Thanks to some hard work from a team lead by Comex, the iPhone Dev Team have released, what could possibly be, the easiest and most ingenious jailbreak for any iPhone or iPod touch running iOS4 (apart from the iOS4.1 beta). JailbreakMe.com is as simple as it sounds. Go to the site in Mobile Safari and ‘slide to jailbreak’, sit back and watch the magic, no PC or Mac needed. Cloud utility at it’s finest here folks. It’ll work for your brand new iPhone 4 along with the 3GS, 3G and iPod touch 3rd/2nd gen, but not an iPad running iOS 3.2.1 currently.
Of course jailbreaking your iDevice comes with a few caveats. It is apparently legal in the US, but will still void your warranty. Especially on the iPhone 4, there are features that are in the process of being made stable under jailbreak like FaceTime and MMS (does anyone still actually use those?), which Comex assures us is now stable according to Engadget. We recommend making a good backup before you attempt this, because you never know you might need to restore your device. And yes there is a lot of talk about ‘bricking’ your device. I want to re-iterate here what I’ve said before, it is very difficult to actually brick your iDevice. A DFU restore will sort almost anything that revolves around jailbreaking, so don’t worry, if you have a full backup the only thing you’re likely to lose is time. As of writing JailBreakMe.com is up and holding steady, but large volumes of traffic meant that it was up and down through the night, so if you don’t see it at first try again later.
Now, whether you actually want to jailbreak your iPhone 4 is another matter, since the major onus for jailbreaking – multitasking, has been implemented in some manner with iOS4. Whilst carrier unlock is not possible with this jailbreak method, you’ll have to wait for redsn0w for iPhone 4 for that, if you’re after apps that only Cydia can provide, SBSettings for instance or PDAnet, then go fourth and jailbreak dear readers!