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[FIRMWARE] A Post From The Blog of Jonathan Zdziarski (One of The Programmers For The 1.1.3 Jailbreak)

Posted by Jody Mitoma on January 21, 2008

jailbroken 1.1.3 iphoneJonathan Zdziarski is one of the many programmers working on getting the 1.1.3. firmware jailbreak released to the public. In his latest post, he states the reason they are delaying the release of the how to guide on jailbreaking the latest firmware from Apple. Have a look below for his latest post:

January 20, 2008: iPhone 1.1.3 is Jailbroken
I wasn’t going to post anything, but since there is a lot of confusion surrounding the 1.1.3 jailbreak, I thought I’d clear a few misconceptions up. The iPhone-Elite team and the iPhone/iTouch Dev teams have recently merged and collaborated on a software jailbreak for v1.1.3. I’ve posted some screenshots here and here. Overall, it took the work of about seven members, including myself, to craft this jailbreak – it was a true team effort. It has been previously speculated that this followed up a previous hardware jailbreak, but this is not the case.

The software method we used involves some fancy command-line work, however a few other team members have already begun writing scripts to perform most of the difficult stuff, dramatically reducing the amount of time and brain power you’ll need to invest. As to why it hasn’t been released yet, we’re actually a bit torn about the subject. Some of us would like to see it released, but at the end of the day it really does make sense to hang onto the method until next month when Apple’s SDK is released. As a software developer, my goal is to help keep the iPhone an open platform so that free, open source applications can continue to be written for it. We don’t know what Apple’s sales structure or licensing is going to look like. Any company who would charge $20 for a config file to enable options that are already hidden on an iPod Touch is clearly greedy enough to also ride on the backs of software developers to a profit. I for one would rather let iPhone users enjoy my software at no charge. The iPhone is a personal computer – one specifically that contains much of my personal information – and I feel that we have the right to access our own computers. Therefore, once the SDK is released, we’ll be releasing the jailbreak method for all to enjoy.

The new 1.1.3 software runs applications as a non-privileged ‘mobile’ user. Application developers should start pushing updates into SVN to accommodate this by changing all references of /var/root to /var/mobile. Any other actions requiring root will require workarounds.

Please don’t email me with any further questions.



4 Responses to “[FIRMWARE] A Post From The Blog of Jonathan Zdziarski (One of The Programmers For The 1.1.3 Jailbreak)”

  1. I found your site on technorati and read a few of your other posts. Keep up the good work. I just added your RSS feed to my Google News Reader. Looking forward to reading more from you.

    Allen Taylor

  2. Thanks a million Allen! Glad to have you as one of our readers. 🙂

  3. ariel (solopsism syndrome on said

    I’ve been reading a lot of your guy’s post, keeeep up the good work. I like your guy’s blog a lot too, because i can just come here to find the latest info on the ipod touch, as oppose to going through piles of threads at

  4. I’m glad we’re building up a fan base. =) Glad to have you as one of our readers “Ariel”!

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