Thursday, November 10, 2011

iOS 5.0.1 Released and Untethered Jailbreak for iOS 5

If you plugged your iOS device into your computer, iTunes probably notified you that there is a firmware update available.

That's right! Apple released 5.0.1 today to bug fix the battery problems and to add multi-tasking gestures to the original iPad. So apparently there was battery problems on iOS 5, and I actually noticed that myself. On my iPod touch 3G, I noticed how fast the battery was draining. I guess that is the bug. Well anyways what the update brings:
  • Fixes the battery problems
  • Gives the original iPad multi-tasking gestures
  • Resolves bugs with Documents in the Cloud
  • Improves voice recognition for Australian users using dictation
Currently, iOS 5.0.1 can be jailbroken with redsn0w (Google for a download of the latest one), but it will be tethered. This jailbreak won't work with iPad 2 and the iPhone 4s. Tethered jailbreak means if you reboot your iOS device, you will need to run the jailbreak again or it will just tell you to connect to iTunes. Currently there is a semi-untether for the firmware. You need to add the repo "" to Cydia, search for SemiTether, then install it. This will allow you to boot your iOS device up with limited functionality. During the semi-tether boot jailbroken apps/features, Safari, and Mail would not work. You can install the Gmail app to view your email and with Safari, there are some other browsers in the App Store that you can use as a replacement. To get those back, simply turn it off and "Just boot tethered" with redsn0w.

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Alright let's move on to the untethered jailbreak for iOS 5. A Twitter update comes from pod2g an iOS hacker, a discoverer of exploits, and a member of the Chronic Dev Team. He stated he has found a bug in iOS 5 that will allow for an untethered jailbreak.

Well anyways, there is no word on what the bug is, pod2g did promise to work hard on it. Hopefully it will be out soon. Currently as I said above there is only a semi-tethered jailbreak method for iOS 5 and it doesn't work with the iPad 2 or the iPhone 4s.

Anyways, as a safety precaution, please do not upgrade to iOS 5.0.1 if you want the untethered jailbreak. Apple may have patched the bugs.
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