Absinthe 2.0, the jailbreak for iOS 5.1.1, is available for download.
Absinthe 2.0 can jailbreak iOS 5.1.1 devices, allowing users to gain root access to the OS and, for example, download applications not authorized by Apple, said the Jailbreak Dream Team at the Hack in the Box conference in Amsterdam.
Absinthe 2.0 is untethered, which is more desirable than tethered jailbreaks because it allows users to reboot their devices without plugging them into external computers. Untethered jailbreaks also allow devices to remain jailbroken after a reboot.
“We actually managed to finish the untethered jailbreak for the 5.1.1 OS version,” said jailbreaker Nikias Bassen, also known by his Twitter handle @pimskeks, at the end of two presentations the Jailbreak Dream Team gave during the conference. The team unveiled the new jailbreak by mentioning “one more thing,” the phrase former Apple leader Steve Jobs often used to slyly announce major news at Apple press conferences.
Absinthe 2.0 is the first untethered jailbreak for the third generation iPad, and also works for the iPhone 4S, 4 and 3GS, the iPad 2 and 1 and the iPod Touch. It is available for download at the team’s website. However, Absinthe 2.0 only works with devices that run iOS 5.1.1.
He worked on the jailbreak with jailbreakers Joshua Hill (@p0sixninja), David Wang (@planetbeing) and Cyril (@pod2g), who did not provide his last name.
The jailbreakers expect at least one million downloads of their latest software. In the past, the jailbreaks downloaded about half a million times, but that number is increasing, they added.
The jailbreakers don’t expect Apple will roll out a quick fix for the latest iOS hack.