More than two weeks after the release of the iPhone 4S, there are already signs that a new jailbreak maybe on the horizon. Moreover, there is also a good chance that any iPad 2 running iOS 5 may also be jailbroken. The news comes from the iPhone Dev-Team, which has a history of providing reliable jailbreaking options for those who want to use unauthorized apps, switch to other networks or do anything that is not officially authorized by Apple and the phone carrier.
However, the team cautioned that a public release is still some time away because what they have now is a ‘very preliminary’ jailbreak for the iOS 5 enabled iPhone 4S and iPad 2. A member of the team also managed to post screenshots of the jailbreak while also re-emphasising caution that large chunks of important elements were still missing. The Dev-Team has previously released a tethered iOS 5 jailbreak via RedSn0w version 0.9.9b5 for the iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPad 1 and the iPod touch (third and forth generations). Thus, it is only reasonable to assume that a jailbreak for the iPhone 4S is not far away indeed.
While the techniques and tools of jailbreaking may be evolving, what has remained constant is Apple’s unshakable opposition to the practice. While the practice is legal, Apple claims that jailbroken iPhones will no longer qualify for the warranty or iOS updates. Apple’s firm resistance is because it likes to maintain strict control over the software and every other element of the iPhone in order to create the perfect iOS eco-system. Moreover, since jailbroken iPhones also heavily utilize unauthorized apps, Apple looses further revenue since the apps are not registered with its official iTunes Apps store. Certainly, Apple is not going to change its policies overnight and the fact is that most national carriers like the idea of locked in software since it allows them lock in customers and earn higher revenues through more specific packages. Once these limitations are removed, everyone stands to lose money; everyone except the consumer.