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MAKER OF SHINY TOYS Apple is about to have its IOS 5.0.1 operating system jailbroken, if a demonstration video is to be believed.
Apple's IOS 5.0.1 is the latest version of Apple's operating system that runs on Iphones and Ipads using the firm's A4 and A5 chips. The untethered jailbreak of IOS 5.0.1 allows users to load applications that are not on Apple's App Store, giving users access to a host of useful applications that Apple's censors deem unacceptable.
Apple's tightly regulated App Store is often cited as one of the reasons why few IOS security breaches have occurred. However by stifling its users' freedom of choice, Apple has also created an opportunity for developers to devise ways to bypass its authoritarian control through jailbreaking.
In the video that was taken on Friday, an Iphone 4S running IOS 5.0.1 is shown to have the 'unofficial' App Store Cydia running, along with various Apple services including Siri still functioning. The Iphone 4S is shown to reboot without needing to be attached to a computer.
Dustin Howett, the person credited with shooting the video, did not give details on how the untethered jailbreak is actually done.
Based on Howett's video, we expect that this jailbreak for Apple's IOS 5.0.1 will tip up somewhere in a matter of days. µ
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