iPhone Jailbreak team admits defeat over new firmware

Jailbreak team quits, not willing to take on Apple

iPhone Dev Team, the creators of the first iPhone 4 jailbreak, has said it will not be supporting its jailbreak and has chosen to back out of the 'cat and mouse' game with Apple.

The original hack was released mere weeks after the release of Apple's iPhone 4 and gained immense popularity for being an alarmingly simple process. Users could jailbreak their iPhone simply by visiting a website.

Dev-Team has confirmed that it will not be providing an updated version of the jailbreak for the new 4.0.2 firmware, which Apple released to counter the hack.

A post on the Dev-Team blog congratulated users who were able to jailbreak their iPhone but also revealed the team wouldn't butt heads with Apple any longer.


"FW 4.0.2/3.2.2 was *only* released to fix the jailbreakme hole," the team said. "With FW 4.1 still in its beta stages, it makes no sense to escalate the "cat & mouse" with Apple for FW updates that only fix the jailbreak holes. To quote WOPR, "the only winning move is not to play."

The team indicated that continuing the development process this early in the beta firmware period would only benefit Apple.

"If the cat & mouse game escalates too quickly, especially during beta FW periods, nobody but Apple benefits. For this reason, there won't be a 4.0.2/3.2.2 jailbreak specifically during the period where 4.0.2/3.2.2 is the latest public release," it said.

A jailbreak for the PlayStation 3 also recently made its way to the internet.