updated 01:20 pm EST, Fri December 9, 2011
Public release still in wings
The Chronic Dev Team has managed to achieve an untethered jailbreak for devices running iOS 5, according to team member pod2g. A video produced by the hacker shows an iPhone running Cydia, a major distribution service for jailbroken apps. Untethered jailbreaks allow users to avoid connecting their device to a computer every time they boot it.
A public version of the jailbreak is not expected for some time, however. "Tons of questions from my nice followers. Too early to answer. Will work on iOS 5.0.1, will try iPad 2 and 4S after others are ready," says pod2g in a Twitter post. The iPhone 4S and the iPad 2 have proven unusually difficult for hackers to jailbreak, due to changes made by Apple.