After weeks of speculation, the iOS 5.1 was released yesterday with some updates to iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S basebands.
For unlockers like most of us here, we are more concern of the baseband than anything else. So, to summarize the baseband revision for iOS 5.1:
- iPhone 4S: 2.0.10
- iPhone 4 (GSM): 4.12.01
- iPhone 3GS: 5.16.05 (no change from iOS 5.0.1)
As far as we know, none of the basebands above can be unlocked.
The following are change logs/features of iOS 5.1 for your information:
- Enhanced Siri dictation support during text input “on supported devices” (iPhone 4S in 2011) (i.e. Turn on or off Bluetooth, take a picture etc.).
- Carrier updates (e.g. AT&T 11.1).
- AT&T indicator now says “4G” when applicable. (4S Only)
- Baseband updates.
- Battery life reportedly fixed.
- Fixes iPhone 4S support for Caller ID Name Display (on supported carriers – i.e. Rogers & Fido in Canada).
- Users can now enter any Apple ID to sign-up for an iCloud account. Previously, they had to use (or create a new) me.com email Apple ID.
- New Montesi Wallpaper
- Images can now be removed manually from the Photo Stream in iCloud. Any photos deleted are now also removed from other iOS devices connected to iCloud.
- Shake-to-shuffle bug fix, which caused the Music app to freeze.
- The Setup Assistant caused an “infinite setup loop” for some users. When the setup was completed, the iPhone would jump back to a “thank you” screen ad infinitum. Users had to reboot the device to restore functionality.
- SpringBoard bug fix, the home screen for the iPhone would sometimes fall into a state when double-clicking the home button would not display the Camera icon.
- Turn on or off 3G toggle restored on iPhone 4S.
- Bluetooth bug fix; enabling Bluetooth and returning to home screen, the Bluetooth icon still remains in the status bar.
- Possible bug fixes on Wi-Fi signal strength on all devices.
- Safari, address bar added text (Go to this address).
- Improved Assistive Touch.
- Improved Location Services.
- License column added, under the About menu.
- Support for Siri in Japanese
- Possible fix to Outgoing Call No Audio (OCNA) issue.
- New Lockscreen camera button no longer have to double tap home button just swipe up to access the Camera app.
- Dictation on iPad
Meanwhile, as always, hackers should be back from their snooze mode by now to jailbreak this latest iOS release from Apple.
Thank you to those who have constantly emailed us asking how to unlock iPhone 4 on baseband 4.11.08 (and now 4.12.01) but there’s no method of unlocking it right now except by replacing the baseband and NOR chips. We are also exploring a new exciting method of making it “factory unlocked” by replacing one the chips inside. Stay tuned for this.
Once again, avoid updating to iOS 5.1 if you want to keep your untethered jailbreak or if you don’t wish to turn your iPhone into an iPod touch!