It appears that the for A5 devices is not as close to public availability as we all hoped. A couple of days ago the popular indie developer pod2g said that if we are lucky enough we might get it in a week, but maybe our luck just ran out.
It turns out that the jailbreaking tool for the newest iDevices the iPad 2 and the iPhone 4S that pod2g developed relies on the user having a developers account. And since most iPhone and iPad users do not have such account it is impossible to release the tool for public consumption.
The ChronicDevTeam has a video showcasing an untethered jailbreak on an iPhone 4S, running on iOS 5.0.1.
The video seems real. We are demonstrated a reboot after which Cydia is still functional and last but not least we are shown the different antenna design and a running Siri version.
This sort of a jailbreak solution has been available on A4-powered iDevices but, up until now, it had its ups and downs on the A5-powered iPad 2 and iPhone 4S.
Chronic Dev Team and iPhone Dev Team have updated the greenpois0n tool for a successful untethered A5 jailbreak of the iOS 5.0/5.0.1 running iPad 2 and iPhone 4S.
The solution is reportedly called corona jailbreak, due to the use of pod2g corona exploit, and has been really hard to concoct. We did catch a glimpse of an iPhone 4S with an untethered jailbreak a couple of days ago and were expecting to finally see the solution in real life.
A jailbreak for the iPhone 4S and iPad 2 has just been released by the "Dev Dream Team" just moments ago. Apparently, cracking the A5 was "Not exactly a walk in the park" according to the entire team. The jailbreak is termed GreenPois0n Absinthe and is now available for download on Mac OS X alone.
Users must be on iOS 5.0.1 or this WILL NOT WORK. And for the record if you update to iOS 5.0.2 when it comes out, you will completely lose the jailbreak.
It is now possible to perform an untethered jailbreak on an iPhone or iPad with the A5 chipset, as long as you are running firmware 5.0.1 and below.
These are the downloads over the last 3 days:
- 491,325 new iPhone 4 devices
- 308,967 new iPad2 devices
- 152,940 previously jailbroken (at 4.x) iPad 2 devices
- 953,232 total
The numbers were calculated using Cydia, the jailbreak app store, which can track queries being made to the server.
The carrier-locked iPhones became a much lesser problem since the iPhone hit most of the major carriers worldwide. But there are those people who still buy foreign carrier-locked iPhone for various reasons. so a tool like this would be very useful.
The GPP SIM tool reportedly unlocks successfully every AT&T-bound iPhone 4S as well as the Japan KDDI and Softbank iPhone 4S. As with similar solutions such as Gevey and RebelSIM, you just put your SIM along with the insert into the provided SIM tray and insert the lot into the iPhone.
According to the GPP Team, the GPP SIM unlocks every AT&T iPhone 4S phones running iOS 5.0 and iOS 5.01 no jailbreak needed. There is no mention whether the GPP SIM will work with other carrier-locked iPhones as well.
Absinthe 2.0, the latest untethered jailbreak will set your iOS 5.1.1 devices free in a simple way and allow you to sideload applications. The new jailbreak comes courtesy of the Chronic-Dev Team and iPhone Dev Teams, and stands out with just how quick it is to do. It simply takes hooking up your device via a USB cable and pressing a button.
Absinthe 2.0 can jailbreak these devices ONLY:
- iPad 1,1 - 2,1 - 2,2 - 2,3 - 3,1 - 3,2 - 3,3
- iPhone 2,1 - 3,1 - 3,3 - 4,1
- iPod 3,1 - 4,1
The Apple iOS 6 has just been released yesterday to the latest Apple devices. However, that tiny amount of time was enough for those code-crunching experts to jailbreak the platform's latest release, albeit to a limited extent.
The iPhone Dev-Team's Redsn0w jailbreak works with iOS 6 on several devices, namely the iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS, and the fourth-gen iPod touch. Note that the jailbreak is tethered, meaning that the procedure has to be repeated each time your iDevice needs a reboot.
As you may know, Jailbreaking your phone is now officially legal in the United States, but if you are trying to treat your tablet to the same level of freedom you'd be in violation of the law. What sounds like an absurd decision comes straight from the US Copyright Office, saying that jailbreaking a phone doesn't break copyright law, but this does not apply to other devices.
Why are tablets so weirdly not included? Because, Tablets are simply too hard to define and an exemption could have been used for e-readers and mobile gaming consoles. The decision comes in a triennial review of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act.
But what's even more baffling, is the fact that unlocking your phone to work with any carrier, while still legal, is now much more limited. You'd be able to unlock your phone freely by End of 2012. BUT Starting in 2013, you'd need permission from your carrier to unlock your phone to have it work on other carriers.
Chronic Dev developers issued this picture showing a white iPhone 5 on its way to be jailbroken at last. Notice the abundance of unauthorized widgets in the pull-down notification bar, you can do that unless your iPhone is jailbroken.
"I would characterize it more as finding the missing pieces rather than debugging at this stage. Typically the messiest part of the jailbreak process has been installing it in the first place... We're further along than WWJC. But again, I can't give any specifics. The jailbreak itself is stable but we're missing needed exploits. I can't discuss what we're missing." - Chronic Dev