iOS 5 beta already jailbroken

Less than 24 hours after Apple announced iOS 5 at WWDC, jailbreakers have successfully managed to get free access to the operating system. At this time however, iOS 5 is in a limited beta and won't be available to the general public until the autumn. 

Tweeter @musclenerd broke the news today, noting that iOS 5 presented "not too many surprises." Currently, MuscleNerd is using the limera1n tethered exploit, which means that it may be a while until we see an untethered solution. Either way, the news is surprising considering the major changes Apple had apparently made in this release.

The jailbreak community has brought a wide range of features to iOS devices long before Apple has come up with a solution. Examples include video recording, homescreen backgrounds and apps. iOS 5 is no exception. An alternative to Apple's notification system has been around for a while, and MobileNotifier apparently impressed Apple enough to hire its developer. Peter Hajas' work is evident in the new iOS 5 notification system.

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Not sure why anyone would even bother doing this with a beta anyway. It has already been stated that once the beta 2 comes out this will be pointless because apple will probably fix this workaround. Also iOS 5 cant be downgraded to 4.3.x once upgraded on iPhone 4, 3GS, and 3G/CDMA iPads, which means that your device will be useless once beta 1 expires until Apple releases the final version of iOS 5.

am i the only one who sees it this way:
apple LETS people jailbreak, so they can get the best staff without going on a man-hunt. Would Peter Hajas be working for apple now, if he just applied for the job, rather than be an active jailbreak developer? Just the way i look at it.

Rule of thumb, once it becomes super easy to do something and you can repeat it over and over, it doesn't seem as though it should be news worthy anymore. Just my opinion

It's kind of like saying "New Android Phone Rooted". Well of course, it's being done daily, all the time.

xendrome said,
Rule of thumb, once it becomes super easy to do something and you can repeat it over and over, it doesn't seem as though it should be news worthy anymore. Just my opinion

It's kind of like saying "New Android Phone Rooted". Well of course, it's being done daily, all the time.

You are right about that. But I guess this made headlines because its been just announced.

GiedriusVarnas said,
sorry for this question where can i get ios 5 beta?

Sign up as a developer ($99 / year). iOS 5 beta is for Devs only....

Xerax said,
You go to a tech news website to bash tech news?

What? No! I mean that it's sad that even iOS 5 can be jailbroken so soon. I'd think that Apple would have updated security.

Well, it's not really iOS 5 that has been jailbroken... It's the bootrom on all the current devices except for the iPad 2 that has and that exploit is old, Apple can do nothing to fix it without new hardware which is why the iPad 2 isnt jailbroken as easy...

consume said,
Still don't see the point in jailbreaking post ios 4

Still so many reasons for me to jailbreak my phone when iOS5 comes out that Apple hasn't borrowed from the JB devs or other platforms yet.
- Infini Folders
- Winterboard
- SBSettings
- Activator
- Custom SMS tones to name but a few

Kussie said,

Still so many reasons for me to jailbreak my phone when iOS5 comes out that Apple hasn't borrowed from the JB devs or other platforms yet.
- Infini Folders
- Winterboard
- SBSettings
- Activator
- Custom SMS tones to name but a few

And none of that matters to me. All those extensions just slow your device down considerably

consume said,

And none of that matters to me. All those extensions just slow your device down considerably

Then you should have said that jailbreaking beyond iOS4 is pointless for you. Surprisingly other people have different wants/needs. Shocker eh?

Hollow.Droid said,

Then you should have said that jailbreaking beyond iOS4 is pointless for you. Surprisingly other people have different wants/needs. Shocker eh?


Pretty sure it was obvious I was talking about myself when I said i didn't see a point in jailbreaking?

But yeah for people who need to unlock i guess this is great news.

I'm with consume, when I had an iPhone the phone did what I wanted it to out the box. I still feel though Apple's success is partly owing the JB community since they were the first to introduce new apps to the phone. Without this maybe the App Store would have taken a lot longer to appear on the phone. Really without the App Store the phone wouldn't have the success it has had.

consume said,
Still don't see the point in jailbreaking post ios 4

- Tethering
- biteSMS
- Activator (Flash light when switching the vibrate switch twice)
- SBSetings
- Navigate From Maps (TomTom link from the native Maps App)
- SnapTap (use the volume buttons to take a picture)
- 3G Unrestrictor

What I find comical is that people bash stuff that you can do with a jailbreak and say they don't care about all that stuff but as soon as Apple integrates any of this stuff into the OS natively it becomes the greatest feature in the world and can't be lived without.

It looks like some of what makes biteSMS so great will be coming to iOS5. The up vol button will take a pic in iOS5. So I guess Apple thinks that some of these jailbreak only features aren't so useless and plan to integrate them into the next OS.

consume said,

And none of that matters to me. All those extensions just slow your device down considerably

I have yet seen SBSettings, slow down my iPhone. I haven't seen any performance issues with simple mods like Five Column, or Five Icon Dock, 3G Unrestrictor, or anything of that sort. Sure, if you use animated theme's, I think that'll slow it down. But, I haven't really seen an issue. I had a friend who was afraid to jailbreak his iPhone 4, once he seen that I would bring my MBA to work and use my iPhone 4 to tether with MyWi, he asked me to jailbreak his and he's in love with his iPhone.

asdavis10 said,
The jailbreak isn't the big deal. The unlock is. Either way I'm enjoying running iOS 5 on my iPhone 4.

I couldn't get this firmware to install I had some random unknown error

And yes I have a developer account.

offroadaaron said,

I couldn't get this firmware to install I had some random unknown error

And yes I have a developer account.

You have to restore from the ipsw and not update.