Chill, Jailbreakers! The Untethered iOS 5 Jailbreak Is Already Covered

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Image courtesy of Christian Bryan on Flickr
Image courtesy of Christian Bryan on Flickr

If you thought untethered jailbreaking was dead, then think again. i0n1c, the jailbreaker behind the iOS 4.3.1, 4.3.2, and 4.3.3 untethered jailbreaks, reports that an untethered jailbreak for iOS 5 is already “covered” — days before the release goes public.

Apple’s iOS 5 firmware is set to launch this Wednesday, October 12, and many thought an untethered jailbreak was no longer possible. According to a tweet from iOn1c, however, that’s not the case:

As far as I know iOS 5 untether is covered by other people already. Guess who :p

While it hasn’t yet been confirmed, iDB believes that the Chronic Dev Team, the group responsible for GreenPois0n, is most likely behind the iOS 5 hack.

A tethered jailbreak for iOS 5 betas has been available for some months, but using this method to jailbreak means that you must plug your device into a computer in order to reboot it. That’s no good if you’re battery dies or your device crashed while you’re out and about, because you won’t be able to use it. The advantage of a tethered jailbreak is that once you’ve performed the hack, you don’t ever have to tether your device to your computer again if you don’t want to.

Jailbreak developers are already pushing out updates to make their apps and tweaks run smoothly under iOS 5, and it looks as though jailbreaking under Apple’s next-generation firmware is still very much alive.

Will you be looking forward to an untethered jailbreak for iOS 5?

[via iDB]