The hackers working on an untethered jailbreak for iOS 5.1 have kept people informed throughout, whether they’re working on new exploits or they’ve found a few. Pod2g especially has been rather active on Twitter and has made keeping up with updates regarding the jailbreaks status easy. Just a few days back, he told us about the ETA of the untethered jailbreak for iOS 5.1. The latest update is also courtesy of this renowned iOS hacker. He tweeted that he had a ‘productive weekend’ and managed to find ‘2 big vulnerabilities’. These include 1 kernel land and 1 root land – a step that could prove to be essential on the way to achieving an untethered jailbreak on the latest version of iOS.
A couple of days before Pod2g tweeted this on the first of May, he posted a poll asking people whether they would want the iOS 5.1 untethered jailbreak released or wait till iOS 6 is here. All seven exploits discovered so far could be utilized in an iOS 5.1 untethered tool or they could be saved for iOS 6. Basically keeping the exploits discovered now until iOS 6 is released would give hackers a better chance then, as the level of difficulty of jailbreaking increases with time.
However, the poll is in favor of the untethered jailbreak being released so far, expectedly. There’s really no guarantee of Apple not finding the exploits discovered by hackers before the release of iOS 6 too. Since the company could find and patch them before releasing a newer version, it would be rather useless to not release the untethered jailbreak keeping just that in mind.
Grant Paul (chpwn) agreed with it being released once discovered as well. He is, incidentally, one of the three hackers who have already succeeded in jailbreaking the new iPad on iOS 5.1 in an astonishingly short period of time, albeit in a method not viable for the public.
Coming back to Pod2g’s latest tweet, the two discoveries aforementioned could prove to be rather important. However, we have seen that it takes quite some time between the discovering of vulnerabilities and the release of a tool that allows devices to be jailbroken. So this news does not imply that the untethered jailbreak will be made public real soon. It could still take months, all we can do is stay patient and hope the hard work done by all these iOS hackers and developers comes to fruition soon.
Meanwhile, there is a tethered jailbreak for some devices on iOS 5.1 that can be achieved via the Sn0wbreeze and Redsn0w tools, and that’s better than nothing. For those who haven’t yet upgraded to the latest firmware version and are still on iOS 5.0.1, an untethered jailbreak is available through Absinthe for iPhone 4S and iPad2 and through Corona for iPhone 4 and other A4 and earlier devices. And while the untethered jailbreak tool seems a little far off currently, a great universal unlock method was discovered lately, that you may want to check out. Stay tuned to TechSliver for the latest news regarding the iOS 5.1 untethered jailbreak!