iOS 5 redsn0w Jailbreak released (but it’s probably not for you)

Jun 10, 2011

The iPhone Dev Team has released its tethered jailbreak for devices running iOS 5, as demonstrated earlier this week. The hack - which allows unofficial software to be run on the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch when running the new version of iOS - uses the original limera1n bootrom exploit; still, the Dev Team reckons this particular release really isn't for everyone.

That's because, right now the only people with legitimate access to the iOS 5 beta are developers. The Dev Team is pitching this particular jailbreak at developers creating jailbroken apps, with the warning being that there are multiple broken components - including some incompatibilities with Apple's official apps, various third-party apps, Cydia and MobileSubstrate apps - for it to be of reliable use for the general public who have managed to acquire a copy of iOS 5.

It also threatens to irretrievably upgrade your baseband, which isn't good news if you've been trying to preserve a baseband that's unlockable. You'll need a registered UDID - which you'll have to have an Apple developer account to get - in order to use the jailbreak too.

In short, the everyday geek should probably sit back and wait for iOS 5 - and the inevitable "official" jailbreak - to arrive later in the year, and leave developers to play with this release and cook up some alluring apps to launch at the same time. If you're a developer, meanwhile, redsn0w 0.9.8b1 for Mac is here.

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