iOS 5.1 Jailbreak "Weeks Away," But Getting Closer


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Yesterday we brought you news that iOS hacker pod2g had gotten an untethered jailbreak of iOS 5.1 working on his third generation iPad. In his tweet yesterday, he said that after a little more work, he would test it on the recently released iOS 5.1.1 to make sure that the same exploits would work.

Today, it seems that that test was successful, and that pod2g's jailbreak works equally well on iOS 5.1.1. Here's his tweet from earlier this morning:

OK, tested on an iPad 3,1 running 5.1.1. Jailbroken untethered. 🙂 No issue. 1 hour ago via web ·  Reply ·  Retweet ·  Favorite · powered by @socialditto

So, that's one major question from yesterday answered: the iOS 5.1 jailbreak works on iOS 5.1.1, meaning that when the public tool is released, jailbreakers will be able to update their version of iOS to the latest version, rather than trying to jump through hoops to upgrade only to iOS 5.1. The second major question following yesterday's announcement, though, is when the jailbreak will be ready for public use. It turns out that there's still a bit of waiting left to do for that. Pod2g tweeted yesterday that a "nice, user friendly" jailbreak tool is still "some weeks away," and that he would not be releasing a beta version of the tool earlier than that:

ETA for 5.1 jailbreak: look at my previous tweets. Some weeks away to have a nice, user friendly tool. No beta, sorry, even for $1,000,000. 9 hours ago via Twitter for iPhone ·  Reply ·  Retweet ·  Favorite · powered by @socialditto

So there you have it. iOS 5.1.1 has been jailbroken, and a public jailbreak tool is coming, you just have to hang on a few more weeks. Unfortunately, however, a hacker's work is never done. With WWDC 2012 just a month away, there's a fair chance we'll be seeing iOS 6 soon.

In the meantime, while we wait for the jailbreak tool for iOS 5.1.1 to be ready, here's a video pod2g posted of the untethered jailbreak of iOS 5.1 in action.