When a new iPhone is launched, there are two things that we can expect very shortly after its public launch. The first is a breakdown of the device to reveal its bill of materials and the second is efforts by the hacking community to release a public jailbreak.
The iPhone 5 does not have a public jailbreak just yet, but it appears that efforts are under way to develop one. In fact, Grant Paul has already tweeted through his twitter account that he has managed to jailbreak the iPhone 5 and install Cydia. Now, before you start searching for iPhone 5 jailbreak instructions, hold off for a moment as the details of just how he did it are very few and this has caused some within the community to question whether it actually has been done or not. It appears that Paul did want to capture the title for the first iPhone 5 jailbreak, but a public tool to make the process easier has not been released yet. In an effort to squash some of the naysayers, Paul has also released a couple of additional images of a jailbroken device, one of which shows the iPhone 5 with Cydia running.
For those that aren’t familiar, with a jailbroken iPhone, users are able run homebrew apps, pirated apps as well as gain additional functionality above and beyond what the manufacturer had originally intended. Though we are getting claims for a private jailbroken iPhone 5, we’ll have to see who is the first now to release a public jailbreak.