Apple has just released iOS 5.0.1. The update brings battery life fixes for all devices running iOS 5, as well as security improvements and multitasking gestures on the original iPad. Battery life issues are said to be fixed as well.
iOS 5.0.1 update
This update contains improvements and other bug fixes including:
– Fixes bugs affecting battery life
– Adds Multitasking Gestures for original iPad
– Resolves bugs with Documents in the Cloud
– Improves voice recognition for Australian users using dictation
Developer Steven Troughton-Smith had successfully ported the Siri onto the iPhone 4 and iPod Touch. The video provided below not only shows the Siri functionality on an iPhone 4, but is in depth and shows a side-to-side comparison against the iPhone 4S. In addition, the video shows the Siri Dictation in action.
iPhone 4S jailbreak was the key to make the port working successfully on iPhone 4. 9to5mac’s Mark Gurmanhas brought this story and an got exclusive interview about the port with the developer:
Mark: Where do you go from here with the port?
Steven: At this point it’s all about confirming this works across devices, making it reproducible (we got it working on two devices today), and documenting everything. It does require files from an iPhone 4S which aren’t ours to distribute, and it also requires a validation token from the iPhone 4S that has to be pulled live from a jailbroken iPhone 4S, and it’s about a 20-step process right now.
Mark: In its current state, is the port 100% functional, is there anything you would like to see work better?
Steven: Yes, it seems to be 100% functional. I’m working on the rough edges, but everything that works on the iPhone 4S seems to work here.
Mark: Do you ever see Siri showing up in Cydia (or another jailbreak store) for non natively supported devices?
Steven: No, I could not be a part of that. I have no doubts that others will package this up and distribute it quasi-illegally, or try and sell it to people. I am only interested in the technology and making it work; proving that it works and works well on the iPhone 4 and other devices.
Mark: So, you also got Siri working on the fourth-generation iPod touch, how is that working out?
Steven: We got chpwn’s iPod touch up and running with Siri after proving it works on my iPhone 4. Unfortunately the microphone on the iPod is nowhere near as good as the iPhone – you will notice that the Siri level meter hardly moves when you talk to it. While it does work, you have to speak loudly and clearly to the iPod.
Mark: How long did porting take you, what was the “I got it” moment?
Steven: Basically, I already had everything I needed to make it work. I had spent a lot of time mapping out in my head exactly how Siri works on the iPhone. All I needed was access to a jailbroken iPhone 4S to put my hunch to the test. It literally took no longer than 10 minutes to put all the pieces in place and perform our first test on my iPhone 4, and it was an instant success.
Dev-Team pushed another update to Redsn0w jailbreak for iOS 5. The news came from @MuscleNerd as always via Twitter explaining that Redsn0w 0.9.9b7 for Windows and Mac is the fastest jailbreak solution for iOS 5. Total jailbreak time has been reduced to 80 seconds which was previously around 210 seconds. However, this will stretch the first time loading of Cydia after jailbreak, during which the stashing of applications will occur. An option in Redsn0w 0.9.9b7 preferences allows you to choose whether you want redsn0w or Cydia to stash applications.
After some feedback on reddit, we’ve decided to make the initial jailbreak as quick as possible by no longer “stashing” the applications by default during the redsn0w run. This reduces the time to actually perform the jailbreak from 210 seconds to 80 seconds (60 percent!). However, you make up for much of that the first time you launch Cydia, which will then want to stash the applications. You can choose whether you want redsn0w or Cydia to stash in the Preferences pane.
iPhone Dev Team has released an updated version of Redsn0w jailbreak tool. The new Redsn0w 0.9.9b5 that can jailbreak iOS 5Important Notes:
Its a tethered jailbreak
Supported devices: iPhone4, iPhone 3GS, iPad 1 and iPod Touch 3G and iPod Touch 4G.
iPhone 4S and iPad 2 are NOT supported yet.
iBooks will crash and not be working after the jailbreak.
NOTE: Before you follow the below guide to jailbreak your device, you need to know that the following process is NOT for those who want to preserve their baseband for the Unlock. I’ll be putting another guide for that and the ability to preserve the baseband using custom ipsw.
How To Jailbreak iOS 5 on iPhone, iPad & iPod Touch
Create a folder on desktop and copy both the above downloads to it.
Please backup all your information using iTunes before following this tutorial.
1. Double-click to open redsn0w application. for Windows users right-click and choose open as administrator.
2. Click the ‘Jaibreak’ button below the text. Now it will ask you to connect the device to your Mac/PC and then turn it off, do so and click ‘Next’. Now follow the on-screen instructions to proceed.
3. The device will reboot while redns0w prepares the jailbreak data.
4. Then choose Cydia and click the ‘Next’ button.
6. The device will reboot showing ‘Downloading Jailbreak Data’ logo and then some code on the device’s screen, while redsn0w sends modified files to the device. You will be notified once redsn0w is done. Let the rest of process continue on the device, please be patient.
7. After it reboots, your device should now be jailbroken with Cydia on the homescreen. If Cydia appears like a white icon reboot the device as below
8. For booting up tethered, open redsn0w and click the “Extras” button below the jailbreak button.
9. Select “Just Boot” from the “Extras” menu.
10. You have to again enter the DFU mode then it automatically it will boot your device.