iOS 5 Jailbroken Already

Jun 7, 2011 - 5 Comments

iOS 5 beta jailbroken

Update: Redsn0w 0.9.8b1 is out to jailbreak iOS 5 beta 1, it has a tethered boot and is not intended for use beyond developers.

The good old limera1n exploit works to jailbreak the first beta of iOS 5, according to renowned jailbreak dev @MuscleNerd, suggesting a public jailbreak will be available for iOS 5b1 soon.

The pictures above were tweeted by MuscleNerd and clearly show iOS 5 beta 1 with Cydia installed alongside another shot showing ssh connecting to localhost. A later picture, shown below, shows Cydia running on the jailbroken device. This jailbreak was said to require a tethered boot on an iPod touch 4th gen.

Cydia on jailbroken iPod touch with iOS 5

For the speed alone this is an impressive feat, and obviously the longstanding limera1n vulnerability was not patched by Apple yet, but with many of the new iOS 5 features is jailbreaking as useful anymore? This was part of the argument that iOS 5 and the eventual iPhone 5 would kill jailbreaking by matching some of the most desired features, and WWDC showed many of these off: new notifications management, volume button as a camera shutter, LED flash as a call indicator, improved lock screens, etc.

For many users these new features might just be enough for them to avoid jailbreaks, but for those that demand hardcore customizations or just like to tinker, jailbreaking likely won’t be going anywhere.

iOS 5 gets a public release this fall. Heads up to MacGasm for the lead.


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Posted by: Matt Chan in iPad, iPhone


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  1. Reuben says:

    Still reasons to jailbreak:

    – Free Tethering (why pay extra to use the same bandwidth we’re already paying for– it’s not like they give us an extra 2gb for the tether, you’re just paying for a feature thats already there)

    – My3G (facetime over 3G)
    – SBSettings (quick menu to enable/disable wifi, bluetooth, etc)

    – NES/SuperNES emulators that let you pair a WiiMote via bluetooth– friggen awesome! Mostly for showing off, LoL. I’m more into angry birds myself, but my kids love it though.

    There are definately fewer reasons to jailbreak, but free tethering and 3g facetime are the ones that make up my mind. Actually, if I could enable tethering without paying for it, I might actually pass on the 3g facetime, but then again, maybe not.

    Everyone calls the next iPhone the iPhone 5 (or 4s). I happen to think it will be the iPhone 4G. Maybe LTE, maybe just HSPA+ (TMobile Merger), but I have a feeling tethering and facetime will be allowed by default over the 4G network. If they do still charge for tethering I don’t think AT&T will drop it any lower than $10– just going off past experience.

  2. Alejandro says:

    Maybe some people just want jb for free apps :)

  3. Valashtar says:

    FWIW, limera1n is a bootrom exploit, which means new hardware is required to close the hole. It is still a tethered JB without a userland exploit, which is what Apple can close, but Apple can’t kill the JB until the iPhone 5 comes out (witness the iPad 2).

  4. Shubham says:

    that’s awesome..yesterday i saw the WWDC and the iOS 5 demonstration. now I see jailbreak….that’s totally mind blowing…. good work :)

  5. Parakeet says:

    Wow that was fast. It surprises me that nobody has figured out how to jailbreak iPad 2 hardware that Apple has clearly spent a lot of time protecting, but Apple hasn’t bothered to patch a really old exploit in iOS 5 on all other hardware. Limera1n is from iOS 4 isn’t it? Maybe Apple just doesn’t care about jailbreaking anymore?

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