Late last week we ran an article about the, at that time, unreleased Spirit jailbreaking program. Spirit is the newest jailbreaking application from the group of hackers that call themselves the iPhone Dev Team. Now comes news that Spirit Jailbreak is freely available to the public. As reported today in tech blogs such as AppleInsider, the Spirit jailbreak has been released.
Spirit jailbreaks any device running iPhone OS 3.1.2, 3.1.3, and 3.2. In addition to breaking the protections Apple has placed on their devices to guard against unauthorized applications, Spirit also installs the Cydia application. Cydia is an alternative to Apple’s App Store application. It lists programs for purchase and download on the jailbroken device. Cydia is mostly a directory of programs rejected by Apple’s app approval process but also includes original content. For example, the Cydia store contains an app called Backgrounder that implements multitasking on version 3 of the iPhone OS. Official support for multitasking will not be available for the iPhone OS until the release of version 4 later this summer.
As we reported in our earlier article, some main points of the Spirit jailbreak include:
- Spirit is an untethered jailbreak. This means you won’t have to jailbreak your device whenever it needs to reboot or runs out of battery power.
- Spirit works on all devices.
- Spirit does not include a carrier unlock.
- Spirit requires your device to be activated or hacktivated.
While jailbreaking your device is a personal decision I won’t offer an opinion on, the Spirit jailbreak does seem to be the easiest means possible to accomplish the task. I’m sure Apple will analyse this latest offering from the iPhone hacking community and try to provide some sort of countermeasures against. I expect iPhone OS 4 will contain some of those countermeasures but by then the hackers may have already circumvented them. I look forward to watching this ongoing battle with interest.
Do you plan on jailbreaking your iPhone or iPad? Would you consider it to gain more access to your device and the applications provided by Cydia? Leave us your thoughts in the comments section.