A well known hacker posted the first jailbreak for the iPhone 4. The hack is available at jailbreakme.com and installs a program that lets iPhone 4 owners and others purchase apps from stores other than the Apple App Store.
To start the process, visit that website using the Safari browser on an iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch. Unlike other jailbreaks, this version reportedly can be installed from the Web, without the aid of another computer. Hackers already had posted jailbreaks for previous iPhone models, but the jailbreakme.com site is the first jailbreak reported to work with Apple’s newest model of smartphone.
A hacker named Comex contributed to the update. The news of the iPhone 4 jailbreak comes just days after the process of jailbreaking phones was ruled to be legal by the U.S. Library of Congress.
After jailbreaking a phone, users can download apps that Apple has not approved for sale in its online App Store. Some of the more popular black-market apps include MyWi, which turns phones into mobile Wi-Fi hotspots, and IntelliScreen, which lets users put e-mail and calendars on their home screens.
While some iPhone 4 owners may experience problems after the jailbreak, Comex has said that he is working on those issues. Hey, people just have to be patient right? At least the jailbreak is now available and people will start enjoying more freedom rather than just be stuck with the App Store.