New Jailbreak for iPad and iOS 5.1.1 Out Today & I’ve Got a Jailbroken iPad 3

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Jailbroken iPad 3

Just in case you haven’t heard yet, the new jailbreak for iPads and iOS devices running iOS 5.1.1 has been released today. It’s called Absinthe 2.0, and is the result of collaborative efforts and tons of hard work by the Chronic Dev Team and iPhone Dev Team.

It’s available to download now at the greenpois0n site – with versions available for Mac, Windows, and Linux. This jailbreak is for devices running iOS 5.1.1 only – and the greenpois0n page lists all the supported iOS devices.

I have successfully jailbroken my (test unit) iPad 3 this morning. It took a fair bit longer than with previous jailbreaks, but that was primarily due to just a single issue – which was easy to resolve once I found out how. Hit the break for lots of detail on the Absinthe 2.0 jailbreak process on my iPad 3 …

Here’s a quick rundown of my experience with Absinthe 2.0 on the iPad 3 today:

– I used the instructions provided on the greenpois0n site, which are as follows:

1. Make a backup of your device in iTunes by right clicking on your device name under the ‘Devices’ menu and click ‘Back Up’.

2. Once your backup is complete return to your device and go to Settings – General – Reset – Erase all Content and Settings. This will make the jailbreak process much faster.

3. Open Absinthe and be sure you are still connected via USB cable to your computer.

4. Click ‘Jailbreak’ and wait…. just be patient and do not disconnect your device.

5. Once jailbroken return to iTunes and restore your backup from earlier. Right click on your device name under the ‘Devices’ menu in the left panel of iTunes and click ‘Restore from Back Up…’ then select the latest backup you created before. (restoring this backup will return all the content previously on your device ie, apps, photos, etc.)

6. Thanks for using Absinthe, enjoy your jailbroken iDevice!

The jailbreak process ran to roughly 75% of the way through its progress bar quite quickly and then froze for several minutes. It eventually spit up this error:

Hmm something seems to have gone wrong, trying to recover

At that point my iPad was back at a normal lock screen and the jailbreak had failed. I did some quick web searching, saw that many users were getting this, and found a quick solution via an ‘Old Faithful’ sort of source – the everythingiCafe forums, and specifically the suggestion made by moderator and superhero Europa in this thread on the new jailbreak. The solution was to ignore the greenpos0n site instructions to do an erase of all settings on the iPad itself and instead do a standard Restore to iOS 5.1.1 while connected to iTunes on a PC.

I did that and the jailbreak ran through quickly and successfully for me and Cydia was installed. It took under 5 minutes this time round. Here are screenshots of the how the process should go in a successful Absinthe 2.0 jailbreak:

Once you’ve downloaded an unzipped the Absinthe download you should see this folder and the Absinthe app in it:

Absinthe Folder

When you open the Absinthe app you’ll get this initial screen:

Absinthe 20 on iPad 3

Once you click Jailbreak you’ll get a series of quick status updates on that same screen, like these:

Absinthe progress screen 2

Progress bar 3

Porgress Bar 4

And finally this one when it completes successfully:

Absinthe success message

I hit a few minor issues after the successful jailbreak. I’ll cover those, and the fixes for them, in a separate post or two that I’ll publish soon.

Are any of you jailbreaking your iPads today? If so, hope it has gone well for you (or goes well for you later) and would love to hear your thoughts and questions in the comments.

Patrick Jordan

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10 thoughts on “New Jailbreak for iPad and iOS 5.1.1 Out Today & I’ve Got a Jailbroken iPad 3

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  2. Hey dude i am facing that error..
    hmm.. something seems to have gone wrong… trying to recover
    what to do?

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  4. Hi, I tried to jailbreak yesterday my iPad 2, iOS 5.1.1, and did all steps mentioned. Once I click Jailbreak, I reached to “Sending initial jailbreak data. This may also take a while”.
    And then stops, and say something go wrong.
    Kindly HELP.

    • I was having serious issues. Finally just used a different machine, my wife’s macbook & it went through right aways. Maybe try another machine, see if that works.

  5. Having never done a jailbreak before I followed these instructions… It worked perfectly and quickly.
    Only thing is…. There are so many things I can do now I can’t choose what!

    iPad 2 wifi

  6. not working here either. iPad 3 wifi. stuck at Waiting for reboot — not done yet, don’t unplug your device yet!, no matter what I try.

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  8. using all the absinthe version to jailbreak my ipad2 ios 5.1.1 wifi + 3G Gsm. it has always said, “something went wrong”. please help
    using all version of redsnow on this same device. it says ” jalibreak successful”. but when i open the device i cant find cydia.
    please heeeeeeeelllllllp!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    i’ve tried it a gazillion times

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