Apple announced iOS 5 (among other things) yesterday at WWDC, and less than 24 hours after the announcement and Apple’s keynote speech, the beta version of iOS 5 was already jailbroken. Not surprising if you happen to follow the jailbreaking and piracy communities, as the participants are well-versed in what they do, and over time, the goal has became how quickly one can jailbreak a device, rather than if a device can be jailbroken.
The proof comes from MuscleNerd’s Twitter account, the above two screenshots showing an iPod Touch 4G running a jailbroken version of iOS 5. The first screenshot may seem fairly plain, but shows the Cydia store installed — basically a graphical user interface that allows users to install software unavailable on the App Store — and the second screenshot shows that root access has been gained. Though the operating system has already been jailbroken, this jailbreak isn’t ideal: It required the use of GeoHot’s Limera1n jailbreak, and is tethered. The tethering is what makes the jailbreak not exactly ideal, in that each reboot of the jailbroken device requires that it be connected to a PC in order to remain jailbroken. Supposedly, though, this method of jailbreaking iOS 5 will work on the final version, so it is possible that the jailbreak can be refined in time for the final release of the operating system and remove the tethering.
Ridiculously fast jailbreak? Absolutely, but isn’t that what we’ve come to expect by now?