On October 12th Apple will roll out iOS 5 for anyone with a supported iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad. But iOS 5 Gold Master is already available for folks with Apple Developer accounts. You can download it today from developer.apple.com.
The Gold Master release is pretty much the version that will soon be available to the general public. If this were anyone other than Apple, we’d be calling it a “release candidate.” There’s still a chance Apple could catch and fix some bugs before next week, but iOS 5 GM should have all of the features we expect from iOS 5 including the improved notification system, Twitter integration, WiFi synchronization, and iCloud support.
In addition to downloading iOS 5 GM today, it turns out developers can also jailbreak it.
The iPhone Dev Team hasn’t yet released an official update to the redsn0w jailbreak utility to support the latest release yet. But Dev Team member MuscleNerd has confirmed that you can use the redsn0w 0.9.9b2 for Mac or Windows to jailbreak iOS 5 Gold Master.
You’ll need to specify the IPSW you want to use, and you should choose the IPSW for iOS 5 beta 7 for now. I suspect it won’t be long until there’s a new version of redsn0w though.
The only catch is that this is a tethered jailbreak. That means if you reboot your iPhone, iPod touch or iPad you’ll need to connect to a computer via a USB cable and run redsn0w again or lose your jailbreak.