Long-awaited iOS 5.1.1 untethered jailbreak released

25 May, 2012 - Killian Bell
Absinthe A5 jailbreak for iPhone 4S and iPad 2

Today the Chronic Dev-Team have released their long-awaited Absinthe 2.0 untethered jailbreak for iOS devices running Apple’s latest iOS 5.1.1 firmware. The exploit supports almost every device that’s compatible with the 5.1.1 release, except for the third-generation Apple TV.

That means your new iPad, your iPhone 4S, and your second-generation Apple TV are all supported, along with the following devices:

  • iPhone 4S
  • iPhone 4 (CDMA and GSM)
  • iPhone 3GS
  • iPad 1
  • iPad 2 (Wi-Fi, GSM, CDMA)
  • iPad 3 (Wi-Fi, GSM, CDMA)
  • iPod 4G
  • iPod 3G
  • Apple TV 2

The Absinthe 2.0 software supports PCs running Mac OS X, Windows, or Linux, and it can be downloaded now from the Chronic Dev-Team’s website. Once it’s running on your PC, jailbreaking is a simple as plugging in your device and hitting the start button — then waiting for the application to work its magic.

The time it takes to perform the whole process is different for each device, depending on how much storage you’re using. For example, a 64GB iPad that’s loaded up to the brim with software could take around 30 minutes, while an iPhone that’s just been restored could take just 60 seconds.

It’s worth bearing this in mind while you’re jailbreaking; don’t expect everything to happen instantly, and if it does take a while, don’t assume it’s crashed and unplug your device, because you could cause damage. Also, be sure you’ve backed up all of your devices before performing the jailbreak. If anything does go wrong, you’ll want to be sure you’re not going to lose any of your data.

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About the author

Killian Bell is a freelance journalist based in Worcestershire UK. In addition to writing about all things Apple, he's one of the co-founders of the football site TitleTalk. You can follow him on and Twitter.