Less than 24 hours after the iOS 5 Developer Beta was unleashed, it was successfully jail broken. Ordinarily, this would be good news, except that our source reports that this is a tethered jailbreak, and additionally, hopes of an untethered jailbreak seem to have been crushed by a recent discovery.
The discovery was made by jailbreak developer i0nic (Stefan Esser) of the iPhone Dev-Team, who announced in a recent tweet (pictured above) that Apple may well have killed the exploit that makes an “untethered” jailbreak possible – meaning that future iOS 5 jailbreaks may require your device to be hooked up to a computer every time they are restarted.
This could be grim news – at this point, it’s quite unclear whether or not it is possible for hackers to develop a new exploit – there is a very real possibility that iOS 5 could mean the end of untethered jailbreaking for good.
The lingering question is: with all of the new features in iOS 5, do most people have a real need to jailbreak their devices anymore anyway? Sound off with your thoughts in the comments!