Get all the 4.0 features on older devices with Redsn0w!

Alright, some definite stuff has, in fact, been released! We have a jailbreak WITH 4.0 features for both the iPhone 3G and 3GS, and the iPod Touch 2G.

ALRIGHT.

Easy.

First of all, there is a fantastic jailbreak released by those lovely blokes over at the iPhone Dev-Team. It’s really easy. But it ONLY works on iPhone 3G/3GS and the 2G iPod Touch (not 3G). For now.

  1. Download the 4.0 firmware for your device from FelixBruns.de (scroll down to the iOS 4.0 bit)
  2. Download Redsn0w for Mac (x86) or PC.
  3. Select any options you’d like. This is where you can enable wallpapers, multitasking, set custom boot logos, etc. EVEN if you don’t have a 3GS. Isn’t that dandy?
  4. Plug in your iDevice, and THEN shut it off.
  5. Hit “next” in Redsn0w, and watch the fireworks.

Hard.

If you’re a bit more adventurous and don’t like making things easy, you can enable all the 4.0 features the manual way. I wouldn’t recommend it unless you really know what you’re doing.

  1. Jailbreak your device.
  2. In Cydia, search for “OpenSSH” and install it.
  3. Get an FTP client (I like WinSCP for PC)
  4. On your device, go to settings, make sure you’re connected to a network, and click the (>) button next to the network’s name to open network details.
  5. Find your device’s IP address. (It will be something like 192.168.1.2 or something along those lines).
  6. In your FTP client, enter that IP as the server address, enter “root” as the username, and enter “alpine” as the password.
  7. Navigate to /System/Library/CoreServices/SpringBoard.app/N82AP.plist and copy the file over to your computer.
  8. Using TextEdit on Mac or Notepad in PC, open the N82AP.plist file
  9. Change the file so that the following line appears in the file (if it already exists, replace it):
  10. <key>homescreen-wallpaper</key>
    </true>
  11. Find “Multitasking” and make sure it is set to “TRUE” as well.
  12. Copy the file back to your iDevice.

That’s it! I don’t even know why you’d do the second set of instructions, but I guess if you’re bored, and it’s raining (It’s ALWAYS raining in my city) then you can spend time screwing up your iPhone.

If someone sends me a fixed version of N82AP.plist, I’ll host it somewhere so everyone else can download it.

Get Redsnow.

Get the iPhone 4.0 Firmware.

Music Player: What Apple didn’t tell you about iOS 4

Apple has been bragging and gloating about how fantastic iOS 4 is. It has multitasking, better speeds, and backgrounds (which, apparently, the iPhone 3G “just can’t handle”). That’s all great and everything, but they totally glossed over the fact that they revamped a lot of the music player app to look more like the mobile iTunes store. It actually looks fantastic. Plus, you can create real playlists, not just stupid on-the-go playlists (which have been removed).

Want 4.0? Have a 1st gen iPhone/iPod Touch?

Well, wait. But only a little bit longer.

As a pissed-off owner of a 1st gen iPod Touch, I did some internet trolling and snooping and came across not one, but two different projects bent on getting the fantastic world of iOS 4.0 to both the iPod Touch 1G and the iPhone 2G. While neither site has made much progress, it looks promising.

Whited00r.com

The whited00r project is working to create “the best firmware” for the 1st generation iPhone and iPod Touch. By that, they mean that they are modifying 3.1.3 firmware to support 4.0 features. As sketchy as it sounds, they are promising multitasking for all 1st gen devices. Currently, they only have one working firmware, which they are calling their “Light Edition” for 2G iPhones. As of right now, a lot of the features it supports are stupid visual stuff that you can get by jailbreaking your iPod anyways, like springboard backgrounds, Emojii, reflective doc, etc. It even fakes the version ID so that your device THINKS it’s running OS 4.0. It has native tethering and MMS, but alas, no multitasking. On the plus side, it’s jailbroken, and you have the option to hactivate it (if you want to use it with a different carrier).

Here’s a super-not-fast walkthrough video. You’ll have to jump around: he wastes a good 30 seconds at the beginning watching his iPhone boot up.

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2v7QBsq0K5U

Visit whited00r.com
Download the iPhone 2G Lite Firmware (w/wo hactivation)

Fittingstorm

Some guys are working to make a legitimate port of the actual 4.0 firmware to the 1st gen devices. They’re rewriting a LOT of base stuff, like drivers and protocols. It seems to be a LEGIT rewrite, which is fantastic. According to their site, they are in their 3rd beta and are working on a 4.0 release candidate. Unfortunately, there is nothing to show for it. At all. They say they’re putting up a video, but I have yet to find it. Their site is even less appealing: It’s just a bunch of text with a donate button at the bottom. I’m slightly worried, but maybe something will happen sooner than later.

View the Fittingstorm website.