Got an iPhone 3G, 3GS or iPod touch 2/3G? Want in on the iOS4 action right now, but you’re not a developer? Well you’re in luck! Apple’s latest iOS4 release, the Golden Master (GM), doesn’t require a developer account to activate and is ‘freely’ available for download if you know where to look. [Update: The iOS4 update that Apple released on Monday 21st is freely available and can be jailbroken using this method]
But what is the GM? Don’t I have to wait till Apple releases iOS4 on June 21st? As you already know, iOS4 has been in the works for some time now, released to developers in beta form so they could perfect their apps ahead of time, ready for the release of the new iOS. The GM is the final step in the beta process, and essentially what Apple is denoting with that moniker is that iOS4 is feature complete. It’s the same thing for instance, when a Microsoft desktop OS is said to have gone gold, or RTM, which stands for Release to Manufacturing; it’s ready for printing onto DVDs. So the GM of iOS4 is what you’re going to get if you wait until the 21st of June like everyone else, bar any unforeseen killer bugs that haven’t been ironed out in the beta process (highly unlikely).
So what do you get from iOS4 and why would you want to update? Well on the 3GS you get all the trimmings, multitasking (of some sort), home screen wallpapers, folders, Game Center (only available in the GM not the public iOS4 release), the works. On the iPhone 3G you get basically everything but multitasking and home screen wallpaper. Perhaps for a 3G user then, the emphasis to update is not as great, because let’s be honest it’s all about the home screen wallpapers right?
Well, hold your horses iPhone 3Gers. You too can get in on the funky wallpapering action, and enable multitasking, all with a simple text edit. But for that you’ll need to jailbreak iOS4 on your device, which is both possible and easy, right now.
There are two small snags before you jump the gun. This jailbreak is only available for the iPhone 3G currently, but if you’re just after a stock update to iOS4 you’re good to go with an iPhone 3GS and iPod touch. The second small snag is that you’ll need iTunes 9.2 beta to sync iOS4, which is currently only available on Mac. So for all you PC users, I’m afraid you’re going to be left out in the cold until a windows version of iTunes 9.2 comes along. now available on all platforms ready for iOS4. iTunes 9.2 is now available for both Mac and Windows, so if you’re not using Linux, you should be good to go.
OK, I’m on-board, what do I need? Read On