George "GeoHot" Hotz has been described as one of the most famous hackers of our generation. Most of us know him for his work in the jailbreak community, and his original iPhone unlock that launched him into the public eye.
But Hotz is much more than that. He's a a former Facebook and Google alum, and a two-time finalist at Intel's International Science and Engineering fair. And more recently, he's the subject of a lengthy article in The New Yorker...
When Apple announced iOS 5 a few weeks ago, there was some speculation that its hundreds of new features would deter a lot of folks from jailbreaking . In fact, iOS 5 was thought by some to be a jailbreak killer.
While it doesn't look like the promise of new features has phased the jailbreak community, there are some things in iOS 5 that are troubling. The Dev Team recently posted a report on some things they are seeing in iOS 5 that are making them nervous...
Good news, since I know nearly all of you will be lining up in the morning to lay claim to a white iPhone 4. I kid, I kid.
Nevertheless, there’s a bit of good news coming out of the Twitter-sphere this afternoon, and it's regarding the vulnerability of the white iPhone 4.
The question people have been wondering is this: Will the iPhone 4 be vulnerable to a jailbreak out of the box tomorrow? Renowned iPhone hacker @chronic gives the answer inside...
Getting confused from all of the Ra1n? There's BlackRa1n, LimeRa1n, PurpleRa1n, and the upcoming RubyRa1n. It's enough to confuse even the best meteorologist.
To add to the level of confusion, someone(s) impersonating renowed iPhone hacker GeoHot has released a site called Ra1nb0wRa1n with little to no fan fare.
The fact that it received hardly any pub before going live was the first thing that struck us as weird. The fact that the site is actually pointing to a Chinese website, is the real thing that sent up our red flags.
For the record, although the site's whois records feature Hotz's name and a New Jersey residence, Ra1nb0wRa1n does not appear to be associated with GeoHot in any way, shape, or form...
So far, RedSn0w has been the only publicly released tool that can jailbreak iOS 4.2.1. The Dev Team warned users about the dangers of updating their iOS firmware to 4.2.1 before the RedSn0w beta was released. Around that time, the iPhone hacker, P0sixNinja, said that the GreenPois0n jailbreak would be ready for 4.2.1 around the same time as RedSn0w.
The GreenPois0n jailbreak has still not come out for 4.2.1, a LimeRa1n update is nowhere to be found, and all we have had is a somewhat unstable RedSn0w beta. Luckily, PosixNinja has recently said that the GreenPois0n (most likely tethered) jailbreak will actually be ready very soon. And Geohot could always come out of the woodwork and surprise us like he did with LimeRa1n.
After some drama about a leaked SHAtter exploit in mid-December, the jailbreak developer community has seemed to be a little more divided. Comex, a prominent personality in the jailbreak community, was supposed to be working on an untethered jailbreak tool for 4.2.1. However, it seems he might be saving his hack for iOS 4.3...
When it rains in the jailbreak scene, that's a good thing. Now it looks like there might be some scattered showers in our forecast in the form of RubyRa1n, which is reportedly iPhone liberator GeoHot's lastest and greatest jailbreak tool.
The evidence? A domain name registered in his name on the same day that his most recent jailbreak tool, LimeRa1n, was registered...
In the battle of the jailbreak for iOS 4.1, we have 2 unique opponents: LimeRa1n vs GreenPois0n. LimeRa1n came first and kinda stole the show. GreenPois0n was released a few days later but was it already too late?
I am curious to see what you, iDB reader, used to jailbreak your iPhone. Did you wait for GreenPois0n or did you jump on the LimeRa1n bandwagon as soon as it got released. Please take a few seconds of your time to take this poll...
Geohot just released his Limera1n jailbreak for Mac. OS X jailbreakers - you know what to do. Up until now, LimeRa1n was only available for Windows.
While you're waiting for your phone to jailbreak, read about Limera1n and about how to jailbreak with Limera1n.
Fire off in the comments below about how the LimeRa1n Mac download works for you!
After a bit of a shaky start, the Chronic Dev Team has finally released the much anticipated greenpois0n jailbreak, and it's available for download now. Much like the already released limera1n, this jailbreak allows you to jailbreak iPhone running iOS 4.1 and iOS 4.2.1.
The GreenPois0n download is now available for both Windows and Mac, and a Linux version might be in the works. GreenPois0n will allow you to jailbreak the iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPad, iPod Touch 3G, and iPod Touch 4G.
You can download GreenPois0n from our downloads section.
If you're not sure how to use it, you may want to refer to our guide on how to jailbreak the iPhone using GreenPois0n.
After a couple of days delay, the greenpois0n jailbreak was finally released early this morning. As you all have probably heard, the highly anticipated jailbreak was delayed due to the fact that Geohot released his jailbreak -- entitled limera1n -- shortly before greenpois0n was scheduled to be released.
As a result the Chronic Dev Team opted to use the same exploit Geohot used, instead of simultaneously releasing their infamous SHAtter into the wild for Apple to eventually stamp out. The release, though, hasn't been without it's fair share of problems...
LimeRa1n not working? There are a couple things you might have missed that could explain why LimeRa1n is not working for you.
First, LimeRa1n is for Windows only, at least for the time being. Obviously, if you're trying to get LimeRa1n to work on a Mac, it's not going to work.
LimeRa1n also requires the latest version of iTunes to function properly. If LimeRa1n isn't working, make sure your version of iTunes is up to date.
For LimeRa1n to work, you have to run it as an administrator on your computer. You can just do that by right clicking on LimeRa1n and choosing "run as administrator" from the menu.
Another issue you might encounter with LimeRa1n is the following. You ran LimeRa1n without any problem, but when you think you're done, you don't see any LimeRa1n icon on your iPhone screen. If that's the case, try rebooting your iPhone. Alternatively, you may want to hard reset it by holding the Home and Power button together until your iPhone shuts down.
Getting error 3014? Try this.
Finally, many people report getting their iPhone stuck on the Apple logo when using LimeRa1n. If that happens to you, check out our previous post on how to get your iPhone out of reboot loop.
You might have encountered other issues and maybe you even have a solution for them. Please take the time to share your problems and fixes in the comments section below.
In the meanwhile, here are a couple links that might help you:
A quick note to let everyone know that so far, you can only download LimeRa1n for Windows. There is no Mac LimeRa1n download yet. According to Geohot himself, a Mac and Linux version of LimeRa1n should be available soon.
Update: There is now a Mac and Linux version of LimeRa1n.
There are many websites offering fake LimeRa1n download links. My recommendation is to be very careful with those. You can always download LimeRa1n from our iPhone downloads section, or directly from the LimeRa1n website.
I will update this post as soon as we have LimeRa1n download links for Mac and Linux.
If you're on a PC, here is a guide on how to jailbreak your iPhone iOS 4.1 with LimeRa1n.