There’s good news to be had for the jailbreak community today, as iOS hacker pod2g revealed on Twitter that he has finally succeeded in running an untethered iOS 5.1 jailbreak on an iPhone 4. While iOS 5.1 jailbreaks have been demoed previously, this is the first jailbreak to drop the need for tethering.
Heya! My iPhone 4 running iOS 5.1 is now untethered 🙂
— pod2g (@pod2g) May 3, 2012
For those unfamiliar, a tethered jailbreak requires you to reconnect your device to a computer and run a tool every time you need to reboot your phone, while an untethered jailbreak has no such restriction.
While this is excellent news, it’s important to note that there’s still a lot of work to be done – the iPhone 4S and iPad 2 use a newer chip than the iPhone 4, and will require much more work before they can be jailbroken in the same way.
Even so, progress is progress, and this is definitely a step in the right direction towards an untethered iOS 5.1 jailbreak for all devices.