It seems that the jailbreak community is going to have yet another opportunity to taste the la fée verte (the green fairy) and enjoy the cherished freedom. Yes, the popular Absinthe jailbreak tool is apparently set to be back in action with a makeover to get the latest iOS 5.1.1 jailbroken untethered.
French iOS hacker Pod2g is known for not keeping his mouth shut regarding any updates related to his work. On Sunday, he stood up to his reputation once again and announced via his Twitter page that the highly anticipated untethered jailbreak for iOS 5.1.1 was almost ready for public release and should be available in the next few days.
Thanks to awesome work of @planetbeing and @pimskeks, we're near ready for a release. Now it's a matter of days, Pod2g tweeted.
It appears from Pod2g's tweet that the upcoming iOS 5.1.1 untethered jailbreak will be the result of the hard work of not just one individual, but of a team of jailbreakers. With Pod2g publicly appreciating the assistance of planetbeing and pimskeks, there has apparently been yet another assembling of skillful iOS jailbreakers as was the case with the Jailbreak Dream Team while attempting to create the iOS 5.0.1 untethered jailbreak earlier this year.
When it comes to the devices that would be compatible with the new jailbreak tool, there seems to be very less of a disappointment as it is expected to cover the majority of devices, running iOS 5.1.1. 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, iPod 3G and iPod 4G.
Devices still need to test (but that should work): iPad 2 Wi-Fi, R2; iPad 3 Global and Apple TV 2.
Unsupported devices: Apple TV 3.
Following Pod2g's revelation, another member of the jailbreak team, xvolks, took to his Twitter page and said that he had managed to jailbreak his iPhone 3GS untethered on iOS 5.1.1. It appeared from his tweet that the new jailbreak will indeed be called Absinthe.
I have my new bootrom 3gs jailbroken untethered on iOS 5.1.1 thanks to the new Absinthe v2.0-rc1. I'm currently testing with iPhone4..., xvolks tweeted.
The hacker didn't stop by merely confirming the name of the jailbreak tool. He uploaded a video showing Absinthe version 2.0 in action on an iPhone 4 GSM running iOS 5.1.1.
I've tested Absinthe v2 on my iPhone 4 GSM, iOS 5.1.1. It jailbroke it flawlessly. I've took a (bad) video of it ;), xvolks tweeted.
Check out the video below:
As per the video, Absinthe 2.0 is very identical to its predecessor, the original Absinthe tool that was released in January to jailbreak the iPhone 4S and iPad 2 running on iOS 5.0.1 or earlier. The key exception noticed is that the device and firmware support has been significantly extended.
Based on the video of the Absinthe 2.0, provided by xvolks, Jeff Benjamin of iDownloadBlog has come up with some additional details about what to expect when the tool is released to the public. Here's what he had gleaned from the video footage:
- Absinthe 2.0 is very similar to the original version.
- Like the original Absinthe, there's no need of the DFU mode or any other manual intervention.
- Absinthe 2.0 should complete its task within 5 minutes or so (at least on A4 devices).
- There's apparently no need to do anything with the VPN settings. However, this could change.
- Once the jailbreak is complete, Cydia would be installed immediately.
- Unlike the earlier version that worked only on the iPad 2 and the iPhone 4S, Absinthe 2.0 is expected to cover all eligible A4 and A5 devices.
Since the video in question showed a Mac version of the jailbreak tool, it is expected that the jailbreak will be released first for the Mac users, with Windows and Linux versions to follow thereafter. The iDownloadBlog report also noted that there is still no information on whether users would be able to perform a tethered jailbreak on eligible A4 devices, and install a package as they previously did with Corona for a complete untethered jailbreak.
Benjamin, however, claimed that a Command Line Interface (CLI) version of the 5.1.1 jailbreak will be released and that the jailbreak would be incorporated directly into RedSn0w later on.
It was the iOS hacker MuscleNerd who confirmed both the information while replying to Benjamin's queries via Twitter.
Considering Pod2g's announcement that the release of the new jailbreak is just a matter of days, the possibilities of the tool being introduced during the Hack In The Box (HITB) security conference in Amsterdam are getting stronger.
Last week, Pod2g said that something big was going to happen at HITB related to jailbreaking. He also gave a link to a tweet from none other than the official Chronic Dev Team Twitter account. The tweet read like this:
Ready for some jailbreak goodness? We are :) #HITB2012AMS registrations close soon http://conference.hitb.org/hitbsecconf201...
The HITB security conference is scheduled between May 21 and May 25. It will reportedly feature different speakers and would be backed by high profile sponsors like Microsoft, Google and RIM.