Dev Team Jailbreaks Fourth-Gen iPod Touch With SHAtter

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If you’ve just picked up a brand new iPod Touch or you bought an iPhone 4 after the update to iOS 4.1 and are eager to jailbreak, you’re probably looking forward to the SHAtter exploit, which — once rolled out — will not only allow any current iOS device to be hacked, but which can’t be patched by Apple through software.

We’re still waiting for an end-user jailbreak using SHAtter to release us from the shackles of iOS 4.0.2 and above, but the Dev Team just released the above proof of concept video, showing how the SHAtter explot baked into a beta version of PwnageTool was enough to allow them to load their custom IPSW onto a fourth-generation iPod Touch.

Interestingly, even though it works fine, the Dev Team does not intend on actually using SHAtter to jailbreak the iPod Touch 4G, describing it as “overkill compared to the faster tools being developed.” Rather, the Dev Team anticipates that SHAtter will mostly be used to allow updates on the iPhone 4 while preserving the baseband and carrier unlock.

Either way, it’s only a matter of time before we see SHAtter out in the wild, jailbreaking our devices and causing Cupertino engineers to pull out their hair.

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