iOS 5 beta 6 has been launched earlier today and those of your with access to developers accounts can already explore its features. And since some of you are probably already wondering whether the new beta can be jailbroken, we have good news for you.

Just as its predecessors, iOS 5 beta 6 can be jailbroken, using Redsn0w 0.9.8b5, although it’s just a tethered-only jailbreak so far. In fact we expect the iPhone Dev Team to also roll out a new Redsn0w version, specifically adapted to beta 6, but one that will still offer just a tethered jailbreak.

iOS 5 is compatible with a bunch of devices, the iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPod touch 3G, iPod touch 4G, iPad and iPad 2. Of those just the first five can be jailbroken using the latest Redsn0w version, as the iPad 2 only has one jailbreak solution available, via Comex’ JailbreakMe 3.0 solution that works with iOS 4.3.3 alone.

Redsn0w 0.9.8b5 is available for Mac and Windows, but we’re going to advise you, as we always do, to approach any jailbreak procedure with caution and make sure you save sensitive information before going forward. Of course, if you’re a developer, then you probably have plenty of experience with iOS devices, but then again it’s not just developers that get access to the latest iOS beta versions. You should follow precisely the instructions available, and remember that you can always revert to the current iOS 4.3.5 / iOS 4.2.10, or to a not jailbroken iOS 5 beta 6 state in case anything unforeseen happens.

The final iOS 5 firmware will be launched at some point this fall, once the new iPhone 4S/5 gets official (therefore in late September or early October) so until then it’s safe to say we’ll see other beta versions get released by Apple, so don’t expect any untethered jailbreak tools to be released until then.

Update: This Redsn0w jailbreak version for iOS 5 beta 6 appears to be causing some problems. Here’s what RedmondPie says about it:

`It looks like we posted this without testing thoroughly. As it turns out, even though you can install Cydia using the current version of Redsn0w, but after using the device for a short while, it will go into a boot loop. The only way to come out of that will be to restore the said device on stock iOS 5 Beta 6. Guess we will have to wait for updated version of Redsn0w to fix this problem. Stay tuned, we will keep you updated.'

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