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Tethered Jailbreak for iOS 5.1 is Already Available for All A4 Devices

iOS 5.1 jailbroken

iOS 5.1 has been available for less than 24 hours, but the iPhone Dev-Team has already released a tethered jailbreak for all iOS devices released before the iPad 2 that are capable of running the iOS 5.1 firmware. That includes the original iPad, the iPhone 3GS, the iPhone 4 and the iPod touch.

The downside to this jailbreak, of course — and it’s a pretty big one — is that it’s tethered. If you’re unfamiliar with the term, it means that you must plug your device into your computer every time you want to boot it up.

You may think that won’t be a problem for you, because you may never shut down your device completely. But if it happens to crash while you’re out and about — and they often do once you’ve filled them up with unauthorized tweaks and utilities — you’ll have to wait until you get back to your computer to start it back up again. That’s a huge inconvenience — believe me.

But if this doesn’t bother you, then you can upgrade to iOS 5.1 today and maintain your jailbreak. All you need to do is update as normal within iTunes 10.6, then run the latest version of Redsn0w to jailbreak your device. Redmond Pie has a good step-by-step guide, which you might want to follow — especially if you unlock your device using a GEVEY SIM or Ultrasn0w, which requires special steps.

This jailbreak isn’t compatible with the iPad 2 or the iPhone 4S, so if you have one of these devices, you’ll have to stick with iOS 5.0.1 for now if you want to keep your jailbreak.

Will you be using this jailbreak, or will you wait for an untethered one?

[via Redmond Pie]

Killian Bell

Killian Bell is a 20-something technology journalist based in a tiny town in England. He has an obsession with that little company in Cupertino...