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  • GeoHot Jailbreaks iPhone 4, Says Shove Off


    GeoHot - or as his mother knows him, George Hotz - has jailbroken the iPhone 4, and tossed up an image on his blog today of the 4 running Cydia. He is also just plain annoyed with the masses of people constantly barraging with one single question "hey man when are you going to release a jailbreak I want the Cydia that give the apps that give me the total power I can donate $5 when is it released" Says GeoHot: "As far as a release goes, it probably won't happen from me."

    He dispels a couple rumors from the web as well - "limera1n is little more than a raindrop on a website; it was never mentioned by me previous to this post." and also "pwned4life is a complete invention of some blogger in a basement somewhere. When I said pwned for life, I was referring to the original iPhone, 3G, and Touch; which of course are, by the aptly named PwnageTool."

    There's a single sentence which seems to sum up GeoHot's annoyance with jailbreaking about now at the bottom of his post: "Again, please don't ask for release dates. Every person that does makes me want to release a little bit less." And not to disappoint SeŮor Hotz, the comments on the post are already littered with folks asking how to jailbreak various devices. I chatted with GeoHot this morning, and he basically rehashed the same annoyance he published this morning - which makes sense. I mean, give the guy a break - if he had a release or a release date, he'd publish it. Repeating the same question over and over to him (or comex, or planetbeing, or MuscleNerd, or any of these guys) isn't going to speed anything up. They're all working for you, so give the guys a break and wait patiently for a public tool - it IS coming, from whomever. C'est la vie... anyway, that's what we're for. Feel free to ask right here if the jailbreak is released.

    Nice to notice it seems the Cydia in the picture is already in high-res for the iPhone 4, although with some weird aliasing in the background. Looks like Cydia is ready for iPhone 4 when iPhone 4 is ready for Cydia.


    On the iPhone - GeoHot's Blog
    This article was originally published in forum thread: GeoHot Jailbreaks iPhone 4, Says Shove Off started by Kyle Matthews View original post
    Comments 574 Comments
    1. ealvinito's Avatar
      ealvinito -
      Geohot's latest post on his blog about iPhone 4: Sorry, this post was probably a bad idea. Next time I wonít say anything. I miss when this blog was actually about technical things(Iíve been reacting too much to the feedback, which led it to the place itís in now). I didnít fully realize most of the current scene donít care unless they
      are getting something. Now I do. Itís late tonight, Iíll think about what to do about this in the morning.

      The real reason behind no release isnít technical. Itís just that it will never stop, after blackra1n, people demand unlock, after blacksn0w, people demand untethered. I miss the days when jailbreaking and unlocking were difficult, it attracted a much higher caliber crowd.
      Also, to the haters, the picture is quite obviously fake

      While I respect this guy for all his contributions in the past, and I understand the reasons he has put in, there is still something about this whole story which makes me wonder if Apple has something to do with this. Maybe he was offered money?, or maybe he was threatened with criminal charges for continuing? well who knows. He showed off a untethered jailbreak for new iPhone and iPod touches back in March, followed by a jailbreak for iPad and iOS 4 Beta in April, but none of them ever saw light of day makes no sense to me.

      For those of you who donít know, George Hotz (Geohot) is the guy who first unlocked the original iPhone in 2007, followed by first jailbreak for iPhone 3GS, and then later he was the first one to provide all-in-one jailbreak / unlock solution for iPhone 3.1.2 firmware through his famous tool, named blackra1n and blacksn0w.

      So where does that leave us Ė the iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS (new bootrom) and iPod touch 3G users? Well, Comexís Spirit like jailbreak tool is now the only hope. It will probably be released once Apple rolls out the new iOS 4.0.1 / 4.1 firmware update for iPhone 4, 3GS and 3G.
    1. Cer0's Avatar
      Cer0 -
      Quote Originally Posted by awesomeiPod View Post
      It's getting nowhere...
      Then we would have closed a ton of other threads. Right now this is still a hot topic and items are still being discussed about him between the threads.
    1. awesomeSlayer's Avatar
      awesomeSlayer -
      Oh...good point. >_<
    1. mortopher's Avatar
      mortopher -
      Quote Originally Posted by ealvinito View Post
      While I respect this guy for all his contributions in the past, and I understand the reasons he has put in, there is still something about this whole story which makes me wonder if Apple has something to do with this. Maybe he was offered money?, or maybe he was threatened with criminal charges for continuing? well who knows. He showed off a untethered jailbreak for new iPhone and iPod touches back in March, followed by a jailbreak for iPad and iOS 4 Beta in April, but none of them ever saw light of day makes no sense to me.
      I'm all for conspiracy theories; usually I'll be right there drinking the koolaid right beside ya. This though is just a bit too far fetched.
    1. confucious's Avatar
      confucious -
      Quote Originally Posted by EmmanuelFuentes View Post
      And now his twitter has been blocked and he also blocked his other FIVE blogs,
      I can still see his twitter.
    1. inyuke's Avatar
      inyuke -
      I think George likes all this attention he is receiving; as a result, he closed his blogs/twitter so that people are more desperate - hint (fame growing).
    1. confucious's Avatar
      confucious -
      He's closed it because he's moved on.
      There is nothing for him to do in the iPhone 4 - the Dev Team / Commex have it covered.
      Will he be back if there is an update that the Dev Team don't deal with? I'm not sure he feels it's enough of a challenge and all the hate he is getting sure as heck isn't going to encourage him to come back!
    1. inyuke's Avatar
      inyuke -
      haha well if he doesnt want hate then he should give the info, like i said he likes the attentiona nd fame..
      any person in tright ind knows that if he doesnt want the hate then he would give the info...
      Theres no counter arguement to this one so no point in saying "oh well.. people need to donate; stop bugging him; stop spamming him.." Then tell him to do the right thing!
    1. lightningdude's Avatar
      lightningdude -
      I never cared for Geohot. I used blackra1n because it worked, but that's about it. He always seemed, to me, to be that arrogant type of person that knows he's smarter than you, and holds it above your head. Personally, I can't stand people like that. And as for him not wanting to participate because of all the people wanting and not contributing? That's to be expected of any growing community. I have absolutely no coding skills, nor have I made an attempt to learn. I don't contribute whatsoever, but at least I wait patiently for releases.
    1. confucious's Avatar
      confucious -
      People are so ungrateful for everything he has done.
      He may be arrogant and egotistical but he is also a genius.
      And I'm not sure he will come back when people beg him too.
      Oh well, not my problem - but I think all you haters might just have ruined things for millions of people, not that you care, of course.
    1. badass1469's Avatar
      badass1469 -
      Quote Originally Posted by confucious View Post
      He's closed it because he's moved on.
      There is nothing for him to do in the iPhone 4 - the Dev Team / Commex have it covered.
      Will he be back if there is an update that the Dev Team don't deal with? I'm not sure he feels it's enough of a challenge and all the hate he is getting sure as heck isn't going to encourage him to come back!
      yea except the fact that he made over 10k a month from his jailbreaks. just because he didn't sell it don't think that people didn't donate lol. plenty of people donated to him and most of em did more then just a buck. So for that matter I see no reason why he quit(unless hes bored of it or something like that), unless its some sort of stunt of his because if he jailbreaks the iPhone 4 I'm pretty sure at least 1 million people will have jailbroken their phone with his jailbreak, and lets just say only 20% of them donate 1 dollar I'm pretty sure you can put 2 and 2 together and come up with the results.
    1. confucious's Avatar
      confucious -
      20% of people donate?
      Get real, it's less than 0.1%
      Mopney was never his motive.
    1. PeezaPi's Avatar
      PeezaPi -
      This is actually quite sad. I liked blackra1n...plug in phone, one click, done. Been working fine for over a year now. Too bad he wasn't charging for it...even if he didn't do it for the money I'm sure it'd probably make it better for him. Heck I've probably spent almost as much $ on cydia as I have on the app store...
    1. marcoPoloK's Avatar
      marcoPoloK -
      how can we subscribe to geohot's blog on blogger ?? :S
    1. confucious's Avatar
      confucious -
      Ask him for an invite.
    1. J0ej0e's Avatar
      J0ej0e -
      Quote Originally Posted by Taniban View Post
      Firstly, I respect what GeoHot has done for us in the past but as many others have said... If he doesn't want to be bothered then don't post saying the sh*t he did! I'm still waiting patiently, but from reading what he twitted it just seems like he is bragging and likes watching us simple people suffer.
      thats exactly what made me post my hateful comment, i dont like cocky programmers who know were dying to unlock and jailbreak and he says "guess what i got!?...but its all miiiiinnnneee!" all you other bottom feeders can worship all you want. if it wasnt for his tweet then i would have never said anything. what he should have said to us, " Hey i got the unlock/jb finally working..going to test it for the next couple of days/weeks and follow with a release date" then we would know your trying to do us a favor and not rub it in like a selfish *****. not cool my man
    1. mortopher's Avatar
      mortopher -
      Quote Originally Posted by J0ej0e View Post
      thats exactly what made me post my hateful comment, i dont like cocky programmers who know were dying to unlock and jailbreak and he says "guess what i got!?...but its all miiiiinnnneee!" all you other bottom feeders can worship all you want. if it wasnt for his tweet then i would have never said anything. what he should have said to us, " Hey i got the unlock/jb finally working..going to test it for the next couple of days/weeks and follow with a release date" then we would know your trying to do us a favor and not rub it in like a selfish *****. not cool my man
      I don't understand why I must repeat myself time and time again, but here it goes.

      *takes a deep breathe*

      When he posted that, it was already common knowledge that Comex was going to be releasing a jailbreak in the immediate future. That is why he said the jailbreak would "probably" not be coming from him; Comex would be the one it's coming from. He was not being selfish at all, he just wasn't going to go through all of the testing and compiling necessary to take his exploit up to a releasable version for the community to use when there was no reason for him to release a second jailbreak for 4.0/4.0.1 and burn a potentially great exploit.
    1. QuinnNebula's Avatar
      QuinnNebula -
      they released the 4.0.1 like we all know now. So geohot can keep his jailbreak no there is almost no use for it anymore
    1. z3r01's Avatar
      z3r01 -
      Once again, everyone talks so much crap about geohot. All ur hate comments about him will definitely reverse once he decides to release something...then when he does I'm gonna go to his blog and go thru the countless pages of people saying "thanks" , look for your name and call u out! Like hey, wasn't u talking crap awhile ago??
    1. confucious's Avatar
      confucious -
      Quote Originally Posted by QuinnNebula View Post
      they released the 4.0.1 like we all know now. So geohot can keep his jailbreak no there is almost no use for it anymore
      There never was any 'point' to it other than to show us he'd done it. Like he said, Comex will release when the time is right, he would not have done so before if he was going to release.

      Quote Originally Posted by z3r01 View Post
      Once again, everyone talks so much crap about geohot. All ur hate comments about him will definitely reverse once he decides to release something...then when he does I'm gonna go to his blog and go thru the countless pages of people saying "thanks" , look for your name and call u out! Like hey, wasn't u talking crap awhile ago??
      You are assuming he will be drawn back. With all the hate I think he might just move on to other things. As with all hackers, he did it for fun, if it's not fun he'll move on to something that is.
      I'm hoping his massive ego will drag him back next time the BB is updated and the Dev Team give it a miss (they usually only unlock every other BB).
      I hope he returns but with the abuse he gets I'm fairly certain I wouldn't if I was him.