This morning, or evening depending on where you are, the most definitive and shortest ETA yet along with the upcoming jailbreak’s name, being Absinthe, was announced in a somewhat lengthy but necessary post on @pod2g’s blog:
iPhone 4S and iPad 2 untether to be released real soonHello dear readers,
I know the wait was long, too much long, but it’s about to end! You’d be able to free your iPhone in some hours.
A tool named Absinthe and developped by the Chronic Dev Team will install the untether on your device. Also the iPhone Dev Team will release a CLI (command line) tool to help diagnose issues and repair things if it goes wrong.
This is a little scary I know, but the chance you break something is really small, since we made lots of tests to verify the process on different devices. But it is the first time we use the backup / restore functions of iTunes to install software, and there are maybe things we are not aware of.
As you already know, different security researchers put a lot of energy to work out the different issues we had to install the untether on new devices.
Thus, a unified PayPal account was opened so that everyone who worked on the A5 exploits will receive a fair split of your contributions. Here is the link : contribute As usual, contributions are not needed but are appreciated by developpers. By the way, thank you very much again for everyone who already participated. This is real nice.
Here is the complete list of Absinthe supported devices :
- iPhone 4S running iOS 5.0, 5.0.1 (9A405 and 9A406)
- iPad 2 Wifi/GSM/CDMA running iOS 5.0.1
Also, here is MuscleNerd’s post which explains the whole story in a really precise way: iPhone Dev Team blog post
What’s amazing about this post is it points to the fact that this jailbreak tool is going to be, by the sounds of things, a bit more complicated than others before it. A command-line tool would suggest that not only does it not have a nice window that pops up with buttons you click to select what you want to do, but you actually will have to type in a bunch of commands, wait for a response, repeat, and each step of the way hope no error messages come up.
Another huge difference between this jailbreak and every other type is that it doesn’t use a custom firmware such as PwnageTool did and Sn0wbreeze still does, nor an independent DFU mode tool like redsn0w, but for the first time ever actually uses iTune’s restore/backup function.
Once it’s completed, those of us that are first developers and/or have the computer confidence and background to tackle it will probably jump at the opportunity to finally free our A5 devices.
Others though, will most likely have to wait until the jailbreak process is streamlined and included into redsn0w or another existing tool. But either way, we’re now mere hours away from really seeing what these dual-core divas are capable of!