Original iPhone hardware hacker, George Hotz or “Geohot”, has beaten the iPhone Dev Team to an iOS 4.1 jailbreak called Limera1n, giving users to wish to jailbreak their iPad (on iOS 3.2.2), iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS, iPod Touch 4th Gen or the iPod Touch 3rd Gen that ability again, after iOS 4.1 initially took it away, with Geohot promising the jailbreak should work with the upcoming iOS 4.2 and future
Jailbreak releases for new iOS products are major events. In the early years, release teams would celebrate major holidays with a new jailbreak or SIM unlock and millions of anxious users would rush for the latest software. Much has stayed the same – the excitement, the rush to jailbreak. But something has changed: jailbreaks have become big business.
Take Evasi0n, for example.
The wait for an untethered jailbreak for the iPhone 4S and iPad 2 running iOS 5.0.1 is finally over, with French hacker Pod2G and the Dev Team hackers releasing a jailbreak tool called “Absinthe”, which is indeed a form of “greenpois0n”.
A team of iOS programmers called Evasi0n have jailbroken that latest iPhone/iPod/iPad operating system, iOS 7.0.4. Jailbreaking allows uses to install home-brew software and run unapproved apps from the Cydia software repository.
The jailbreak takes “5 minutes” and works on Windows and OS X.
An updated, more efficient and fully untethered version of the iOS 4.2.1 jailbreak for the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch is being reported as due by December 24, but with the deletion of a tweet suggesting this would happen, jailbreakers waiting for the latest and greatest jailhouse hack are stuck in anticipatory suspense!
With the launch of the 2012 iPhone 5 still at least six to nine months away, all of the attention is on the unjailbreakable iPhone 4S and iPad 2, but as of very late 2011, the iPhone 4, iPad and iPod Touch with A4 processors, those who’ve waited for a jailbreak can finally get it.
iOS 6.1 is fresh out the gate and there's already a group which has coded the jailbreak for this particular version. The tool they provide will also be available for the Linux platform. It's not uncommon for developers to release Linux versions for their tools and it's nice to see that the guys who call themselves evad3rs decided to make the software multi-platform.