Absinthe Used To Jailbreak 1.2 Million Devices On iOS 5.1.1 Over The Weekend [Jailbreak]


From left to right: @p0sixninja, @pod2g and @planetbeing of the Chronic Dev Team
From left to right: @p0sixninja, @pod2g and @planetbeing of the Chronic Dev Team

On Friday, May 25th hackers from the Chronic Dev Team released Absinthe 2.0, a tool that jailbreaks iOS 5.1.1 on nearly all iOS devices, including the third-gen iPad. The untethered jailbreak can be performed on an iOS device after downloading the free Absinthe app on any Mac, Windows or Linux computer.

Once again proving that jailbreaking is becoming more mainstream, impressive Absinthe download numbers have been announced from over the weekend.

The numbers add up to roughly 1.2 million total devices jailbroken in just under 3 days. We’ve reached out to the Chronic Dev Team for comment.

When the first version of Absinthe was released back in January, the tool was used to jailbreak 953,232 A5-based devices (iPhone 4S and iPad 2) over a 3-day period.

If you haven’t already jailbroken your iOS device running 5.1.1 with Absinthe 2.0, you can do so by following our tutorial.

Source: Chronic Dev Team

  • mr_bee

    Given the increase of the total volume of iOS devices, this new number would represent a decrease and not an increase in the percentage of jailbroken devices in terms of a percentage of available devices.  

    Statements that jail breaking is increasing in popularity or becoming more mainstream would therefore seem to be false.  But don’t let the facts get in the way of a good party. 
  • Adey Jarvis

    i’m not seeing a great reason to JB except to steal Apps.  I don’t have any major annoyances that JB fixes… maybe someone could explain exactly what the advantage of reducing stability is? 

  • Mark Schultz

    Adey Jarvis: Being able to send text messages without having to open up the Messages app would the only reason I ever needed.


  • Sean Liu

    @ Adey Jarvis: these are the ones i use

    -gesture and button shortcuts for just about anything you can think of (my fav is controlling audio so i don’t have to pull my phone out of my pocket)
    -spoof wifi so I can facetime and use hd youtube on the go
    -change my default browser so i can enjoy all the other great browser apps
    -put toggles for 3g/wifi/airplane/brightness in notification center (can’t live without this)
    -infinite folder size so you can fit all your apps
    -nested folders
    -audio automatically stops when headphones are pulled out, and start again when plugged back in
    -moving multiple icons around at once (instead of dragging them one at a time)
    -move keyboard cursor by swiping across the keyboard (instead of using the annoying little magnifying glass)
    Also, there is only instability if you choose to install something really beta or experimental.
  • saurik

    So, I’m the person who provided these numbers (despite the lack of attribution), and I will say that this post is a little deceptive, and causes comments like @mr_bee’s ill-informed comment (where he states that “given the increase of the total volume of iOS devices, this new number would represent a *decrease* and /not/ an increase in the percentage”).

    First off, those numbers should not be added: the second number (which is all new devices) is inclusive of the first number (which is the number of jailbroken iPad 3s, all of which must have been new jailbreaks as we didn’t have a previous tool). Of that total ~1m devices, there is a detailed breakdown of different devices: Chronic-Dev simply cared about iPad 3s more.

    However–and this is key–this is the number of /new/ jailbroken devices: devices that had never been jailbroken before. There are tens of millions of jailbroken devices, but since the release of Absinthe 2.0, there are now 1,270,517 (that is a number updated as of me making this comment) additional devices that have been jailbroken (currently the rate is ~6k/hr).
    This number must then be analyzed with the context that iOS 5.0 already had an untether (and most people don’t see a need to upgrade, as 5.1 is mostly about the new iPad) and that iOS 5.1 was already jailbroken for all devices except the latest iPads and the iPhone 4S (as the iPhone 4 and all similar/previous devices are permanently jailbroken).
    In essence, we really wouldn’t even expect to have had that many people jailbreak with this tool, and yet we are seeing a staggering increase in our user count. From a different angle: when I gave the device breakdown to MuscleNerd (jailbreak member) he was actually surprised that there were many non-iPad 3s at all, as that was the only “new device” being hit.