Hackers have been jailbreaking iOS 5.0 since it was still in beta. But up until now only a tethered jailbreak was available. That means that anyone can jailbreak an iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad to access hidden files and settings and install apps that aren’t available in the App Store. But if you need to reboot your device it will be pretty much unusable until you connect it to a computer with a USB cable and run the jailbreak utility again.
Now iOS hacker pod2g has posted a video showing a jailbroken iPod running iOS 5.0 — and in the video he reboots the device successfully.
In other words, he’s figured out how to perform an untethered jailbreak for iOS 5.0.
That’s the good news. Here’s the not-as-good news:
- Most iOS devices are currently running iOS 5.0.1 and pod2g hasn’t yet updated his tool to work with that version of the operating system.
- The tools aren’t yet available to the public.
- There’s no indication that this will work on the iPhone 4S or iPad 2. Both of those devices have proven more difficult to jailbreak than older iOS devices.
Still, this is the first time we’ve seen any evidence of an untethered jailbreak for iOS 5.0 and up, and pod2g says it shouldn’t be hard to add support for iOS 5.0.1.
via The Verge