The iOS 4.3 Gold Master was released to iOS developers earlier today, and less than 12 hours after its launch, the new iteration of the operating system has already been jailbroken. Don’t rejoice too quickly though, as the method to jailbreak iOS 4.3 is not for the faint of heart, and ‘only’ offers a tethered jailbreak – in other words, if you’re looking for an easy way to jailbreak your device, you might want to hold off for now. The jailbreak requires the use of PwnageTool, one of the many jailbreaking tools offered by the Dev Team. However, the tool hasn’t been officially updated just yet, so you will need to modify it to make it work with the latest version of iOS. To do so, you will need a Mac, the latest version of iTunes (10.2), the iOS 4.3 Gold Master firmware for your device (only available to iOS developers), as well as a couple of extra other utilities, namely Universal Ramdisk Fixer, and the tetheredboot utility. If you’re willing to give it a shot, a full walk-through is available over at Redmond Pie.
For now, we recommend to stay away from this new jailbreaking method, as it is too complex for most iOS-powered device users. Nevertheless, the method shows that iOS 4.3 can be jailbroken easily, and it should only take weeks before we see an update to greenpois0n or limera1n able to jailbreak iPhones, iPads and iPod touches running iOS 4.3. As usual, jailbreaking your device is legal, as long as you do not download and/or install copyrighted content obtained illegally.