Only a few days ago, Apple released the iOS 5 Beta 7 for developers. The new update features a variety of security and stability fixes. However, it seems that Apple may have underplayed the security issues because Redsn0w has already updated its jailbreak tool in order to take on the new update. The recent update is described as one that “explicitly supports” the iOS 5 Beta 7 update. This also means that users will no longer have to target the tool on iOS 5 Beta 6 when they want to jail break iOS 5 Beta 7.
The iPhone Dev-Team also posted a short description of the update on their website as follows.
About 12 hours after we released redsn0w 0.9.8b7 with some improvements for iOS5b6, Apple went and released iOS5b7 (what are the odds of that?!?). Even though that redsn0w could still jailbreak iOS5b7, you needed to point it at the iOS5b6 IPSW to do so. Today’s redsn0w 0.9.8b7b lets you point redsn0w directly at the iOS5b7 IPSW instead.
We’ve also added some overall improvements for old-bootrom 3GS owners (where the 24kpwn exploit applies): on those devices, you can tell redsn0w to untether 4.3.5 and lower, or iOS5b7. Old-bootrom 3GS owners can once again choose custom logos, and/or verbose booting (for the really nerdy iPhone3GS fans out there!). And it allows 4.3.4 or 4.3.5 users to use ultrasn0w again (if they have a compatible baseband).
Users who wish to download the latest update can do so from the Dev-Team’s blog. The updated version of the jailbreak tool is now available for both the Mac and Windows. However, take note that this update should be used by jailbreak developers. This is not meant for casual iPhone users.
In the long-term, this looks like another salvo against Apple’s iOS culture. Unlike its archrival Android, Apple takes good care to ensure that it has full control over the development and distribution of its operating system. The only problem is that now Apple seems to be creating two different classes of iPhone users: legitimate users and jail breakers. Legally, Apple has lost the argument against jail breaking but it still has the power to deny users their warrant or after-sales services. While many have condemned the move, Apple still maintains a fanatical fan base that easily outnumbers its detractors.