants met up shows that they are very worried about Apple’s current power-position, and are willing to do something radical to stop them. What does this mean for end users? That both sides will be creating better, more advanced, and innovative products in attempt to best each other. A win-win situation.

[The New York Times]

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Greenpois0n Release Date Set: Sunday

Huzzah! The team behind greenpois0n has just set a pretty firm release date for the long awaited jailbreak.

@p0sixninja Things have progressed to the point where we don’t expect anymore roadblocks. ETA for greenpois0n is 10/10/10 at 10:10:10AM

@chpwn

Please note that an ETA is, by definition, an estimate. There may still be delays, although we will try for there not to be any.

Most excellent. Thats 10:10 AM GMT, 6:10 EST, 5:10 CDT, and 3:10 PDT. Wolfram Alpha can convert it easily if you’re wondering when it will be in your time zone.

The SHAtter exploit used in this jailbreak will most likely “pwn4life” all current 4th-gen iDevices (plus the iPad), meaning that no future software update will be able to patch the hole. It’s unknown whether it will be tethered/untethered (it’s a surprise, which is probably a good thing), but as soon as the details are made public, I’ll update this post.

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Update: WSJ on the Verizon iPhone

Just a quick update to quell the naysayers: The Wall Street Journal, who published the report of Verizon selling the iPhone in 2011 yesterday, has changed the wording on the opening paragraph of the article. Previously, it was a bit vauge, only saying that the CDMA phone would “allow” Verizon to sell the smartphone. The revised phrasing removes any doubt over what the report is implying, and makes it quite clear that the WSJ believes that Verizon will get the iPhone.

AT&T Inc. is about to lose its lock on the iPhone.

Apple Inc. is making a version of its iPhone that Verizon Wireless will sell early next year, according to people familiar with the matter, ending an exclusive deal with AT&T and sharpening the competition with Google Inc.-based phones.

There you have it.

[Wall Street Journal]

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Apple to Start Blogging?

According to Gawker, Apple held a not-so-secretive meeting with TechCrunch writer Greg Kumparak, and handed him a coveted job offer packet. This could mean that Apple wants to start up a blog of their own to get in touch with users. Don’t get too excited though, an Apple blog would probably be centered around products, not Steve’s love life.

I’m at a restaurant/brewery called BJ’s in Cupertino, which is pretty much right outside Apple HQ’s front door. About one hour ago, three Apple employees came in. You can always tell because of the badges they wear on those extending cable things… What was weird was who joined them: Greg Kumparak, who writes for TechCrunch. Recognized him from his videos.

I could not hear what was going on, but about 10 minutes into the meal one of the Apple employees handed him a folder with an Apple logo on it. From what i’ve seen before, I’m almost certain this was an offer packet. They spent about 30 minutes talking about it. I could be wrong, but it really looked like Apple was trying to court him for a job.

Twitter, Facebook, and blogs are used by many companies to spread news about products, and seem more “likable” (though sometimes unsuccessfully), but Apple doesn’t really have a problem in the public relations department; they are one of the most-loved companies in the world. So what would they use it for? Well, I can’t imagine Apple posting about upcoming product releases, they are much too secretive for that. It would most likely be used to pump out information about featured applications on the App Store, enhancements to desktop software, or minor hardware updates to their product line. Commenting on speculation is also not Apple’s style, so there’s little chance that an official Apple blog would be used to squelch rumors on future product releases.

An official Apple blog could be a nice addition to the internet, and may be a great way for Apple to become more personal and get in contact with users through more than just 3-word emails.

[Gawker]

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