iOS 5.1 Has Been Jailbroken

iOS 5.1 Has Been Jailbroken

You just can’t keep the Dev Team down. Just hours after Apple officially released iOS 5.1, it’s already been jailbroken. But as usual with these 0-day jailbreaks, there are some caveats.

The iPhone Dev Team has just announced that they have updated their popular Redsn0w jailbreak tool to allow people to run unsigned code on their iPhones, iPod touches and iPads. But there are some drawbacks.

First of all, if you’ve got an iPhone 4S or iPad 2, you need not apply. The A5’s security against jailbreaking is a lot beefier than previous devices (expect this trend to continue with the A5X) and Redsn0w can’t crack it.

Secondly, this is a tethered jailbreak, meaning that every time you power off your device, you need to connect your device to a computer to boot it up again if you want it in jailbroken state. A little inconvenient, but not the end of the world.

Look for our official jailbreak tutorial later today, but in the meantime, you can download Redsn0w 0.9.10b6 here, and our old tutorial on jailbreaking iOS 5.0.1 for Redsn0w should be roughly compatible with the new update. Best of luck!

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  • howie_isaacks

    So they hacked iOS 5.1.  Big deal!

  • FriarNurgle

    Technically it’s not hacking since it’s legal. Many of the new features and enhancements in iOS have roots from work individuals have done in the jailbreak community, so it is kind of a big deal.  

  • Sheila Clavite

    how about iOS 5.0.1 with a baseband 4.11.8? can redsnow unlock it?

  • MacHead84

    They arent even hacking 5.1. This is for old devices that have a hardware jailbreak available for life. No hacking went into this. Only updating. No one cracked any 5.1 code. Brownlee is just a Dev Team fan boi

  • MacHead84

    Ummmm, the term hacking does not coincide with illegal activity. The term has no legal or illegal connotation. 

  • gettysburg11s

    I’ll wait for the untethered 5.1 jailbreak before I do it.  

  • lowtolerance

    Technically, you don’t know what the hell you’re talking about.

  • lowtolerance

    Technically, you don’t know what the hell you’re talking about.

  • Paçoquinha

    Remember: Do not use Jailbreak to pirate 0.99 apps.

  • FriarNurgle

    Jailbreaking does not fall under the DOJ definition of hacking. Hence it’s exemption from the Digital Millennium Copyright Act and legal status.

  • MacHead84

    Irrelevant of what Jailbreaking is termed as by anyone. HACKING is not inherently illegal. Which is WHAT YOUR CLAIMED. 

  • Laurie Jeffery

    Big fuckin deal! Jail breaking an iPhone or iPad is about the worst thing anybody would want to do.

  • Barrett Jasper

    How’s that? My iPhone 4s is a MUCH better device jailbroken due to all the cydia tweaks etc. It’ nothing like a stock device whatsoever.

  • ClickMe

    *yawn*

    who cares.

  • ClickMe

    *yawn*

    who cares.

  • SteveSorrel

    I’m looking for unlock for 04.11.08 too!

  • JohnJohnJ

     Your second sentence makes no sense…grammatically poor and its content is wrong.

  • JohnJohnJ

    Author, I couldn’t care less about jailbreaking…regrettably it seems to be important to you. And look at the teen comments you’ve generated. Worthless.

  • FriarNurgle

    Ok, you win. Congrats. Have a cookie.

  • iDaBoss

    wake me up when the untethered comes out

  • Brandon Dillon

    That is a baseband unlock; different from jailbreak. I really do not think a single dev anywhere is working to unlock this. My girlfriend has been waiting for the 4.11.8 unlock for months now. If someone was working on it, it would have been done by now.

  • Brandon Dillon

    Jailbreaking for the themes that make your phone sluggish? Very true. Jailbreaking itself is nothing but opening the possibility for more features. Personally, I just do it for FaceTime/large updates over 3G and tethering, and it runs flawlessly.

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