Update: Comex has officially released JailbreakMe 3.0. You can use it to jailbreak most recent iPod touch, iPhone, and iPad models in a matter of seconds.
There are tools available to break virtually every device running iOS, from the iPhone and iPod touch to the Apple TV2. But up until recently there was no way to jailbreak an iPad 2 tablet. Now a leaked beta version of JailbreakMe 3.0 is making the rounds and some users are saying they’re able to jailbreak the second generation iPad simply by downloading a PDF file to their device, attempting to open it, and then rebooting their tablets.
Jailbreaking an iOS device allows you to install apps that aren’t available from the iTunes App Store, including tools which make deep changes to the operating system. For instance once you’ve jailbroken a device you can change the behavior of the home screen or notifications, installing custom boot logos — or even running two iPhone apps at once in side-by-side windows.
Comex hasn’t yet released the tool to the public. Instead it looks like it was leaked by a beta tester. It may not work on all devices. For now it only seems to support WiFi models of the iPad, and it may cause some bugs. You’re probably best off waiting for Comex to release the official build. But if you really can’t wait, or just want to see what a jailbroken iPad 2 looks like (It looks like an iPad 2 with an icon for the Cydia Store), you can check out the video below or find download links at the YouTube page.
For now there are plenty of ways to jailbreak an iPhone, iPod touch, original iPad or Apple TV:
- Tethered jailbreak for iOS 5 beta 2
- Untethered jailbreak for iPhone 3GS running iOS 5 beta
- How to jailbreak iOS 4.3.3 (untethered)
Update: It looks like the early release could give Apple time to patch the security flaw that allows this jailbreak before Comex has time to officially launch the new version of JailbreakMe.