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[iPhone] HowTo Activate and Unlock using QuickPwn 2.1

I. Abstract

This is a short HowTo since all of you by now know how to use QuickPwn, don’t you? in short: QuickPwn is an Après-Tool. Means: you let iTunes 8 do the update process and use QuickPwn afterwards to “open” your device. Note:

  • 2G iPhones can be jailbroken and unlocked
  • 3G iPhones can be jailbroken, but not unlocked
  • iPod Touch 1st generation can be jailbroken
  • iPod Touch 2nd generation can not be jailbroken

Our article will not cover the iPod Touch, but the iPhone.

II. Requirements

III. Warning

Jailbreaking and unlocking is illegal to be performed with iPhone devices that are part of a current agreement (mostly 12 or 24 months). You would violate your contract by jailbreaking and unlocking! Don’t do it.

  • If you’re updating: all your Cydia and Installer.app based applications will be lost and need to be installed again!
  • Make sure you make a backup of your data!

IV. Update iPhone firmware

  • connect your iPhone with your PC
  • start iTunes 8
  • choose your iPhone (under devices)
  • hold the shift-key (on your keyboard) and do a mouse-click on the Update Button – a file-open window will pop up like this:
  • locate the downloaded firmware 2.1 (named: iPhone1,1_2.1_5F136_Restore.ipsw) and open it
  • iTunes will begin to update your iPhone automatically

  • After having updated the iPhone will reboot. If you are using an already Pwned iPhone it will remain activated and unlocked, you only need to jailbreak.

IV. QuickPwning it :-)

  • Let your iPhone plugged to your computer
  • Close iTunes
  • Start QuickPwn 2.1-1
  • You will be greeted with the Device Detection screen, click the right-arrow to proceed:
  • on the next window, click the Browse button to locate your iPhone1,1_2.1_5F136_Restore.ipsw firmware:

  • QuickPwn will check if the firmware matches the version currently running on your iPhone and will allow you to proceed (click the right-arrow):
  • the next windows allows you to select, what you want to install. We recommend to install both Cydia and Installer.app. If your iPhone has not been unlocked until now, here you can also choose to simunlock it. As we are quite conservative: we never change the boot logos, but this seems to be a matter of taste. After having selected, click the right-arrow button to proceed.
  • For safety reasons, QuickPwn will remind you to leave your iPhone plugged to your computer, click the right-arrow button to proceed
  • Read and follow the instruction on this window very carefully! QuickPwn will help you counting!
  • After that, QuickPwn will take control and perform the following actions automatically:

  • When all the tasks have been completed, QuickPwn has finished.
  • Your iPhone will perform some more actions for the next few minutes. It will show it is changing the NOR and so on and will reboot then.

After having rebooted your iPhone will be perfectly jailbroken and unlocked

V. Final words

Guys, we hope we could clarify some more things here than others did. We appreciate your comments on this. Kudos to all of you and remember to consider our sponsors, they really got the coolest offers ;-) Kudos fly out to the iPhone Dev Team! Live long and prosper, guys.

[iPhone] Windows QuickPwn 2.1 Released

Eventually the iPhone Dev Team released QuickPwn 2.1 for Windows. They really don’t seem to sleep never. It supports firmware 2.1. It jailbreaks, activates and unlocks iPhone 2G devices and jailbreaks iPhone 3G. It sadly still does not unlock iPhone 3G. Using is very straightforward. Kudos to the Dev Team :-)

» Download QuickPwn here (sha1 f8124d0e8f31f64ef3272de8fbc679e1dd1f93a7)

[iPhone] Workarounds for Issues with PwnageTool/QuickPwn for Firmware 2.1

We read all over the net and found some solutions to the most common issues that occurred. If you are kinda conservative user, we’d recommend not to update to firmware 2.1 and wait until a PwnageTool and QuickPwn update has been released. Since the iPhone Dev Team is reacting very fast, this should take only some days.

Known Workarounds:

Error 1600 and Error 6: restore with stock firmware 2.1, then QuickPwn (you may then put into restore mode and install custom IPSW, but it’s not necessary- credits to “HomeGrown”).

Error 1600: when Pwnage asks, if already pwned your device, answer NO, no matter if you pwned if before or not (credits to “Maurofoto”)

Error 1600: let iTunes download firmware 2.1 again (you may delete it from the local folder if you already downloaded it via iTunes. Folder on a Mac: ~/Library/iTunes/iPhone Software Update/), then exit iTunes, prep a custom IPSW using Pwnage, delete the iTunes downloaded firmware from the above mentioned folder again and copy your custom IPSW to that folder, but name it exactly as the original firmware was named (credits to “Markat”)

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[iPhone] PwnageTool and QuickPwn for Firmware 2.1 released (Updated)

The iPhone Dev Team did it again. Firmware 2.1 has been released yesterday and PwnageTool and QuickPwn are yet updated to support jailbreaking and unlocking. Nice! Besides support of firmware 2.1, the iPhone Dev Team found a way to even fool the new iTunes 8 pwnage detection (read our recent article here). Now iTunes 8 will install custom firmware compiled with PwnageTool again – no patching or modifying of iTunes 8 required…

[Update] 14th of Sept, 2008: People report issues with different errors. We are just prepping a collection of workarounds. Find them in some minutes here.

Kudos to the Dev Team !!!

» Download QuickPwn here(SHA: 0b2dcb51e224b12590793e8a758dd80c450e5b64)
» Download PwnageTool here(SHA: 92487230c66296ec1e414260b5f107e5d351923f)

[iPhone] Firmware 2.1 Released

Apple made their promises come true. Firmware 2.1 is out now. If you are using a pwned iPhone – don’t update now, as it is unclear at the moment, if the iPhone remains unlocked. According to Apple firmware 2.1 should:

  • Decrease dropped calls
  • improve battery life
  • reduce backup time
  • improve email reliability (POP and Exchange)
  • allow faster installation of 3rd party apps
  • reduce hangs and crashes for users with lots of third party applications (we don’t know either what exactly does “lots” mean?)
  • improve performance in text messaging
  • allow faster loading and searching of contacts
  • improve accuracy of the 3G signal strength display
  • and some more…

Rumors say updating the iPhone to 2.1 and using QuickPwn with firmware 2.0.2 in order to jailbreak should work. We can’t confirm this and moreover: we definitely recommend not to try this. iPod Touch may want to visit QuickPwn to find further instructions for dealing with 2.1.

As conservative users: wait a couple of days. The iPhone Dev Team is most likely on their marks…

[iPhone] Apple to release Firmware 2.1 Tomorrow

Firmware 2.1 is already available for iPod Touch customers. If you are already using firmware 2.0 this update will be free of charge. If you are running a firmware revision below 2.0 an upgrade fee will apply. iPhone users need to wait a little longer. Apple will begin seeding firmware 2.1 on friday, 12th of september. As always: for iPhone customers this upgrade is free of charge. Why buying an iPod Touch anyway?

Apple announced this upgrade will:

  • fix connection terminations
  • fix system hang ups
  • prolong battery time
  • accelerate iTunes backup synchronisation
  • improve 3G connections

iPhone Dev Team: get on your marks. 6million iPhone users are expecting your help tomorrow :-)

[iPhone] Firmware 2.1 breaks OpenClip API

OpenClip.org announced that iPhone firmware 2.1 will break the concept of copy and paste. As reported earlier (read here) this concept was the only to obtain a clipboard on the iPhone. iPhones still lack support for data exchange between applications, that are yet normal to Windows Mobile users.

[iPhone] Firmware 2.1 Beta and new SDK for Developers

Apple has just released the new firmware 2.1 beta to developers. Firmware 2.1 brings a better GPS integration for 3G devices to allow using it as a real navigation receiver. The GPS feature “Core Location” can now also detect the speed and the direction of your moves. For 2G and 3G users there will be an update included for better integration of push notifications.

Along with this beta Apple shipped the new SDK. But currently this new SDK cannot be used to provide Apps to the AppStore.

We are not aware yet, if this update solves the slowing-down issues of Apps (we reported here).