In 2010, the US Copyright Office said that jailbreaking smartphone isn’t illegal according to the DMCA.
That statement will expire in 2012.
Jailbreaking isn’t illegal, and it shouldn’t be.
If the exemptions expire, it could be illegal to jailbreak your software (and you won’t be allowed to jailbreak or unlock your iPhone).
What can you do?
You can help the EFF get the exemptions renewed, and extended to include tablets and gaming consoles.
In order to get the renewals, the EFF needs to know how you depend on the ability to jailbreak devices. How you use it to write software, to develop apps.
First prepare a statement that says (in notepad or something similar):
- Who you are (developer, researcher, security professional, user, etc)
- Which exemptions you support (would directly support your role) such as the mobile (phones/tablets), game consoles (not sure if this includes Apple TV like devices) or both.
- Which device you need to jailbreak
- Why you need to jailbreak that device
- What would happen if you couldn’t jailbreak the device
Visit and fill out the official form. Make sure the uploaded comment includes your name, the type of works, and all other information on the comments form.
Yesterday it was announced, that Absinthe A5 was available to jailbreak your iPhone 4S / iPad 2 on Mac OS X.
An untethered jailbreak for iPhone 4S / iPad 2 was just announced compatible with Windows.
You can download the file:
Then just follow these instructions:
- Download the file
- Extract it
- Shift+Right Click on the folder, Open Command Window Here (or Start->Run, type cmd, and navigate to the folder
cinject.exe -i payloads/jailbreak.mobileconfig
- Install, and use no password for the pod2g server
cinject -j paylods
- Turn on VPN: Settings->General->Network->VPN-> ON
You should be jailbroken. If you have a mac, then simply follow the easy instructions here to do an untethered jailbreak on Mac OS X.
pod2g and the Chronic Dev Team have released an untethered jailbreak for the iPhone 4S and iPad 2 called Absinthe A5. The jailbreak is only for the Mac OS X right now, but we should see a Windows and Linux one soon.
The site is on and off available due to the large demand for it.
The following devices can be jailbroken with the Absinthe A5 jailbreak:
- iPhone 4S with iOS 5.0
- iPhone 4S with iOS 5.0.1
- iPad 2 with iOS 5.0.1
If you need to jailbreak iPhone 4 with iOS 5.0.1, you can check out the iPhone 4 jailbreak here.
If you haven’t ever jailbroken your iPhone before, you should know some things:
- This could be risky
- If Apple releases an update, you may have to wait before you can get it
- Backup your device before jailbreaking
I’ve done it before on my iPhones, but personally I don’t run a jailbroken iPhone.
To do a jailbreak you must install software written specifically to jailbreak your phone. This software can sometimes look seedy. By all means, you should be careful.
If you already jailbroke your iPhone, and want to untether your iPhone, you just need to install Coronoa Untether 5.0.1 in Cydia.
I had posted a few weeks ago that a developer had submitted a wireless sync app to the App Store.
Unfortunately it seems the app has been rejected, and will now be available only in Cydia for $9.99
It’s getting annoying how the iPhone platform could be so cool, but isn’t because Apple says we won’t like it. That’s what happens when you rely upon that platform. I get closer to going Android every day.