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  • purplera1n for Mac Released - Jailbreak your iPhone 3GS


    purplera1n, Geohot's iPhone 3GS jailbreak solution, is now available in Mac flavor, thanks to AriX and westbaer.

    Seems to work smooth, although the same issues still apply as with the Windows version of pureplera1n - namely WinterBoard not working.

    Here's how to use the tool:

    Go to purplera1n.com, and click the Mac logo to download the tool. Make sure your iPhone 3GS is connected to your computer.

    Unzip the program if your browser didn't already for you, and double-click the purplera1n icon to launch the app.

    (Note: this is Intel only. PPC folks will be greeted with this pretty message: )





    Press the button that says Make it ra1n!



    purplera1n will let you know its waiting for your iPhone. The iPhone will go into recovery mode while this is happening.



    You'll see the modest geohot's image on your iPhone.



    Assuming all goes well, within a minute or two you should see the Done! Wait... message in purplera1n.



    After the iPhone boots, it will have a new app called Freeze with a white icon.



    Open Freeze and tap 'Install Cydia'. It will now download and install the package and then clean the installation. Wait till it says 'Finished!' and then just exit to home screen. If you still don't have cydia, reboot the phone and use freeze again.





    Your iPhone 3GS is now jailbroken with Cydia installed!



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    This article was originally published in forum thread: purplera1n for Mac Released - Jailbreak your iPhone 3GS started by Kyle Matthews View original post
    Comments 208 Comments
    1. exNavy's Avatar
      exNavy -
      Quote Originally Posted by tattoojack View Post
      So the only method to "hacktivate" for tmobile is still to pop in an at prepaid card?
      You dont' even need an AT&T card to hacktivate.

      Just purplera1n, then get the hacktivated lockdownd file, then use DiskAid to put into usr/libexec and off you go.

      I just put up a guide for this method too.
    1. barnettebw's Avatar
      barnettebw -
      If you "restore" your phone by going into iTunes and clicking restore and reinstall the firmware from Apple's servers, then you will lose both your jailbreak and unlock. You can maintain all of your data from the pre-jailbroken state, though, since Purplera1n patches the firmware rather than making a custom IPSW and installing it. It's a very short process that leaves your iPhone with all data it had prior to the jailbreak (text messages, contacts, email accounts, etc.). So if your question is to ask if you need to "restore from backup" in iTunes, this is not necessary. I have not tried this, but it should work (not that you'd need to).

      Yes. This was an issue with the pre-jailbroken software as well. It is a known bug and Apple is supposedly working on it for the 3.1 release. For me at least, the problem seems to manifest after you delete an App Store app and reboot the phone, though I have heard of other ways to trigger the bug as well. I've had no troubles with it so long as I do not delete App Store apps directly from the phone. You can delete unwanted apps directly from iTunes by unchecking their checkbox.

      Apple's advice to remedy the issue is to restore the device's firmware and resync from backup. By this method, you will not lose any application data. Alternatively, you can stop syncing apps from the Applications tab in iTunes, then resync the apps. This will cause you to LOSE all application data, however. This is why they recommend restoring the device. After the restore you can jailbreak.
    1. Earendil's Avatar
      Earendil -
      Quote Originally Posted by jamriman View Post
      Also Cyntak throws you into safe mode. I cant get Vibrus 3G to work right either. BTW I installed Ultrasn0w but didnt reactivate. Is there a way to know if it worked? Thanks!
      NetaTalk works fine so far.

      Is there an ongoing list being made of what works & what doesn't? We shouldn't all have to feel our way along independently.
    1. chesleyn's Avatar
      chesleyn -
      Hi, where did you get a dock that supports the 3gs!??!?
    1. win1fight2's Avatar
      win1fight2 -
      Has anybody lost vibrate since jailbreak? Any suggestion on getting it back?
      Thanx
    1. xserve2's Avatar
      xserve2 -
      I am on 3.1 Beta so I guess that means its not working on 3.1?
    1. feidhlim1986's Avatar
      feidhlim1986 -
      Quote Originally Posted by barnettebw View Post
      If you "restore" your phone by going into iTunes and clicking restore and reinstall the firmware from Apple's servers, then you will lose both your jailbreak and unlock. You can maintain all of your data from the pre-jailbroken state, though, since Purplera1n patches the firmware rather than making a custom IPSW and installing it. It's a very short process that leaves your iPhone with all data it had prior to the jailbreak (text messages, contacts, email accounts, etc.). So if your question is to ask if you need to "restore from backup" in iTunes, this is not necessary. I have not tried this, but it should work (not that you'd need to).

      Yes. This was an issue with the pre-jailbroken software as well. It is a known bug and Apple is supposedly working on it for the 3.1 release. For me at least, the problem seems to manifest after you delete an App Store app and reboot the phone, though I have heard of other ways to trigger the bug as well. I've had no troubles with it so long as I do not delete App Store apps directly from the phone. You can delete unwanted apps directly from iTunes by unchecking their checkbox.

      Apple's advice to remedy the issue is to restore the device's firmware and resync from backup. By this method, you will not lose any application data. Alternatively, you can stop syncing apps from the Applications tab in iTunes, then resync the apps. This will cause you to LOSE all application data, however. This is why they recommend restoring the device. After the restore you can jailbreak.
      Thanks for all that info. What I was hoping would work is, unlock using Ultrasnow and then restore (not from backup) and keep the unlock. Cos I dont need or want to be jailbroken, I just want to be unlocked. I can activate without Purplerain.
    1. nisarg64's Avatar
      nisarg64 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Poseidon79 View Post
      mobilesubstrate works great on my 3GS, I have about 15 or so dependent apps installed.



      Try this... might work..

      http://www.modmyi.com/forums/t-mobil...-tutorial.html
      do you have tricker threeG working as well with that tweak? if you do dude you're the man that is the main thing that i'm trying to get to work but apparently no luck with it but if that's the process you're saying that works it'll be awesome.

      p.s. if i have official carrier do I need to use "hacktivation" or no ?
    1. hozay09's Avatar
      hozay09 -
      Can anyone confirm if internet access is required? I'm currently using my iPhone 3Gs to tether my laptop because I just moved into my new house therefore I have no internetz.
    1. tril0bit's Avatar
      tril0bit -
      Hey guys, here's my situation: legit activated 3GS, I have run both Mac and Windows Purplera1ns+Freezes multiple times, however Cydia crashes out immediately every time. I've rebooted the phone, rejailbroken over and over, no luck. Any ideas?
    1. SirDude's Avatar
      SirDude -
      Quote Originally Posted by tril0bit View Post
      Hey guys, here's my situation: legit activated 3GS, I have run both Mac and Windows Purplera1ns+Freezes multiple times, however Cydia crashes out immediately every time. I've rebooted the phone, rejailbroken over and over, no luck. Any ideas?
      amazing job worked like a charm to JB it. had to run freeze twice, and after running cydia it kept crashing the phone and put it into safe recovery mode all the time, am back on the restore. waiting on a more set method that is not in beta...
      again geohot amazing job and coming out with this so soon!
    1. rel1215's Avatar
      rel1215 -
      anyone see the wall st journal article on chronic dev and the iphone 3gs jailbreak.........decent read.

      How I Spent My Summer: Hacking Into iPhones With Friends - WSJ.com



      well done guys.....getting my 3gs the second winterboard and a few others are working on the 3gs......anyone know if mquickdo works.....its become my must have app paired with backgrounder.
    1. gman8966's Avatar
      gman8966 -
      Quote Originally Posted by win1fight2 View Post
      Has anybody lost vibrate since jailbreak? Any suggestion on getting it back?
      Thanx
      I have lost vibrate as well, I posted a couple pages back and had the same problem. JB mine yesterday and have had the problem since, can't figure out how to get it back. VIbrate doesn't work with anything.
    1. rellim07's Avatar
      rellim07 -
      does anybody know when winterboard will work.
    1. vwown3d's Avatar
      vwown3d -
      Only Jesus knows....

      Can someone point me to using cyberduck. I used it on my 2g but an unfamiliar with the 3g...

      thanks
    1. arich's Avatar
      arich -
      The file system is the same on the 3G. What kind of problem are you having?
    1. barnettebw's Avatar
      barnettebw -
      Quote Originally Posted by chesleyn View Post
      Hi, where did you get a dock that supports the 3gs!??!?
      An iPhone 3G docks fits fine as the 3GS has the same dimensions as the 3G. You can pick one up at an Apple Store. I've also seen them at WalMart.

      Quote Originally Posted by feidhlim1986 View Post
      Thanks for all that info. What I was hoping would work is, unlock using Ultrasnow and then restore (not from backup) and keep the unlock. Cos I dont need or want to be jailbroken, I just want to be unlocked. I can activate without Purplerain.
      Sorry, as of now there is no way to unlock without also having a jailbreak.
    1. bmp06gti's Avatar
      bmp06gti -
      This jailbreak is weak. You can't even use winterboard, purplerain is useless. F this software
    1. chakraj's Avatar
      chakraj -
      I can no longer use app store. is this a common problem? I have read a few pages and heard no reference.

      OK I had a program installed that was causing a mobile sub. problem so I uninstalled that (TRICKER3G) and now APP store works again..
    1. dharmesh0506's Avatar
      dharmesh0506 -
      I had a jailbroken phone (2G). I downloaded the OS3.0 legally now. Now to install Cydia, I need to "JAILBREAK" the phone. What does JAILBREAK mean? what is the advantage / disadvantage of the same?