Legal hack JailbreakMe released for iPhone 4
A new jailbreak for the iPhone 4 and the iPhone’s iOS 4.0 has been released by the same developer who
previously released a jailbreak for the iPad.
JailbreakMe 2.0, by “comex et al,” is available at www.jailbreakme.com through the iPhone’s mobile Safari
browser, according to the Web site. The jailbreak allows users to run apps and themes not necessarily
approved by Apple.
Just last week, jailbreaking was one of six classes of works to receive a legal exemption to the Digital
Millenmium Copyright Act by the Library of Congress. Specifically, the U.S. Copyright Office included:
“Computer programs that enable wireless telephone handsets to execute software applications, where
circumvention is accomplished for the sole purpose of enabling interoperability of such applications, when
they have been lawfully obtained, with computer programs on the telephone handset.”
In addition, jailbreaking to allow phones to connect to other carrier networks was included: “Computer
programs, in the form of firmware or software, that enable used wireless telephone handsets to connect to a
wireless telecommunications network, when circumvention is initiated by the owner of the copy of the
computer program solely in order to connect to a wireless telecommunications network and access to the
network is authorized by the operator of the network."
However, Apple has warned that hacking an iPhone would void the device’s warranty. According to the
U.K.-based Telegraph, Apple released a statement that said “The vast majority of customers do not jailbreak
their iPhones. This can violate the warranty, and can cause the iPhone to become unstable and not work
According to Jailbreakme.com, the hack is fully reversible through iTunes using the “restore” function.
“Jailbreaking doesn’t slow down your device or use an extra battery,” according to Jailbreakme.com. “A
jailbreak lets your device be how you want it.”
The iPhone 4.0 jailbreak is free but the developer accepts donations through the We