As we near the public launch of iOS 5, many jailbreakers are wondering what the future holds. It was originally thought that Apple was out to kill jailbreaking in iOS 5, and many became even more worried when famed hacker Comex announced that he had been hired by Apple. Was the end drawing near?

We can all rest assured that jailbreaking is alive and well. And after months of there being no untethered jailbreak for iOS 5 or the last two releases of iOS 4, the Chronic-Dev Team has said that it is “actively working” on an untethered jailbreak for iOS 5…

Apple has released seven consecutive betas for iOS 5 so far (with an eighth expected to drop Friday), and each release has had an accompanying tethered jailbreak via tools like RedSn0w and Sn0wbreeze. These jailbreaks have allowed developers to already begin innovating on iOS 5 with third party widgets and other tweaks.

If you don’t know the difference between a tethered and untethered jailbreak, it essentially comes down to this: A tethered jailbreak requires you to re-jailbreak every time you reboot your iDevice, while an untethered jailbreak lasts as long as you don’t upgrade your iOS firmware. Obviously, an untethered jailbreak is the preferred option for the end user.

The art of a good untethered jailbreak is a very complex and masterful one, as hacker i0n1c’s exploit research paper has revealed. i0n1c was a key figure in the development of the iOS 4.3.1 untethered jailbreak.

While the Dev Team and other prominent hackers, like Comex, have been responsible for the untethered jailbreaks since iOS 4.3, the Chronic-Dev Team is now actively working on an untethered jailbreak for iOS 5’s public launch.

As noted by iPhoneItalia, Chronic-Dev member pod2g has echoed the previous statement of Chronic-Dev frontman P0sixninja that jailbreak developers are working on an untethered exploit for iOS 5:

In case you didn’t know, pod2g was a key hacker behind the iOS 4.1/4.2.1 untethered jailbreak that was released with the GreenPois0n tool.

Additionally, Dev Team frontman MuscleNerd has affirmed the same news:

Comex was the last hacker to provide a widely used untethered jailbreak in the form of JailbreakMe for iOS 4.3.3. He also pioneered the first untethered jailbreak for the iPad 2. Now that he is gone from the jailbreak scene, it will be up to the rest of the Chronic-Dev and Dev Team members to keep finding exploits in iOS 5.

While no official timeframe has been given for the iOS 5 untethered jailbreak, recent reports suggest that Apple will release its final GM build of iOS 5 for public launch in two weeks. After Apple’s next announcement, the software will be released to customers. Then, depending on the results of the Chronic-Dev and Dev team’s efforts, an untethered jailbreak will be released shortly after Apple makes iOS 5 available.

  • Dane

    How about an unlock for iPhone 4 basebands? Would really help the resale value of my iPhone 4 when I go to buy a 5

    • Juan

      last i heard, unlocks are done with since unlocked phones are now available in the US.

    • Craig

      Maybe the US is 1 big rip off, i’m assuming you’re from somewhere like that and not from the UK cos you wouldn’t be asking what you are asking if you were … My iPhone is in contract still but when it ends my Provider will unlock it for free and only £20 before my contract ends so the US must be a serious rip off for unlocking or maybe it’s stolen lol and then there’s the most possible reason, some people are just sooooo tight to pay for it and want everything for free.

      I’m not making assumptions btw to which of the above you fall into, i’m just saying they are the only reasons I can think of lol

      • Dane

        I am from the US. I’ve been w AT&T for years. I am happy w my service and what I pay for it. I have no desire to use another carrier but a lot of the people in the US do. This creates higher demand for unlocked phones and the price from Apple is $600+. I know you weren’t saying anything personally about me I just wanted to let you know the situation. And it’s simply I want to get as much money as possible when I sell my phone. I have no desire to own and use an unlocked phone

      • Craig

        That’s fair enough dude I can appreciate that, being from the UK myself it is cheap to unlock them, very cheap infact if you have a contract, I have no idea what carriers in the US charge for it.

    • WORMYBOY

      Where I live, sim locking doesn’t even exist…

  • David

    I hope they find an untethered jailbreak soon as I’d like to try iOS 5 as quick as I can I’m only interested in the notification system and bbsettings mainly, mostly bbsettings as I don’t use notifications on my iPod. Hope iOS 5 won’t be slow on iPT4’s.

    • ted

      It’s not that much of a difference, aside from random slow downs. (running iOS 5 b7 on iPt4)

  • XepptizZ

    I wonder if apple would intentionally leave exploits in betas, which they would patch in the official release. That’s what I’d do against jailbreaking.

  • Angelo

    Looking forward to use a pre jailbroken iOS5 version, for baseband preservation and ultrasn0w usage. Big thumps up for all the jailbreak devs out there. Without them the whole magic wouldn’t happen.

  • MALdito

    This is great!!!! I’m looking forward to the untethered jailbreak!!!

    But what ever happened to that baseband downgrade that the dev team was working on? Has anyone even bothered to ask the dev teams? It would seriously help with the iphones that were sold before the officially unlocked ones were available (like the iPhones 3G, 3Gs, & the first batch of iPhone 4’s).

    -Eri… uh…MALdito

  • Wojtek

    So, the iOS 5 is going to be released for public before or after the iPhone 5, or maybe at the same time? Will we be able to get the iOS 5 at the day of Apple conference?

  • Vince

    (in the final ios5 release) I think it would be funny if comex left some not so easily found holes for a jailbreak. I think it will always be in his mind to let others follow in his footsteps, but not be real obvious with leaving holes so that he dose not risk his future with apple.

  • Binary-Stalker

    If they found an untethered exploit for iOS 5, or are currently working on it, chances are it’ll work with 4.3.4/4.3.5 as well.

    Of course, why not update to iOS 5 if an untethered is avaliable?

  • Monkeyboy

    Whoever cracks the code will be hired by apple

  • Jeff

    When they say “working on it” they mean they are looking for possible exploits to use, nothing more. At this point it would be a waste of time for them to start developing tools based on an exploit they’ve found(if they’ve even found any) because there’s no telling whether or not Apple will find and patch that exploit on their own before the public launch.

    This article is a bit misleading as it implies that a jailbreak will be ready as soon as iOS5 goes public which is simply not true. Most likely it will be weeks if not months before we see an untethered jailbreak.

  • HPC

    Why is a tethered jailbreak so much easier to find than an untethered jailbreak?

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