Activate and Jailbreak iPhone OS 3.0 Beta 3 by Unoffical QuickPwn 3.0

Yeah, I’m on the latest OS 3.0 beta 3(iPhone1,1_3.0_7A280f_Restore.ipsw, go to mybittorrent and search for it) right now already πŸ™‚

Credits goes to the Russian hacker who released the QuickPwn-030-3, by which you can activate and jailbreak the latest beta 3 OS.

My way to the beta 3 was not as smooth as expected, however.

The first time I shift+restore the phone to the beta 3 surely worked. But the problem was when it’s done I couldn’t get it out of the DFU mode. Really weird.

So I had to do the whole things again. and this time I was lucky. It worked.

BTW, in order to not to let the phone activated by the iTunes when first time the phone was connected to the computer just after the restore process, I chose to take the SIM card out all the time. I have no idea if it will work if keeping the SIM in.

Good luck.

On iPhone OS 3.0 Beta 2

Here’s how i get there, terribly straightforward. btw, i’m already on iPhone OS 3.0 beta 1 before upgrade.

1. Download the unoffical quickpwn here(discussion here) and the iPhone OS 3.0 beta 2 on Demonoid(use iphone firmware to search).

2. Launch iTunes(i’m on 8.1), Shift+Restore to choose the firmware(iPhone1,1_3.0_7A259g_Restore.ipsw) to update.

3. After done, start quickpwn.exe to jailbreak and activate. No unlock necessarily ‘coz the restore process won’t touch the baseband.

4. Sync back all of your stuff by iTunes. In my case, I always set it up as a new phone ‘coz doing so makes me feel it’s a like brand new one πŸ™‚

Enjoy the beta 2 now.

iPhone OS 3.0 Undocumented Features

Apple said there are more than 100 new features for the non-developer iphone owners like me in the iPhone OS 3.0. Same as usual, Apple doesn’t give us a document about what they are and how to use them.

Until now I myself haven’t see them all. But I do have some findings, just after playing around for a couple of days with 3.0. And I’d like to put all of them here, FYI.

Here they are, grouped by applications.


1.1 Phone->Recents

Much detailed Call History Info, like call number type, call in or out, calling minutes etc.



>>Delete contact info piece by piece(the red button is placed there by ME, ‘coz for some reason screenshot cannot be done at that status)


Contact Share, Tap Address will launch Google Map to search and My Number.

2.SpringBoard(Home Screen)

Press the Home key will take you to the left one of the current home screen, until you reach the most left Spotlight Search screen. And then press Home will make you switch between the Spotlight Search and the first home screen right after Spotlight.


Turn the phone into landscape mode will take you to the scientific calculator automatically. Perhaps this it not a new one, i’m not sure here. Correct me if you know it.


Mail: Load Remote Images , Safari : Autofill,Fraud Warning, iPod: Shake to Shuffle.. Well, even though I haven’t figure out how they really works, they are the features that I haven’t seen in the previous firmwares. So just put them here for sharing.


Stopwatch: real time count display for each lap


One more thing, Facebook already starts taking use of the shake API brought by the OS 3.0. Here’s the setting screenshot.


P.S. It works like a charm.

BTW, if you know more undocumented featurs of iPhone OS 3.0, please leave it in the comments. Thanks.

Update(Mar 31,2009): some more findings

1.Safari -> Autofill

very nice, really.

2.Settings ->General ->Home

More choices for the double tap Home button, like to launch Camera, to Search.

My iPhone OS 3.0 Installation Experience

Not as easy as i expected, actually. But finally, i made it.

There ARE some discussions in the Dev Team community on this topic here, where I learned the confirmed fact that the first generation iphone could be updated to the latest iPhone OS 3.0 safely. In summary, the basic steps are: DFU downgrade to 2.0.2, pwn it(unlock) by QuickPwnRC2, then UPDATE to iPhone OS 3.0. Done.

So this afternoon i decided to give it a try(I know it’s in beta and buggy, but its new features(official version here) are really attractive, esp. just after i watched the presentation).

Some screenshots below, to give you an idea of what the latest iPhone OS 3.0 will look like.


Now let’s back to the topic of how I managed to get there.

But before that, let me explain where I am: firmware 2.2.1, iTunes 8.1, and an very old iphone(BL 3.9, 4G capacity).

I first downgraded the phone to 2.0.2 in DFU mode(here’s the youtube how-to video in case you need it). Then I downloaded link). Until now, everything is fine. But when I launch QuickPwnRC2.exe to start pwning, the problem came.

I stucked in the ‘select firmware’ screen.Β  I tried re-downgrade, find another QuickPwnRC2 download link , but no luck.

I then decided to give QuickPwnRC3 a try(‘coz at least someone said it worked too). Of course the pwnage process went successfully as expected.Then I shift+update to iPhone OS 3.0(iPhone1,1_3.0_7A238j_Restore.ipsw, torrent file(3G OS 3.0 included as well) here:

And here came the ‘unexpected surprise'(‘coz most guys said RC2, not RC3,is the real magic): my iPhone, with OS 3.0 installed, kept activated πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

But I just celebrated too early. ‘Coz when I started to rename the phone(untitled playlist to Cui) and hit enter to confirm, the phone suddenly rebooted. And after it came alive, the screenΒ  became the emgercy-call one, which means I failed: activation is needed πŸ™ πŸ™

Even though i don have a backup phone, and normally I used my phone most in the Monday, I still wanna give it a second try. By it, i mean, QuickPwnRC3. At that time, i thought perhaps I would make it after the first failed DFU-downgrade-then-upgrade try. You know, I do had similar experience before in the unlocking steps..

So I put the phone into DFU mode again, downgrade to 2.0.2, then make QuickPwnRC3 to unlock the phone(actually the phone has been keeping unlocked all over. Here choose unlock is actually to take use of RC3’s activation actions). Then launch iTunes and shift-update to iPhone OS 3.0.

The iPhone kept activated and unlocked when done, not surprisingly. Then I synced with iTunes after announcing it as a new phone. Sync finished successfully. I then played a little on the new OS. Well, features are there. sweet. Just some functions, sometime, are a little bit slow. Well, beta, understandable, right?

In the end, I thought perhaps I should try a reboot and see if this time the phone would be locked or not. I then pressed the on/off key, slide to power off, waited the spinning icon going off for a while, then power it on, wait until the spring board launched.

Now guess what? No emergency-call screen, just down to the home screen! Yeah! I’m done! Cheers!!Β  πŸ™‚

So, if you wanna do the upgrade yourself, please make sure your phone is the 2G version. and you’re fully prepared.

Good luck.

iPhone 2.1: First Impression

Just update my phone to the latest 2.1 OS(download link,for 2G only), after confirmed by the community that the upgrade won’t brick my quickpwned 2.0.2 iphone.
Due to the short time that i’ve been playing with the phone, i haven’t got the chance to fully experience all of those improvements myself yet.
But i do find couple of things different(See my screenshots below):
1. Newly designed icon for the EDGE signal.
much bold and clear than before.
2. Newly added Carrier item.
Guess the mobile service provider’s name is supposed be shown there. As to my case, the reason why it’s Carrier 2.6 and not the correct China Mobile is this is an unlocked phone. Here’s a discussion which may tell you why couple of days later.
3. Identity name on the computer changed, from Apple iPhone to the phone’s name that you give to. Don’t know how to change the name? check this out.
iphone's new name on 'my computer'

4. Contacts search goes much much faster.

Well, that’s all that i’ve found about the new iphone 2.1 OS so far. Perhaps later I’ll get more. If so, i’ll update it here.

One more thing, at this moment, there’s no jailbreak solution out for the new OS. That is to say, you do the upgrade, you lose all of those unofficial 3rd party applications installed either by Installer or Cydia. So you decide to update or not.

Update(Sep.17,2008): Significantly better battery life confirmed.