My brother Mark, his girlfriend Jen, and their iPhones

Excuse another iPhone posts, I have some juicy programmerly entries coming up I just have a few friends that are interested in this and want to save them some time.

The 2.0.1 firmware which came out just a few days ago was just the thing I was waiting for – it fixed the craziness and slowness that was going on with (all?) my iphone (hour long backups anyone?) as well as the slow texting and “apple screen of death”. It came, in fact, just when I decided to jailbreak my iPhone for the second time.

The first time I did it was back before 2.0 firmware and it was the high life. I had SSH, VNC clients, silly games, and an Apache web server running from my phone. I gave all that up for the light saber app and international keyboard support. But now I have the best of both worlds again, and the five hours it cost me can be yours in less than one following my quick guide.

At first jailbreaking your iPhone was really hard. You had to do all kinds of things in terminal and cross reference about three or four tutorials that all weren’t quite right. Then it got really easy – just go to a web site using your phone’s browser and BAM, your iPhone got to pass go and collect two hundred dollars. Now it’s somewhere in the middle. Freedom is in the form of a downloadable app called Pwnage (Mac only but there should be a Windows equivalent by now). Basically, jailbreaking your phone under the 2.0 firmware involves rewriting the latest firmware update and making a custom “altered” one for you to restore with – don’t worry it’s a lot easier than it sounds and as far as I can tell, it’s impossible to brick your phone, it would have happened to me from all the things I’ve tried. So here’s what to do:

  1. Backup your iPhone and restore it to factory condition (you can restore your backed-up files later.)
  2. Visit this link and download Pwnage to your desktop (don’t run it or unzip it):
  3. IMPORTANT: Do not use some app to unzip the file. It creates weird permission issues and it looks like 80% who tried this including myself wasted a lot of time reformatting their phones several times. Instead, open up Terminal, change directories to your desktop, and unzip the file with this command: tar -jxvf PwnageTool_2.0.2.tbz
  4. For some reason, iTunes keeps backups of all your firmware updates – this seems incredibly wasteful to me since they’re about 250mb a piece. Inside of /Users/USERNAME/Library/iTunes/Mobile Backups is where they’re located.

    Go ahead and move the 2.0.1 update (iPhone1,2_2.0.1_5B108_Restore.ipsw) to your desktop.

    (If you’re having trouble finding this folder just type open /Users/USERNAME/Library/iTunes/Mobile\ Backups, where USERNAME is the current logged in user. If you don’t know who the current logged in user is type whoami in Terminal.

  5. Ok, now run Pwnage in Expert mode (simple mode is awesome but it only auto-detects and tries to use the 2.0 firmware, not 2.01.) Browse for your latest software update file (IPSW) on your desktop. Here you have a bunch of options. Just do this:

    Click General, then the next button, and unclick Activate the phone. Hit the Back button.

    OPTIONAL: Click custom logos, next, and uncheck them if you don’t want them. Hit the back button.

    Click the Build button and the next button. In about 5-10 minutes you should have your new IPSW file. Here it should ask you to do some magically things with your iphone, including putting it into recovery mode. It’s SLIGHTLY tricky but you just have to get the timing right to get into recovery mode. Last time I remember, it’s 10 seconds on home and sleep buttons followed by 5 seconds on home button. Just follow the pictures (don’t look at the words, they throw you off.)

  6. Switch back to iTunes. It’ll say it detects your phone in revovery mode. Option click the restore button – it will allow you to pick a file. Pick the custom one from your desktop. In a few minutes you’re done!

    You should see 2 new icons on your springboard. The old familiar Installer, where you can install apps with. And the new installer called Cyndia. Try to open up Cyndia – if it crashes, that means there were some permission issues when you initially unzipped pwnage. Try again.

  7. Optionally, restore from your backup in step 1. Now install apps to your hearts content!
  8. Do note that right now a lot of 1.0 jailbreak apps haven’t been ported to the new 2.0 framework yet. Still there is a lot of cool stuff including having an interactive terminal, the ability to SSH/SFTP into your phone and SSH out to other machines, Ruby, Perl, Python, and Java support, Lighttpd web sever, an NES emulator, MxTube (let’s you download full res Youtube vids to your phone), lots of abilities to customize themes, logos, ringtones on your phone, SVN, CVS, IRC clients, Lynx, and the list goes on.

    If you have any trouble with the above and you have my phone number feel free to call me, else just leave a comment.