The iOS community got a belated present two days after Christmas with the release of the untethered jailbreak for all A4 devices running iOS 5.0.1. The release of the jailbreak represented nearly two months of hard work and research by pod2g followed by efficient and swift work from the iPhone Dev and Chronic Dev Teams to package the jailbreak up for public consumption.
In the aftermath of the A4 jailbreak, pod2g released a very well written and informative blog post explaining the details behind what they have dubbed ‘Corona’. Without wanting to go into to much detail about the post (follow the link and read it) it basically covers the problems encountered whilst trying to execute unsigned binaries and other issues they came across during the development.
Skip forward to the present day, and pod2g has been letting his fingers do the talking again with his most recent tweet announcing that he has made progress on the A5 jailbreak development and expects to see a jailbreak release within a week. That’s right kids, your beautiful iPhone 4S and iPad 2 could soon be set free to enjoy all of the jailbreaking goodness that Cydia and the jailbreak community has to offer.
Obviously, this is in no way a guarantee, it is merely an update on the situation and an initial time estimation. As long as the rest of the process goes to plan, and testing proves fruitful then hopefully we shouldn’t see any show stopping problems which delay the release. However, if any unforeseen problems do occur, I have confidence in the collaboration between the development teams to be able to overcome the issues promptly.
A Tweet from Chronic Dev Team member p0sixninja four days ago alerted Jailbreakers to the fact that they should upgrade their devices to iOS 5.0.1 while they still can – and yes, that did mean A5 devices but excluding individuals who rely on a software unlock.
If you are one of the many waiting for an A5 untethered jailbreak for iOS 5.0.1 then buckle your seat belts and prepare for seven days of updates and updates, hopefully ending in delight. I’m pretty sure that the developers who have been producing tweaks for iOS 5 and Siri are ready to welcome the new batch of jailbroken devices to their list of potential customers.
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