iOS Hacker Pod2g Gets iOS 5.1 Untethered Jailbreak Running On His iPhone 4 [Jailbreak]

iOS Hacker Pod2g Gets iOS 5.1 Untethered Jailbreak Running On His iPhone 4 [Jailbreak]

Hackers are working diligently to release new jailbreaks for iOS 5.1.

Good news for hopeful iOS 5.1 jailbreakers, infamous iOS hacker and Chronic Dev Team member ‘pod2g’ just tweeted that he has his iPhone 4 running an untethered jailbreak on iOS 5.1. For those who don’t know, the difference between a tethered and untethered jailbreak is huge; the former means you have to re-jailbreak every time the device reboots while the latter means you’re jailbroken until you update to a new version of iOS.

There’s still a lot of work to be done on the untethered iOS 5.1 jailbreak for iPhone 4S owners, but an untether for iPhone 4 and iPad 2 users looks to be on the distant horizon. The iPhone 4S runs on a faster A5 processor, making it a totally different nut to crack for jailbreak hackers.

Creating a jailbreak for mass distribution takes a lot of time and tedious work. New vulnerabilities in iOS have to be found and exploits have to be packaged together and tested rigorously. A poll was conducted on pod2g’s blog asking the community whether the hackers should release a jailbreak for iOS 5.1 or wait for the iOS 6 beta later this summer. The majority voted for releasing the untethered 5.1 jailbreak as soon as possible.

Once a jailbreak is released, Apple patches the exploits and they’re usually unusable for future jailbreaks. It’s getting harder and harder to find exploits in iOS, so hackers are starting to be more judicious about burning their exploits. You know what they say, “waste not, want not.”

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  • Christian Yolo Flores

    So is pod2g going to release this untethered jailbreak to the public anytime soon????

  • Gabriel Likes Gurls

    Aaaa I’m still waiting. I have lots of hope for these guys >.<

  • Shane Demierre

    when is it going to be released

  • AKX3K

    Stupid………
    I mean its better to wait for IOS6 and not waste it for IOS5.1

  • boomerjcs

     i agree with not wasting it but and its a big if apple changes everything they will be truley wasted i myself am sitting on an att 4 that is needing updated to 5.1 for a factory unlock

  • watchthethrone

    Why wait for iOS 6 to release the untether if chances are Apple will have those exploits patched??
    You can’t say Apple doesn’t know about them if the dev team has mentioned how many exploits they’ve found (total of 5 I think) so that means Apple has probably already found those and will patch them in any future software be it 5.1.2 or the new iOS 6.
    Release the untether for A4 and A5/A5X now that you have the chance.

  • Stephfon Greene

    I hope in untethered 5.1 they fix the imessage mms problem

  • Ousi MBaye

    Vive la France ;) … Thx to pod2g 

  • ghie

    I would rather wait when iOS 6 comes out.. So it is better.

  • salulos

    “the difference between a tethered and untethered jailbreak is huge; the former means you have to re-jailbreak every time the device reboots”
    false, tethered simply means you must be plugged in (tethered) to a computer with the JB applcation installed to reboot- you don’t need to “re-jailbreak”.
    once again, CoM reporting false information about jailbreaking…

  • Neil D Holmes

    Let’s not wait for iOS 6 iOS 5 has got a ways to run yet. We haven’t had 5.2 5.3 5.4 orall the others in between. iOS 5 has over a year to run surely? Let’s get the new JB while it’s hot. Or at least before apple fix all the vulnerabilities. This is Agamemnon of cat and mouse.

  • Sergey Gachardo

    I think I’ll have to switch to iPhone 4S, is Tues faster than it could achieve .. jailbreakers desired.
     CHILE hugs.

  • Irma Geniuos

    I think iPad 2 and iPhone 4S owners are in the same boat, both using the harder to crack A5 chip.  The exploits used for the iPhone 4 and iPad are as I understand it weaknesses in the A4 chip which Apple cannot rectify and that is why iOS is essentially cracked immediately when it is released for these devices.  On the other cracks for the A5 devices take a month or more to be released.

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