Geohot Won’t Be Releasing Tools To Jailbreak And Unlock iPhone [Update]


George Hotz (aka Geohot), the iPhone hacking expert who had released popular jailbreaking and unlocking tools like blackra1n, blacksn0w had broken his silence few days back to announce that he had jailbroken iPhone 4.

However, he had also mentioned that he didn’t plan to release tools to jailbreak it, which resulted in angry reactions from iPhone users.

He had published a photo of iPhone 4 running Cydia to prove that he had jailbroken iPhone 4.

iPhone 4 Geohot

But he has just updated the post in reaction to the angry comments that he received to his blog post stating that he's probably not going to release the tool and may quit the scene:

Sorry, this post was probably a bad idea. Next time I won't say anything. I miss when this blog was actually about technical things(I've been reacting too much to the feedback, which led it to the place it's in now). I didn't fully realize most of the current scene don't care unless they are getting something. Now I do. It's late tonight, I'll think about what to do about this in the morning.

The real reason behind no release isn't technical. It's just that it will never stop, after blackra1n, people demand unlock, after blacksn0w, people demand untethered. I miss the days when jailbreaking and unlocking were difficult, it attracted a much higher caliber crowd.

Also, to the haters, the picture is quite obviously fake 😀

It is disappointing to see Geohot abandoning the iPhone jailbreaking and unlocking scene. He was the first guy to unlock the original iPhone in 2007. He was also the first to jailbreak iPhone 3GS and to release tools like blackra1n and blacksn0w to jailbreak and unlock iPhone 3GS for iPhone OS 3.1.2. I’m sure he will be missed.

This means that users will have to wait for Comex to release a Spirit like tool to jailbreak iOS 4 for iPhone 3G, iPhone 3GS(irrespective of old or new bootrom) and also for iPhone 4.

As always, we’ll let you know as soon as we’ve any further updates. Stay tuned here at iPhone Hacks or follow us on Twitter or subscribe to our RSS feed.


Geohot seems to have closed his blog to the public and has also made his Twitter account private.  

[via Geohot’s blog]