While Apple’s latest iPhone may come packing that dual-core A5 processor, a new 8-megapixel camera, and a delightful digital assistant called Siri, for those who cannot live without their jailbreak it’s not worth purchasing. But that could be about to change, with one iOS hacker hinting at an untethered jailbreak for Apple’s A5 devices — that’s the iPhone 4S and the iPad 2 — coming next week.

Pod2g twitter message A5 jailbreak

Pod2g, the iOS cracker who has made quite a name for himself in recent months by discovering new methods for untethered jailbreaking, announced in a message on Twitter yesterday that he is yet another step closer to hacking the latest A5-powered devices. “With some luck,” he says, “we could expect a release next week.”

As things currently stand, Apple’s A5 devices — while running the iOS 5 operating system — cannot be jailbroken. A solution called JailbreakMe 3.0 once allowed hackers to crack their second-generation iPad, but that was only under the iOS 4 software. A jailbreak for the latest devices running the latest software, then, is understandably a huge step for the hacking community.

Pod2g has also been hard at work on an untethered jailbreak for A4-powered devices, like the iPad, the iPhone 4, and the fourth-generation iPod touch. It was initially believed shortly after the beta release of Apple’s iOS 5 software that the Cupertino company may have put an end to untethered jailbreaking once and for all. But on December 27, the Chronic Dev Team released a package that provided an untethered exploit based on Pod2g’s research.

While I can certainly live without an iOS jailbreak, I can’t deny that jailbreaking delivers some terrific enhancements. The ability to add third-party widgets to the Notification Center, and install all sorts of nifty tweaks that introduce features not yet supported (or condoned) by Apple, would most certainly tempt me to jailbreak again.

Will you be jailbreaking your iPhone 4S or iPad 2?

[via Cult of Mac]