iPhone iOS 4.3.3 – Hit or Miss? + Jailbreak Info

The new iPhone iOS has been out for a few days now and I’ve had some time to use it extensively (during Altimeter’s Roundtable last night) and have the phone on standby to test a lot of features including the battery life.  The previous versions of the iOS (4.3.1 and 4.3.2) have been terrible.  Several dropped calls, loss of 3G connection and the battery lasted less than a day on normal use.  Seems like Apple took a giant step backwards and started to make me wonder how life is on the Verizon side.

Yet, despite all of this, Apple has not disappointed with their latest release.  My battery life is significantly better than any previous iOS.  I’ve used my phone constantly and barely any drop in battery life and absolutely NO 3G connection issues.  Whatever the formula Apple used, they need to keep it up.  I am once again happy with my iPhone.

New iOS means my iPhone goes back to normal and I need to wait patiently for a jailbreak…but not for long, the Dev Team already has the jailbreak and it works.  Redsn0w r15 worked great without any hiccups and I’m back to all of my apps and customizations.

Iphonedownloadblog provided excellent steps on how to complete the jailbreak; see below:

Step 1: Make sure your iPhone is on the latest iOS 4.3.3 software. Make sure iTunes is up to date.

Step 2:Download RedSn0w 0.9.6rc15 from our iPhone downloads section. Also download the correct iOS 4.3.3 firmware for your device. Leave those items on your desktop for convenience.

Step 3: Launch RedSn0w and browse for the firmware you downloaded in step 2.

Step 4: RedSn0w will ask you if your iPhone is a newer model. Read the explanation provided by RedSn0w and select Yes or No. Click Next to continue.

Step 5: RedSn0w will now be preparing the jailbreak data, which should take a few seconds. When it’s done, It will give you several options. Make sure to select Install Cydia. You may select other features such as Custom Boot Logo, but we will not go there in this tutorial. Click Next to continue.

Step 6: RedSn0w is now asking you to make sure your device is both off and connected to your computer. Click Next to continue.

Step 7: You will now have to get your iPhone in DFU mode. Simply follow the onscreen instructions to proceed.

Step 8: If you have successfully entered DFU mode, RedSn0w will start the jailbreak process. You should see a bunch of weird code running through your iPhone screen. It’s all good. This should take a couple minutes. When done, your iPhone will reboot.

You should now have the Cydia icon on your iPhone springboard. That’s it. The whole process shouldn’t take more than a few minutes.

Other jailbreak methods are available, but I stick with redsn0w as its the easiest to use and I’ve never had any problems.  Make sure to add insanelyi’s repo in Cydia for an updated list of apps.