Apple’s latest software for the iPhone (3.0) adds many nice and a few needed features to the iPhone.  Many of the sorely missing features addressed by Jailbreaking your phone are now in the core Apple source.  So is JB still worth it?  I say yes.  JB for 3.0 still offers:

  • Tethering (without additional monthly fees)
  • Categories (organize your apps into folders like games)
  • Free turn by turn GPS (still coming soon from Apple)
  • Cut & Paste w/ save feature (ie never type your email out again)
  • Video recording for non-S iPhones
  • Additional customization options (lots)

I Smash Phone has a nice guide for Jailbreaking but I would make one change that will save you some time:  Don’t download the Apple 3.0 firmware from his site. Instead, let iTunes do it’s thing and update your phone to 3.0.  Then when asked for the *.ipsw file find the Apple one on your computer.  See below for locations:

Windows XP: C:\Documents and Settings\[user]\Application Data\Apple Computer\iTunes\iPhone Software Updates

Vista or Windows 7: C:\Users\[user]\AppData\Roaming\Apple Computer\iTunes\iPhone Software Updates

redsn0w-browse.pngNote: replace [user] with your username on the computer.

For Mac users, the file will be here: ~/Library/iTunes/iPhone Software Updates/

If multiple *ipsw files are listed, make sure you grab the one with the most recent timestamp.

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