Pod2g has announced that he’s finally got everything on the iPhone 4S and iPad2 completed, as far as jailbreaking it.
Due to the combined efforts of @pod2g and members of the iPhone Dev Team and Chronic Dev Team, a general release has now been announced! All of the technical difficulties the Dev Team was having has, for the most part, been sorted out, and the jailbreak is about ready for public release.
He’s spent a lot of time on this jailbreak, with a nickname of “Dream team” (ironic due to the lack of sleep these guys have had when working on it). Compatibility is the key in any jailbreak, and it was important to be as stable as possible. The following is from the Dev Team’s blog:
To be as flexible as possible, the A5 version of the corona jailbreak will take multiple forms:
- Chronic Dev have incorporated the overall flow into a GUI that runs on your Mac or PC
- iPhone Dev have incorporated the exact same flow into a command-line interface (CLI). This will allow us to help users through individual steps of the jailbreak manually, to both help the user and help improve the overall flow. Although the CLI will also allow the user to perform the entire jailbreak from beginning to end, we anticipate it will be more useful in debugging the occasional errors. The CLI currently has over 20 individual options (in addition to the single “jailbreak” option) that should be useful during debug after the GUI release.
- Once all the bugs in the flow are worked out, we’ll also incorporate it into the redsn0w GUI (but still leave the CLI freely available too). In order to maximize the chances of the jailbreak working for everyone, the redsn0w GUI will use native Apple iTunes libraries — this technique is slightly different than how the Chronic Dev GUI handles communications, and should provide nice combined coverage for all the odd computer configurations out there.
The supported firmware versions will be:
- iPhone4S: 5.0 (9A334), 5.0.1 (9A405) and the “other” 5.0.1 (9A406)
- iPad2: 5.0.1 (9A405)
The Dev Team also gives VERY IMPORTANT ADVICE to owners of A5 devices, before they get their hopes too high, and act too quickly…
iPhone4S owners looking to maximize their chances of achieving an eventual software-based carrier unlock should be staying at 5.0. Everyone else should be at 5.0.1. If you’re an iPhone4S owner who already updated to 5.0.1, it’s too late to go back down to 5.0, but if you’re on 9A406 it is possible to downgrade the BB by going to the 9A405 version of 5.0.1 while the window is still open.
His blog, located here, is a blog dedicated to iOS security research, and it’s the place where he posts all his updates for the progress of hacking the iPhone and iPad. A friend of his had recently posted a video showing the iPhone 4S untethered jailbreak for all to see, but until now we had no release date. We can only assume at this point that the process of jailbreaking the iPhone 4S and iPad on iOS 5.0.1 will be very similar to the steps for all other devices, which were jailbroken a while ago.
Here is his latest post, from this morning:
iPhone 4S and iPad 2 untether to be released real soon
Hello dear readers,
I know the wait was long, too much long, but it’s about to end! You’d be able to free your iPhone in some hours.
A tool named Absinthe and developed by the Chronic Dev Team will install the untether on your device. Also the iPhone Dev Team will release a CLI (command line) tool to help diagnose issues and repair things if it goes wrong.
This is a little scary I know, but the chance you break something is really small, since we made lots of tests to verify the process on different devices. But it is the first time we use the backup / restore functions of iTunes to install software, and there are maybe things we are not aware of.
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