Turning speculations into reality, the much awaited untethered jailbreak for iOS 5.1.1, namely Absinthe 2.0, finally landed Friday in the "Hack In The Box" security conference in Amsterdam.
All those users of an iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad running on Apple's iOS 5.1.1 firmware are now able to break the technical shackles on their devices, thanks to Absinthe 2.0. The latest untethered jailbreak tool covers the majority of iOS devices, except for the third generation Apple TV.
The devices compatible with Absinthe 2.0 are - iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPhone 4 CDMA, iPhone 4S, iPad 1, iPad 2 Wi-Fi, iPad 2 GSM, iPad 2 CDMA, iPad 3 Wi-Fi, iPad 3 CDMA, iPad 3 Global, iPod 3G, iPod 4G and Apple TV 2.
Users should note that the iPad 2,4 will be added to the list of supporting devices later.
Absinthe, first introduced as an untethered jailbreak tool for iOS 5.0.1 earlier this year, is a very simple GUI tool with user guidance being provided throughout the whole process.
After the release of the Absinthe 2.0 Friday, the Chronic Dev Team also pushed out an updated version of the tool - Absinthe 2.0.1 - to fix "a couple of little bugs." According to @pimskeks, Absinthe 2.0.1 is for "fixing a hang that could occur in certain situations."
Users should download the latest version of Absinthe to jailbreak their devices running iOS 5.1.1.
Below is a step-by-step guide, courtesy of Redmond Pie, showing how to use Absinthe 2.0.1 to perform an untethered jailbreak on iOS 5.1.1.
But before going ahead, users must take note of the following points:
Make sure that you have a complete backup of your device using iTunes or iCloud.
If you are using an unlocked iPhone, you are recommended not to update to stock iOS 5.1.1 firmware and avoid using Absinthe for the moment.
If a passcode is set on your device, you must disable it before starting the jailbreak process.
Step 2: After the download is complete, locate the compressed file, extract all of the contents and place them on your desktop for easy and quick access.
Step 3: Using a standard 30-pin connector cable, connect your device to the computer.
Step 4: Run Absinthe 2.0.1 through the executable file which you downloaded in step 1. When launched, the program will show an initial interface with some text-based information on it, and a "Jailbreak" button.
Step 5: Now click the "Jailbreak" button to begin the process.
During the process, you will see the device act as if it's going through a restore stage, which is normal.
Step 6: Once the payload process is over, you'll get an alert on Absinthe telling you that the jailbreak is complete. You should see the Cydia icon on the device's homescreen, meaning that you can now install any extensions or packages via Cydia, if your device is supported by them.