“Greenpois0n’s” Absinthe 2.0 jailbreak was released early Friday, bringing untethered jailbreak support to iOS 5.1.1. The release supports most versions of the iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch and is the first untethered jailbreak option for Apple’s latest iOS firmware.
Absinthe 2.0 is an update on the “Absinthe A5” jailbreak from January of this year that brought jailbreak support to the iPhone 4S and iPad 2 for the first time.
Today’s release supports all iPads, iPhones, and iPod touches except for the iPad 2,4 - the new “lower priced” iPad 2 with a 32nm processor. Support for this model will be “addd at a later date.”
For those unfamiliar with jailbreaks, we refer to MacRumors’s succinct explanation: “Jailbreaking is the process by which users can open up their iOS device systems to load third-party software and hacks not authorized by Apple. Procedures for jailbreaking iOS devices are typically divided into two categories: ‘tethered’ tools that required the device to be connected to a computer each time it is booted, and ‘untethered’ tools that allow the device to be booted independently.”
Those interested in trying out the latest jailbreak can find the download links and instructions below (provided by Greenpois0n):
Using Absinthe 2.0 With Non-Jailbroken Devices
- Make a backup of your device in iTunes by right clicking on your device name under the ‘Devices’ menu and click ‘Back Up’.
- Once your backup is complete return to your device and go to Settings > General > Reset > Erase all Content and Settings. This will make the jailbreak process much faster.
- Open Absinthe and be sure you are still connected via a USB cable to your computer.
- Click ‘Jailbreak’ and wait. This may take a while so be patient and do not disconnect your device.
- Once the jailbreak process is complete, return to iTunes and restore your backup from earlier by right clicking on your device name under the ‘Devices’ menu in the left panel of iTunes and click ‘Restore from Back Up.’
Using Absinthe 2.0 With Jailbroken Devices
- Launch the Cydia store from your jailbroken device.
- Search for “Rocky Racoon 5.1.1 Untether,” a tool created by the Chronic Dev team that allows users with a tethered 5.1.1 jailbreak to convert it to untethered.
- Follow the instructions provided by the app.