iPad 2 owners who want to get rid of Apple’s closed operating system can rejoice: jailbreak for the tablet is now available on all devices (except betas) for the latest firmware version.
Developer comex’s hack was published on its website today jailbreakme.com. Here’s how to unleash the new power of your iPad 2:
- Visit jailbreakme.com
- Select “Free” (yes, it’s like downloading from an app store)
- Press install
- The jailbreak app store Cydia will load on your home screen. This much!
Jailbreak is Apple’s way of opening the closed operating system to 3rd party apps and tweaks. The 3rd party app store Cydia is the primary way to install these addons and they are added automatically during the jailbreak process. For more, check out our Top 5 Reasons to Jailbreak.
A leaked version of Jailbeak was posted online on Saturday. A few hours later, the only firmware the leaker could jailbreak was a very old firmware (4.3), and as an earlier beta, the jailbreak may not be stable.
Jailbreakme 3.0 is effective on all iPhones, iPads and iPod touches running the current 4.3.3 firmware. It also works on previous firmware, except 4.3.1 and 4.3.2 (these users can easily update their firmware before jailbreaking). It’s an untethered jailbreak, meaning you don’t have to connect to a PC every time you reboot.
This marks the end of a long wait for iPad users. iFans eager to free their tablets have been resisting longer than any other Apple release, and this has led some to wonder if Cupertino has finally gotten a solid edge in the cat-and-mouse game with hackers. While the iPad 2 jailbreak is finally here, the game will be starting over as iOS 5 is officially released this fall.