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Chicago (IL) – By now we know that iPhone jailbreaking has become a popular challenge among a dedicated developer crowd and freeing the phone from Apple’s chains is a matter of “when”, not “if”. If you have the new iPhone 3GS, you can open up your phone now, less than month after the new model was announced.
The first jailbreaking tool for the iPhone 3GS was released late yesterday by George Holtz, a young developer who also jailbroke the original iPhone. Called “purplera1n”, only Windows XP and Vista users can unlock their iPhone. A Mac version is promised to follow shortly.
While Holtz recommends that a full backup of the phone should be made before running the software, the jailbreaking procedure is simple:
“Connect your iPhone normally. Click “make it ra1n”. Wait. On bootup, run Freeze, the purplera1n installer app. Hopefully you’ll figure out what to do from there. Best tutorial gets linked to from purplera1n site. This tool is beta.”
Holtz indicated that he got impatient with a 3GS jailbreaking tool being made available to the public: “Normally I don’t make tools for the general public, and rather wait for the dev team to do it. But guys, what’s up with waiting until 3.1? That isn’t how the game is played. We release, Apple fixes, we find new holes.”
And he believes that this “game” will be played for a while: “It isn’t worth waiting because you might have the “last” hole in the iPhone. What last hole … this isn’t golf. I’ll find a new one next week.”
The tool can be downloaded free of charge from purplera1n.com.