Tag Archive for 'iOS'

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.

Redsn0w succumbs to Greenp0ison: Untethered Jailbreak for all iOS 4.2.1

iOS 4.3 is due any day now, but the bigger news is that there is an untethered jailbreak available for recent devices running iOS 4.2.1.  The original jailbreak was redsn0w from the iPhone dev team. It was joined by Greenp0ison, but both had the same limitation, when jailbreaking recent devices, you had to hook it up to a computer every time your device was restarted.  Only iPhone 3gs and iPhone 3 users got the benefit of an untethered jailbreak. That changed last week.

An update to Greenp0ison is available that allows untethered jailbreaking of all current devices (which doesn’t yet include the verizon iPhone) from a Windows, Mac system.  No Linux yet, but hopefully it is coming soon.