Just as America was gearing up to celebrate Independence Day at the weekend, iPhone 3GS owners were getting some freedom of their own.
George Hotz, who you may recall as the teenage hacker who originally unlocked the iPhone, has let loose a jailbreaking app for the iPhone 3GS, code-named purplera1n. It enables the installation of third-party software not approved for Apple's App Store.
Hotz notes that he normally doesn't make tools for the general public and would rather wait for the iPhone dev team to do that.
"But guys, what's up with waiting until 3.1? That isn't how the game is played," he chides on his blog. "We release, Apple fixes, we find new holes. It isn't worth waiting because you might have the 'last' hole in the iPhone. What last hole... this isn't golf. I'll find a new one next week."
John Biggs over at CrunchGear is among those who've already given purplera1n a go and declares the jailbreaking process "amazingly simple".
But take note: Hotz does caution that purplera1n is in beta and suggests backing up your data before running the app.