If you’re a regular reader of this site, or just a registered Apple developer, you’re likely aware that iOS 5 Beta 6 was released on last Friday, as the system edges closer to its final form.
If you have jailbroken iOS 5 Beta 6 using Redsn0w 0.9.8b5 (the old version), as we have mentioned before, you should have noticed some stability issues.
Thankfully, all of these issues have been fixed in a new version of Redsn0w which was just released.
This new release of Redsn0w bumps its version up to 0.9.8 Beta 6, which, according to MuscleNerd itself, shouldn’t be too distant from the final 0.9.8 release, which will likely take place once the final version of iOS 5 is released as well.
If you’re not yet aware, MuscleNerd is a well-known member of the iOS jailbreaking community, known for developing Redsn0w.
From iPhone Dev-Team blog:
We’ve released redsn0w 0.9.8b6 to jailbreak iOS5 beta6 (point it directly at the beta6 IPSW). Two important notes about this version: (1) Please let your device boot normally to IOS5b6 and do a clean shutdown (slide to power off) before jailbreaking. (2) Boot logos have intentionally been disabled for now, so you’ll see a black screen on tethered boots (you can re-enable logos or verbose boot with command-line options if you really want them back).
Due increased sensitivity to abrupt filesystem shutdowns in IOS5b6, it’s very important that you do a clean shutdown before running redsn0w.
While the previous version of Redsn0w functioned with iOS 5 Beta 6, some users had reported several stability issues with made jailbroken devices fairly difficult to use on a daily basis. If you have already jailbroken your Beta 6 device with Redsn0w, you might want to consider re-jailbreaking it by restoring it through iTunes and then running Redsn0w 0.9.8b6 again. There should be no visual changes in this new version. You can read our full guide on how to jailbreak using Redsn0w here.
In case you were wondering, this update is simply aimed at fixing bugs and makes no advancements towards an untethered iOS 5 jailbreak, which is unlikely to happen until the final version of the system is released sometime this fall. Redsn0w 0.9.8b6 is still tethered, meaning that you’ll have to plug your device into a computer running Redsn0w every time its started up, in order to boot it into a jailbroken state.
This process is time-consuming but there’s currently no other way to jailbreak iOS 5.
As with iOS 5 Beta itself, this version of Redsn0w is strictly meant at developers who are scrambling to get their non-Apple-approved software compatible with the new system. Given its developer-only state, you shouldn’t install iOS 5, and especially not jailbreak it, unless you’re absolutely sure what you’re doing. Expect several stability issues in both this jailbreak and iOS 5 itself.
Alternatively, you can also use Sn0wbreeze 2.8b6 for Windows for jailbreaking iOS 5 Beta 6 on iPhone, iPad or iPod touch
iOS 5 is the newest major release Apple’s mobile operating that runs on iPads, iPod touches and iPhones. First announced at this year’s WWDC conference, iOS 5 includes many long-awaited features, such as system-wide Twitter integration and a new notifications system known as Notification Center.
Download Redsn0w 0.9.8b6 for Windows or Mac here.