iPhone Pwnage Tool 2.0 released

Earlier today, the iPhone Dev Team teased that they wouldn’t release their latest Pwnage Tool until Sunday. Since this was yet another in a week long bit of teasing, we were somewhat surprised when a few hours later they posted a rather relaxed Thanks for waiting :) post announcing that Pwnage Tool 2.0 is available. Here’s a direct link to the tool and a mirror courtesy of [_BigBoss_].

According to TUAW, Pwnage Tool 2.0 will activate, jailbreak, and unlock first generation iPhones running any firmware up to and including version 2.0. Unfortunately, it will not unlock an iPhone 3G (at least, not yet). iPhone 3G owners can still use the tool for activation and jailbreaking (so you can run 3rd party apps not supported by Apple and the new iPhone App Store).

So far, skimming through the 1322 comments on their announcement post, I’ve not seen any complaints or death threats about the tool bricking iPhones, but one should still proceed with caution. According to one update to the post, some people either get an error 1600 from iTunes or they notice a “failure to prepare x12220000_4_Recovery.ipsw” in the log. They’ve provided a workaround, however. If this happens to you, simply mkdir ~/Library/iTunes/Device Support or alternately nuke all the files in that already extant folder and re-run Pwnage Tool.

UPDATE: Image is from Engadget’s iPhone review we covered earlier.


  1. Spud says:

    If ATT would get their head out of their ass and get this Direct Fulfillment BS sorted out, I might be able to give it a test.

  2. dylan says:

    A warning to hack a day users, it looks like the pwnage tool isn’t working great for the ipod touch right now!

  3. savant says:

    Note: Installer.app is not yet ported and most applications are not under Cydia, so it is not possible to install pretty much anything outside of the default Cydia repos (small) or AppStore. Expect to wait a month or so until most apps are ported to the new iPhone 2.0 firmware… or learn some Java/Python and code around the bindings to objective C and code your own programs.

  4. John says:

    Instructions for windows users on how-to pwn your iPhone with firmware version 2.0 and download links :)


  5. Aquify says:

    not. a. hack.

    nice to see you stealing engadgets image.

  6. dylan says:


    it is a hack, they came up with a smart hack in the DFU process to enable a jailbreak. let’s see you come up with anything similar.

  7. Steve says:

    I spent a full 24 hours trying to jailbreak my iPod touch with winpwn the windows (eww I know) version of this tool it made my iPod totally unstable it froze all the time. I finally ended up using iLiberty+ to jailbreak my 1.1.4 firmware. while cydia doesn’t have everything installer.app has it does have a lot of unix power user stuff that installer doesn’t. I don’t even have installer anymore and I don’t miss it. people think that cydia is just an alternitive to installer; this is not the case. cydia is just a GUI for a fully functional debian apt-get system. if you don’t know what that is then you wouldn’t understand and should probably just stick with installer.

  8. barry99705 says:


    What do you mean it’s not a hack?

  9. HE3r0 says:

    I think he meant that they did not paint their iphone in some color, added led`s all around etc….

    check wikipedia for meaning of the term “hack”
    this is 100% hacking…

  10. trav says:

    Thanks savant, guess I’ll wait a bit. I’m so frustrated, I want that sweet remote app from apple, but I also want to keep vnc and all my other installer.app apps. Dammit.

  11. Oliver says:

    Will I still retain the many useful Apps already on my 1.1.4 version iPhone (created via Installer) if I use Pawnage 2.0? If I lose them, then I’m willing to wait.
    Also, I see Pawnage 2.1 purportedly corrects some initial Pawnage problems.

  12. Namit Karlekar says:

    Since the 2.0 firmware came out I’ve been googling like mad to see if an unlocked version was available… I just tried the ipsw at this location…
    and it works !!!! So this is me spreading the joy…
    For those concerned, I’m from India, and my iPhone 2.0 (EDGE) now works on the Vodafone network !!

  13. ena says:

    i need help, I downloaded it but it is impossible for me to unzip it. they tell me that there is another file with the same name. it would not even run. I use windows. what should I do?

  14. Dibo Brown says:

    Thanks Namit, after struggling back and forth between itunes 7.7 and 7.5, did the shift, restore option and uploaded the same ipsw. The apps are gone but hey i am laughing mate…on MTN-Uganda.

  15. Drago says:

    Heeeeelp Help, Same thing, Downloaded and can’t open it. All i see is bunch of funts, i can’t unzip this file. Is there any other links where i can download this thing ????? Help !!!!!!

  16. Jeremy says:
  17. Apple knows it job!iPhone 3G is the real stuff!Thanks for great review

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