While most developer attention has been on iOS 5, it’s worth remembering that iOS 4.3.3, the current version, has a number of tethered jailbreak tools, but nothing like this un-tethered, web-based jailbreak utility. Simply point your iOS device at the web page, and the site will jailbreak your device for you.
The utility is called JailbreakMe 3.0, and it’s slated to be officially released to the world shortly. After a beta tester leaked the utility on the web last week, iOS devs and jailbreak fans have been tweaking the utility to try and get it working ahead of the official launch.
One of those developers is Ryan Vanniekerk, who managed to not only get the tool working, but jailbreak his own iPad 2 running iOS 4.3.3 using just his browser. He got his hands on the source for JailbreakMe 3.0, set up his own web server to spoof the official one, and the rest is history. Vanniekerk even posted a fairly lengthy tutorial on how to do what he did on his blog.
Vanniekerk’s method is largely untested, but there’s nothing significantly different about the way it works that it’s not trustworthy. The official version of Jailbreak 3.0 is slated for release at any moment, but Vanniekerk’s method is notable.
First, he beat the official launch, and second, he found a way to take the source and build the service to run at home on his own network with a spoofed web server – meaning that if the official JailbreakMe 3.0 launch doesn’t go as planned, or gets pulled from the Web, you’ll be able to roll your own.
Regardless, if you plan to try it, it’s always worth noting that jailbreaking your iOS device will void its warranty, and Apple will refuse to service or troubleshoot any issues you have with the device until it’s locked again.
Read more at Cult of Mac, via the iPhone Download Blog