1.2 million iOS 5.1.1 devices jailbroken with Absinthe 2.0

The Absinthe 2.0 jailbreak is now responsible for jailbreaking more than 1.2 million iOS 5.1.1 devices since its release on Friday. The Absinthe 2.0 jailbreak supports nearly every iOS device, including the iPhone 4S and the just-released new iPad.

Some stats since release of ‪#Absinthe - 211,401 jailbroken iPad3's and 973,086 devices newly jailbroken! ‪#JBFTW ! ;D

While over 365 million cumulative iOS devices have been sold to date, there's no way of knowing how many are still active. Given that every iOS device generation tends to outsell all previous generations combined, the number of active devices is likely quite high.

Still, 1.2 million jailbreaks in three days, on the latest firmware, is a big number. It shows that, despite the additional functionality Apple has added to iOS 5, many users still want the freedom to tweak and personalize their devices beyond stock settings, and run apps beyond those approved by Apple's official App Store (and if it's for less legitimate reasons, they should read this).

In an iMore poll on the iOS 5.1.1 jailbreak, 44% of readers said they'd already jailbroken with Absinthe 2.0, and almost 12% were simply waiting to see if there were any issues before jailbreaking. 27% were not interested in the jailbreak at all, and 17% didn't rule it out, but weren't currently interested.

If you're interested in jailbreak but worried that it is a complicated process, fear not, we have a iOS 5.1.1 jailbreak how-to walkthough showing the complete process, as well as a full jailbreak starters guide to get you going once you're done. If you need any further help, jump right into our Jailbreak Forum.

Were you one of the 1.2 million users who jailbroke iOS 5.1.1 using Absinthe 2.0 this weekend? If so, let us know which device(s) you jailbroke and what your experience has been like so far -- loving it or hating it? If you haven't jailbroken, let us know

Source: Chronic Dev Team

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1.2 million iOS 5.1.1 devices jailbroken with Absinthe 2.0


1.2 mill is a big number but i would have thought in 3 days (holliday weekend in the States) it would have been a much bigger number.
Anyway.... I jailbroke my Verizon 4s and iPad 3. Happier then a pig in s***! :-). 5th dock icon and sbs are big for me.

Do you really see this as an issue right now? Lack of support is much more likely to happen after a big change, like 6.0. The change between 5.0.1 and 5.1.1 is pretty minimal.
After jailbreaking on 5.1.1, I'd suggest sticking with 5.0.1 if you've already done it. The changes really aren't worth the process. I've tried Absinthe 2.0 on 3 different devices so far with a failure on all three. However, you can use redsn0w to jailbreak 5.1.1 tethered and the Rocky Racoon Untether in Cydia works well. The only real difference between the two jailbreaks is the bootup process under 5.1.1 takes ~3 times as long as the one for 5.0.1 used to.

My iPhone 4 is still jailbroken on 5.0.1, and until i upgrade I won't be able to update my copies of things like iMovie, nor can I install iPhoto to my iPhone, as most of the Apple apps now require 5.1 minimum.

Jailbroke by 3GS on 5.1.1. It's been a while since I jailbroke. The last time I jailbroke DreamBoard didn't exist. I'm loving DreamBoard and the cool Win7 and Android themes.
The reason I jailbroke now was that I'm getting bored of my 3GS and was actually thinking of switching to an Android phone (I don't like the iPhone 4 of 4S design). But now with the jailbreak it'll keep me busy and entertained hopefully until iPhone 5 comes out which is what I'm waiting for.

Did the jailbreak the day it was released. Had to previously revert back to firmware on the last version due to a stuck in airplane mode glitch, so I was super excited to see this come out.
To me, it's worth it just for Intelliscreenx and Zephyr but also love the customization options and SB Settings.

I jail broke my iPhone 4S and my 3rd gen iPad. I can't live without biteSMS or SBSettings. I'm ok with my iPad being stock but I figured since there is a jailbreak.... Why not do it?

Same here! I noticed more lag than usual but I can't get past why in the F*** apple can't implement a bitesms style meseging app!!!?!?!?!? So jailbreaking was easy choice for me! Bitesms,sbsettings and 5icon dock is all I need!!!

Worked like a top. For those who are on a previously jailbroken device and want to preserve all your apps, follow these steps:
1. Install APTBACKUP from Cydia.
2. Run APTBACKUP with "Backup" option.
3. Backup device via iTunes.
4. Upgrade iOS.
5. Jailbreak via Absinthe.
6. Restore from iTunes.
7. Re-install APTBACKUP from Cydia.
8. Run APTBACKUP with "Restore" option.
It's very simple. The last step will take a while, but not only did it restore all my apps, it also restore all my icons on my springboard in the positions I had them before the upgrade. Sweet.

Is there a list of cool things you can do with a jailbroken iPhone? I'm very interested but not convinced I want to risk it quite yet.

Search YouTube for the following! Bitesms, sbsettings, intelliscreenX, lockinfo. There are many more but for me those are a few of the must havs!

Jailbroke my 4S wiht no problem but now trying to jailbreak the new iPad but the Apple Activation Server is down and I can't continue.

I jail broke my iPhone 4 and new iPad the morning Absinthe was released. Haven't had a problem yet. Love it!

Still JB on 5.0 with no problems. I jailbreak for bitesms, sb settings, and just the option to mod or tweak when needed. Apple would have so many less jailbreakers if they just added bitesms and sb settings type functionality. These are a must for me.

Jail broken 3GS 5.1.1 with absinthe. This is my 1st jailbreak on that phone (I have several, but use 4s). Damn unlock issues... Supposedly my firmware/baseband is newer on the 3GS than on my 4s... Wtf? Both phones were updated on the same day. Oh well... Guess my lady will have to buy her own damn phone

Update. I've had every iPhone since launch excluding the 4. I called AT&T and they happily unlocked all my iPhones except the 4s. It's still on contract and I'm not deploying to overseas or anything, so for now the 4s stays as is.

Considering jailbreaking my iPad as there is no apps in Appstore for OpenVPN and that is what I need to access my company's network.