When we shared the iOS 5.1 Untethered iPhone 4s jailbreak status last week, the most common question was, “When will the iPhone 4S iOS 5.1 jailbreak be released?”
Thanks to the great iPhone 4S hacking team and Pod2g, we have new information about the iPhone 4S jailbreak release date, but unfortunately it’s not concrete.
In a flurry of updates on Twitter Pod2g shared a potential timeline for the iOS 5.1 Untethered iPhone 4S jailbreak, including the ominous, “Maybe never … (!)”
Based on the updates, I’m hopeful that we are closer to the one to two month time frame, and that we might see the untethered iOS 5.1 iPhone 4S jailbreak in May.
The updates come after the Jailbreak Dream Team bypassed the ASLR, the last security bypass needed before a public iOS 5.1 jailbreak release.
ETA for 5.1 JB: no clue! We’re going to set pieces of the puzzle together this week. We could have issues… Could be 1 month maybe 2…
— pod2g (@pod2g) April 24, 2012
In the progress update Pod2g talks about pieces of the puzzle, and that’s really the easiest way to explain the progress that still needs made before a public release.
Once the team of experts assembles the pieces of the jailbreak puzzle, they need to create a iOS 5.1 jailbreak tool that can jailbreak the iPhone 4S, automatically putting the puzzle pieces in the right place on users’ iPhones.
This assembly and final stages of producing the jailbreak could bring new issues to light that delay the public release months, or longer.
I know 1 month seems long, but it’s short to work on a project like this when it’s a hobby and you’ve other things to do as well.
— pod2g (@pod2g) April 24, 2012
The jailbreak community needs to remember that the teams that release the iPhone 4S jailbreaks do so as a hobby, without pay. Pestering the iPhone hackers and berating them for taking too long on Twitter does not help and does not encourage others to join and share their findings.
What to Do While Waiting for the iPhone 4S iOS 5.1 Jailbreak
First and foremost, do not upgrade to iOS 5.1 until there is an official iPhone 4S iOS 5.1 jailbreak. Users that upgrade to iOS 5.1 will not be able to jailbreak the iPhone, losing access to all their jailbreak tweaks and apps.
If Apple pushes out a new update in the next month do not update. These updates typically patch security holes and prevent jailbreaking.
Why Jailbreak the iPhone 4S
Users love to jailbreak the iPhone 4S to install apps and tweaks that Apple will not allow. There are a number of great iPhone 4S jailbreak apps that transform the iPhone, and many reasons to jailbreak the iPhone 4S.
Apps like IntelliScreenX, shown below, are a major reason users jailbreak the iPhone 4S.
Why Not to Jailbreak the iPhone 4S
For all the reasons to jailbreak the iPhone 4S, there are a number of reasons not to jailbreak. Jailbreaking voids the iPhone 4S’ warranty, though users can un-jailbreak before seeking Genius Bar help in most cases.
Read: Why Not to Jailbreak
Jailbreaking can also cause odd iPhone behavior, turning the normally stable iPhone into a finicky phone that crashes.
Are you waiting for the iPhone 4S iOS 5.1 untethered jailbreak? What’s your favorite jailbreak app or tweak?