Apple released iOS 4.3.3 (4.2.8 for Verizon iPhones) last Wednesday, less than three weeks after the previous software update. The new firmware included a fix for the location tracking file that Apple has gotten into so much water over (is that considered Cider?).

Chances are, most of you didn’t consider 4.3.3 big enough to update from 4.3.2. But with the Verizon iPad 2 problem fixed and the infamous tracking bug patched, we may not see another update until iOS 5 is released. If that’s the case, then this will likely be the last jailbreak for several months, so why not update?

Currently all iDevices that are compatible with Apple’s latest firmware can be jailbroken, excluding the iPad 2. There is still no jailbreak solution for Apple’s latest tablet, but the Dev Team did give us a status update yesterday. For every other device sporting iOS 4.3.3, there are currently 3 ways to get the job done.

RedSn0w, PwnageTool, and Sn0wbreeze have all been patched to support the new iOS update. Each method uses i0n1c‘s untether exploit and Geohot’s bootrom exploit from LimeRa1n, but all 3 are different and have their own benefits. If you need help sorting through all of the information, iDB has you covered.

1. PwnageTool – This software has been around for 3 years. It’s released by the Dev Team, who are widely known in the jailbreak community, but it’s only available for Mac users. However, if you have the option, PwnageTool is highly recommend for unlockers who need to preserve their baseband. It also has some neat options like pre-installing Cydia packages and sources. After PwnageTool jailbreaks the new firmware, you load it onto your device via iTunes. Click here for the tutorial.

2. RedSn0w – This application is also pushed out by the infamous Dev Team, and is available for both Mac and Windows platforms. For folks who don’t need the extra customization options, RedSn0w is your best bet. Once you point it toward the proper firmware, the software takes care of the rest. No need for popping back into iTunes. Click here for the tutorial.

3. Sn0wbreeze – Developed by the young hacker iH8sn0w, this method is currently the only one that supports Verizon iPhones on 4.2.8. Like PwnageTool, it also allows you to preserve your baseband for future unlock capabilities. You can enable custom boot logos as well as hidden multitouch gestures. Also, like PwnageTool, Sn0wbreeze creates a custom IPSW file that you’ll use iTunes to restore with. Although it’s loaded with features, it’s also the one we seem to get the most complaints about. Therefore, it’s not recommended for those looking to simply install Cydia. Click here for the tutorial.

Hopefully that cleared some things up for the curious. Those are currently the only 3 methods available to jailbreak iOS 4.3.3, though the Chronic Dev Team has been rumored to be working on a new version of Greenp0is0n.

Any questions? What’s your method of choice, and why?

  • Zigge

    I prefer greenpois0n, it just feels safer. I’m currently on 4.2.1 but im not quite seeing any new functions i need. Im getting error message 3194 when im trying to restore to 4.3.3 and ive tried taking away sauriks server from the host file but neither sauriks or apples servers work. Doesn’t really matter anyways since im not that intrested in 4.3.3.

    • Burge

      If you have only been jailbreaking from 4.0 because you got a i4 , you would know that there has only been 2 jailbreaks with greenpoison the rest have all come from pwnage tool or redsnow since 2.0..there were others winpwn was just 2.#.# and liberty..remember that one ? .greenpoison still has to prove it’s self to be a worthy jailbreak tool …2 jailbreaks are not enough…redsnow and pwnage tool are very reliable and I would use these over GP… Yes there was also geohots tools as well ..purplera1n .blackweather..( jailbreak and unlock ) and limera1n ..I’ve used them all and redsnow is the one I use over and over and it’s not failed once…as for there 3194 error I got that .. I just used a different pc to restore…

  • Do these untether jailbreak 4.2.8??

    • Burge

      Snowbreeze is the one for you…

  • Michael T.Simpson

    Does Most Cydia Apps R Compatible With 4.3.3?

    • Burge

      All mine are ok , no probs yet

  • Meyer

    Greenpoison ftw!

    • Burge

      ..greenpoison is a old 4.#.# jailbreak tool ..

  • Koppis

    Are the battery problem fixed yet? I’m still on 4.2.1.

  • i am unablento update or restore my iphone 4. i have a jailbroken iphone 4 running ios 4.3.2. i want to update to ios 4.3.3 and jailbreak again. i was under the impression that i had to restore, update, and the jail break again. when i try to restore i get a message that the iphone isn’t eligible for the current build. now what? what steps should i take?

  • Very helpful thank you for the review 😀

  • iNavySeal

    Does anyone else finds this Burge guy pretty anoying?

    • Burge

      Sorry for being helpfull , I tell you what if anyone else needs help and a member of the iDB team doesn’t help and I could ,well I won’t and they will only have you the thank….so long it was nice posting on here , thanks Seb for what is the best blog about the iPhone ..and thank you all iDB team for your posts and all the info that you have gave us…thanks, keep up the good work ..I will still be reading all the posts like I have done , I’ll just shall not be posting any comments on here again…thanks iNavyseal for being such a non helpfull poster on here..

      • iNavySeal

        Anytime woman.

      • MKD

        There is always a moron in every bunch. Keep it rolling. forget about…umm…that idiot…see? I already forgot

      • vik071

        You can’t win when you argue with kids… 😉

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    • Luke

      Screw you iNavySeal. Burge is Rad!

    • Luke

      iNavySeal you’re the annoying one. Burge is Rad!

  • syed zain ahmed

    plz help me i was upgrading to 4.3.3 and my iphone 4 went to recovery mode. NOw when i am restoring it,, It is taking lot of time,, just stuck at some point and its not going to factory unlock.. Plz help me thanks

  • ashran83

    I’ve jailbroken my ip4 on 4.3.3 using redsn0w. But now, i’m unable to launch the ipod app. Anyone else have the same prob? Any fix?

  • Lee

    I have a question regarding redsn0w rc16, I hope it’s appropriate to ask here.
    Anyway, just like the others, I experienced the silent switch vibration problem. I want to fix it with redsn0w rc16. Yes, I use redsn0w for my iPhone 4 4.3.3 untethered jailbreak. My question, when I use redsn0w rc16, would all my iPhone stuffs all get deleted just like having a new jailbreak?