By DAVID MURPHY / PCMag.com
The champion returns—but depending on your point of view, it could very well be said that Apple’s arch-nemesis has come out of retirement. The prolific 21-year-old iPhone hacker Geohot, otherwise known as George Holtz, is back in the jailbreaking scene once again after announcing his retirement from any and all “iDevices” in mid-July of this year.
And, like Rocky back in the ring, Geohot has brought with him a few more tricks up his sleeve—in this case, he’s launched a brand-new jailbreak called “Limera1n.” It’s not a one-button exploit like many of its peers in the jailbreaking world. However, it allegedly gives a user an “unpatchable” way to install third-party (e.g. unauthorized) software onto their iPhones, amongst other features that a jailbroken device allows for.
The jailbreak comes a day after fellow jailbreaking crew Chronic Dev Team announced the release of their iOS 4.1 jailbreaking software tool, “Greenpois0n,” which is scheduled to go live on Sunday morning. Not only has Geohot unexpectedly beat them to the punch, but he’s also managed to design a jailbreak that’s far more universal in its appeal than the Greenpois0n tool.
Why’s that? Well, Greenpois0n has only been slated to work with devices running version 4.1 of Apple’s iOS operating system—more importantly, only the devices packing an A4 chip on the inside, which limits the software’s usefulness to the iPhone 4, the fourth-generation iPod, the iPad, and Apple TVs. Owners of devices like the iPhone 3G or 3Gs need not apply.
However, Limera1n allegedly works with all devices running version 4.0 of the iOS operating system or higher (save for the iPhone 3G or iPod Touch 2G). In fact, Holtz has even published a fun little image showing off the tool’s loading screen across a panoply of Apple products:
The Chronic Dev Team is allegedly at work to bundle Holtz’s exploit into its Greenpois0n tool prior to tomorrow’s release—not only due to its more wide-ranging capabilities, but because simultaneous, competing releases of jailbreaking tools only gives Apple two targets to plug in future device updates versus one. That said, they don’t see this as a kind of altruistic endeavor—if anything, they’re not taking too kindly to Holtz’s Limera1n.
“Hopefully we can get Geohot’s exploit implemented and release greenpois0n tomorrow, cleaning up the mess he made,” reads a message on the Chronic Dev Team’s Twitter account.