Apple won’t officially launch iOS 4.3 for iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad users until March 11th. But the company released the “Gold Master” version of the OS to developers this week, and for all intents and purposes that’s the same OS that you’ll be able to download and install next week.

But if the first thing you plan to do after installing the operating system is to jailbreak it, you might want to head over to Redmond Pie for a set of step-by-step instructions.

Basically, it looks like you can use the same PwnageTool that was released for iOS 4.2, but you’ll need to add a few extra packages to the mix. The process is a little involved, and in the end what you end up with is a tethered jailbreak — meaning you’ll need to connect your iOS device to a computer any time you need to reboot. Fortunately iOS 4.3 is by all accounts pretty stable and you probably won’t have to reboot all that often, but the search for an untethered jailbreak method continues.

Brad Linder

Brad Linder is editor of Liliputing and Mobiputing. He's been tinkering with mobile tech for decades and writing about it since...

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