It’s taken longer than usual for hackers to release a complete jailbreak for the iPhone 4S, but it looks like one is almost here.
The above video by iOS hacker pod2G shows a fully untethered jailbreak — meaning the jailbreak is retained even after you reboot the phone — on an iPhone 4S running iOS 5.0.1. “Only a few to wait now,” pod2G wrote on his blog, hinting that the hack is almost ready for release.
Jailbreaking your iPhone allows you to run unauthorized apps and customize your phone in an assortment of ways. It’s a direct affront to Apple’s heavily locked-down app ecosystem, so the company has made each new hardware and software release more difficult for hackers to jailbreak.
The iPhone 4S jailbreak was created by Dhowett of the hacker collective Chronic Dev Team. Pod2G was also responsible for the untethered iOS 5.0.1 jailbreak for devices other than the iPad 2 and iPhone 4S.
We saw the first evidence of a successful iPhone 4S jailbreak back in October, and a tethered hack has been out for some time. Since tethered jailbreaks require you to hack your phone every time it reboots, it’s not something that I’d recommend most users attempt.