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iPhone 5 Jailbreak Almost Complete, Requires Dev Account

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Work on an iPhone 5 jailbreak is paying off as Planetbeing reports nearing success on a tethered iPhone 5 jailbreak, with a catch.

Planetbeing is a well known iOS hacker, who worked as part of the team that delivered an iPhone 4S jailbreak, and is working on an iOS 6 jailbreak for the iPhone 5, one that might also work with the iPhone 4S.

This iPhone 5 jailbreak comes with a catch, as it requires an Apple Developer account to use it, something not typically required for a jailbreak.

Planetbeing teases the iPhone 5 jailbreak progress in a Tweet sent October 18th, as tipped by @maddashdan311

There are no additional details, about the iPhone 5 jailbreak release timing or specifically about the need for an Apple developer account. The team working on the iPhone 5 jailbreak could choose to keep this tethered jailbreak internal for the time being, to work on an untethered jailbreak. A tethered jailbreak is less desirable because users must plug-in the iPhone to a computer before restarting or lose functionality.

This would be the first jailbreak that requires an Apple Developer account. This is likely needed to run code on the iPhone that a normal iPhone would not accept. Apple sells spots in the developer program for $99, making this potentially the most expensive jailbreak to date.

Before running out to pay Apple $99 to jailbreak the iPhone 5, wait for more information as it may only require users to add their iPhone to a developer account. This is how many users try iOS betas before the official release, and several sites register device UDIDs, a unique device identifier, for as low as $7.

iPhone 5 jailbreak Developer acccount

The iPhone 5 jailbreak progress continues.

iPhone 5 jailbreak progress is underway, with famed hacker pod2g claiming a breakthrough could be weeks away, with some luck at a recent conference.

A video surfaced recently claiming to show proof of an iPhone 5 jailbreak with Cydia running on iOS 6. The video below shows jailbreak only apps on iPhone 5 hardware, but there is no further information from the creator. It’s possible the video is using a similar method with a developer account.

Previous iPhone 5 jailbreak success includes a jailbreak by chpwn right after the iPhone 5 release, as shown in the photo below.

iPhone 5 jailbreak

Proof of an iPhone 5 jailbreak from September.

There is already an iOS 6 jailbreak for the iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS and iPod Touch, but it does not work on the iPhone 4S, iPhone 5 or iPads.

Stay tuned for the latest jailbreak news and updates.

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13 Comments

  1. Devo

    10/19/2012 at 12:08 pm

    Can’t wait for the launch!

  2. Charlie

    10/19/2012 at 1:30 pm

    “Before running out to pay Apple $99 to jailbreak the iPhone 5″
    I don’t think Apple will ever jailbreak your phone for you…

    • Daniel Hsu (@DanielHsu2)

      10/19/2012 at 8:16 pm

      -facepalm
      Please go get yourself checked for idiocy.

      A developer UDID/beta UDID is what the author means when he was describing the $99 fee. It costs $99 to register an iphone’s UDID as a developer UDID.

      Learn to read please.

      • Your Mother

        10/20/2012 at 8:22 pm

        You’re just as retarded. UDIDs are device-related and nothing to do with a developer account. All a developer account gives you is the ability to sign executables.

  3. Zach Rossiter

    10/19/2012 at 3:57 pm

    Retard you pay apple 100 usd to get a developer account because a fail break is easy to achieve with developer status this is what he is referring to not paying them to literally jailbreak it.

  4. deepak

    10/19/2012 at 10:25 pm

    y u people give $99 to apple for udid just go to apps store n purchase games for $99 until a free jailbreak came or go ti imzdl.com to register ur udid for as low as $16 or the last option is wait for untethered jailbreak

  5. Shailesh Kumar

    10/20/2012 at 7:52 am

  6. wbarber69 (@wbarber69)

    10/21/2012 at 7:39 am

    Moron. I believe planetbeing meant that he needed a dev account in order to finish what he was working on. Taking one tweet out of context and posting a whole story on it, what a fool you are.

  7. Davey

    10/22/2012 at 6:37 am

    This is one of the worst comment threads I’ve read here. Mods, please lock this and lets pretend that this pissing contest never happened.

  8. iphone jailbreak

    10/26/2012 at 11:42 pm

    If you desire to get the most out of your iPhone, you can jailbreak it or acquire one that’s been jailbroken. Do not stress– jailbreaking your phone is legal according to the US Copyright Office and government regulators.

  9. abel

    11/24/2012 at 10:18 am

    if the iphone 4s jailbrake does not come out with the iphone 5 jailbrake does that mean there will not be a jailbrake for iphone 4s on 6.0

  10. Ryan

    12/05/2012 at 11:04 am

    I have some serious questions about jailbreaking my iphone 5. Can anyone tell me, if I successfully jailbreak it:

    1) Are there increased security risks?
    2) Does Facetime over 3G still work?
    3) Can you still sync everything through iTunes
    4) Can you still update applications OTA?
    5) Can you still update your iOS operating system
    6) Will it still connect to LTE just fine?
    7) Will lock screen notifications still work?
    8) Does it harm the battery life?
    9) Do you have to reboot your phone while tethered to your computer, in order for Cydia to restart? (I heard this was true)
    10) Is there a version of the Swype keyboard that works for it?
    11) Is there a way to go back if you don’t like it?
    12) Is there a way to make folders where you can put more than 16 apps per folder?
    13) Will iMessage still work?
    14) Will all songs, videos, text messages, photos, contacts, calendars, etc., be unharmed?

    Thanks for any information anyone can provide! I greatly appreciate it!

  11. bsarules

    12/07/2012 at 8:20 pm

    Ryan,
    1. Potentially. A jailbreak allows any code to run. I don’t believe anything will automatically pwn your device as a result although you can run into trouble installing the wrong software.
    2. I would imagine it would although I am not entirely sure.
    3. You can still use iTunes as normal.
    4. Applications can still be updated OTA
    5. iOS updates cannot be done, at least not easily, it will cost you your jailbreak to do them.
    6. Cellular connection should not be interrupted. It never interupted Wi-Fi on my old iPod Touches.
    7. Notifications still work.
    8. Battery life can be affected depending on what you install. Things that run in the background will hurt you the most.
    9. That depends if the jailbreak is “tethered.” It most likely will be at this stage, any reliable jailbreak will make this condition clear If the jailbreak is “untethered” it will not require the computer to boot.
    10. I don’t know.
    11. You can restore back to factory settings in iTunes. Only a few caveats. You will have to erase all of your content, any songs, videos, apps etc will be gone. You will also have to update to the latest software, which means you may lose the exploit needed to jailbreak.
    12. There was a paid tweak on Cydia called “InfiniFolder”, if my spelling is correct, that did that. Cydia will tell you if it is compatible and if it can run.
    13. It should. I haven’t used a jailbreak that caused system apps to not function.
    14. None of your other content will be touched.

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