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Blackra1n Jailbreaks iPhone, iPod Touch With iPhoneOS 3.1.2

The iPhone Dev Team has done it yet again as it releases yet another jailbreaking tool to crack wide open Apple's latest iPod Touch/iPhone Firmware - in this case, version 3.1.2.

Blackra1n has been released, courtesy of George Hotz, earlier today and is available only on Windows (including Windows 7 64-bit) (opens in new tab) for now. A Mac version is schedule for release in a near future.

The application jailbreaks all iPhones and iPod Touch devices running 3.1.2 regardless of the hardware used within 30 seconds. We've already tested it and it seems to be working.

The usual small print applies. You won't be able to upgrade your iPhone firmware via Apple iTunes. Hotz also warns 3G and 3GS unlockers not to upgrade to 3.1.2 using iTunes if they want to keep their unlocked device.

This is due to the fact that the Baseband cannot be downgraded. He also suggests to have a look at what the iPhone Dev Team is offering before concluding by saying that Blackra1n won't hacktivate your iPhone and that it won't jailbreak untethered IPT3.

Our Comments

Arguably, we won't be responsible to whatever happens to your iPhone if you ever decide to Jailbreak it. Still there's loads of fun to be had if you decide to embrace the dark side. Let us know how it went and whether you encountered any glitches.

Related Links

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Universal iPhone/iPod touch 3.1.2 Jailbreak Tool blackra1n for Windows Released (opens in new tab)

(TheIPhoneBlog)

Jailbreak iPhone OS 3.1.2 with Blackra1n (opens in new tab)

(Techie-Buzz)

iPhone 3.1.2 firmware jailbreak blackra1n now available (opens in new tab)

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