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iPhone 2.0.1 firmware breaks PwnageTool, updates baseband [UPDATED]

Yesterday Apple released firmware 2.0.1 for the iPhone and iPod Touch and among the “bug fixes” is to block access to jailbroken applications. That one should be fixable by the iPhone Dev Team and their PwnageTool but another interesting change is that Apple has also updated the iPhone 3G baseband.

The baseband is hacked to unlock the iPhone so that it can be used with other carriers than the one you purchased it with, such as using the iPhone with T-Mobile instead of AT&T in the US.

The iPhone Dev Team admits that they still have to do testing with the new updated baseband and there’s a chance that with the new baseband the phone will not be able to be unlocked, meaning you’ll be stuck with your original carrier. Some won’t care, but to others that’s a big deal.

From the iPhone Dev Team blog, here are some points they want to make sure PwnageTool users understand about the latest firmware update:

  • If you own a first generation (2G iPhone), no matter what you do now, you don’t have to worry, the next PwnageTool will get you where you want even if it you prematurely updated. 2G is completely pwned at every conceivable level and you’ll always be OK. But if you own a 3G iPhone and are looking for unlock in the near future, don’t use Apple’s update yet!
  • If your 3G iPhone is on a regular contract and you always plan to be with the carrier then you can update but you will lose the jailbreak and access to third party (non AppStore) applications.
  • If your 3G iPhone is not on a regular contract and you plan to use it on an alternative network to the carrier that supplied it then do not update unless you do it with the impending PwnageTool update.
  • PwnageTool v2.0.1 does not work with version 2.0.1 of the iPhone or iPod update from Apple.
  • We will release an update to PwnageTool when the testing has been completed and all applied changes have been checked for safety.
UPDATE: The iPhone Dev Team released an update yesterday to their PwnageTool that should now work with Apple’s 2.0.1 firmware. For more info check out this post.

[Via Engadget]


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