iOS 5 jailbreak

Just hours after Apple released the first beta version of iOS 5 to developers, members of the iPhone Dev Team confirmed that it could be jailbroken using the same exploit as earlier versions of iOS. Now they’ve released a tool that will let anyone jailbreak iOS 5. There are a few major caveats you should be aware of before using redsn0w 0.9.8b1 though:

  • iOS 5 is currently only available to developers (or other folks with developer IDs), so if you don’t have iOS 5 yet you should probably ignore this for now.
  • A number of apps including some official iOS apps as well as 3rd party and Cydia Store apps don’t work properly after jailbreaking iOS 5.
  • If you have a phone with an unlockabled baseband you shouldn’t just avoid the latest jailbreak, you should probably avoid iOS 5 altogether for now.
  • This is a tethered jailbreak, which means if you reboot your device you’ll have to run redns0w again.

In a nutshell, this version of redsn0w is aimed at developers of apps that only work on jailbroken devices. If you want to see if your app works properly on iOS 5, you might be willing to put up with all the bugs and compatibility issues. If not, you should probably hold off on jailbreaking until there are more stable tools available.

Redsn0w 0.9.8b1 is currently available for Mac only.

Brad Linder

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