How to: Jailbreak your iPhone 2.2.1 in 3 easy Steps – iPhone Dev Team Releases Official QuickPWN 2.2.1

quickpwnIt’s insane how fast these guys crack Apple’s firmware upgrades. I’m upgrading to 2.2.1 via iTunes right now and then I’m going to try the new QuickPWN tool.

Since Apple changed the baseband in this firmware upgrade there are quite a few caveats but those only apply if you have or will be wanting to unlock your iPhone to use with another carrier. The bottom line is, if you are using an iPhone 3G that you do not, or will not want to unlock it, and are using (most versions) of Mac OS or any version of Windows, you should be good to go with a fairly straightforward update and pwnage.

  1. Download latest version of QuickPWN.  2.2.5-2 for Windows (torrent) or 2.2.5 for Mac (torrent).
  2. Connect your iPhone to iTunes and update to 2.2.1 as usual.
  3. Run the QuickPWN app, follow the on-screen instructions and you’re all set.

It’s pretty sad that we even need to go through any of these steps just to fully realize the full functionality of phones that we paid our hard earned money for.  I know there are quite a few people that don’t think that jailbreaking is even worthwhile anymore but for my money, there are at least three apps that still make jailbreaking worthwhile.

For far more details on the new QuickPWN update check out here and here.

Click after the jump to see what apps I’m jailbreaking for.

  1. Cycorder: A fantastic video recorder.  Definitely the best video quality of any cell phone video I’ve ever seen.  This app is almost worth the hassle of jailbreaking alone (and it’s created by Saurik one of the minds behind the iPhone Dev Team).  It’s mindboggling that the iTunes App Store doesn’t include one video recorder app.  Not only is this a great video recorder, it’s free!  According to the site, “Record at the maximum speed of the iPhone camera (6-15 frames per second, depending only on lighting conditions) with no compression delay between pressing stop and getting to view the resulting video.  Cycorder does MJPEG compression: the same as that used by most point and shoot digital cameras that also happen to support recording video.  Video files are recorded at 384×288, a 4×3 (television) aspect ratio”.
  2. Snapture: This is what the native iPhone camera app should have been.  There is a free version and a premium version that costs $7.99, but for my money it’s worth every penny.  Snapture boasts an impressive list of features.  My personal favorite features are: 1) Tap anywhere on the screen, or use the volume button to take a picture! Get a firm grasp of your iPhone and click anywhere to take the pic.  No trying to manipulate your thumb or other hand down to that tiny shutter button.  2) Take pictures in 4 color modes: full color, grayscale, sepia and negative. 3) Take photos in 3 different sizes: Large (1600×1200), Medium (1280×960) and Small (960×720). 4) Take 3 quick consecutive pictures with one press. Great for action shots. This is the absolute best feature ever for my purposes.  I have a 10 month old daughter and I am constantly taking pictures of her on the fly with my iPhone.  It’s almost impossible to get a good shot on the first one as she’s always moving.  The 3 consecutive pictures almost always allows me to get 1 or 2 good shots.  I use it every time.  The one con is that this app is a resource hog and pretty freaking unstable. If the developers would release an update solving those issues this would be one of the best iPhone apps of all time in my opinion.
  3. MCleaner: MCleaner is a firewall software which can manage your sms and call,and blocking incoming calls and sms automatically.It’s can filter incoming call and sms according to pre-configurated keyword(sms) and phone number(could be partial match), and you can set a profile to set MCleaner working mode quickly, and also scheduler mode is supported. The downside is that this app is $10, but for me, having that kind of control over what comes into my phone is worth it.

So those are my three must-have jailbreak apps.  I’m sure there are more out there, but those are the three that continue to convince me to keep going through the trouble of jailbreaking every time Apple releases an update.  Come on Apple, ease up and let the jailbreak apps in!

Do you jailbreak?  If so, what apps keep you coming back for more?


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