iPhone OS 3.0 beta successfully jailbroken
Despite the fact that iPhone OS 3.0 is still a ways from seeing the public light of day, those who are concerned over whether or not they’ll be able to jailbreak Apple’s newest iteration can take heart. A post on the QuickPWN blog says that a Russian hacker has released an “unofficial” jailbreak for the beta software (that is, one not developed by the iPhone Dev Team that maintains the QuickPWN jailbreaking software).
Of course, the iPhone 3.0 software—which is currently in its second beta release—is only available to programmers who are paid members of Apple’s iPhone Developer Program. In related news, Ars Technica reported on Wednesday that the latest version of Apple’s SDK agreement, which developers are required to agree to when they download the iPhone beta OS, appears to prohibit developers from contributing to the jailbreak effort or distributing their applications via any channel other than the App Store.
Not that this is likely to put a stop to jaibreaking, as is clearly evident from the 3.0 jailbreak. But I imagine that Apple felt it had to give itself some recourse that could be used in a legal situation if necessary, such as the issue that has arisen over the DMCA exemption proposed by the Electronic Frontier Foundation. It remains to be seen to what extent Apple will actually try to enforce these new clauses, futile though such efforts would will likely be.