From Dev team blog Q: Will I permanently lose the jailbreak if I need to restore my device? A: For all except the iPad2, saving your SHSH blobs should let you always restore your device to iOS versions where this jailbreak works. *The iPad2 is a little more complicated. *If you have a wifi-only iPad2 and saved SHSH blobs, youre in good shape. *But if you have the GSM or CDMA iPad2, you wont be able to restore to 4.3.3 or lower once Apple stops signing its baseband. *There are a few ideas that might work to get around this limitation, but for now its best to assume theres no going back to 4.3.3 once 4.3.4 is out for iPad2 GSM or CDMA owners.* Also, Blob monster* It looks like Apple is about to aggressively combat the replay attacks that have until now allowed users to use iTunes to restore to previous firmware versions using saved SHSH blobs. Those of you who have been jailbreaking for a while have probably heard us periodically warn you to save your blobs for each firmware using either Cydia or TinyUmbrella (or even the copy from /tmp during restore method for advanced users). *Saving your blobs for a given firmware on your specific device allows you to restore *that* device to *that* firmware even after Apple has stopped signing it. *Thats all about to change. Starting with the iOS5 beta, the role of the APTicket is changing its being used much like the BBTicket has always been used. *The LLB and iBoot stages of the boot sequence are being refined to depend on the authenticity of the APTicket, which is uniquely generated at each and every restore (in other words, it doesnt depend merely on your ECID and firmware version it changes every time you restore, based partly on a random number). *This APTicket authentication will happen at every boot, not just at restore time. *Because only Apple has the crypto keys to properly sign the per-restore APTicket, replayed APTickets are useless. This will only affect restores starting at iOS5 and onward, and Apple will be able to flip that switch off and on at will (by opening or closing the APTicket signing window for that firmware, like they do for the BBTicket). *geohots limera1n exploit occurs before any of this new checking is done, so tethered jailbreaks will still always be possible*for devices where limera1n applies. *Also, restoring to pre-5.0 firmwares with saved blobs will still be possible (but youll soon start to need to use older iTunes versions for that). Note that iTunes ultimately is *not* the component that matters here..its the boot sequence on the device starting with the LLB. Although its always been just a matter of time before Apple started doing this (theyve always done this with the BBTicket), its still a significant move on Apples part (and it also dovetails with certain technical requirements of their upcoming OTA delta updates). Note: although there may still be ways to combat this, a beta period is really not the time or place to discuss them. *Were just letting you know what Apple has already done in their exisiting beta releases theyve stepped up their game!