There’s been a flurry of activity on the iOS jailbreak scene over the last week, but we Mac users have had to sit on the sidelines for most of it, since both the Limera1n and GreenPois0n tools were Windows-only — but that’s changing.
If you’d rather not hit up one of your Windows-loving friends in order to jailbreak your iOS device, we have some good news for you. George “Geohot” Holtz’s eleventh-hour Limera1n tool, released last weekend for Windows systems only, is now available in a Mac version as well.
The application, which is now up to version RC1b, is still as simple as ever — hit the download link on the Limera1n website, connect your iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS or iPod touch 3G/4G running iOS 4.1 or iPad running iOS 3.2.2 via USB and double-click to open Limera1n. Click the “make it ra1n” button, wait for your device to enter recovery mode and follow a trio of application prompts (a full tutorial is available at Redmond Pie, but it’s quite simple).
Once that step is finished, you’ll see the Limera1n logo on your device and the jailbreak will complete with the message, “Geohot says: Enjoy your jailbroken iPhone. Your jailbreak is ready, turn it on when done.” Start the Limera1n app and you can either install Cydia (the jailbreak equivalent of the App Store) or uninstall the Limera1n app once you’re done with it. Restart your device and you should be good to go!
Meanwhile, the Chronic Dev-Team is hard at work on a Mac version of the similar GreenPois0n tool, which is now available for both Linux and Windows, and the original Dev-Team has announced via Twitter that they hope to have a new version of Pwnage Tool available on Sunday for users of the new Apple TV as well as others who want a more customized jailbreak experience (including custom boot logos).
Keep in mind that there is currently no unlock for the iOS 4.1 baseband, but there are early reports that a new exploit has been found so it may be forthcoming — although with iOS 4.2 on the horizon in November, the hackers will likely hold onto it until that release.
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