What we learn from the Absinthe 2.0 video [updated]

Now that a video showcasing the Absinthe 2.0 iOS 5.1.1 untethered jailbreak has finally surfaced, we can glean additional details about what to expect when the tool is released to the public.

If you haven’t already seen our posts outing the name of the highly anticipated tool, or our post with the video of Absinthe in action, then be sure to take a look at those respective posts.

The nice thing about seeing the tool in action for the first time, is that we can have a clearer idea as to what to expect once the tool is released.

Here is what we’ve found so far…

  • Looks-wise, the tool is nearly identical to the original Absinthe tool that was released back in January for the 5.0.1 untethered jailbreak.
  • Like the original Absinthe, no DFU mode is required, or any other manual intervention. All you do is connect your eligible iOS 5.1.1 device, click jailbreak, and let it work.
  • The jailbreak should be fully completed within 5 minutes or so (at least on A4 devices).
  • There doesn’t appear to be a need to mess with any VPN settings from what we can discern from the video footage, though this could change.
  • Cydia is immediately installed after the jailbreak is complete.
  • Unlike the original Absinthe, which only worked for the iPad 2 or the iPhone 4S, Absinthe 2.0 appears to work with all eligible A4 and A5 devices.

Other points of note:

  • A Mac version was shown on video, and just like the original Absinthe release, a Mac version will probably be released first. Windows should shortly follow, and then perhaps a Linux version.
  • There’s no word yet on a Command Line Interface release. During the original Absinthe release in January, the iPhone Dev Team was responsible for the CLI version of the Corona exploit. It’ll be interesting to see if the same pattern is repeated this time around. (see below for updates on this)
  • Still no word on whether or not you will be able to perform a tethered jailbreak on eligible A4 devices, and install a package like you could previously with Corona for a full blown untethered jailbreak.

We’re still analyzing all of the facts we have thus far, and we will update this post with anything we find regarding this exciting time in the jailbreak community.

If you have anything to add, or any observations to note, please let us know what you find in the comments below.

Update: I’ve confirmed directly with MuscleNerd that a) A CLI version of the 5.1.1 jailbreak will be released, and b) the iOS 5.1.1 jailbreak will be incorporated directly into RedSn0w as an all inclusive package. As far as time frames go, those are still undetermined.

If the past is anything to go by, then we may see a CLI version of the 5.1.1 jailbreak released alongside Absinthe 2.0. Please keep in mind that no time table has been confirmed by the iPhone Dev Team, so any time estimates are just conjecture on our end. Still this is very good news for the community.