Ever since the confirmation from the French hacker - pod2g - that the untethered jailbreak is almost ready and works with most iOS devices (except Apple TV 3), there have been more drastic developments among the jailbreak community, with status updates trickling in every hour.
In his latest twitter message, pod2g has tweeted that it is safe for jailbreakers to update their iOS devices to iOS 5.1.1. The veteran hacker, however, cautions users running Ultrasn0w against updating to iOS 5.1.1 on their iDevices.
iPhone Hacks notes that Absinthe 2.0 or upcoming version of Redsn0w won't support iOS 5.1, and hence users looking to jailbreak their iOS devices, have no choice but to upgrade the iOS software to 5.1.1.
"Some facts about 5.1.1 jailbreak : http://t.co/Tk6Rrpow . You can safely upgrade to 5.1.1 now if you want to be ready," tweets pod2g, hinting at important points to note about the new untethered jailbreak.
"Huge warning as usual for unlockers that want to preserve their baseband to keep their unlock," asserts pod2g warning Ultrasn0w users against updating their software to iOS 5.1.1.
iOS 5.1.1 Untethered Jailbreak: Who Should Upgrade?
a) Users who don't care about unlocking their iPhone
Users, who are keen on unlocking their iDevice, should wait for iPhone Dev team to release the Redsn0w tool packaged with iOS 5.1.1 untethered jailbreak exploits. Users are also advised to create a custom iOS 5.1.1 firmware file using the upcoming version of Redsn0w. This custom firmware file will allow you to update to iOS 5.1.1, while still preserving your existing iPhone's baseband.
b) Users who don't care about losing the jailbreak
Those users already having a jailbroken iOS device and want to preserve their existing jailbreaks should avoid updating the software to iOS 5.1.1. They are further advised to wait for Absinthe 2.0 or Redsn0w to be released.
If you do decide to upgrade to iOS 5.1.1, remember these useful tips:
- Ensure that you've backed up your iOS device either to iTunes or iCloud
- Take a backup of SHSH blobs using TinyUmbrella before upgrading and then after upgrading to iOS 5.1.1
Meanwhile, MuscleNerd reveals some important tips to a jailbreak user on upgrading to the latest iOS software - iOS 5.1.1.
"@MuscleNerd So I should upgrade my iPad 3 to 5.1.1?" tweets a discerning jailbreak user, seeking the expert hacker's advice.
"@Josso000 Yes, if you have an iPad2 or later, go ahead and update to 5.1.1 now. The current plan does not support A5+ devices at 5.1," replies MuscleNerd on his Twitter page.
pod2g and his Dream Team of iOS hackers are immensely expected to release the untethered jailbreak in the next few days. Meanwhile, we keep our fingers crossed in the hope that the most-anticipated jailbreak gets its due release at the Hack In The Box (HITB) conference starting 21 May and ending 25 May in Amsterdam.