Today, Dev-team released Redsn0w 0.9.8b1, capable of jailbreaking the latest Apple main system for mobile devices, iOS 5 (beta).
This is the tethered jailbreak which means that you will have to connect your device into a computer and run Redsn0w to get 'jailbreak mode' on it.
With all these improvements combined with iOS5, is still worth to jailbreak your device?
That i used to jailbreak my iPhone before in order to obtain higher customization level for it, gain access to settings which were not available in the official iOS, tweaks that can improve my iDevice experience in the end.
Many of these 'improvements' are already available with iOS 5, still people are not missing.
In my opinion, iOS 5 is a superb step forward for Apple, which seems to have learned from the jailbreak community within the benefit of their clients. Wish that many companies would perform the same (e.g. Sony).
A few of the features that helped Apple repeating this step forward are:
Advanced reminder system
System-wide Twitter integration
Photo editing tools
Reach text email
Only a few of the today's mobile systems are coming because of so many features making iOS one of the best mobile operating system available today.
Still, the question remains...could be the jailbreak still a necessity?
Many users will say "YES", jailbreak can be a 'must have', probably because they are not aware of what the new iOS can do, some still may have favorite applications that are not available in the new iOS (e.g. BiteSMS), but a majority of will stay away from jailbreak from now on because most of the features that they can jailbreaked for are now part of the OS.
In the past, jailbreaking was considered illegal, voiding your device warranty.
Few years later it all become legal if you are not installing / using paid applications free of charge by using the jailbreak tools.
Today, jailbreak means more than just allowing non-signed applications to run on your device (Apple require that every application that runs on your iDevice to be signed with a certificate, this way they've got a better control over their unit and the applications that operates on it), it has been a cult.
We still need to wait until the final sort of iOS 5 is released, but by taking a look at the beta version, iOS incorporated features that hardly any other mobile operating system could be proud of, making iOS 5 among the best releases that Apple created.