The New iPad Was Jailbroken Successfully
The Dev Team set a new record by jailbreaking a new Apple’s tablet only hours after its official release. The success comes courtesy of @Musclenerd who employed the Cydia 1.1.5. Due to the difficulty of hacking an A5X-based device, there are likely more than one developer we should thank to. Previously, a tool called Absinthe was used by “pod2g” to jailbreak the iPhone 4S and the iPad 2, which use an older version of A5 processor. Shortly afterwards, Apple announced that the new iPad will use a new processor called A5X and the new iOS 5.1, which render Absinthe ineffective. While hackers rooted the iOS 5.1 pretty quickly, iPhone 4S and iPad 2 with the new update were not yet jailbroken. The success of @Musclenerd is likely derived from Stefan Esser’s work on the iPad 2 and his own jailbroken iOS 5.1. Needless to say, the collaborative effort was quite impressive, considering the amount of research needed to provide the iOS community with an excellent jailbreaking tool. With such skill and experience, there might be no iOS update that the team can’t root.
Many owners of iOS devices seek to jailbreak their devices to remove limitations imposed by Apple. The root access allows iOS device to run apps, themes and extension that are not available in Apple’s App Store. Untethered jailbreak is preferred as the device can be booted without computer assistance. Jailbreaking an iOS is generally considered legal, although Apple said that the practice will void the warranty.