iOS 5.1 Jailbreak Coming Soon-ish. Maybe.


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If you're a member of the iOS jailbreak community, you know that sometimes a jailbreaking a new version of iOS can take awhile. While Apple is legally required to tolerate jailbreaking - and by "tolerate" I mean "not sue jailbreakers" - they are not obligated to make it easy. In fact, Apple has long been in the habit of making jailbreaking hard. Pretty much every new major release of iOS closes the exploits that allowed the previous version to be jailbroken. Such is the case with iOS 5.1. Apple not only fixed the exploits that were used to jailbreak iOS 5 (which took months to crack), they even acknowledged the Dev Team in the security release notes for iOS 5.1

So it's no surprise, then, that iOS 5.1 is taking awhile to crack. Unfortunately, though, some early successes gave many jailbreakers the idea that an untethered iOS 5.1 jailbreak was right around the corner. Despite assertions from pod2g, chpwn, and other jailbreak devs that the jailbreak would be coming later rather than sooner, people are still clamoring for it.

Now it seems that pod2g is getting a bit impatient with repeated questions about when the jailbreak of iOS 5.1 will be ready for the public. He took to Twitter today to explain that there was still a lot of work to be done, and that those doing the work were doing it as a hobby, and have lives and jobs that also demand their attention. Check out what he had to say below:

ETA for 5.1 JB: no clue! We're going to set pieces of the puzzle together this week. We could have issues... Could be 1 month maybe 2... 14 hours ago via Twitter for iPad ·  Reply ·  Retweet ·  Favorite · powered by @socialditto

Maybe never... (!) 14 hours ago via Twitter for iPad ·  Reply ·  Retweet ·  Favorite · powered by @socialditto

I know 1 month seems long, but it's short to work on a project like this when it's a hobby and you've other things to do as well. 13 hours ago via Twitter for iPad ·  Reply ·  Retweet ·  Favorite · powered by @socialditto

Now, several reports today have taken these tweets as a timeline. You may have seen something like "iOS Jailbreak Coming In A Month." I doubt, however that that's what pod2g is getting at here. While the 1-2 month timeline may be accurate, the point he's trying to make is that people need to just calm down and be patient. The work is getting done, but this is hardly the only thing he has to do.

So, as impatient as you might be for the next jailbreak to be available, try to give pod2g and the other devs a little space and let them do the work in peace. After all, everybody knows how hard it is to get things done with people constantly asking "You done yet?"

And while you're at it, try not to think about how little time there will be between the iOS 5.1 jailbreak and the release of iOS 6.