iOS 5.1 Jailbreak – What you need to know
If you are familiar with jailbreaking, you know how this works. When Apple releases new iOS firmware you need to wait until a jailbreak is released for that firmware before you upgrade your software (if you want to keep your jailbreak.)
A tethered jailbreak is normally released prior to the untethered jailbreak. The downside of a tethered jailbreak is it will require the assistance of a computer and a jailbreak program to reboot your iOS device. Tethered jailbreaks are good for developers to test their cydia apps and tweaks to make sure they will be compatible with the new firmware. They will also work for people who just can’t wait for the untethered version. In some cases it can take months before an untethered jailbreak is released.
I recommend for jailbreakers to stay at iOS 5.0.1 until an untethered jailbreak is released for iOS 5.1. Especially since iOS 5.1 isn’t a major upgrade.
Here’s the features added with iOS 5.1;
• Japanese language support for Siri (availability may be limited during initial rollout)
• Photos can now be deleted from Photo Stream
• Camera shortcut now always visible on Lock Screen for iPhone 4S, iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS and iPod touch (4th generation)
• Camera face detection now highlights all detected faces
• Redesigned Camera app for iPad
• Genius Mixes and Genius playlists for iTunes Match subscribers
• Audio for TV shows and movies on iPad optimized to sound louder and clearer
• Podcast controls for playback speed and a 30 second rewind for iPad
• Updated AT&T network indicator
• Addresses bugs affecting battery life
• Fixes an issue that occasionally caused audio to drop for outgoing calls
If you have already upgraded to iOS 5.1 and want to downgrade back to iOS 5.0.1 to get your untethered jailbreak back here is a tutorial that explains how to do so.