The jailbreaking community is always busy trying to figure out the problems and issues associated with jailbreak. The introduction of iOS 5 was warmly welcomed, but the ongoing struggle for untethered jailbreak doesn’t seem to end. When the GM version of iOS 5 was jailbroken, everyone was cheering as they were hoping to get the best jailbreak. iOS 5 was jailbroken on the same day of release by Redsn0w, but the jailbreak available was only tethered jailbreak. Semi-tethered jailbreak package can be installed from Cydia and it offers some comfort for those who were quick to upgrade to iOS 5. Acidsnow is the newest addition to the array of free jailbreak tools, developed by Pwn Dev Team.
Features of Acidsnow
Acidsnow is available for OSX users which means that if you use only Windows machine, then this jailbreak is not for you. The first beta version is recently launched and it doesn’t support iPhone 4S or iPad 2. Just like the other jailbreak tools, Acidsnow uses Limera1n exploit to jailbreak the device. Acidsnow will work with iOS 5 and 5.0.1 on iPhone 3GS,4, iPod Touch 4G, and iPad 1. Acidsnow provides tethered jailbreak and the software based jailbreak tool comes with a tethered boot utility. It has Pwned DFU mode and Exit Recovery mode apart from jailbreak option.
Jailbreaking using Acidsnow
If you have already used jailbreak tools for your iPhone to jailbreak the device and remove software restrictions, you won’t find anything amusing or different in Acidsnow. You can use this software to jailbreak your iPhone in tethered mode. If you have already jailbroken your iPhone, then there is nothing new for you available with Acidsnow. iPhone users who don’t have a jailbreak on the device can go with Acidsnow as it is the newest in the group. However, it is recommended that you use tried and tested jailbreak devices as they are relatively popular.
Step 1: Download Acidsnow for Mac machines.
Step 2: Run Acidsnow.
Step 3: Switch of iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad and connect it to your Mac machine.
Step 4: Now, you have to put your phone in DFU mode. You should put DFU mode for every tethered boot and Pwned DFU mode as well. You can check the Show Assistant box to get instructions on putting your device in DFU mode. Click on Start to get the instructions.
Step 5: After putting your device in DFU mode, click on Jailbreak and wait for the program to complete jailbreak.
Step 6: Your iPhone will reboot automatically.
Step 7: Put your iPhone in DFU mode once again and use Boot tethered option to reboot iPhone in jailbroken state.
Now, your iPhone or iDevice will be jailbroken on iOS 5, but the jailbreak is tethered jailbreak. Moreover, this jailbreak will result in baseband upgrade. You can go ahead and install Semi Tether jailbreak from Cydia if you want to enjoy the new feature available.
Update on Acidsnow jailbreak
After launch of Acidsnow, it was revealed that it uses copyrighted code in the jailbreak and thus, everyone were saying that using Acidsnow is illegal. MuscleNerd warned that there is copyright infringement with Acidsnow and hosting the app can result in shut down of website. Due to this copyright issue, many jailbreakers are staying away from this software. The software jailbreak is still in development stage and future releases might be able to fix the copyright issues. Moreover, it is rumored that Acidsnow will bring remote jailbreak for iDevices, enabling client machines to jailbreak iPhones in any part of the world. Custom firmware creation and untethered jailbreak are also to be expected of Acidsnow soon.