Absinthe jailbreaks nearly 1 million iOS devices over holiday weekend

Absinthe 2.0 was released on Friday the 25th, the long-awaited untethered jailbreak for iOS version 5.1.1, supporting almost every iOS device, including the new iPad 3. Just two days later on Sunday, Chronic Dev Team, one of the developers behind Absinthe along with iPhone Dev Team and others, announced on Twitter that Absinthe has been used to jailbreak at least 973,086 devices.

Additionally, Chronic Dev noted that 211,401 of those devices were the new iPad 3. Considering the tweet was posted on Sunday, it's not much of a stretch to assume the total number easily passed 1 million total devices by the end of the Memorial Day holiday.

The original version of Absinthe was released in January and brought untethered jailbreaks to iOS devices powered by A5 chips, such as the iPhone 4S and iPad 2. An untethered jailbreak means the custom changes added by the jailbreaking process will stay on the phone even after rebooting, as opposed to tethered jailbreaks that need the phone to be plugged into a computer running the jailbreak tool for every phone reboot.

Absinthe boasts a jailbreak process that is "so easy your grandma could do it." The latest version, 2.0.2, is available for download on Mac OS X, Windows and Linux.

Source: Chronic Dev Team

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A lot of the JB apps and tweaks are pretty awesome, but I have always found that my iPhone is slightly more prone to crashing/lagging while jailbroken. I just can't find a compelling reason to do it anymore and as soon as I do want to try something iOS 6 will be out and I will be more interested in those new features than my JB features.

Cydia is also an absolute mess. It makes ads on a vacant GoDaddy domain seem minimalistic. And the lag....

Shadrack said,
A lot of the JB apps and tweaks are pretty awesome, but I have always found that my iPhone is slightly more prone to crashing/lagging while jailbroken. I just can't find a compelling reason to do it anymore and as soon as I do want to try something iOS 6 will be out and I will be more interested in those new features than my JB features.

Cydia is also an absolute mess. It makes ads on a vacant GoDaddy domain seem minimalistic. And the lag....

The secret is to stay away from "tweaks" that use launch daemons (processes running in the background all the time and eating CPU+Memory)

If you use only "mobile substrates" apps/tweaks, you shouldn't see lagging/problems.

jbrooksuk said,
Damn, not supported on my firmware, only ones starting 9A are, mine is 9B

Weird. I downloaded from somewhere else and it recognised my phone. Oh well, doing it now ;D

jbrooksuk said,

Weird. I downloaded from somewhere else and it recognised my phone. Oh well, doing it now ;D

And now I'm running it, it's been sitting on "Waiting on reboot" for ages now... Uh oh?

jbrooksuk said,

And now I'm running it, it's been sitting on "Waiting on reboot" for ages now... Uh oh?

Manually rebooted. Seems to be working!

Did it as well. Had 5.0 so finally updated to 5.1.1. Very flawless Though some customization options would be nice.

How do they know how many devices were jail broken and what types of devices they are? Is the app transmitting personal information from the devices back to the developers?

Or are they just going off download stats of the files?

xendrome said,
How do they know how many devices were jail broken and what types of devices they are? Is the app transmitting personal information from the devices back to the developers?

Or are they just going off download stats of the files?

it's probably based on the number of times the Rocky-Racoon untether was installed either by Absinthe, or via Cydia for those who had untethered 5.1.1

done my iPhone4 on Friday and my iPad 2 on Saturday everything when smooth. This guys deserve all the recognition we can give them.

Done on my 4S (5.1.1). Works flawlessly so far (including iBooks). Man it feels good to get back all these lovely features (Zephyr, Springtomize, Bulletin, Cyntact, Multifl0w, biteSMS, BytaFont, iFiles, etc.)

Disabled some useless Launch Daemons too and my phone feels very snappy, with a lot of free memory (~250-260mb when no app are running). Great stuff!

myxomatosis said,
Done on my 4S (5.1.1). Works flawlessly so far (including iBooks). Man it feels good to get back all these lovely features (Zephyr, Springtomize, Bulletin, Cyntact, Multifl0w, biteSMS, BytaFont, iFiles, etc.)

Disabled some useless Launch Daemons too and my phone feels very snappy, with a lot of free memory (~250-260mb when no app are running). Great stuff!


What did you disable?

GS:mac

I'm dying to jailbreak my iPad, but some people are reporting it breaks iBooks and that's sacred turf to me. Hopefully they fix that and I can.

Steeley said,
I'm dying to jailbreak my iPad, but some people are reporting it breaks iBooks and that's sacred turf to me. Hopefully they fix that and I can.

A lot of apps detect for Jailbreak and refuse to work now . I use my DirecTV app a lot on my iPad, and it would be a major functionality loss if I were to JB.

th3r3turn said,
just done mine! best jailbreak i have ever used! now themes for iPad (3)!!

Best jailbreak you ever used?
No offense, but you must be new to jailbreaking.

GS:mac

Glassed Silver said,

Best jailbreak you ever used?
No offense, but you must be new to jailbreaking.

GS:mac

He is right, Absinthe was for most people the first 1 click jailbreak.

CM:Win

ccoltmanm said,

He is right, Absinthe was for most people the first 1 click jailbreak.

CM:Win


He's not right.
I'd rather DFU my iPhone and myself to death than having a buggy jailbreak.
Not to say that 5.1.1 jb seems bad, but I guess it was the 4.3.1 iOS release that I jailbroke with greenpois0n that was just so damn rock solid and smooth.

Also, you didn't have to flipping erase your data and then restore your iPhone from your backup.
I flipping dislike how long that takes and that's why ultimately I went with redsnow tethered + Rocky Racoon for 5.1.1 until I had to restore my iPhone either way due to a fault by myself.
Then I went with Absinthe as it didn't matter anyways anymore

Quality of JB != ease of use
IMHO, any JB is easy enough.

GS:mac

Glassed Silver said,

He's not right.
I'd rather DFU my iPhone and myself to death than having a buggy jailbreak.
Not to say that 5.1.1 jb seems bad, but I guess it was the 4.3.1 iOS release that I jailbroke with greenpois0n that was just so damn rock solid and smooth.

Also, you didn't have to flipping erase your data and then restore your iPhone from your backup.
I flipping dislike how long that takes and that's why ultimately I went with redsnow tethered + Rocky Racoon for 5.1.1 until I had to restore my iPhone either way due to a fault by myself.
Then I went with Absinthe as it didn't matter anyways anymore

Quality of JB != ease of use
IMHO, any JB is easy enough.

GS:mac

I just think for the first time user or non tech person this is a easiest way to jailbreak your device. This isn't my first time doing it. It just a very simple process, and yes the wiping data part is abit annoying.

th3r3turn said,

I just think for the first time user or non tech person this is a easiest way to jailbreak your device. This isn't my first time doing it. It just a very simple process, and yes the wiping data part is abit annoying.


Uuuhm...

I think it's well worth it to DFU mode (really not that hard, now is it?) and go from there.
Saves tons of time compared to AS 2.0.x.

For a novice, to DFU is a bearable thing.
If you can actually count to 10 it's ridiculously simple.

GS:mac