Update: iOS 5 Beta 6 is Not Jailbreak Safe

By , Aug 19, 2011

Apple seeded beta number 6 of iOS 5 to developers today. And while some folks are rushing out to download the new software, others are waiting for word on if and when it will be jailbroken.

With previous iOS 5 releases, we’ve had to wait for the jailbreak community to update tools like RedSn0w and Sn0wBreeze to be compatible with the new firmware…

Typically when Apple releases new firmware, we advise you to stay away from it until we can confirm it’s safe to jailbreak. This simply means that we want to make sure that updating to the new software won’t kill your current exploit.

We can confirm that it is not safe for jailbreakers to update as there is currently no way to jailbreak iOS 5 beta 6.

Any questions?

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  • Jim

    Are they working on a method in which you can do ota update and keep the jailbreak?

    • Rick

      If I recall correctly, updating period would erase jailbreak data

      • QuarterSwede

        It has to do with Apple checking for the link created to the Applications folder when jailbreaking. The OTA update simply says your up-to-date if it sees that link even when there is an update.

        OTA updates are delta updates so only the files that are changing are updated. In theory if none of the jailbreak critical files are updated then an OTA update should keep the jailbreak.

      • Rick

        Ohhh, I didn’t know that, so what do you mean jailbreak critical files?

      • QuarterSwede

        Whatever files the jailbreak changes. This is all theory mind you.

  • ur mother

    no one will say anything until ios 5 is completely out

  • Moritz

    Did you used Snowbreeze or RedSn0w?
    Did you pointed on the iOS 5 Beta 6 firmware or Beta 5?

  • http://facebook.com/askeric Eric

    I’m glad to see that Apple is playing nice with the Jailbreaker community.

    After all, jailbreakers have made the ordinary iPod, iPhone, iEverything — much more COOL!!!!

    Apple’s best “ideas” come from the jailbreakers! (customized wallpaper had to be jailbroken…. duhhh!!)

    – Eric

    • Azhar Hussain

      I see you got that gravitar you wanted yesterday!

      • http://facebook.com/askeric Eric

        Yes! I can’t believe I had not heard of Gravitar.com until yesterday.

        Thanks for noticing! Made my day.

  • dylan

    i tried it. It didn’t work. I jailbroke it then it got into a start up loop until it got the connect to iTunes screen. Waiting on sn0wbreeze update

    • rdqronos

      You have to boot it tethered….

      • dylan

        Did. That’s when I got the connect to iTunes screen. It’ll be fine. I’ll wait for sn0wbreeze to update.

  • blake

    it doesnt work. this article is worthless. wait for Redsn0w/snowbreeze to be updated everyone

  • micr0g

    no it doesn’t work for me!ios 5b6 redsn0w_win_0.9.8b5 don’t try!

  • zbegon

    did you guys point Redsn0w at b5 or b6?

    • http://ifusi0n.co.cc iChromeX

      Beta 5 makes it boot loop (Restore Mode on boot tethered)
      Beta 6 says Unable to Identify IPSW.

      • QuarterSwede

        Thanks for the clarity and for being a Guinea Pig ;)

      • http://ifusi0n.co.cc iChromeX

        I’m not sure what that means but okay XD

      • QuarterSwede

        Basically, you tested it so I didn’t waste my time. Thanks.

  • QuarterSwede

    Interesting quote from RedmondPie
    “we have tested and can confirm that this latest seed of iOS 5 can be jailbroken using current version of Redsn0w (by pointing it to iOS 5 Beta 5 firmware), on any device other than the iPad 2.”
    Not sure what they did to get it to boot tethered.

    Source: http://www.redmondpie.com/jailbreak-ios-5-beta-6-on-iphone-4-3gs-ipod-touch-ipad-using-redsn0w/

  • AddamBud

    Just wanna wait from jailbreakme :D

    • Mike

      Enjoy that waiting, isn’t going to happen.

  • QuarterSwede

    I see the article has been updated. Posted prematurely eh?

    • http://www.idownloadblog.com Sebastien

      Yup, we acted too fast on that one. Sorry about that.

  • Kyle

    Idea:
    Create a MobileSubstrate hook which hooks into the OTA update notification (is there a notification?)/”Check for Updates” preference menu in Settings.app. Clicking update to next version redirects you to an essential upgrade in Cydia, which contains a patch for the next version of iOS. If no patch is available yet, there would be an option to “Notify Me” (via Push) when the patch is available.
    This patch, once installed, would lie dormant, direct you to the actual iOS update, and install itself after the update is installed, but before the device reboots. Perhaps it would even inject itself into the official update.

    Proofreading this, it seems a bit ambitious, but it seems like the most elegant solution.

    –KAN :D

  • Tdecker

    haha I like it Kyle xP I’m thinking I’d prolly have to donate to whoever (if possible) comes up with that.

  • Joe

    If u don’t want the app any more can u delete it of of your iPod??