The Dev Team recently confirmed there will not be a jailbreak for iOS 4.0.2 because iOS 4.1 is right around the corner and really, it would be a waste of time, but most importantly, a waste of exploit. This being said, I bet our favorite team of hackers is currently working hard on the iOS 4.1 beta release, trying to find a hole in there.
We’ve all been waiting for a while for the new jailbreak for iOS 4 and it sure seems we are on the right track. I know many of you are very anxious for the tool to be released but I’m not. I really want my jailbreak back too but I want it stable and bug free, which is why it hasn’t been released yet.
We’ve all been thinking the new jailbreak will just be an update to Spirit, and we all assumed the name of the tool would be Spirit 2 or something along these lines. Today a little bird tells me the new jailbreak for iOS 4 and iPhone 4 will not be called Spirit.
Now don’t ask me what it’s going to be because I don’t know. iPhone hacker iH8Sn0w joked that the new jailbreak would include “pie” in its name but this is not true.
Just for the fun of it, what do you think it should be called? Sn0wSt0rm? Blu3Thund3r? UltraDr1zzle?
Comex gave some good news today on Twitter when he confirmed that he was not going to wait for iOS 4.1 to release an updated version to Spirit, the jailbreak tool that will work with iOS 4 and iOS 4.0.1.
The right thing to do would be to save your SHSH blobs with Firmware Umbrella to insure you can always downgrade to a previous iOS in the future. It is the right thing to do, but it is certainly not mandatory.
With PlanetBeing and MuscleNerd being almost done on their iPhone 4 unlock, it now makes sense to release Spirit.
Yesterday I was telling you the Dev Team is working hard on an unlock for iPhone 4. Some of you may have wondered why the Dev Team would be working on an unlock when a jailbreak is not even ready yet, right?
That’s because according to MuscleNerd, a jailbreak for all devices at iOS 4 is already taken care of by the upcoming release of Spirit by Comex.
Now the question is: when will Spirit for iOS 4 be available? With Apple supposed to release an update to iOS 4 in the upcoming weeks to supposedly fix the antenna issue, I doubt Comex will release Spirit beforehand and give Apple a chance to patch the exploit.
I bet you can’t wait for Spirit for iOS 4, can you?
The now famous Spirit jailbreak developed by Comex was already available on Windows and Mac. Now, thanks to iPhone hacker p0sixninja, Spirit is now available for Linux as well.
According to RedmondPie: “The binaries and source code needed to get to work are now available. You will need some experience with Linux commands to make it work. Spirit for Linux can be downloaded from here.”
I’m sure this will be helpful to the Windows haters and Linux aficionados.
Although Spirit is probably the easiest and fastest jailbreak ever, it does come with its share of problems. After jailbreaking their iDevice with Spirit, many people reported the loss of their pictures. This issue was fixed by Comex when he released an update to Spirit, but what happens to those of you who lost their pictures before the update?
I spotted an article that explains how to recover those missing pictures after jailbreaking your iPhone or iPad with Spirit. The process is pretty simple and it shouldn’t take more than a couple of minutes.
For this to work, you will have had to backup your iPhone or iPad before jailbreaking. If you did not backup your device before jailbreaking with Spirit, then this will not work for you.
How to recover deleted photos from your iPhone or iPad after jailbreaking with Spirit
Step 1: If you haven’t already, install OpenSSH from Cydia.
Step2: Download iPhone Backup Extractor (for Windows 32 bit or 64 bit – for Mac OS X).
Step 3: Launch iPhone Backup Extractor. It will automatically find backups available on your machine. Select the right one.
Step 4: Navigate to Media/Media/DCIM and select this folder. Click next to save it on your computer.
Step 5: Using CyberDuck for Mac of WinSCP for Windows, SSH into your device.
To find your IP address, on your device, go to Settings > Wifi > Tap on the blue arrow of the network you’re on.
Username is root. Password is alpine
Step 6: Navigate to User/Media and replace the existing DCIM folder by the one you downloaded to your computer in step 4.
Step 7: Reboot your device.
Done! All your lost pictures after using Spirit should be recovered.
The very few of you who were having problems with Spirit on Windows can rejoice. Spirit, which would sometimes give you an error code c0000005 depending on what version of Windows you were using, has been updated to fix this error.
I personally didn’t have any problem with the Spirit jailbreak on Windows. One problem I had though is that it deleted the camera roll on my iPad. Well, Comex also fixed this bug so it shouldn’t delete pictures anymore.
This is the update Comex posted on his site:
I’ve updated the jailbreak tool. It no longer deletes photos (sorry!) and should resolve the issue with error code c0000005. (If you still get that error with the new version, try setting compatibility mode to Windows 95.)
You can download Spirit for Windows or Mac from here. It’s the most simple jailbreak ever but if you need directions on how to use it, see my Spirit tutorial.
Spirit has to be the easiest and quickest jailbreak ever. JailbreakMe was fast, but Spirit takes it to a whole new level. I’m not really sure a Spirit tutorial or guide is necessary because it is so simple…
Before thinking about jailbreaking your iDevice with Spirit, there are a few requirements that you need to know about. Please head over to this post I wrote earlier to read the “fine prints” and make sure you know exactly what you’re doing.
I wrote this guide by jailbreaking my iPad using Spirit but the steps are exactly identical for the iPod Touch and iPhone. Steps are also identical whether you’re on a Mac or PC.
Note that Spirit is a jailbreak for every device. It will NOT unlock your iPhone.
How to jailbreak your iPhone, iPod Touch, or iPad with Spirit
Step 1: Download Spirit from our download page.
Step 2: Make sure you have at least version 9 of iTunes.
Step 3: Back up your iPhone, iTouch or iPad in iTunes, just in case something goes wrong.
Step 4: Launch Spirit.
Step 5: Click “Jailbreak”.
Step 6: Wait just a few seconds until you see this image:
Step 7: Your iPhone will reboot and you should have the Cydia icon on your springboard.
Congrats, you just jailbroke your iPhone / iPod Touch / iPad using Spirit.
Errors & Troubleshooting
Windows Vista or Windows 7 users may get the error c0000005.
To avoid this error, you have to run Spirit.exe in compatibility mode. To do so:
Right click on Spirit.exe and select Properties
Select the compatibility tab
Check the “Run this program in compatibility mode for” box and select Windows 98 / Windows ME
Spirit, the userland jailbreak for iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad is finally available. We’ve been waiting for Spirit for quite a while now. It was supposed to be released last Friday but Comex, its developer, decided to wait a few more days to make sure new iPad 3G owners would have time save their SHSH blobs, but also to finish up Spirit and make sure it was 100% reliable.
For the occasion, Comex developed a new website for Spirit at SpiritJB dot com where you can download the Windows and Mac version. Note that at the time I am writing this, my antivirus keeps flagging Spirit as a trojan. Besides, the site is very slow due to an overwhelming amount of traffic.
UPDATE: I turned off my antivirus and downloaded Spirit. It is 100% safe.
Things worth noting about Spirit:
Spirit is an untethered jailbreak for iPad, iPhone, and iPod Touch on firmware 3.1.2, 3.1.3, and 3.2
Your iPhone, iPod Touch, or iPad must be activated
Your device must not be stuck on the Connect to iTunes logo or emergency call screen
It will work on any version of iTunes 9 (including 9.1.1)
Spirit will not unlock your iPhone
If you are currently using a tethered jailbreak, you have to restore in order to use Spirit
Do not upgrade if you unlocked your iPhone 3G or 3GS (if you have the SHSH blobs for 3.1.2, you can restore to it)
While Spirit is stable for all devices, your iPad may act a little funny due to packages that have not been updated for it yet
Comex did a great job on that one. Congrats!
UPDATE 2: I wrote a Spirit jailbreak tutorial for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch.
With the upcoming release of the Spirit jailbreak, there are a few things you need to do in order to be on the safe side should something go wrong in the future. One of these things is to prepare your iPhone, iPod Touch, or iPad by saving the SHSH blobs.
In this tutorial, I will show you how to save your SHSH blobs on a Windows machine, using AutoSHSH. This guide was written for an iPad, but the steps are identical for the iPhone and iPod Touch.
Step 1: Open iTunes and plug your iDevice. Back it up. When done, close iTunes and unplug your device.
Step 2: Download AutoSHSH.
Step 3: Put your iDevice in recovery mode. To do so, turn it off, hold the home button while plugging your device to the USB cable. Keep holding the home button until you see a “connect to iTunes” logo. If iTunes launches, close it.
Step 4: Launch AutoSHSH. Make sure you are connected to the Internet and that you have Java Runtime installed. If not, download and install it. Also make sure your device is in recovery mode and connected to your computer.
Step 5: Click “grab my SHSH blobs automatically”. AutoSHSH will start to work its magic.
Step 6: AutoSHSH will finally ask you where you want to save the file on your computer. Select a convenient location (ie. desktop).
Step 7: Reboot your device.
Done! Your SHSH blobs are now saved locally and on Saurik’s server. In the event that something goes wrong, you are covered!