Archive for: ipad2

Absinthe Installed Almost 1,000,000 Times. Updated To Support Linux

  • January 24, 2012 1:32 am

It’s been a crazy weekend. The A5 owners across the World were finally granted access to the sweet action of a jailbroken iDevice on 5.0+. We’ve been waiting since October to bask in the glorious aroma of this amazing liquor called Absinthe. The Dev Teams involved with the latest addition to the ever lasting cat-and-mouse game with Apple has touted a whopping 1 million installs across iPhone 4S’s, iPad 2s as well as the iPad 2s that were previously jailbroken on a 4.x level. The A5 version of the latest exploits was released this past Friday morning and since them people have been crashing repos and servers trying to join in on the fun.

We come by these exact numbers by the way of Cydia. The first time you launch Cydia, the iDevice queries Saurik’s server for the list of available SHSH Blobs. And since this past Friday, here are the numbers of new attempts to see the SHSH Blobs:

  • 491,325 new iPhone4,1 devices
  • 308,967 new iPad2 devices
  • 152,940 previously jailbroken (at 4.x) iPad2 devices

Along with these crazy numbers, Absinthe was silently updated to version 0.3 to include Linux support, as well as fix some potention bugs for win32. If you haven’t jailbroken your iPad 2 or iPhone 4S running 5.0 - 5.0.1, please run over to and give it a shot.

Absinthe For Windows Has Been Released

  • January 21, 2012 6:19 pm

We told you about the OSX release of Absinthe yesterday and you Windows users can finally set the phone you spent a ton of money on free from the confines of Apples prison. I used the OSX version yesterday and am loving it. October was the last time I was able to really enjoy my phone. I am so thankful for all the hard work that has gone into the 5.0 jailbreak.

The UI that the Chronic Dev Team uses for both the Mac and Windows version is very slick and easy. Not much for the end user to have to do. Simply download, open the app, plug your phone in, and then hit jailbreak. The rest takes place on your phone with a simple app launch. The other option you will have as a Windows user is the command line interface manual jailbreak that the iPhone Dev Team released. The latest 0.4.3 version adds the Windows support. For those that don’t want to hassle with a jailbreak that much should stay away from this option and just use the UI the Chronic Dev Team gave you. We’ll hopefully see redsn0w released soon with the included exploit.

The supported firmware versions will be:
iPhone4s: 5.0 (9A334), 5.0.1 (9A405) and the “other” 5.0.1 (9A406)
iPad2: 5.0.1 (9A405)

Head on over to and pick up your copy, or just download it from here.

[Update 4] Free At Last - A5 Untether Has Been Released!!

  • January 20, 2012 12:10 pm

Oh happy day!!!! The A5 untether has officially been released at! So far, only the Mac OSX version is available, with Windows soon to follow. The Absinthe tool was developed by the Chronic Dev Team after so much hard work. A fun little fact, this jailbreak reuses both exploits from Corona + 5 others!

Obviously the GP site is getting flooded with people attempting to free their iPhone 4S’s and iPad 2s, so be patient. As soon as we can get access to the links, we’ll direct-link to them. We’ll update as soon as the Windows version is live. For Windows, see update 3.

Stay tuned for the CLI tool and redsn0w updates from the iPhone Dev Team.

Happy jailbreaking you OSX users! Head on over to to pick up your free copy today :)

**If you happen to stumble upon any bugs, first, alert the devs responsible so they are aware of said bugs. Then, come back here and share it in the comments with the rest of us.

A big thank you to @pod2g, @planetbeing, @saurik, @pimskeks, @p0sixninja, @MuscleNerd and @xvolks. Without you guys we’d be locked away in Apple’s walled prison forever


Download links:

  • Direct (Dev-Team): here.

Update 2

Getting an “Error establishing connection error” on the last part of the jailbreak? We did too. There’s a quick and simple fix. Go go Network > Settings > VPN and nudge the slider to “On”. After we did that our phone rebooted and replaced the Absinthe icon with the a blank icon. Tap it and the phone will respring. After that, you may have to restart your phone to get the actual Cydia icon to display correctly. (via: iDownloadblog)

Update 3

According to @p0sixninja, the Windows version of Absinthe and A5 jailbreak goodness will be launched “as soon as nikias gets home and rolls up the build”. (via: @p0sixninja.

Update 4

The iPhone Dev Team’s CLI tool has been released. This is basically used to debug specific issues.
You can see more info here: Read Me
Download the OSX version here: Command-Line Interface

Corona Untether For A5 Devices - To Be Released “Real Soon”

  • January 20, 2012 10:51 am

pod2g, as well as the iPhone Dev Team have both updated their blogs with teasers into the release of the untether jailbreak for the iPhone 4S and the iPad 2. pod2g tells us that we’d be able to “free our iPhone in some hours,” while MuscleNerd says the tool is nearly ready for general release. The combined efforts of pod2g, the iPhone Dev Team and the Chronic Dev Team are paying off. The devs have been tweeting over the past few weeks about the countless hours put into testing the exploits that are going into the tool to make sure we are given a stable release.

The tool is named Absinthe and was developed by the Chronic Dev Team and will be used to install the untether onto A5 devices. The iPhone Dev Team have also created a Command Line tool that will not only manually install the jailbreak for users, but also help diagnose any issues and problems that may arise. This tool will mark the first time that hackers will use the backup and restore functions in iTunes to install software. Because of this, there may be issues that will come up that they couldn’t prepare for. So not only do we have a tool to install the jailbreak, but we also have a tool that will help diagnose and repair any problems after the installation.

Once all bugs have been worked out, the iPhone Dev Team will incorporate the exploit into the redsn0w GUI. With CLI tool and redsn0w tools from the iPhone Dev Team, and the new GUI from the Chronic Dev Team, this should create a nice coverage for all types of computer configurations. The supported firmware the tools will cover are: iPhone4S: 5.0 (9A334), 5.0.1 (9A405) and the “other” 5.0.1 (9A406) as well as the iPad2: 5.0.1 (9A405). And a helpful note, for those that depend on a carrier unlock, you’ll want to stay at 5.0. If you’ve already updated to 5.0.1, I would recommend downgrading the BaseBand by going back to the earlier version of 5.0.1 since Apple is still signing that.

We don’t have the exact release date, but once testing shows all bugs being fixed we should have a general release. As always, we recommend backing up all of your data before attempting the install. We’ll update as soon as we see a release!

iPad 2 Joins The iOS 5.0.1 Jailbreak Game!

  • January 18, 2012 10:52 am

As you have probably realized, we are desperately waiting for the A5 jailbreak for iOS 5.0.1 here at the GS headquarters. Everyone here rocks the iPhone 4S, and all 15 of our company iPad 2s are sitting without a jailbreak. I haven’t gone this long without Cydia on my phone since before I had an iPhone. Since October we’ve been begging to see something. Luckily pod2g has been digging through code and working his arse off to yield us a pretty jailbreak.

We’ve been following his work on the A4 release that took place at the end of 2011, and we’ve been sitting on the edge of our seats waiting for the little A5 jailbreak morsel that happens to fall off of his internet table. Over the past 2 weeks or so, we’ve been seeing a lot on the iPhone 4S, but haven’t seen 1 picture showing Cydia running on the iPad 2. Well, today pod2g gave us a sexy little snapshot showing Apple’s second tablet running iOS 5.0.1 with Cydia blasted across it! All the hard work put in by pod2g and the rest of his ‘Dream Team’ have paid off. We not just sit and wait for the app to distribute to the masses is finished being written. Thankfully we’ll be kept in the loop as the progress continues.

Hopefully we’ll have something here soon! We’ll let you know as soon as we hear it. And hop on over to pod2g’s blog for constant updates!

Twitter Begins Rolling Out Revamped iPad Web Portal.

  • August 2, 2011 11:13 pm

If you either can’t or won’t use Twitter’s phenomenal iPad app, your web experience will soon get a lot better. Above you can see a screenshot depicting the newly revamped HTML5 buffet that will begin rolling out any moment, and filter down to all iPad Twitter users by the end of the week. The hybrid web app of sorts will blend the traditional website and official iOS app into the perfect love child. Be sure to let us know what you think of the new site!

In other news: Facebook’s rumored iPad/tablet web app (aka “Project Spartan”) is nowhere to be found.

iPad 2 Jailbreak Drama: The “Real” Story.

  • July 3, 2011 1:41 pm

Yesterday morning we learned the iPad 2 jailbreak had leaked into the wild, albiet in an unfinished state. At the time, it was claimed an internal/private beta tester was to blame for directly leaking the files. Late yesterday, however, the claimed leaker — 20 year-old Ryan Lobbins from Arizona — attempted to clear his name on his blog. His main defense: Curiosity.

According to his story, the leak was indirectly his fault. Adding to that, Lobbins says that he never claimed to be a beta tester. That claim — and the entire elaborate story from yesterday’s article — appears to have come from the person he sent the files to to test.

Lobbins initially downloaded the iPad 2 jailbreak files to try on his iPad 2 (out of curiosity) but they didn’t work. Lobbins then uploaded the files he pulled from Comex’s server to his own website/server and directed fellow iDevice forum member “MultimediaWill” (Will Sawyer) to test the files on his device to see if the jailbreak even worked at all. To both guys’ surprise, they did. And that’s where things went south. Will promised he wouldn’t leak the files. As we all know now, that didn’t exactly end up being the truth.

Lobbins has since deleted any and all files relating to the iPad 2 jailbreak off of his server and has gone on to say that he feels “stupid” and “horrible” for how things played out. But the damage has already been done.

Is this the end of the drama? For now, perhaps. Stay tuned…