Last Friday, we reported on Redsn0w 0.9.8, a new version of the well-known jailbreaking tool that supports iOS 5. Now, there’s a Windows version too!
As detailed by the iPhone Dev-Team in blog post, the Windows version of Redsn0w, just like the Mac version, will overwrite unlockable basebands, which can be a problem if your phone is unlocked:
UNLOCKERS AND THOSE PRESERVING THEIR UNLOCKABLE BASEBANDS SHOULD STAY FAR AWAY FROM THIS! You will very likely lose your unlockable baseband if you try to install iOS 5.
The developers also stressed that this tool is only meant for developers due to the bugs it’s currently plagued with:
THIS JAILBREAK IS INTENDED ONLY FOR DEVELOPERS OF JAILBROKEN APPS! There are just too many broken components (Apple’s official apps, 3rd-party App Store apps, Cydia apps, MobileSubstrate apps, etc) for this to be useful to anyone but those truly looking to fix bugs in their iOS 5 jailbroken apps. (Seriously!)
If you don’t have an Apple Developer account, Redsn0w will not force an activation either. Your device must already be activated:
THIS REDSN0W WILL NOT HACTIVATE 5.0b1! You need to be an iOS developer with a registered UDID to get past all the new activation screens. PLEASE DON’T PIRATE APPLE SOFTWARE! Only registered devs with Macs can develop iOS applications,
If you device isn’t currently activated, there’s a workaround, although it’s not legal. If you want to legally have access to iOS 5, you must purchase an Apple developer account for $99 per year.
Just like the Mac version, this is an tethered jailbreak, which means that you’ll have to run Redsn0w and plug your handset into your computer whenever you power your device on in order to boot into a jailbroken state. If a well-known iPhone developer is to be believed, an untethered jailbreak won’t be available anytime soon, due to changes made in iOS 5.
If you know how to apply Redsn0w on a Mac, you’ll feel right at home since the steps are the same. If you’ve never used Redsn0w before, we recently wrote a tutorial you can check out here.
Despite the “this is only for developers” warnings, many enthusiasts have probably been running iOS 5 for days. If you know were able to set up iOS 5, you’ll also likely be able to apply this jailbreak.