Well-known iOS hacker pod2g announced some exciting news on Twitter this morning, revealing that all required exploits have now been found for an iOS 5.1 jailbreak – significant progress towards releasing the jailbreak to the masses.
News: we have all exploits required to do a new jailbreak. I’m working on bypassing ASLR at bootup.
— pod2g (@pod2g) April 18, 2012
Despite the fact that all necessary exploits have been discovered, iOS developer Grant Paul (chpwn) points out that there’s still a lot of work to do before the jailbreak will be ready, and it could potentially be months before the jailbreak is actually functional and ready to use.
Remember: just because all the exploits are found doesn’t mean that a jailbreak exists — it’s likely months away from first working at all.
— Grant Paul (chpwn) (@chpwn) April 18, 2012
The jailbreak specifically targets Apple’s newer A5-based devices (the iPhone 4 and original iPad have already been jailbroken), and considering that the new iPad was technically jailbroken within hours of being released, it’s likely the jailbreak will support Apple’s new iPad when it is released.
While there’s still no official word on when we can expect the jailbreak, this is still a huge step forward in the process. In the meantime, users who rely on jailbreaking should avoid updating their devices to iOS 5.1.