Apple releases iOS 4.1, new boot ROM exploit found

As expected, Apple released the next version of its mobile operating system, iOS 4.1, on Wednesday.

Apart from addressing bugs and bringing performance improvements to the iPhone and iPod touch, the newest iOS firmware provides users with access to Game Center and FaceTime calling from the iPhone app's Favorites tab.

It fixed crucial bugs including those that caused the proximity sensor problem and lethargic performance of the iOS 4 on the iPhone 3G. In addition, it added new features such as HDR photos and HD video uploading through Wi-Fi.

The iOS 4.1, which is available for the iPhone 3G, 3GS and 4, along with for the 2008, 2009 and 2010 iPod Touches, also comes with a new music-only social network feature.

However, just a few hours after the new firmware was released hardware hackers found a way to jailbreak devices running the latest operating system.

First of all, iPhone Dev-Team member pod2g announced the exploit in the boot ROM of iOS devices. The announcement by pod2g was soon backed by other hackers, who believe that Apple will have to make considerable hardware changes to stop jailbreakers.

Apple will require a fully new set of hardware to counteract this new boot ROM exploit. Apple is yet to confirm when iOS 4.1 jailbreaks will be rolled out.