Today’s a big day for those who have been wanting a way to jailbreak the iPad 2. A new (and long awaited) jailbreak for the iPad 2 has been released by the Chronic Dev Team.
The new jailbreak is called Absinthe – a very cool name I think. The Chronic Dev Team servers are slaughtered so far today, so if you want to get your iPad 2 jailbreak going right away I suggest you visit our friends at iDownload Blog. They’ve got download links that are working nicely and a short, easy guide to applying the jailbreak here: http://bit.ly/wThWXZ
I honestly feel very little temptation to jailbreak my iPad 2 just now. Maybe I’ll waver when I hear about all the latest tweaks. If you end up jailbreaking your iPad 2 this weekend please tell us about your experience in the comments.
I had been running my iPad 2 jailbroken for the last few weeks, since soon after the first jailbreak for it became available. Last night I restored it to stock and iOS 4.3.5.
I’ve been jailbreaking my iOS devices since way back in the 1.x days of the iPhone OS, but on the iPad in particular I’ve just found myself with less and less temptation to jailbreak. Partly because I find the iPad to be a near-perfect mobile device, partly because iOS has continued to improve and add superb new features, and partly due to the fact that I find fewer and fewer jailbreak apps and tweaks that appeal to me for the iPad.
This most recent time round with the iPad 2 jailbroken I installed a couple old favorites and browsed around for more. I tried out a few new and featured apps and tweaks, but honestly nothing really grabbed me. I still absolutely believe that jailbreak is useful and that the jailbreak community is doing great things – often things that later cross over to iOS and the App Store.
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If you jailbroke with the new jailbreakme.com jailbreak for iPad 2 you may have noticed that the Camera Connection Kit no longer worked for importing photos from your iPhone or cameras. I certainly found that and it was a known issue since the jailbreak release.
This week comex (the lead developer of the latest jailbreakme.com jailbreak) and Cydia have released an update that fixes the issue with the Camera Connection Kit.
To apply the fix just open Cydia and agree to do the Essential Upgrade that is suggested. I did this on my iPad 2 this morning and it has fixed the issue, but not 100% I would say – because the iPad 2 now does recognize the Camera Connection Kit, but very slowly. Prior to the jailbreak when the Camera Connection Kit was connected to the iPad 2 it was instantly recognized and the iPad 2 instantly woke up and loaded the Photos app.
With this fix, the iPad 2 does not wake up automatically when the kit is connected. I have to wake it up manually. The Photos app also reacts very slowly now with the kit connected.
I think comex may need to take another swing at this one.
Thanks to iPad in Canada for the heads-up on the update.
Today I decided to give the new jailbreakme.com jailbreak for the iPad 2 a go – just a short while ago in fact. It’s been a long time since I’ve had an iPad jailbroken, and of course the first time I’ve had the iPad 2 jailbroken.
I’m not sure how long I’ll stay with the jailbreak. I’m very keen on iOS 5 – and if there are issues that mean a choice between the OS upgrade and the jailbreak when it’s released, then I’ll almost certainly opt for iOS 5.
For now though my two main reasons for jailbreaking are:
– It’s just been too long and I’m keen to see that state of play with jailbreak for the iPad.
– I really like Ryan Petrich’s DisplayOut jailbreak app, that lets you mirror the iPad screen to a Mac. Mirroring can be done on a stock iPad to Apple TV (via a cable until iOS 5 comes out) but not to a Mac as far as I’m aware. I’m hoping to use it for some app demos soon.
Thus far, I’ve only got SBSettings (old faithful) and DisplayOut installed. So if you’ve got some good iPad 2 jailbreak app / tweak suggestions please share them in the comments.
If you’ve been anxiously awaiting the ability to jailbreak your iPad 2, you may not have much longer to wait. According to a tweet last week from @p0sixninja, a member of the Chronic Dev team, they were already working on finishing the jailbreak for the iPad 2.
I wonder if they’ll now wait a little to see whether the expected iOS 4.3.2 update has any security measures they’ll need to address to ensure it too is jailbreakable.
I have flip-flopped plenty in the past in my levels of temptation to jailbreak my iDevices – mostly choosing to jailbreak my iPhones, and not so often my iPads. Right now I feel very little desire to jailbreak my iPad 2 – though I may become tempted if the only good wireless mirroring solutions are via jailbreak apps.
How about you all – are you keen to jailbreak your iPad 2?