Last Friday, pod2G and the Chronic Dev team released Absinthe A5, the first untethered jailbreak for the iPhone 4S and iPad 2. If you’re wondering if there was pent-up jailbreaking demand for those devices, the answer would be yes: more than 1 million people downloaded the jailbreak in less than three days.
An untethered jailbreak means you no longer need to cable and re-jailbreak a device every time it boots. The Absinthe A5 jailbreak was first released to Mac OS X only, but now has Windows and Linux flavors, as well.
The A5 portion of the name comes from the A5 processors in both the iPad 2 and iPhone 4S.
Those wanting to jailbreak their devices need to make sure they are on iOS 5.0.1 first. Typical of any jailbreak, users are warned NOT to upgrade their devices if Apple releases a new iOS version, until an “all-clear” is given from the hacking teams indicating that either Absinthe A5 continues to work on the new version, or that a new jailbreak was created.