It was confirmed earlier this week that the highly anticipated iOS 5.1.1 untethered jailbreak would be called Absinthe 2.0 and that the new tool should be released for public as early as this week. Thanks to xvolks, one of the members of the jailbreak team, users also got a glimpse of the jailbreak tool in action in a video.
Until now, the new untethered jailbreak tool Absinthe 2.0 was expected to cover the majority of devices, running iOS 5.1.1, while two devices - the global version of the new iPad and the iPad 2 Wi-Fi, R2 - remained to be tested with the new jailbreak tool.
On Thursday, pod2g took to his Twitter page once again and made the announcement of the inclusion of the iPad 3,3 to the list of supported devices. With the new iPad now fully supported by the iOS 5.1.1 untethered jailbreak, the only device left to be tested is iPad 2 Wi-Fi, R2 (iPad 2,4).
OK just added iPad3,3 support to Absinthe thanks to @flawlessfox. Only remains iPad2,4 now but we need the actual device, pod2g tweeted.
Here's the updated list of devices that the new jailbreak will support:
Tested devices: iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPhone 4 CDMA, iPhone 4S, iPad 1, iPad 2 Wi-Fi, iPad 2 GSM, iPad 2 CDMA, iPad 3 Wi-Fi, iPad 3 CDMA, iPad 3 Global, iPod 3G, iPod 4G and Apple TV 2.
Devices still need to test: iPad 2 Wi-Fi, R2.
Unsupported devices: Apple TV 3.
Will It Be Released In The Hack In The Box Conference On Friday?
With leading iOS hackers like pod2g, MuscleNerd and others attending the Hack In The Box (HITB) security conference in Amsterdam, the entire jailbreak community is having a close eye on the event for any significant news regarding the iOS 5.1.1 untethered jailbreak. Helping the excitement ramp up, pod2g even tweeted:
Any people of #HITB2012AMS has an iPad2,4? Model number: either MC954 or MC989. Please check in Settings / General / About.
According to iDownloadBlog, given that only one device left to be tested, the chances of the release of the iOS 5.1.1 untethered jailbreak this week has been increased. Rumors also gaining momentum saying that the Chronic Dev Team and company might release the tool during the Dream Team's HITB keynote Friday.
The site even suggested that the iOS 5.1.1 untethered jailbreak would be demonstrated live in the conference Friday, followed by its highly awaited released before the conference concludes. The speculation was based on a tweet sent out by the official Twitter account for the Hack In The Box Security Conference. The tweet confirmed that Jailbreak Live would take place Friday, for which they are offering special 1-day passes.
SPECIAL @chronicdevteam 1-day passes for #HITB2012AMS @ EUR699! Come see @pod2g @p0sixninja @planetbeing @nikias JAILBREAK LIVE (Pls RT), read the tweet.
Key Facts About iOS 5.1.1 Untethered Jailbreak
iOS hacker MuscleNerd has shared some key facts about the upcoming jailbreak tool. However, he has clearly mentioned that the information is tentative and subject to last minute refinements. Here's the crux of his post:
- pod2g's 5.1.1 untethered jailbreak covers all devices, except for AppleTV3,1, which currently has no path for jailbreaking.
- The 5.1.1 A5 jailbreak is very similar to the A5 5.0.1 jailbreak. iOS hacker pimskeks has done a tremendous job supporting both 5.0.1 and 5.1.1 in Absinthe.
- Similar to 5.0.1, there will also be a 5.1.1 CLI cinject binary and redsn0w version of the 5.1.1 untethered jailbreak.
- Absinthe, cinject, and redsn0w will all provide the same jailbreak in different fashions.
Pod2g has also updated his blog with multiple reasons to jailbreak iOS devices. According to him, jailbreaking allows:
- Changing the iOS experience with powerful tweaks that can't ever exist on the AppStore : SBSettings, WinterBoard, IntelliScreenX, LockInfo, and lot of others...
- Playing retro games on console and arcade emulators.
- Having access to a unix shell in your pocket, and all the open source software that can run on a unix OS.
He made it clear that jailbreak is not mean for pirating App Store applications.