We heard about some progress last week towards the release of an untethered jailbreak for iOS 5.0.1, courtesy of Apple hacker pod2g. It looked like everything was going just fine towards work on a release for earlier Apple hardware, but the A5 chip in the iPhone 4S and the iPad 2 were a separate obstacle to overcome. Donations from thankful jailbreakers let pod2g raise enough money to hook himself up with a 4S and get to work on testing. Today he posted an update to let us all know of his progress over the weekend.
Bad news first: pod2g has hit something of a brick wall. His attempts to jailbreak the OS have been stymied by what he reports are cache-related issues; it’s likely this has to do with the chip’s multiple core support, a factor that didn’t have to be dealt with in earlier hardware.
The good news is that pod2g is optimistic about his chances of breaking through and moving forward, but ultimately he thinks this is going to rely on a bit of luck at this point. He’ll be reporting back with any further strides he makes by tomorrow.