Update 7/6/2011: JailbreakMe is now available for public consumption. It looks like Comex managed to finish up work on the project before Apple pushed a security update.
Earlier today someone leaked a pre-release version of an upcoming jailbreak utility designed to work on the iPad 2. Users are reporting that it’s a bit buggy — and that’s not surprising, since developer Comex wasn’t actually read to release it yet. Still, if you’re the adventurous type and you have a WiFi-only iPad you might be able to get it working.
But here’s the thing about jailbreaking tools — they all rely on security hole in iOS. Even if Apple didn’t have an interest in keeping the operating system locked down to prevent users from mucking around and altering the way the iPhone and iPad OS works, Apple does have an interest in patching security holes.
Unfortunately that means that Apple is likely now aware of the security flaw that the jailbreak utility exploits and there’s a good chance Apple could release iOS 4.3.4 to address the security issue before Comex is ready to publicly launch the new JailbreakMe utility.
It may still be possible to jailbreak an iPad 2 after iOS 4.3.4 is released. But you’ll either want to hold off on updating if and when the new OS is released or make sure to use a trool such as TinyUmbrella to backup your SHSH blobs now so that you can downgrade to iOS 4.3.3 or earlier when it’s time to jailbreak.
The process could be much more difficult in the future, since iOS 5 won’t allow users to downgrade devices by using saved SHSH blobs.