Unlocks & Jailbreaks for iOS 5.1.1 in the wild, iOS 6 on the way!
I haven’t upgraded my iPhone 3GS precisely because there hasn’t been a jailbreak or unlock of iOS 5.1.1. But recently those resources have gone into the wild and so far they seem to be working fine. The fine fella at Everything Apple Pro provides excellent videos and tutorials on how to do both.
In the video below he shows how to unlock the 3GS using redsn0w, which is either tethered or untethered depending on your boot rom:
And here is a newer video for jailbreaking 5.1.1 using Absinthe 2.0:
I haven’t tried either one yet, and while the Absinthe jailbreak seems the easiest I am not yet sure if this will ruin my unlock. But I’m going to look in to that.
The Dev Team also recently blogged that they’ve established a way to downgrade the 6.15.0 baseband to restore full GPS functionality, something which had heretofore thought to be impossible. I haven’t tried this either, but will probably give it a shot.
A while back the Dev Team stated that while they have already jailbroken iOS 6, it’s nowhere near ready for release to the wild yet. So it’s coming, but don’t hold your breath.
As always, be cautious before hacking your phone, read the directions, and don’t get in a rush. Some of these hacks are fairly foolproof, but failure to follow a step can make your life very sad indeed.
If you’ve tried one of the methods above and they work please let us know!
I used the redsn0w method to update to 5.1.1 and it was extremely easy. If you’ve jailbroken your phone in the past it’s the same exact process. Plus I was able to downgrade the baseband back to 5.13 using further info on everythingapplepro’s site and redsn0w. I had a “no service” error at first, causing about 10 seconds of panic, but after uninstalling and reinstalling ultrasn0w I was back to normal!