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  • blackra1n RC2 Released, Tethered Jailbreak for iPhone 3GS


    George (GeoHot) Hotz released version RC2 of his blackra1n "all device" jailbreak tonight. The update fixes a number of issues, and includes a working version of Icy along with Mac support.

    In the initial release, blackra1n jailbroke all iPhones and iPod touches running on iPhone 3.1.2 firmware except for the newer 8GB iPod touches. The update, blackra1n RC2, jailbreaks all iPhone and iPod touches, but the iPod touch and iPhone 3GS running the newer bootrom require tethered jailbreaks, meaning blackra1n must be run each time the iPhone or iPod touch is rebooted. There were a number of issues jailbreaking iPhone 3G devices under the original version which GeoHot claims to have fixed in the new release.

    GeoHot's blog reports the following changes in RC2:
    • Fixed all issues that you might had when jailbreaking iPhone 3G with blackra1n RC1.
    • Tethered jailbreak for 3.1 OOTB iPod touch 8GB and all the new iPhone 3GSs.
    • Fixed Icy issues.
    • Works on both Windows and Mac.
    • If you used RC1 with success, no need to rerun

    Windows and Mac downloads are available at blackra1n.com.

    image via RedmondPie
    This article was originally published in forum thread: blackra1n RC2 Released, Tethered Jailbreak for iPhone 3GS started by Paul Daniel Ash View original post
    Comments 137 Comments
    1. iphonerq's Avatar
      iphonerq -
      Thank you, Geohot

      It's working now on my 3G.
    1. Lefty-44's Avatar
      Lefty-44 -
      for some reason my wifi wasn't working and i kept being prompted to enter my voicemail password. I went into my voicemail settings and turned the notification off and wifi started working...odd
    1. Stobe's Avatar
      Stobe -
      I have newer 3GS, does my iPhone have to be connected to computer when i respring or only when I reboot it? And is there any other downsides then that, I had veryveryvery hard time with blackra1n RC1 and I dont wanna go thru that never again!
    1. chuk12chuk's Avatar
      chuk12chuk -
      This is a sexy jailbreak. Very attractive
    1. emartins's Avatar
      emartins -
      Sorry another noob questions. I understand if you reboot the phone you need to be plugged into a computer. But do you have to use blackra1n again or do I just plug the phone into the computer and then reboot? What happens if you reboot with no computer does it give some kind of message or does it act like a unjailbroken iphone? My sister has the new 3GS so before I do anything I want to make sure I have everything covered. Thanks
    1. slidingmike's Avatar
      slidingmike -
      No support on 10.4
    1. confucious's Avatar
      confucious -
      I'm not sure if it supports 10.4 but it does not support PPCs
    1. kasmas's Avatar
      kasmas -
      I have already tried this on my iphone 3gs 3.1.2 version with 5.11.07 baseband , to be honest its not at all working, and waste of time, we should wait for a real unlock from devteam or geohot or saurik from cydia,i have tried all methods available until now to unlock my iphone butttttttttttt,,,, still using it like a ipod for watching videos and listening to musics, thanks to apple and steve job for the un changeable baseband!!!!!!
    1. CaptainChaos's Avatar
      CaptainChaos -
      ^it is not meant to unlock your phone. It just lets you enjoy the freedom of jailbreaking.
    1. butteroj's Avatar
      butteroj -
      I am using a 3g and could not get rc1 to work at all. RC2 worked first try no probs! Great release!
    1. lkailburn's Avatar
      lkailburn -
      Quote Originally Posted by emartins View Post
      Sorry another noob questions. I understand if you reboot the phone you need to be plugged into a computer. But do you have to use blackra1n again or do I just plug the phone into the computer and then reboot? What happens if you reboot with no computer does it give some kind of message or does it act like a unjailbroken iphone? My sister has the new 3GS so before I do anything I want to make sure I have everything covered. Thanks
      +1 i'd like to know as well.
      and thanks for the release!! I'm scheduled to pick up my new 3gs Oct 31st and am going to mac the att guy dig through the phones and check each serial number. But this way atleast i know that if i can't get one of the older 3gs's i can still atleast tether jailbreak.

      -Luke
    1. rkrasny's Avatar
      rkrasny -
      No disrespect to the dev team (truly) but I manage (for my family) an iphone 2g, 3g, 3gs and an ipod touch 2g. I have used all the quickpwn, pwnage, *snow, and *ra1n jailbreaks at some point for each of these devices. Far and away the easiest are geohot's ra1n JB. For me the achilles heel of all other methods is the rather finicky entering DFU mode with a close second of redsnow unexplained "communication error with the server" crashes.

      I don't mind geohot asking for donations - that's the way it should be - would you prefer he charged for his software (and his hard work)? The dev team's free model is enormously commendable but I am quite reliant on JB for my devices and when apple releases a useful OS update I generally would pay for a reliable and rapid JB method to accompany it.
    1. midgetchick's Avatar
      midgetchick -
      I was able to JB just fine last night. Cydia needed to update (assuming since I havent JB since updating to 3.1. However Rock got stuck trying to install so I rebooted. It hasn't worked since. I've rebooted several times and have tried JB as well. It gets stuck on the geohot pic or gets stuck on the Apple Icon. I've also noticed that it will cycle through & flash a screen too quick for me to figure out what it is then go back to the Apple Icon.

      Can someone PLEASE help? Thanks!
    1. Poseidon79's Avatar
      Poseidon79 -
      You need to restore to 3.1.2 which is the only firmware ra1n works on then rejailbreak.
    1. dordor28's Avatar
      dordor28 -
      Serious problem with Blackrain - Can't restore
      I Can't restore the 3gs anymore!

      tried RC2 on 3GS (simfree) with new bootrom, it booted then after cydia it got stuck.

      when i try to restore to 3.1.2 aftr about 2 minutes, it boots but cydia and rain icons open and close when pressed.
      also, rebooting or shutting off results in going to recovery mode (black), then again itunes restore does the same.

      trying RC2 again just gets stuck in recovery

      pressing or holding any of the buttons does not get it out of recovery mode.

      appreciate expert advice
    1. Poseidon79's Avatar
      Poseidon79 -
      I don't understand your response. You say "when I try to restore to 3.1.2 it boots up and cydia/ra1n won't launch. If you actually restored your phone it wouldn't be jailbroken at all. I would start from scratch.. restore in iTunes to 3.1.2 again.. then re-run ra1n and redownload Cydia only... don't worry about Icy and Rock at all at this point.
    1. midgetchick's Avatar
      midgetchick -
      yeah I already updated to 3.1.2 a few weeks ago. I was trying to avoid restoring because I was dumb & didn't backup some pics I need for work. I'm too impatient & don't have time to go without my phone so I had no choice but to restore. Not sure if I'm trying again later-seems like too much of a hassle.
    1. Alika80's Avatar
      Alika80 -
      Quote Originally Posted by ima80baby View Post
      Everyone was a noob once. If anything, I'm more of a noob because I haven't been keeping up with the jailbreak scene since the beginning of the year.

      Anyways, tethered jailbreak means that every time you reboot the device, you have to be connected to the computer

      This is my first time jailbreaking my 3GS since I got it.

      thanks for the reply.

      so as long as my phone doesnt die or freeze up i'll be ok?

      and if i do need to reboot it, i just have to run blackra1n again hooked to a computer?

      Will i lose all my JB apps or will they be there and just not work?

      sorry for the noobiness again. thanks.
    1. dordor28's Avatar
      dordor28 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Poseidon79 View Post
      I don't understand your response. You say "when I try to restore to 3.1.2 it boots up and cydia/ra1n won't launch. If you actually restored your phone it wouldn't be jailbroken at all. I would start from scratch.. restore in iTunes to 3.1.2 again.. then re-run ra1n and redownload Cydia only... don't worry about Icy and Rock at all at this point.
      that's the problem. i'm no noob, it happened exactly as i described it.
      right now i'm at a point where i can't restore my 3gs on itunes. when i restore i get the white screen, then the apple logo and after a minute it boots to the springboard where the br and cydia are still there (not working)
      trying reset or shut down puts it into recovery mode that only another restore can solve - the same LOOP again.

      i'm guessing something got screwed it the boot sequence

      btw: itunes continues to say "preparing iphone..." until eventually 1604
    1. mahockey's Avatar
      mahockey -
      Quote Originally Posted by Alika80 View Post
      thanks for the reply.

      so as long as my phone doesnt die or freeze up i'll be ok?

      and if i do need to reboot it, i just have to run blackra1n again hooked to a computer?

      Will i lose all my JB apps or will they be there and just not work?

      sorry for the noobiness again. thanks.
      Yea , I would also like to know what happens if your phone is switch off ?

      a.)Are all your apps gone ?
      b.)Do you run blackra1n (fully) again ?
      c.)Is it gonna be a major pain in the *** ?