Untethered jailbreak for iPhone 4S and iPad 2 released [Update]

It's about time: owners of Apple devices based on the A5 chip, namely the iPhone 4S and the iPad 2, have an untethered solution for their devices. Owners of those devices can experience jailbroken freedom on the devices today... so long as they own a Mac.

News of the Absinthe A5 jailbreak broke earlier today, as reported by iJailbreak (via Engadget). The tool was assembled by a "dream team" of iOS hackers - familiar names including Pod2G,  P0sixNinja, MuscleNerd, Planetbeing, and Cydia's saurik.

With an untethered jailbreak, any custom tweaks and tools will survive a reboot of the phone, whereas tethered solutions require the phone to be reconnected to a computer running the jailbreak tool after each reboot.

iPad 2 owners enjoyed a brief moment of untethered freedom last year with the Jailbreakme tool, but it was limited to a software exploit on iOS 4.3.3, which was patched by Apple soon after.

For now only the Mac version of the Absinthe A5 tool is available for download on the greenp0ison site, which is currently down due to high traffic (direct link here). A Windows port will be available soon.

Update: The Windows port is now available here. (thanks MASTER260)

Image Credit: iJailbreak.com

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Just a personal update, I restored my iPad 2 to 5.0.1 with itunes and set it up as a new device and then used absinthe v 0.2 for Mac (that is the third version released since this news article was first reported) that is the current version on greepois0n's site for both Mac and Win

My music playing problem from earlier has been resolved, and the process had no hangups like reported with previous version, including the VPN issue with initial releases

belto said,
is this really safe for the ipad2 and iphone4s? i have never did this before.

Honestly, if you have never done this wait till the iPhone dev team release a new version of quickpwn or pwnagetool, you will have much better luck with those tools as they are much more user friendly

Did this to a friends iPad2. Absinthe was installed but ran for a very long time and he had to leave so it didn't complete. How long did it take everyone else to run Absinthe on their iPad2?

I did the jail break but can't install anything from Cydia because it can't find any packages. I tried downloading a them and was told to refresh "Changes" and got an unable to connect error.

patseguin said,
I did the jail break but can't install anything from Cydia because it can't find any packages. I tried downloading a them and was told to refresh "Changes" and got an unable to connect error.

Your first post, No you wont have a problem, restore in itunes completely removes the jailbreak, however if you want to keep your device jailbroken, do not use software update on your device with iOS 5.xx or update it with itunes as you will loose the ability to jailbreak again untill a new jailbreak for the new iOS version is released

What version of This jailbreak did you use? what Phone do you have? did anything go wrong during the jailbreak? have you rebooted your device? (hard reset, hold both home and power button)

I've never jailbroken any of my iPhones, never really understood the reason too. If I try this, will I have a problem upgrading to the next iOS?

I'm not up to speed with the whole jailbreaking thing, I have a 1st gen iPad, would this jailbreak work for my device as well, if not can someone name one that will, thanks.

thealexweb said,
I'm not up to speed with the whole jailbreaking thing, I have a 1st gen iPad, would this jailbreak work for my device as well, if not can someone name one that will, thanks.

I'm using iOS 5.0.1, dam no edit on mobile neowin xD

iPad 1 cannot be jailbroken - attempting to use jailbreaking tools on the iPad 1 has lead to overheating battery issues and occasional combustion/explosion (you might recall news articles in the past about overheating Apple products, which sometimes caught fire/exploded).

Throw your iPad 1 in the bin and buy an Android tablet.

dewaaz said,
iPad 1 cannot be jailbroken - attempting to use jailbreaking tools on the iPad 1 has lead to overheating battery issues and occasional combustion/explosion (you might recall news articles in the past about overheating Apple products, which sometimes caught fire/exploded).

Throw your iPad 1 in the bin and buy an Android tablet.


Actually your post made me to think of buying iPad 3 when it becomes available.

dewaaz said,
iPad 1 cannot be jailbroken - attempting to use jailbreaking tools on the iPad 1 has lead to overheating battery issues and occasional combustion/explosion (you might recall news articles in the past about overheating Apple products, which sometimes caught fire/exploded).

Throw your iPad 1 in the bin and buy an Android tablet.

um, no, jailbreak the ipad 1 with redsn0w.

dewaaz said,
iPad 1 cannot be jailbroken - attempting to use jailbreaking tools on the iPad 1 has lead to overheating battery issues and occasional combustion/explosion (you might recall news articles in the past about overheating Apple products, which sometimes caught fire/exploded).

Throw your iPad 1 in the bin and buy an Android tablet.


Uhh my iPad 1 has been jail broken for a long time. Stop spreading lies.

Got a quick question, I jailbroke mine using the ipod2g redsn0w utility (ipod touch 4g) and boot logo changes don't work, apparently you need to jailbreak using greenp0ison for them to work, do they just not work with IOS 5.x yet or would I need to install the 'corona untether' thing or what to get them working?

n_K said,
Got a quick question, I jailbroke mine using the ipod2g redsn0w utility (ipod touch 4g) and boot logo changes don't work, apparently you need to jailbreak using greenp0ison for them to work, do they just not work with IOS 5.x yet or would I need to install the 'corona untether' thing or what to get them working?

Just tried Corona Untether after having already used Redsn0w 0.9.10b3. My Game Boy Advance boot logo doesn't work...

This new version still doesn't work. Ran it from a command line on my mac and I get this error that it autoreleased with no pool in place - just leaking.

Phantom Helix said,
Broke music playback on my iPad 2, files simply will not start playing ;(

Probably why Dev Team is still testing.

I would do this, but i am looking forward to the 3G toggle option that comes back in iOS 5.1 for the 4S + some possibly battery life fixes

WarioTBH said,
I would do this, but i am looking forward to the 3G toggle option that comes back in iOS 5.1 for the 4S + some possibly battery life fixes

Here's a solution: Jailbreak 5.0.1 and install SBSettings. You'll have the 3G option again via simple toggle

Confirmed working with my iPhone 4S on 5.0.1
http://i.imgur.com/2ZKFV.png

WarioTBH said,
I would do this, but i am looking forward to the 3G toggle option that comes back in iOS 5.1 for the 4S + some possibly battery life fixes

I was thinking about that too, and then I found out you can toggle 3G just fine with 5.0.1 once jailbroken. I am SO happy!

Edited by Xenomorph, Jan 21 2012, 3:51am :

WarioTBH said,
I would do this, but i am looking forward to the 3G toggle option that comes back in iOS 5.1 for the 4S + some possibly battery life fixes

what do you mean about the 3g toggle option?

kaffra said,

what do you mean about the 3g toggle option?

In 5.1 there is an option to turn 3G off so you use GPRS instead, which uses alot less battery

As the guys above have said, this can be done in 5.0.1 if Jailbroken