The long-awaited iPad/iPhone untethered jailbreak for iOS 4.2.1 has finally been released, with Redsn0w 0.9.7b1 but don't get too too excited just yet. All indications are that the release works as advertised, but it is a beta release and as such comes with some caveats.
Comex has released JailbreakMe 2.0, which jailbreaks iPads right through the Mobile Safari web browser on the device. No computer is required, and the procedure provides access to Cydia on the iPad home screen so that more applications and utilities can be installed.
The jailbreak solution can be accessed on two different sites, by just visiting one of these two links directly on the iPad you wish to jailbreak. JailbreakMe 2.0 can be installed using jailbreakme.com or jailbreakme.modmyi.com. After a successful install, a message that Cydia has been added to your home screen appears and the process is complete.
Jailbreaking the iPad might void your Apple warranty and even your terms of service from AT&T, however the US government has just ruled the practice legal under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA). The exemption applies for three years until the next rulemaking review, and brings the practices of independent software developers into the mainstream.
Apple had been arguing that jailbreaking is illegal under the DMCA, since copyright protections can be circumvented when an iPad is running unofficial modifications to its operating system or unsanctioned software applications. The US Copyright Office did not agree that the only reason to jailbreak is to pirate software and violate copyright law.
One of the more interesting tricks the iPad can learn when jailbroken is how to pair up with a Bluetooth mouse. A stock iPad will recognize Bluetooth keyboards, however Apple designed the interface specifically to avoid the use of a mouse peripheral. The folks over at BTStack aren't interested in these limitations.
Of course, Apple isn't interested in honoring your warranty if your iPad is jailbroken. Regardless, some users may find this trick helpful if they absolutely must have a mouse and keyboard operational with the iPad. Others will find the whole setup a waste of time and go buy a laptop.
Just four short weeks after the iPad launch, developer @comex has released the much-hyped Spirit untethered jailbreak. With a single click, Spirit will jailbreak any iPad, iPhone or iPod Touch running firmware 3.1.x or 3.2.
As previously reported, Spirit is a userland jailbreak, the first of its kind since iPhone OS 1.x. This type of jailbreak is effective and easy to use, however Apple can easily patch whatever security vulnerability is used by Spirit. The software does not include an unlock to allow the iPad to be used on a different wireless carrier than AT&T.
As we reported way back on April 4, less than 24 hours after the release of the iPad WiFi-only model, @comex's "Spirit" jailbreak was demonstrated successfully jailbreaking the iPad WiFi by The iPhone Dev Team's musclenerd. Unsurprisingly, due to the fact that the iPad 3G runs the same OS as the iPad WiFi, the Spirit jailbreak has now been demonstrated jailbreaking the iPad 3G. Watch the video below to see the demo.
The iPad and iPhone community is expecting the Spirit jailbreak to be released by its creator, @comex, relatively soon. The iPhone Dev Team recently confirmed on their blog that the release of Spirit would happen after the iPad 3G was "in customers' hands", though exactly how soon after remains unknown.
Apple iPhone hacker George Hotz (Geohot) set up a new website for his forthcoming jailbreak software dubbed limera1n. Previous releases such as blackra1n have made it possible for jailbreakers all over the world to install unauthorized apps and unlock the iPhone for use on alternate wireless carriers.
Geohot posted evidence that he was making significant progress with iPhone OS 3.2, the current operating system running on the first version iPad. Apple is expected to release version 4 of its mobile OS this summer, along with next generation iPhone hardware.
Just a few short days ago, iPhone Dev-Team member MuscleNerd demonstrated an initial porting of the Spirit jailbreak by @comex to the iPad. Now George Hotz (aka Geohot) is working on his blackra1n software to jailbreak the iPad.
Seen in the blog photo are blackra1n and Cydia icons (as some have pointed out, probably just a mockup) on Gehot's iPad screen. Proving that he's making progress, Geohot posted keys for the iPad 3.2 firmware and bootrom on his blog with a one-line comment reading, "This is more exciting than a lot of you realize." Only a day later he revealed that "verbose iPads look cool" and tweeted the picture below.
Well, that didn't take long. The iPad is now officially jailbroken on its first day in the wild. Approximately one hour ago, iPhone Dev Team member musclenerd, posted on his Twitter account that a port of the "Spirit" jailbreak developed by comex had been ported to the iPad.
Musclenerd's tweet read "http://is.gd/beaVL initial porting of "Spirit" jailbreak by @comex to iPad", the link pointing to a picture providing rough visual evidence of the jailbreak. Musclenerd has since updated his Twitter account with links to a video showing more of the jailbreak (view the video below).