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.
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