Listen up, fanboys and everyone who is looking for jailbreak, because this is one you won’t want to miss. The iPhone 4S has been officially jailbroken. Despite the fact that the latest chipset used in iPad 2 and iPhone 4S (A5) haven’t been exploited so it takes a lot of time for the iOS jailbreaking community to come with a jailbreak for a new iOS device.
The legendary iPhone Dev-Team found a way to get Cydia running on both the iPhone 4S and finally on the iPad 2, though the jailbreak is “VERY preliminary.” As jailbreak author states, there are still big pieces missing and plenty of work left to do, so unfortunately the jailbreak won’t be released to the public just yet. Luckily, we can at least get a peek from screenshots bellow to make sure that this thing is real.
The latest iPhone 4S and iPad 2, both of which are based on a still unexploited dual-core Apple A5 chip, haven’t received a jailbreak for iOS 5 and latest versions yet, but it appears that they’ll be getting one soon as a certain respectable iPhone hacker has let us know that the iPhone 4S has already been jailbroken along with the Cydia installed on iPad 2 as well.
MuscleNerd – well known iPhone hacker and member of the iPhone Dev Team posted on twitter screenshots of jailbroken iOS 5 installed on iPhone 4s.
VERY preliminary 4S JB: twitpic.com/76vcp4 twitpic.com/76vct2 (Huge missing pieces prevent public release. LOTS of work left)
The jailbreak is in very early stage and is still some time away from a public release. There is no estimated time of arrival for this to public so we expect you all to show a little patience and let the Dev Team do their work that they have done really well since first generation iPhone back in 2007.
iPhone 4s jailbreak pictures are more likely legit as they are shared by MuscleNerd who has done many contributions to iPhone hacking community over the past few years. The first shared screenshot shows gained root access on the iPhone 4S (Apple codename N94) on iOS 5 whereas the second screenshot shows latest version of Cydia running on iPhone 4,1 (which is another name for the 4S widely used on web) with a Siri voice assistant prompt at the bottom. You can see the two screenshots below:
All jailbreaks currently available for iOS 5 installed on iPad or iPhone 4 (except for iPhone 3GS with old bootrom) are tethered. That means that users have to be connected to a computer to reboot their device into jailbroken state. If you device hangs you can’t reboot it without losing the jailbreak. While the iPhone hacking community did come up with a SemiTether solution which allowed jailbreaking enthusiasts to reboot into their jailbroken iOS 5 device with limited functionality, it is the untethered jailbreak which we’re waiting for and it seems that we iPhone Dev Team have made huge step forward into right direction.
We all hope that the iOS 5 jailbreak for iPhone 4S will be untethered so we won’t have to be at computer every time there is a need for a reboot. MuscleNerd did not clarified which exploit is being used for the jailbreak and it just might be the one of those five userland exploits which were announced by folks behind the GreenPois0n jailbreaking tool back in September even before the iPhone 4S was released to publick.
The iPhone Dev Team has managed to get latest version of Cydia up and running on both the iPhone 4S and the iPad 2, but claiming that this is very preliminary and that there is still a lot of work left to be done, which means that for those hoping to jailbreak their new iPhone 4S will have to wait until the iPhone Dev Team releases it to the public, or until another developer like Chronic Dev Team finds a way first. As always, we’ll be sure to keep you updated on the latest news from the iPhone 4S jailbreak scene. Stay tuned!
Update: There is one iPhone 4s jailbreak solution available already and you can get more information here.