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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22 responses to “iOS 5.1 Has Been Jailbroken”

  1. howie_isaacks says:

    So they hacked iOS 5.1.  Big deal!

  2. FriarNurgle says:

    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.  

  3. Sheila Clavite says:

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

  4. MacHead84 says:

    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

  5. MacHead84 says:

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

  6. gettysburg11s says:

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

  7. lowtolerance says:

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

  8. lowtolerance says:

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

  9. Paçoquinha says:

    Remember: Do not use Jailbreak to pirate 0.99 apps.

  10. FriarNurgle says:

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

  11. MacHead84 says:

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

  12. Laurie Jeffery says:

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

  13. Barrett Jasper says:

    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.

  14. ClickMe says:


    who cares.

  15. ClickMe says:


    who cares.

  16. SteveSorrel says:

    I’m looking for unlock for 04.11.08 too!

  17. JohnJohnJ says:

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

  18. JohnJohnJ says:

    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.

  19. FriarNurgle says:

    Ok, you win. Congrats. Have a cookie.

  20. iDaBoss says:

    wake me up when the untethered comes out

  21. Brandon Dillon says:

    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.

  22. Brandon Dillon says:

    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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