When Apple releases the final version of iOS 4.2 to the public next month, you shouldn’t have to wait long before a jailbreak is released. The jailbreak might even be released on the same day that Apple makes iOS 4.2 available to the masses.

A couple of days ago, iOS hacker iH8sn0w posted an image of an iPad, one obviously on firmware iOS 4.2, running the jailbreak only mobile terminal app. As we reported earlier, due to the nature of the jailbreak, the quick turnaround time should be something we should see going forward, because one of the exploits is a hardware exploit that, according to hackers, can’t be patched…

At this point, Apple hasn’t responded to the news of the hardware exploit, and it’s doubtful that they actually will. Instead, they’ll likely opt to resolve the exploit with the next release of the iPhone instead of altering the hardware mid-cycle.

There’s also no news coming out of Cupertino regarding a solid date for iOS 4.2  All we’ve heard thus far is that it will be released in November. That of course, means it could be released in as shortly as 3 days.

In the meantime, if you’re running iOS 4.1, and you still have yet to jailbreak, check out our comprehensive jailbreak guide, and get started.

Are you as excited about a jailbroken iOS4.2 as we are? Let us know in the comments below.

[TiPb]

  • Irha

    I asked this last time and asking again, if the exploit can’t be patched without hardware changes, why did dev team delay their jailbreak last time, stating that they don’t want to giveaway two exploits to Apple at the same time?

    • James

      In the hopes that the second hole will remain unknown to apple and appear in the next idevices like the ipad 2 and and iphone 5.

      • Irha

        Interesting… so are you saying that the exploit used by limera1n is also an exploit that can’t be fixed via software? Otherwise, Apple is going to fix that exploit in 4.2, and then dev team has to pull out the hardware exploit anyway, and that would have saved only a few weeks then.

  • Shaz

    So im a bit confused on how this works. i Jailbroke my iphone 4 4.1 with LimeRain. But after reading numerous posts on this forum i saw that you said that the jailbreak is forever.. does this mean that once i update to 4.2 it will still be jailbroken? or will the 4.1. OS automatically format to factory settings..
    If this is the case how do I get all my apps/games/settings back on my phone exactly as they were instead of reinstalling everything from cydia?

    • James

      No every update will return you to a non-jailbroken stock status. The ‘forever’ jailbreak just means it was hardware based, so it would be available forever for the life of the device. You still need to actually jailbreak and install the apps. And the jailbreak software itself will still need a bit of tweaking too I’m sure.

    • shrike1978

      You can back everything up and restore to an exact state if you’re willing to spend a little money. PkgBackup and SBOrganizer when used together will make a list of your installed apps and your Springboard layout. After you update, you just have to jailbreak, restore in iTunes, install PkgBackup, and hit restore.

      If you don’t want to spend money, you can use AptBackup and do basically the same thing, but the layouts won’t be restore. I’ve also had some issues with AptBackup recently messing up the apt database and not restoring my pay apps correctly.

      Alternatively, Cydia is going to be implementing a backup/restore feature in the future. I think it’s going to work similar to AptBackup…it’ll save packages but not your layouts.

    • shrike1978

      Oh, and jailbroken for life just means that it’s at a level that Apple can’t fix the exploit used in software. The kernel still has to be patched independently for each iOS release which is the easy part. The hard part is finding an exploit that allows the kernel to be patched. Now, a new exploit doesn’t have to be found to get the needed access to do so each time…the current one is at the hardware level, so it’s just a matter of waiting a day or two for the tools to be updated with the new kernel patches.

  • TrueEdge

    Ehen jailbreak come. Will there Be an unlock for 3 GS with the New baseband?

  • TrueEdge

    When jailbreak come for 4.2. Will there Be an unlock for 3 GS with the New baseband?

  • MALdito

    I hope there’s a unlock with this too!

  • Paulius

    I’m waiting for 4.2 only because unlock for 4.1 and 4.s basebands its coming after Apple release this new firmware. I hope 🙂

  • 4.2 jb

    What’s new on IOS 4.2? sebs, burge answer pls~ 🙂

    • Burge

      I don’t know … There is one thing I do know , there is ment to be more text tones to choose from…

    • Z

      lol iOS 4.2 will have:
      1. Better default wallpaper
      2. Additional SMS tones and ringtones (as Burge said)
      3. Game Center improvements
      4. More iAds and more Ads lol (anyone knows how to remove the stupid Ad Sheet app?)
      5. Apple will move crap arround to mess up your current themes.
      6. Does anyone have the mask image when activating the switcher? I believe it’ll get just a little more rediculous in 4.2
      7. Some sort of security hole patched up
      8. A default background/wallpaper of a non-existent WHITE iPhone4 just to piss a couple of customers off =)
      9. you’ll have even less bars showing, for those who use AT&T. Apple will be preparing for a divorce – those are never pretty hehe

      • Burge

        Lmao…there is ment to be a icon change aswell for voice memos because we all need that………..lol…

  • Dan79z

    Fingers crossed 4.2 release = release of 4.1 unlock! I’m been waiting 6 weeks for an unlock! (iPhone 3GS & new baseband)

  • barista101

    I hope theres an unlock to go with it…

  • Dan79z

    Once 4.2 is released, which is more likely an unlock for 4.1 or Unlock for 4.2?

    • Burge

      Unlock should work for both

  • shout

    uh i’m new to all this what is jailbreak? can ne1 explain it to me

    • drublic

      dude, jailbreak is the way we can hack the iphone and install apps not only from the app store, but from other sources like Cydia.
      They have nice Themes, ringtones, customizations for the iPhone that the unjailbroken ones don’t have!, do some research about it, you’ll love it!
      SBSettings, Tethering, Facetime over 3G, Custom Lock Screens just to name a few…

  • drublic

    what about the unlock? pleeeeease anyone knows anything on how long will it take?

  • Z

    I thought iPad used different fw from iPhone

    • Burge

      No ..