Official iPad 2 jailbreak released

Just short of four months after its initial release, Apple's iPad 2 can now be safely jailbroken. Comex's long awaited JailbreakMe 3.0 was finally made available to the hacking public. Earlier this morning, users going to JailbreakMe.com from their iDevice were not greeted with the usual "It's been far too long" and instead were shown a link to begin the jailbreak process. It's dead simple to install and requires the iPad 2 to be running version 4.3.3.

Cydia developer Jay Freeman, popularly known as Saurik, tweeted earlier today that users may want to wait a week before performing the jailbreak because the process Comex has posted includes a weak iOS kernel. A tweet by Comex also points out that JailbreakMe may be down periodically due to web caching issues, and no major problems have been reported with the jailbreak itself. Users of iOS 5 beta will have to restore to 4.3.3 in iTunes before they will be able to Jailbreak. Other than these minor issues, jailbreaking an iOS device is now as easy as pointing mobile Safari to that web address and clicking the install button.

Users of all iOS devices that plan to, either now or in the future, jailbreak should take this opportunity to save their SHSH blobs before iOS 5.0 Gold Master is released, especially the iPad 2 3G. It's been reported that Apple has closed a loophole that would allow users to restore to an older firmware in iTunes using old SHSH blobs presumably in order to jailbreak the device. The general consensus is that once iOS 5 is officially released, iTunes will only allow users to restore to the latest official Apple-approved firmware by checking the SHSH blob and the jailbreak method would be blocked. Windows software iFaith is an easy option for most users to capture their current SHSH blob and save it locally to a disk in case it is needed in the future to restore jailbreak friendly firmware. iOS enthusiast site HermanBanken has a great FAQ that outlines all of this more thoroughly.

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I am led to believe from the FAQ that if I jailbreak an iPad 2 3G model, I can only restore to a firmware authorised through Apple's servers. What this means is that Apple could deauthorise 4.3.3 and force me to use a new firmware with the exploit patched, if/when I ever need to restore the iPad2 3G in th future?

Is it better to wait until there is 4.3.3 firmware restore method for iPad 2 3G that does not need authorisation throigh Apple's servers?

If an iPad 2 3G wasn't jailbroken, I would assume there would be the same problem anyway if it needed to to be restored in the future?

So is the only downside of jailbreaking iPad 2 3G is that jailbreaking it makes it more likely that a restore may be needed (as a jailbreak is less stable), and then be forced onto an official firmware that can't be jailbroken. Compared to an unjailbroken iPad 2 3G, if it also needed to be restored anyway, it could also be forced onto an official firmware that can't be jailbroken?

So in other words for iPad 2 3G owners, enjoy it while it lasts, until you need to do a restore?

I'm having a hard time finding this FAQ you are referring to.

Anyway, unless Apple has changed something (which is likely), Cydia should save you SHSH blobs for you once you Jailbreak you device. In simple terms, the SHSH blobs are special keys for your device that tells iTunes and your device that "this software is official Apple software and safe to install" (my summary, may not be 100% accurate).

If ever you want to install older firmware, what you do is edit a "hosts" file on your computer (these are different locations depending on Windows or Mac OS X install). You add a line item to the hosts file that points your computer towards the Cydia SHSH server instead of Apple's server. When iTunes tries to install the older firmware, it will get the "all clear" from Cydia's server thinking it was from Apple and install the software.

I'm tempted to Jailbreak my iPhone 4 and iPad 2 just to get my SHSH blob on file with Cydia. I don't really have any other reason to Jailbreak, except for this ability to go back to older iOS version if I dislike something about a newer version of the OS. Other than that, SBSettings, LockInfo, Winterboard... I can live without any of that stuff.

The article is misleading. iFath is only supported with these devices (as is stated on it's website):
iPhone 3G[S]
iPhone 4
iPod Touch 3G
iPod Touch 4
iPad 1G
Apple TV 2

Not with iPad 2. I did try it with my iPad 2 and it did not work.

Where would one be able to get an app that works for iPad 2 to get SHSH blobs?

Kizan said,
The article is misleading. iFath is only supported with these devices (as is stated on it's website):
iPhone 3G[S]
iPhone 4
iPod Touch 3G
iPod Touch 4
iPad 1G
Apple TV 2

Not with iPad 2. I did try it with my iPad 2 and it did not work.

Where would one be able to get an app that works for iPad 2 to get SHSH blobs?


TinyUmbrella

Kizan said,
The article is misleading. iFath is only supported with these devices (as is stated on it's website):
iPhone 3G[S]
iPhone 4
iPod Touch 3G
iPod Touch 4
iPad 1G
Apple TV 2

Not with iPad 2. I did try it with my iPad 2 and it did not work.

Where would one be able to get an app that works for iPad 2 to get SHSH blobs?

I don't know what you're talking about? My wife jailbroke her iPad2 by going to the website and swiping her finger. If she can get it to work, anyone can.

As for saving SHSH, use TinyUmbrella. Like stated above.

Kizan said,
The article is misleading. iFath is only supported with these devices (as is stated on it's website):
iPhone 3G[S]
iPhone 4
iPod Touch 3G
iPod Touch 4
iPad 1G
Apple TV 2

Not with iPad 2. I did try it with my iPad 2 and it did not work.

Where would one be able to get an app that works for iPad 2 to get SHSH blobs?

How do you know what a jailbreak but not know how to save your SHSH?

First off, Cydia does it for you when you jailbreak. So there's no need to backup if you're jailbroken.

Just use TinyUmbrella to download and use your SHSH for a local restore. It's better than iFaith anyway.

works great on IPAD2, now if i can only get some of the apps to work.

It should jailbreak most IOS (including IPAD 2 4.3.x)

Is there a way of watching Flash videos yet on a jailbroken iPAD 2? Or at least a friendly URL site which might act nicely with HTML5 video/safari and or another iPAD browser?

Thanks,

norseman

norseman said,
Is there a way of watching Flash videos yet on a jailbroken iPAD 2? Or at least a friendly URL site which might act nicely with HTML5 video/safari and or another iPAD browser?

Thanks,

norseman


Skyfire webbrowser. (legit app even on non-jailbroken)

I know what you want said,

Skyfire webbrowser. (legit app even on non-jailbroken)

Thanks, but does it work with sites such as Hulu or other web-streaming services put up by the different channels themselves? Eg. Global's streaming service.

norseman said,

Thanks, but does it work with sites such as Hulu or other web-streaming services put up by the different channels themselves? Eg. Global's streaming service.

I think there's a Hulu Plus app, but Skyfire won't allow you to watch Hulu video in their browser.

As for Global, assuming you're talking about the Canadian channel, there's an app on the app store for iPad and iPhone

Same for CBC and CityTV. CTV (and their affiliates) didn't have any apps up last I checked.

norseman said,
Is there a way of watching Flash videos yet on a jailbroken iPAD 2? Or at least a friendly URL site which might act nicely with HTML5 video/safari and or another iPAD browser?

Thanks,

norseman

I have had good luck with SkyFire browser (no JB required). It works well with the South Park web site, and with Escapist Magazine web site. If you are interested in non-video flash, you can install Frash on a JB iOS device. However, when I tried it about the only thing it was good at was rendering Flash advertisements....yuck. no thanks.

So on what versions does this work...
3.x.x? 3.1.x? 4.x.x? 4.3.x?
iPhone only? iPod only? iPad only? Works on all iDevices?
Please help me out here guys.
Regards

I know what you want said,
So on what versions does this work...
3.x.x? 3.1.x? 4.x.x? 4.3.x?
iPhone only? iPod only? iPad only? Works on all iDevices?
Please help me out here guys.
Regards

4.3.3 iPad2 ONLY!!!!

From the dev team blog (blog.iphone-dev.org):

iPad1: 4.3 through 4.3.3
iPad2: 4.3.3
iPhone3GS: 4.3 through 4.3.3
iPhone4: 4.3 through 4.3.3
iPhone4-CDMA: 4.2.6 through 4.2.8
iPod touch 3g: 4.3, 4.3.2, 4.3.3
iPod touch 4g: 4.3 through 4.3.3

Exosphere said,
Can someone explain to me the "Official" meaning in this headline?

Dev Team updated their blog, so that means official.

Bhav said,

It's pretty misleading nonetheless.

Not really. Unless your stupid enough to think Apple released a jailbreak.

Exosphere said,
Can someone explain to me the "Official" meaning in this headline?

Its an official jailbreak release from the folks who have provided previous jailbreak releases and have street credit for doing so. However, I see your point. The word "official" suggests it is from Apple.

Shadrack said,

Its an official jailbreak release from the folks who have provided previous jailbreak releases and have street credit for doing so. However, I see your point. The word "official" suggests it is from Apple.

These were my thoughts on choosing the wording. I needed to differentiate between this and the leaked version I wrote about Monday.

Eric Lehman said,

These were my thoughts on choosing the wording. I needed to differentiate between this and the leaked version I wrote about Monday.

Still, you have to be pretty damn stupid and hard headed to actually believe or be mislead for even a single second that there would be any such thing as an "official" jailbreak from Apple themselves. Anyone who has even heard of Apple as a company at any point in their lifetime should know this.

It's pretty sad that someone actually had to ask about this... what the hell is wrong with the people in this world... Why are so many people so stupid -_-

Hmmmm. I have never jailbroken any of my iOS devices, but to say I am tempted with this is an understatement.
Just one question, does the official App Store still work with jailbroken devices? I have purchased way to many apps from it, so if it no longer works with jailbroken devices, that is a deal breaker for me.
Regardless, I will wait awhile as the creator suggested, just to see how it all pans out.

Yep, you can still use the app store. You can still use iTunes backup feature also. To backup all your legit stuff, so if you get rid of the jailbreak, you can still restore your files.

DirtyLarry said,
Hmmmm. I have never jailbroken any of my iOS devices, but to say I am tempted with this is an understatement.
Just one question, does the official App Store still work with jailbroken devices? I have purchased way to many apps from it, so if it no longer works with jailbroken devices, that is a deal breaker for me.
Regardless, I will wait awhile as the creator suggested, just to see how it all pans out.

Yes, App Store will still work when Jailbroken. As said, sync with iTunes before doing this as that will backup everything currently in case something goes awry and you have to restore.

Everything works normally on jailbroken devices. You may see the odd WiFi issue, but those are usually easily corrected. Jailbreaking will just add a new icon to your device, which is an external store basically.

Lingwo said,
Yep, you can still use the app store. You can still use iTunes backup feature also. To backup all your legit stuff, so if you get rid of the jailbreak, you can still restore your files.

Cool, pretty much sounds like a no-brainer to me then.
Thanks to you and everyone else for the replies and info.

DirtyLarry said,

Cool, pretty much sounds like a no-brainer to me then.
Thanks to you and everyone else for the replies and info.

The only things is you have to wait till a new update is jail broken before applying the update, if you don't you unjail break the device and risk having a harder time to re-jail break.