It’s been a long time since I’ve jailbroken an iOS device, but I still felt a little nostalgic when I read that Jay “Saurik” Freeman was shutting down payments on Cydia. For those like myself who have been around iOS since the beginning, jailbreaking was a near-essential part of the iPhone and iOS experience. It added features, but more than that, it added FUN. Some of the jailbreaks were as easy as clicking a button in a browser, while others were like solving a Rubics Cube, which just added to the experience.
Jacob Siegel of BGR, among others, is heralding what may be the beginning of the end of Jailbreaking. Two of the three main repositories that Cydia depends on, ModMi and ZodTTD, have both announced that they are shutting down. With many of the early reasons to Jailbreak worn away by the passage of time and ten years of updates to iOS, it certainly feels like this is the home stretch for something once thought to be essential to the power user experience on Apple’s mobile platforms.
I ran the new jailbreakme.com jailbreak on my iPad 2 a couple days ago. It had been a long time for me since I’d last run a jailbreak on one of my iPads, though I’ve had my iPhone 4 jailbroken for some time now.
Of course this is my first jailbreak of the iPad 2 as it has only recently become jailbreakable thanks to the efforts of @comex and others. If you’re feeling grateful to comex for the iPad 2 jailbreak, you can support him with a Paypal donation here: http://www.jailbreakme.com//#donate
If I was summing up my new iPad 2 jailbreak experience two days in I’d say mostly so far, so good – though I have come across a couple of issues, one known and apparently being addressed and one I’ve not heard others mention as yet.
I was going to do an iPad jailbreak first impressions sort of post over the next day or so, but I’ll hold off on or possibly scrap that idea for now. Reason being, I’m finding the jailbreak environment for the iPad – as should be expected I guess – at a very early alpha stage right now. An environment ripe for those who have time and desire to help in testing, but not so great for those who don’t.