With the public release of iOS 5 final, iPhone, iPad and iPod touch owners all over the world are treated to the most advanced version of Apple's mobile operating system. While it does offer tons of new features and improvements, it is not without its issues. One of the current complaints about the iOS 5 is the seemingly degraded battery life, a problem which was officially acknowledged by Apple. This prompted the company to release a beta version for the first incremental update of iOS 5 dubbed iOS 5.0.1 beta. And now, famed jailbreak developer iH8sn0w updated his tool Sn0wbreeze to jailbreak iOS 5.0.1 beta.
As with our previous report, Redsn0w was swiftly updated by the iPhone Dev Team in order to fully support iOS 5.0.1 beta jailbreak. And now, iH8sn0w made an update for his popular jailbreak tool as well with version 2.8b9 for Windows. Much like Redsn0w, Sn0wbreeze 2.8b9 as of now can only provide a tethered iOS 5 jailbreak except for the iPhone 3GS with old bootroom, to which it provides an untethered solution. In case you don't know, tethered is a jailbreak type in which you need to connect your device to a computer each time it undergoes a reboot. And in Sn0wbreeze case, you need to boot your device via iBooty in order to restore it to its jailbroken state.
Here's the complete change log for Sn0wbreeze 2.8b9:
- Supports iOS 5.0 (9A334)/5.0.1-b1 (9A402)
- Fixed iBooks sandbox crashing issues.
- Fixed location services issues with iPhone 3GS users running the iPad baseband.
- Re-added iPad baseband install option to iPhone 3GS.
- Removes UDID requirement/Beta timer in 5.0.1.
- Tethered devices are booted via iBooty which is extracted to the Desktop after running sn0wbreeze.
- Supports untethered jailbreak on iPhone 3GS (old bootrom)
- iPhone 3GS iPad baseband (06.15.00) users: Re-flash the iPad baseband via sn0wbreeze if you restore(d) to a stock 5.0 firmware.
While Redsn0w almost always gets updated first when a new firmware is released, iH8sn0w makes an effort to add extra functionalities to its jailbreak tool. Based on the change log, Sn0wbreeze 2.8b9 fixes a couple of issues involving iBooks and location services issues with iPhone 3GS. Windows users who wants to create their own custom IPSWs in order to preserve their old baseband will certainly find Sn0wbreeze useful since the feature is not yet accessible in the Windows version of Redsn0w.
While an untethered jailbreak is not available yet, you can opt for the next best thing with a semi-tethered jailbreak. With this new type of jailbreak, you will still be able to use your device even after a reboot but you won't be able to access your jailbreak apps and tweaks. It is as simple as installing a package from Cydia. Click here to read our full semi-tethered guide.
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