The first question we always get asked as soon as there is a new release of iOS, beta or otherwise, is whether or not it can be jailbroken.

iOS 5

With iOS 5′s second beta landing in our laps just a few short hours ago, the inevitable question popped up, and we’re pleased to report that yes, iOS 5 beta 2 can indeed be jailbroken.

The good news came courtesy of jailbreak coder MuscleNerd, who tonight tweeted that not only can iOS 5 beta 2 be jailbroken, but it can be jailbroken using the same software as the first beta. Result!

"5.0b2 can be jailbroken w/redsn0w from 2 wks ago http://is.gd/6eek4Y (must point redsn0w at 5.0b1 IPSW)..devs ONLY please"

According to MuscleNerd, all would-be jailbreakers need to do is download the already available Redsn0w software and to point it to the first iOS 5 beta when prompted. It’s a slight change to the process we all know, so no new apps required.

MuscleNerd has also revealed that this method of jailbreaking should also work for all future beta releases of iOS 5 – news that will surely be well received in the jailbreak community.

Now we can’t wait to see what other great new widgets the jailbreak community can put together to spruce up our Notification Centers!

If you want to try your hand at jailbreaking iOS 5, then check out our guide for doing just that. If you’re already running iOS 5, you can apply a tethered jailbreak using Redsn0w for Windows or Mac.

Note: Sn0wbreeze for Windows on the other hand will need to be updated to support iOS 5 beta 2.

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