With iOS 5.1.1, there's no shortage of tools available to perform an untethered jailbreak. In fact, there's so much saturation from a tool perspective, that it can be a little difficult to discern which tool to use.
Inside, we'll briefly cover some of the tools available, and some of the popular scenarios where certain tools fare better than others.
If you weren't able to make it to Amsterdam for the Hack in the Box Security Conference last month, don't worry, you're not alone. The conference made headlines in the jailbreak community for being the platform for which the Chronic Dev Team would use to officially announce the release of the Absinthe 2.0 untethered jailbreak tool. Thankfully, our friends over at Redmond Pie were able to snag some awesome footage of the announcement.
If you've always wanted to put faces and voices behind some of the most influential folks in the jailbreak community, here is your opportunity to do so. Check inside for the series of videos...
The Chronic Dev Team, as expected, has released an update to the Absinthe jailbreak tool to enable iPad 2,4 untethered jailbreak support for iOS 5.1.1.
The iPad 2,4 is the updated version of the iPad 2 that features a new chipset yielding improved battery life. Due to the rarity of this version of the iPad 2, support was withheld until further testing could be done. Now it's obvious that the testing was completed successfully...
If you happen to own a newer WiFi only iPad 2,4, you undoubtedly know what it feels like to be left out of the fun. That's because the iPad 2,4 is one of the very few iOS 5.1.1 devices that can't be jailbroken with the new Absinthe 5.1.1 untethered jailbreak tool. Outside of the Apple TV 3, you're among some pretty lonely company.
Fortunately, it looks like all of that is about to change. During the initial release of Absinthe, the team of hackers stated that iPad 2,4 support was coming soon, and it looks like that statement is holding true.
If you were wondering whether or not people were still wildly interested in jailbreaking, then wonder no more. The Chronic Dev team, the folks behind the Absinthe 2.0 jailbreak tool for iOS 5.1.1, have stated via twitter that its tool has been used to jailbreak over a million devices since it was released on Friday morning.
Unsurprisingly, those numbers look to be a tad higher this time around when compared to the release of the original Absinthe tool back in January.
Obviously the comparisons aren't exactly scientific, but I think it's safe to say that jailbreaking has maintained and/or increased its popularity since earlier this year...
The a Chronic Dev Team just released an update to Absinthe, bringing the jailbreak utility to version 2.0.2.
There isn't anything new in Absinthe 2.0.2 besides support for the iPhone 4 GSM iOS 5.1.1 firmware update (build 9B208) that Apple recently released...
Even though Absinthe appears to be a very simple and stable jailbreak tool, a few people are still getting some errors despite the 2.0.1 update.
The main errors that pop up seem to be "Error detecting device (lockdown error -5)" and "Could not connect to lockdown"...
The Chronic Dev Team just pushed Absinthe 2.0.1 for Mac, Windows, and Linux. This release contains fixes for a small subset of bugs.
According to @pimskeks, version 2.0.1 is for "fixing a hang that could occur in certain situations."
It's advisable that you download the latest version of Absinthe from our downloads page if you plan on jailbreaking your iOS 5.1.1 device...
It has been brought to our attention that Absinthe 2.0 doesn't work normally on OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion. When you click on the app icon to open it, nothing happens, and the Absinthe interface doesn't load. That's not entirely a surprise considering that Mountain Lion is still in beta, but more than a few of you have expressed troubles with the issue.
Likely, this was just an oversight by the hard working folks behind the Chronic Dev Team, and it will probably be fixed in an updated version of Absinthe. Until then, it's incredibly easy to work around this problem and run Absinthe 2.0 successfully to untether jailbreak your iOS 5.1.1 device. We show you how inside...
The iPhone Dev Team has released a command line interface tool (CLI) as an alternative for the Absinthe 2.0 untethered iOS 5.1.1 jailbreak. The CLI tool is capable of performing the exact same jailbreak that can be accomplished with Absinthe 2.0, but the difference is that it's completely command line based.
The CLI tool is for more advanced users who prefer to have more control over the jailbreak process. We recommend that you stick with the Absinthe 2.0 GUI tool, but it's nice to know that a CLI tool exists if you happen to be a more advanced user.
If you can remember, the Dev Team provided a CLI tool as an alternative to the previous version of Absinthe for the iOS 5.0.1 untethered jailbreak as well. It's safe to assume that you can expect a similar experience to that of the previous CLI release.
Hot on the heels of the iOS 5.1.1 untethered jailbreak release earlier today, Seas0nPass has been updated to bring support for the second generation Apple TV iOS 5.0.1 (iOS 5.1.1).
This release brings the iOS 5.1.1 untethered jailbreak to the Apple TV 2, which up until now could only support a tethered jailbreak. Thanks to the hard work of pod2g and others, we now have a true untethered jailbreak available for the Apple TV's latest firmware...
Fret not Windows users, you can now download Absinthe 2.0 in order to perform an untethered jailbreak on your iOS device running iOS 5.1.1. The procedure is pretty much exactly the same as it was for Mac users, beside a few minor details like running Absinthe as an administrator, and the self extracting zip file. Outside of that, if you can follow the steps from our Mac tutorial, you should be fine to use our Windows tutorial as well.
Check inside for the full dedicated tutorial for jailbreak your iOS 5.1.1 device on Windows, because hey, we love our Windows readers and viewers!