Not long after Apple released the golden master (GM) bits of iOS 5 to developers, the infamous iPhone Dev Team was able to jailbreak the software and update their existing desktop applications so that others could do the same.
In the ever-lasting cat-and-mouse game between Apple and the hacker community, iOS 5 GM was no match for the popular group of tinkerers known as the iPhone Dev team who, as of now, are offering up downloads for Redsn0w 0.9.9 beta 3.
The tool can be employed to jailbreak Apple’s iOS 5 GM build which, according to some reports, doesn’t even require a developer license to be installed on a supported device. That, however, doesn’t mean you should. And the same goes for jailbreaking.
With that out of the way, the iPhone Dev Team says Redsn0w has been updated to 0.9.9b3 to auto-detect iOS5 GM firmware.
“Remember: it’s still tethered for all devices except for iPhone 3GS with old bootrom,” they write on their blog
. “If you don’t use redsn0w to ‘Just boot’ at power up, all jailbreak apps (and even some native ones like MobileSafari) will fail to launch,” the team cautions.
“If you already jailbroke the GM by pointing an older redsn0w at the beta7 IPSW, there’s no need to re-run the full jailbreak step again…just use this newer one to make the tethered boot easier,” their post reads.
A later update to their post also reveals that the Windows version of redsn0w required an additional update to fix some bugs. Additional instructions are offered for those using a PC, as well as a bonus:
“As a special bonus to Windows users, we’ve made it so that if you make a copy of redsn0w.exe and name it something like ‘justboot.exe’ (anything with the word “boot” in it), it will start up in ‘Just Boot tethered’ mode. That way you don’t have to click on any buttons at all to boot tethered!,” the team adds.