It was this Thursday evening that Jay Freeman (alias Saurik, the initiator of Cydia) participated a live chat organized by Tuaw. The purpose of this virtual meeting was to make a point concerning the jailbreak of the iPhone 3GS and the iPod Touch (last generation).
Indeed, since the arrival of firmware 3.1, it is no longer possible to jailbreak the iPhone 3GS. A solution seems to be coming soon …
Saurik explained that things were more complicated than expected with the latest firmware, especially during a restoration. Apple recently reportedly set up a new "gs.apple.com" server that serves as authentication during a restore. Once the data of the iPhone 3GS (or iPod touch) transmitted, via iTunes this security server (during the restoration), a verification is carried out and allows the activation of the iPhone 3GS (or iPod Touch) if this last one was not restored by firmware modifi.
Saurik remains confident however, and would therefore work towards a solution which would consist of imitating the famous Apple server which would therefore enable activation and therefore the jailbreak of the latest generation iPhone 3GS and iPod Touch.
As a reminder, the initiator of Cydia had set up a system that allowed the collection of information from the iPhone just before the availability of iPhone OS 3.1. The results collected in a database, on a Saurik-owned server, would help when activating your iPhone 3GS under iPhone OS 3.1. Provided that you have not forgotten to carry out this procedure … An alternative solution remains however possible.
Case to follow?
We discuss it on the forum.