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  • iPhone Jailbreaking with iDongle: Where's the Fun In That?

    Could it be that the future of jailbreaking will be made so simple that we'll hardly remember the good old days of blood, sweat, and tears shed by many a jailbreaker?

    Although it's been discussed in the forums of ModMyi in the recent past, there's a lot of emergent talk and - surprisingly - some decent media coverage about the iDongle, a work-in-progress hardware solution designed not only to jailbreak iPhones, but also to recover partially jailbroken handsets. The creator reveals on myboyfriendisageek.com that the iDongle will rescue an iPhone trapped in recovery mode. The iDongle works with the iPhone 3GS and the iPod Touch (2G and 3G) running OS 3.1, 3.1.1 or 3.1.2, the later of which is most highly recommended. At present, the device won't work on OS v3.1.3.

    So (if you're not already familiar) what's the iDongle all about?

    This is a standalone piece of hardware able to boot your jailbreaked device (a.k.a “tethered boot”), and optionally to jailbreak and hacktivate it if not already done.
    The little gadget runs off a 9V battery since the data port pushes out no power during the iPhone's boot mode. For the time being, only a dozen working prototypes are in existence, as the maker is actively seeking to "raise funds" in order to build an inventory of iDongles. He's selling the device for what amounts to about $41, or 30 euros.

    As of the last update on his website, the iDongle creator says the devices should be ready by Monday. Anyone planning on making a purchase to see what the iDongle can do... assuming you haven't already done it yourself - the "old fashioned" way?

    Images via myboyfriendisageek.com
    This article was originally published in forum thread: iPhone Jailbreaking with iDongle: Where's the Fun In That? started by Michael Essany View original post
    Comments 60 Comments
    1. santaf's Avatar
      santaf -
      yeah hahah pretty sure if there is no 3.1.3 work for it then what's up with 4.0? not happening quite yet sucks to these people i they cant fix it
    1. Venom1234's Avatar
      Venom1234 -
      I guess the new iphones come preloaded with 3.1.3 because i bought a brand new 32GB 3gs and it had 3.1.3 on it.
    1. giancarlo's Avatar
      giancarlo -
      down in my area of Miami, there are cell phone shops that charge $20 to jailbreak iphones. I do miss the feeling of accomplishment I used to get when I would spend close to an hour trying to figure out a jailbreak. Now, insert phone here, click rain, walk way.
    1. andygev35's Avatar
      andygev35 -
      I remember the days of jailbreaking and using manzana to apply themes, and the app store was only a dream...
    1. Hexane's Avatar
      Hexane -
      I would assume it would have some sort of a read/write memory to flash if a newer exploit were found.
    1. rhekt's Avatar
      rhekt -
      nice little gadget. im a fan of the good old days though. makes me feel like im actually doing something productive and meaningfull
    1. scatman10's Avatar
      scatman10 -
      This is pretty awesome. This could help implement just one more strike to apple's gut and with consistent blows they might just finally allow jailbreaking. Not to say it will happen now or ever.

      When does new iphone os get released?
    1. ajl917's Avatar
      ajl917 -
      Quote Originally Posted by scatman10 View Post
      When does new iphone os get released?
      I would assume its release would come in conjunction with the new iPhone this summer...
    1. iPhoneThereforeIAm's Avatar
      iPhoneThereforeIAm -
      What about all your Cydia apps and configs ?
      Are they still intact after breaking ?
    1. B19's Avatar
      B19 -
      I think this is more focused towards people looking for a solution to there tethered jailbreak. Most of my friends that aren't comfortable doing a jailbreak just ask me to do it. They aren't going to shell out money for a dongle they know nothing about. So its not really a revolutionary all in one jailbreaker. It's nice to see something that you can stash in your glove box for an "emergency" though.
    1. ronfin44's Avatar
      ronfin44 -
      Quote Originally Posted by lolcats1 View Post
      I jailbroke during 2.0., and I remember how I had to do the whole 10 sec and 5 sec thing, then DFU mode with the white screen and all that. That was f*ckin scary, nowadays you just make it ra1n.

      How does this new thing work? Does it plug into the bottom of the device?
      Oh, lucky you! The 1.0.2 days were REALLY scary!
    1. B19's Avatar
      B19 -
      Also stop whining about how hard it was to jailbreak back in the day. No one really cares how seasoned you are. I've been around since the first iphone and it doesn't bother me at all that jailbreaking has evolved to a point where the average person can unlock there phones potential. Stop being so self righteous...
    1. nico_swd's Avatar
      nico_swd -
      Heh,... jailbreakme.com anyone?

      THAT was easy...
    1. Effenpig!'s Avatar
      Effenpig! -
      Haha I can't say the word " dongle" without laughing.....
    1. LSZ33's Avatar
      LSZ33 -
      i agree with everyone. jailbreaking has come a long way from back in the iBrickr days all the way to purple, black & red snow.
    1. B19's Avatar
      B19 -
      apple needs the jailbreak community.. we are the biggest source of beta testers for them to make money off of in the end. I know this isnt the correct thread but thanks to all devs that have put hours of there time into making great stuff for us to use at little or no cost.
    1. PaKi619's Avatar
      PaKi619 -
      does it untether jailbreak iphone 3gs with new bootrom?? if so when is it going to be available for buy...?? i wanna buy it...
    1. Effenpig!'s Avatar
      Effenpig! -
      ^ it cannot do anything that can't currently be done. Mmmkay?
    1. confucious's Avatar
      confucious -
      Quote Originally Posted by PaKi619 View Post
      does it untether jailbreak iphone 3gs with new bootrom?? if so when is it going to be available for buy...?? i wanna buy it...
      What it does is untether you from your computer. It means that instead of having to get to a computer you can carry this around instead. You are still tethered, but to a pocket size dongle instead of a computer.
    1. Effenpig!'s Avatar
      Effenpig! -
      The recent announcement by geohot will probably kill the market for this device, since most people would have probably only used it because of tethered jailbreaks.

      Quote from Stealthbravo "Nice concept. The guy better make as much money as he can before April 10."

      it's seems as though he saw this coming? He must be " in the loop"