After waiting for approximately three months, owners of the iPhone 4S and iPad 2 rejoiced when hearing the news that iOS security researcher Pod2g and his development Dream Team had overcome all of the technical hurdles in front of them to get to a position where they could publicly distribute an untethered jailbreak for iOS 5. The ‘Corona’ untether had previously been released for owners of older A4 powered devices, but the lack of a usable exploit on the newer, dual-core A5 devices meant that the team had no way of injecting the necessary files.
If you are an iPhone or iPad owner who is enjoying the benefits that a jailbreak provides, chances are you also have a copy of Apple’s iBooks installed on your device, considering they offer it to you free of charge when you first open the App Store on your device. Apple have also recently been in New York where they announced a number of new initiatives centered around the education sector which directly relates to the use of iBooks, no doubt prompting many more thousands of downloads of the free of charge application.
So we have an untethered jailbreak for all devices on iOS 5, we have an updated iBooks which offers more engaging and dynamic content, but there has to be a catch right? Well, actually yes there is a catch. To make things a little trickier, Apple included some protection which meant that after jailbreaking your device, certain applications would immediately crash upon launch, with iBooks being one of them. The 1.0.5 version of Corona in Cydia was pushed to users to solve the crash upon launch issue after being updated with the help of developer xvolks who had previously attempted to fix the issue himself by creating a patch named xBooks.
It seems as if iBooks is the application of the hour, as the issues just won’t seem to go away. Various users have been reporting that text and images randomly disappear on publications that feature content protected by digital rights management technology. Luckily the jailbreaking dream team are not the type of rest on their laurels, and thanks to legendary developer PlanetBeing, version 1.0.6 of Corona is currently in the process of being pushed to Cydia to fix the randomly occurring DRM bug. Continuing the tradition of keeping his fans informed, French developer Pod2g has tweeted his followers to let them know of the news he discovered during an IRC chat session. If the iBooks issue is affecting you, then make sure you check Cydia within the next couple of days to grab the updated Corona.