Apple Inc. has moved to patch any potential holes in its iOS 5 mobile operating systems found by hacking collective Chronic Dev. In response, the team released a Reporter tool, to ensure they received all crash reports from Apple iOS 5 devices. Amid all the excitement generated by the jailbreakng activity, here is some more news.

The PwnDev Team has released a new jailbreak utility, called Ac1dSn0w, for both iOS 5 and 5.0.1.

I'm pleased to announce that we've just released Beta 1 of Ac1dSn0w for Mac OS X Lion (should also work on Snow Leopard). Ac1dSn0w allows you to jailbreak your iDevice tethered. It also provides features like Tethered Boot, Pwned DFU, and Exit Recovery to get your device out of Recovery Loop, the PwnDev Team tweeted.

A Tethered Jailbreak

Ac1dSn0w supports the iPhone 3GS, the iPhone 4, the iPod Touch 4G and the original iPad, all running on iOS 5 and iOS 5.0.1, for a tethered jailbreak and is reportedly much easier than Redsn0w and Sn0wbreeze. The utility also includes features such as Exit Recovery and Pwned DFU.

For more information on Ac1dSn0w, click here.

The PwnDev Team said their utility was still in its early stages of development and although can only perform a tethered jailbreak for now, it is expected to be able to do remote jailbreaks soon.

According to an iPhoneism report, by installing a server program on any OS such as Linux, OS X or Windows, Ac1dSn0w will be able to jailbreak Apple devices, using a client program, from anywhere in the world.

Legal Issues

According to MuscleNerd of the iPhone Dev-Team, the PwnDev Team's Ac1dSn0w contains copyrighted Apple code which has been distributed illegally. Therefore, to be on the safer side, it might be better to stick with the Dev Team's Redsn0w, which can semi-tether jailbreak iOS 5.x on the iPhone 4, the 3GS, the iPad 1 and the iPod Touch.

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