Considering we are right in the middle of that period of uncertainty for jailbreak users, it stands to reason that those who are seeking an iOS 5.1.1 untether for their devices have some questions circling around in their minds. Pod2g, the French researcher who is currently in the community spotlight, has always done an excellent job of keeping people updated on progress and today is no different.
I can only imagine some of the random and irritating questions that members of the development teams must face on a daily basis through social platforms such as Twitter, making it almost impossible to filter out the genuine enquiries and provide timely responses. With that said, Pod2g has taken to the usual public outlet of updating his official blog to answer some of the more frequently asked questions he has been receiving from concerned jailbreakers.
As you may remember, a little poll was offered to the public a few weeks back to crowd source user opinion on the proposed release schedule of the up and coming untether. The poll was intended to determine whether or not we believed the jailbreak should be released as soon as possible for iOS 5.1.X or if the vulnerabilities in the OS should be saved for the release of iOS 6, whenever that may be. 64% of the poll takers opted for 5.1.X released and are obviously becoming impatient.
Although the developers involved have all the requirements to produce a working jailbreak, Pod2g has stressed to the public that packaging this into a user-friendly, workable tool takes quite some time and needs to be thoroughly tested. The good news is that the up and coming jailbreak 5.1.1, whenever it is released, will be compatible with the latest iOS devices on 5.1.1 such as iPhone 4S/4, iPad 3/2, iPod touch 4 and the second-gen Apple TV. However the very latest Apple TV (3rd-gen) looks to be out of luck for now. Apart from this, this upcoming untether will also not work on older devices like the iPhone 3GS and iPod touch (3rd-gen).
One of the main reasons that the release is becoming drawn out is purely down to testing that everything works as intended. When waiting for a jailbreak for a particular device it is easy to fall into the mindset that users may only want their own specific individual device jailbroken. However, the development teams don’t have that luxury and have to include support within the tool for all compatible devices, which is currently running at sixteen different models. Pod2g does mention in the blog post we could expect to see a release of his latest work within a couple of weeks, but if you were thinking of offering him a large sum of money to make it quicker then don’t bother, it wouldn’t help the situation.
In the words of the French researcher himself, "be patient. It’s gonna happen".