Coming soon: Unethered jailbreak for iOS 5.1.1


Just days after confirming that it’s possible to jailbreak and Apple device running iOS 5.1, pod2g has confirmed that the jailbreak also works on iOS 5.1.1.

Update: Absinthe 2.0 was released on 5/25/2012. You can use it to perform an untethered jailbreak on most iOS 5.1.1 devices. 

It’s already possible to jailbreak some devices running iOS 5.1.1, but there are two big differences in pod2g’s upcoming tool. First, it will support newer devices including the latest iPad and iPhone models. Second, it’s an untethered jailbreak, which means you won’t need to run the software again every time you reboot your device.

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Jailbreaking an iOS device allows you to access files and settings that are normally hidden. This lets you install apps that aren’t available from the App Store and change the way the operating system works — for instance by allowing push notifications for third party email apps or adding third party widgets to the notification center.

So far the jailbreak has been confirmed to work on the iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, and every WiFi-only iPad from the original model through the new iPad with a Retina display. A number of devices are still being tested, but the jailbreak will not be supported for the iPhone 3GS, 3rd generation iPod, or 3rd generation Apple TV.

Update: It looks like older models such as the iPhone 3GS and iPod Touch 3rd generation will be supported.

The jailbreaking tools won’t be ready for the public until pod2g and a handful of testers have kicked the tires on some more devices and then wrapped everything into a user friendly package.

Brad Linder

Brad Linder is editor of Liliputing and Mobiputing. He's been tinkering with mobile tech for decades and writing about it since 2006. Brad has also worked with NPR, WHYY, PRI, and AOL.

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  • http://www.shoutmeloud.com/ Harsh Agrawal

    Waiting for the jailbreak….Need to update my iPad 2 and jailbreak it..