You’ll Be Waiting Some Time For An iOS 5.1 Jailbreak For A5 And A5X Devices


Don't expect to see Cydia on your new iPad anytime soon.
Don't expect to see Cydia on your new iPad anytime soon.

Just hours after its release on March 16, Apple’s new iPad was jailbroken by the iPhone Dev-Team. Their announcement gave us hope that an exploit for A5 and A5X devices running iOS 5.1 would be available within weeks, but it now seems like we’ll be waiting a whole lot longer than that.

Dev-Team member Pod2g, famous for his recent iPhone 4S and iPad 2 jailbreaks, has confirmed via Twitter that a jailbreak for iOS 5.1 devices powered by Apple’s A5 and A5X chips — including the iPhone 4S, the iPad 2, the new iPad, and the new Apple TV — is a long time away yet, and confesses that he has “no clue” when it’ll happen.

He says that even if he had all “pieces of a userland jailbreak,” there would be weeks of work ahead. But some of those pieces are still missing:

About 5.1 jailbreak for A5+ devices: it’s not out and I have no clue when it’ll happen. I’m working some hours per week on finding vulns. [Vulnerabilities.]

But right now we (cdev) have some pieces of a userland jailbreak, but we miss some, and even it we had them all, there’s weeks of work to put them all together in a public ready tool.

That’s bad new for users who are itching to get Cydia on their new iPad, or install third-party apps on their new Apple TV.

[via Daily iPhone Blog]

  • SD011

    No problem for me, I have no iPad, I still have to wait until May…

  • Fatkid98

    To be honest, this is not the news I was hoping for. Look, the Dev-Team made a big splash two weeks ago about the new iPad being “jailbreakable”. But here we are two weeks later and now they have “no clue” when the jailbreak will be released. At this rate, I expect Apple to release another update which will probably kill the jailbreak the Dev-Team is currently working on. I love having a jailbroken phone, but I’m missing out on functionality in iOS 5.1 that I would like to have. I’ll hold out longer, but I just don’t know how much longer.

  • markrlangston

    Subconsciously this is why I never bothered jail breaking my iOS devices, because I figured at some point Apple would find a way to put the kibosh on this type of activity.

    Then again, after being traumatized by a WinXP machine that I tweaked so much that I could never get it back to original settings I’ve been overly cautious about doing unofficial tweaks.

  • Lane Jasper

    Well Two days ago the DEv-Team posted this and seem VERY excited and 3 different vulns have been found it appears so eho it correct?

    This straight from their website:

    Despite the awkward name Apple announced last week for the new iPad (we’ll continue to call it iPad3!), by all signs it’s going to be another big hit. We suspect many of you are lined up at this very minute, and so it’s a good time to give you some info for maximizing your chance to eventually jailbreak the iPad3.

    There are a few bits of good news already.

    We can confirm that the method used to jailbreak the iPad2 4 months ago (before corona) still works even in 5.1. That means we’ll at least be able to get our foot in the door to get the required kernel dumps on the iPad3. That’s an important step, but by no means is it the end of the story.
    Those of you following @i0n1c may have noticed he’s already tweeted pictures of his iPad2 jailbroken at 5.1. As far as we know, he’s using a method completely unrelated to the one mentioned above. That would be great news!
    We’ve also seen bits and pieces of an entirely different jailbreak method being investigated by someone close to the Cydia repo scene: @phoenixdev
    That’s three different angles, and we’re not even including the continuous work @pod2g makes towards a new jailbreak! As always, keep in mind this is very preliminary progress, and it’s impossible to predict how or when these things turn out. The only thing you need to remember is the golden rule:

    Don’t update your new iPad3 past whatever iOS it comes shipped with

    By the way, it’s rare but entirely possible that some of you may find your iPad3 comes with an iOS version that’s not quite 5.1. If you do, be sure to let us know in the comments below!

    Update #1: It turns out that all three of the jailbreak methods mentioned above have had great success today! We’re off to a good start (but remember there’s still lots of work to do)!

    Method 1 shown by @MuscleNerd
    Method 2 shown by @i0n1c
    Method 3 shown by @chpwn and @phoenixdev

  • Lane Jasper

    And they’ve always said that to thware the “ETA” ? questioners…I say a few weeks is likely but I’m also a very optimistic person ;-)

  • Lane Jasper

    In the Jailbreak world “weeks to come” is a very short time…yet I realize it COULD be months or never too..just don’t know. I doubt it though…if they have potentially 4 peeps already finding loopholes or “vulns” as they call it, it shouldn’t be too much longer. it’s been donealready just need to work out kinks and prepare a package for the public. Kudos to that happening SOON!!!!!