From iPhone 3GS to iPhone 3GS+ [Part 1]

I’m going to be writing this series of posts “From iPhone 3GS to iPhone 3GS+” as a walk-through of my experiences of taking my current iPhone 3GS from its stock (Apple-imposed) settings to what I hope to be a better more powerful and less power consuming smartphone.

While I may have attempted to make some enhancements in the past for the battery life of my phone as I highlighted in my previous post, “Performance and Battery Tweaking Your iOS 5“, the differences were still not visible enough. Eventually I just got the feeling that this device that I pretty much have attached as an extension of my body is acting sub-optimally because its creators have decided to limit the use of its still very powerful hardware; not to mention that there are some annoyances in the UI/UX that I still cannot for the life of me figure out why they haven’t been removed/fixed. In spite of all this, I finally came to the decision to go ahead and jailbreak my iPhone, or as I like to call it now, myPhone.


Since I haven’t kept up with the “jailbreak scene” for almost a year+ now, my very first step was to go ahead and run over to find the latest version of redsn0w that’s available for the current iOS version (5.1.1). So I visited the one most trustworthy site regarding this info, iClarified, where I found a link to the latest version available for redsn0w. I finally find it and BAM! I read that this jailbreak for iOS 5.1.1 is still a tethered jailbreak (explanation here, for tethered vs. untethered jailbreaks). Lucky for me though, my iPhone is still running the old Boot ROM, which pretty much means that I don’t have to worry about tethered and untethered jailbreaks and so I went ahead and went through the steps to get my iPhone out of “jail”.

Step-by-Step Procedure to Jailbreak (courtesy of iClarified)

Step One
Create a folder on your desktop called Pwnage

Download the latest version of RedSn0w from here and place it in the Pwnage folder. Likewise, download the 5.1.1 firmware from here and place it in the Pwnage folder. (Note: you do not need to download the 5.1.1 firmware if you are already on iOS 5.1.1)

Extract the RedSn0w zip file by double clicking it.

Step Two: (Skip this step if you’re on iOS 5.1.1 already)
Connect your iPhone to the computer and launch iTunes.

Select your iPhone from the list of devices on the left. Now hold down Option and click the Restore button. Restore is preferred as it won’t create any wasted space on your iPhone.

Navigate to the Pwnage folder on your desktop and select the 5.1.1 firmware ipsw. Click the Choose button to continue.

iTunes will now update your iPhone to the new firmware.

Step Three
Launch the redsn0w application from the redsn0w folder we extracted earlier.

Step Four
Once RedSn0w opens click the Jailbreak button

Step Five
Plug your iPhone into the computer and make sure its OFF then click the Next button

Step Six
RedSn0w will now guide you through the steps to get into DFU mode. You can find more help with DFU mode here

Hold down both the Home button and the Power button for 10 seconds.

Release the Power button and continue holding the Home button until RedSn0w detects the device.

Step Seven
Your iPhone will now reboot

Step Eight
RedSn0w will prepare the jailbreak data.

Step Nine
Select Cydia from the list of options and click Next.

Step Ten
Your iPhone will now be rebooted again and RedSn0w will begin uploading the new RAM Disk and Kernel.

Step Eleven
Once this is complete you will be notified that RedSn0w is done. When your iPhone finishes rebooting (5 minutes or so) it will be jailbroken with Cydia on the SpringBoard.

A big thanks to the iPhone Dev-Team and Geohot for their hard work and contribution to the iPhone community and to iClarified for providing such a detailed step-by-step procedure for the jailbreak.


What’s Next?

In the upcoming posts of this series I will be writing about the various deficiencies that I’ve found in Apple’s iOS and how I was able to overcome them through some tweak(s) available in the augmented world of a jailbroken iOS.


Extra Note

When I successfully booted my very first Mac OS X installation (which evidently was on a Hackintosh and not a Mac) for the very first time, I was presented with a menu that every user who has booted a first-time install of a present-day Mac has seen; a very fitting and personal question querying what type of user you are in order to find out how to set up the system for you. This was mainly so that the OS X installer would know if it should go as far as installing the Xcode IDE or not, since if you’re not a dev, then you pretty much have no use for it. I personally like this approach, where a company takes the time to cater to it different user-base types. Unfortunately though, Apple do not do this for their other devices, such as the iPhone, iPad or any other device; interestingly enough though, Cydia does ask you this question to know what types of tweaks and packages to present to you, and that’s something I respect a lot.


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