Absinthe is the newest jailbreaking solution for almost every iOS device out there (including the 4S, New iPad, and $399 16GB iPad 2), available straight from greenp0ison.com. I didn’t actually need to jailbreak because I’ve been quite happy with how multitasking and notifications work in iOS 5, but I was more than a little curious to see how far the jailbreaking scene had come since early 2011, so I did it anyway. My previous 3GS jailbreak experiences were usually quite good, but I found that the device itself would slow down after a time, despite the fact that I had very few tweaks and extensions installed. I’m hoping the faster 4S and iPad 2 will fare better.
I plan to share my experiences with various Cydia-based offerings throughout the week, but this post is strictly about the Absinthe jailbreaking process. So without further ado, here it is:
- Download Absinthe 2.0.4 to your Mac or PC (the latest version, as of this article’s publishing)
- Load Absinthe 2.0.4
- Plug in your iOS device running iOS 5.1.1 (though backing up first is probably a good idea – just in case)
- Click on the “jailbreak” button!
That’s about it, really. The amount of time taken can vary based on how busy the servers are. My iPhone took about 20 minutes, whereas the iPad 2 took about 40 minutes. You can actually use your iOS devices during part of the process, but I decided to leave them alone, just in case. Once the process has run its course, you’ll find the Cydia icon on your last home screen, and you’ll be ready to begin tweaking your device.
If you’ve never jailbroken before, don’t worry about it. The process is legal and reversible (just restore from iTunes), and the latest version of Cydia is actually very newbie-friendly.