The Web-based jailbreak tool for the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad, JailbreakMe 3.0, rolled out on Tuesday with support for iOS 4.3.3. The tool for hacking iOS to add non-approved third-party apps installs through Mobile Safari, and even includes support for the iPad 2.
Jailbreaking is a process where users hack their iOS device so they can install and run apps that aren’t available through Apple’s iTunes-based App Store.
JailbreakMe on the iPad 2
Unlike other jailbreak tools, JailbreakMe doesn’t require a computer to handle the hacking process. Instead, users only need to go to the JailbreakMe Web site on their iPhone, iPod touch or iPad.
Jailbroken iOS devices can find apps to download through the Cydia app, which is installed as part of the hack. Users can still download apps through Apple’s App Store, too.
While Jailbreaking gives users access to apps they otherwise wouldn’t be able to install, it does come with some risks. There isn’t a screening process to ensure that apps aren’t potential security or privacy hazards, and Apple doesn’t support jailbroken devices should something go wrong.
JailbreakMe is free, and simple to use. The utility should be used, however, only if you know what you’re doing.