Sunday, September 23, 2012

The iPhone 5 is already jailbroken

It seems early for this to happen, but it appears that the iPhone 5 has already been jailbroken. Usually it takes a while for a new piece of hardware to be jailbroken, so it's rather surprising, but it seems it's true.

It would seem the odds are good. The reported jailbreak was at the hands of chpwn, a well-respected developer, hacker, and jailbreaker.

On Friday, Grant Paul AKA chpwn posted an image on Twitter, which shows the iPhone 5 running the Cydia Store for jailbroken devices. He also posted the message:

"Taller screens like Cydia too. :)"

Naturally Photoshopping could have come into play, or even faked the Cydia icon by renaming a Web app and substituting the appropriate icon. However, when Stefan Esser, another iOS hacker, asked about it directly, Paul tweeted a response indicating that he had definitely jailbroken Apple’s latest and greatest super smartphone.

What's unclear is whether or not this is a tethered jailbreak or not. A tethered jailbreak is better than nothing, but it means each time the phone boots up it has to be jailbroken again. Last year, it took a few months for an untethered iPhone 4S jailbreak to arrive.

In addition to more tweeted images, chpwn posted the above image, which shows the phone, rather than a screenshot.  That image had been requested as proof.

To solidify things further, MuscleNerd of the famed iPhone Dev-Team has retweeted chpwn’s tweet about the jailbreak. That pretty much confirms it as an official jailbreak.

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