This one slipped by me the other day, but it appears that Apple has made a new firmware publicly available, iOS 4.2.6 Build 8E200, for the Verizon iPhone (iPhone3,3), which is only a few weeks away.
While the Verizon iPhone was being shown off earlier this month; Engadget showed it loaded with iOS 4.2.5, which leads us to believe that Apple has had some time to make changes and tweaks since we had first gotten a glimpse of it.
Don't get too excited though, this firmware is ONLY for the Verizon phone right now. Although it will be interesting to see what happens, as this means that the Dev-Team and other teams can take apart the IPSW and dig around inside to see what exactly is in store for Jailbreaking an Verizon iPhone.
You may ask, What is the difference? Well one big advantage to the newer firmware is that it includes the new personal hotspot feature.
MuscleNerd (Dev Team) thinks that the jailbreaking process of the Verizon iPhone shouldn`t be a problem:
If the i4 crypto engine couldn’t get those, it would have been bad sign for limera1n. But it did, so there’s still hope.
MuscleNerd: @damon_taylor If limera1n is still there, it means at *least* tethered JB on 0-day (and for those who buy early, forever)
iOS 4.2.6 for Verizon iPhone