The iPhone is a brilliant, well received, and best-selling device. However, in Apple’s usual style, it is designed to only be used by official partners, both in terms of carriers such as AT&T, and application developers. To break out of this walled garden, you need to jailbreak your iPhone, and that is now possible for the 3G iPhone, and original iPhones using iPhone OS 2.0, thanks to the release of Pwnage 2.0.
The original Pwnage was released last year by the iphone-dev team, a loosely organized international group who come together to develop tools for the iPhone for people who aren’t content with what Apple offers. And now, according to Ars Technica, they’re back, just to rub Steve Jobs face in it.
Pwnage 2.0 jailbreaks the new iPhone, but doesn’t yet unlock it. It does however do both for the older iPhones. There is a question mark over whether jailbreaking of this nature is actually necessary now, with Apple’s new iPhone App Store. There is also less opportunity for unlocking the new iPhone 3Gs as buyers now have two options: buy an unlocked one from new for a very high price, or signing a long-term contract with an official carrier when they make their purchase.
Pwnage 2.0 is available from the iphone-dev team blog but download it at your own risk. Installing any unauthorized firmware on either model of the iPhone immediately voids the warranty and could brick the device, although no-one has reported problems of that nature with Pwnage 2.0 as of yet.
The program has an intuitive, easy-to-use interface, and is supported by step-by-step instructions for safe use, but even with these safeguards, some people on various forum are reporting problems. I personally wouldn’t download this program right now, instead advising you to wait until the initial issues are resolved, and solutions created.