iOS 4.2.1 Jailbroken - and it isn't even out yet

Apple may be famously controlling, but it's losing the war against the 'jailbreaking' of iPhones. 'Jailbreaking' an iPhone (or iPad) means removing Apple's restrictions so that apps from outside the official App Store can be run, enabling you to install apps which for one reason or another Apple won't allow in the Store (for example, an app to let you sync your iOS device with iTunes over wi-fi).

iOS 4.2 hasn't even been released to the public yet, but Apple have already released a preview of 4.2.1 to developers - and it's promptly been jailbroken. When iOS 4.2.1 makes it to phones - we don't think that'll be for a while yet, as 4.2 has to come out first - the current version of RedSn0w, the popular jailbreaking software, will unlock it just fine, TUAW reports.

There is one potential hitch - the current version of Cydia, the app store for jailbroken apps, doesn't work on 4.2.1. But a new version is apparently ready to download when the time comes.

So, another round to the hacking community. But will Apple ever give up on its restrictions and just let users install from outside the app store if they want to? Don't bet on it.

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