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Semi-tethered jailbreak for iOS 5

iOS 5 has already been jailbroken to allow running on unofficial 3rd party apps, but the current jailbreak with Redsn0w is considered a “tethered” jailbreak because it requires that the phone be tethered and re-jailbroken any time your jailbroken iPhone, iPad or iTouch is rebooted.

We still await someone clever enough to create a fully untethered jailbreak of iOS 5, but in the meantime, there is “Semi-Tether” a semi-tethered jailbreak available from Cydia, one of the premier app stores for jailbroken devices.  Unfortunately, some apps won’t work after a reboot, but at least most of them well. For more info, check out App Advice’s article on SemiTether.

iPhone 4s and iPad 2 iOS 5 Jailbreak Status

iOS 5 was jailbroken soon after release.  We are still awaiting the iPhone dev teams triumph over apple’s latest hardware and software though, the iPhone 4s and older iPad 2 still don’t have an iOS 5 jailbreak available.  Lets hope they come soon!  In the meantime, lets hear it for the brave and brilliant iOS hacking community!

Tethered Jailbreak for iOS 5 on iPhone 4, 3gs, iPad and iTouch with RedSn0w

Those amazing iOS hackers have done it again!  iOS 5 has only been out a few weeks, but there is already a tethered jailbreak for all but the very latest hardware supported by iOS 5.  That’s right, your iPhone 3gs, iPhone 4, iPad, and recent models of the iPod Touch can run a jailbroken iOS 5.  I expect soon we’ll see the iPhone 4s supported too.  What’s more, there are already a jailbreak for the still-in-beta iOS 5.0.1.

If you are ready to dive in yourself, it’s best to go to the source and download the Windows or Mac versions of redsn0w 0.9.9b7.

If you’d like an overview of the process, check out these articles:

Seas0nPass Jailbreak for AppleTV Looses the Tether

Second generation AppleTV owners, this is your day.  As you may know, the latest AppleTVs run iOS, just like the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch, what you may not know is that like those devices, the AppleTV can be jailbroken to allow installation of unofficial software.

Today, FireCore announced that Seas0nPass, their packaging of the Chronic Dev Team’s iOS jailbreaking tool for AppleTV has been updated to all unteathered jailbreaking.  This is a big deal, because before, you had to make sure the power wasn’t cut to your AppleTV, lest you have to jailbreak it again.  Once you’ve jailbroken it, you can spend $19.95 to install aTV Flash (black), which enhances the functionality of the device.

iPhone 3.1 Out, Don’t Let it Re-Lock your Unlocked iPhone

Apple released an update to the iPhone OS today.  The 3.1 iPhone update brings lots of little improvements.  Don’t let iTunes tempt you with them if you have an unlocked iPhone.  The new firmware will upgrade your baseband firmware, relocking your iPhone and, potentially, making it impossible to unlock again.

The good news is that your iPhone can still have that 3.1 iPhonee goodness and your unlocked iPhone.  You just need to trust in the iPhone Dev team, because their tools provide a way to install the update without updating the baseband and breaking the unlock.

If you update to Apple’s new software using the normal iTunes process, you will lose your ultrasn0w unlock.  In fact you may lose it permanently, because for most people the baseband firmware cannot be reverted to a previous version (unlike the main application CPU firmware).

But don’t worry…our PwnageTool program lets you update your main firmware without touching your baseband firmware, so you can still have the best of both worlds.  But you must be diligent about saying “no” to your iTunes request this week to update your firmware.

As always, eliminate the middle-men and get the PwnageTool and all your iPhone accessories direct from the source.