A new video posted by the French hacker known as pod2g revealing an iPhone 4 iOS 5.0.1 untethered jailbreak demo has gone viral.

After posting the video on YouTube and his blog -- pod2g's iOS blog, a blog talking about iOS security research -- it has more than 320,000 views in less than one day.

Pod2g's blog post talking about his efforts and the video:


Here is a new video demo of the current status of the 5.0.1 jailbreak running on an iPhone 4.

This is meant to reassure people that were thinking it only works on older iPods.

The jailbreak is near ready for prime time (excluding 4S and iPad 2).

Patches are the same as redsn0w's. Expect the same level of stability.

Some more days to wait. Be patient, we're doing our best.


(see video below)

The comments have poured in as well, including many from hopefuls that pod2g will ultimately provide the complete solution for iOS 5.0.1 untethered jailbreak. The video on YouTube currently has 821 likes and 76 dislikes.

Apple? made 55 different accounts to dislike this video, wrote user The BMXStreetlife.

But some want more, including a release of what pod2g has reportedly done so far.

can you release what you've got so far and then? update it later when you've got ipad2 and iphon 4s working on it please... wrote another.

Jailbreaking is not illegal, despite the belief by many. Until mid-2010 Apple fought to make iPhone owners believe jailbreak was illegal. The company argued in a legal brief presented to the U.S. Copyright Office Library of Congress that jailbreaking constitutes copyright infringement.

But despite Apple's contention that jailbreaking is illegal, federal regulators announced in July 2010 that it is lawful to hack or jailbreak an iPhone. They said there is no basis for copyright law to assistant Apple in protecting its restrictive business model.

In other words, if someone buys a device from Apple they are legally free to do with it as they like. So the answer to the question, Is jailbreaking illegal? is no, it's not.

That doesn't mean, however, that Apple has to support jailbreaking. iPhones come with a warranty, and anyone with a jailbroken device is likely to lose that warranty. To get around this, some device owners simply restore their jailbroken device via iTunes before taking it or sending it to Apple for repair. But anything added to the device after jailbreaking will likely be lost.