Untethered jailbreak your iPhone 4S, new iPad and more with Absinthe 2.0 for iOS 5.1.1

Untethered jailbreak your iPhone 4S, new iPad and more with Absinthe 2.0 for iOS 5.1.1

Absinthe 2.0 has launched and it provides support for a fully unthethered jailbreak under iOS 5.1.1 (and only iOS 5.1.1) for the following devices:

  • iPad, iPad 2, new iPad (except the 2012 iPad 2, which will come later)
  • iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPhone 4S
  • iPod touch 3, iPod touch 4

Developed by a collaborative "Dream Team" between Chronic-Dev Team and iPhone Dev Team, Absinthe 2.0 and promises to be so easy, your "grandma could do it." Here are the steps:

  1. Make a backup of your device in iTunes by right clicking on your device name under the ‘Devices’ menu and click ‘Back Up’.

  2. Once your backup is complete return to your device and go to Settings – General – Reset – Erase all Content and Settings. This will make the jailbreak process much faster.

  3. Open Absinthe and be sure you are still connected via USB cable to your computer.

  4. Click ‘Jailbreak’ and wait…. just be patient and do not disconnect your device.

  5. Once jailbroken return to iTunes and restore your backup from earlier. Right click on your device name under the ‘Devices’ menu in the left panel of iTunes and click ‘Restore from Back Up…’ then select the latest backup you created before. (restoring this backup will return all the content previously on your device ie, apps, photos, etc.)

You can grab the download via the source link below, and if you need any help, jump right into our Jailbreak Forum.

Source: greenpois0n.com

IOS JAILBREAK DREAM TEAM RELEASES ABSINTHE 2.0 – IOS 5.1.1 JAILBREAK AT #HITB2012AMS

AMSTERDAM, THE NETHERLANDS – 25th May 2012 – Today @pod2g and the @ChronicDevTeam announced the highly anticipated release of Absinthe 2.0 at #HITB2012AMS held at the Okura Hotel in Amsterdam.

Known as the “iOS Jailbreak Dream Team”, @p0sixninja, @pod2g, @planetbeing, @pimskeks released the untethered jailbreak for iOS 5.1.1 on the final day of the week-long conference. Echoing Steve Jobs’ trademark WWDC encore of ‘… and one more thing’, the team announced the release of Absinthe 2.0 during the closing minutes of their 2 hours talk at the conference.

Absinthe 2.0 will affect the majority of Apple devices running iOS 5.1.1 including iPad 1,1 – 2,1 – 2,2 – 2,3 – 3,1 – 3,2 – 3,3, the iPhone 2,1 – 3,1 – 3,3 – 4,1 and iPod 3,1 – 4,1. The jailbreak does not support the third generation Apple TV and support for iPad 2,4 will be added at a later date.

The team announced that the new Absinthe 2.0 will be available immediately for download from the official ChronicDevTeam website: http://greenpois0n.com The release announcement came after recent rife speculation spreading through online social networks on the actual release date and scope of Absinthe 2.0. The jailbreak community’s interest was first piqued when the team announced they were scheduled to appear at HITBSecConf2012 – Amsterdam to deliver not one but two talks covering both the Corona (A4) and Absinthe (A5) jailbreaks for Apple devices. On the 20th of May, a tweet from team member @pod2g stating the release of Absinthe 2.0 was ‘in a matter of days’ led to further speculation that the final release would be made at HITBSecConf which ran from 21 – 25 May.

“We want to take this opportunity to thank Hack in the Box for giving us the chance to all get together for the first time, especially in the beautiful city of Amsterdam, it has been a great delight for us to announce our next release at this event. Thank you to all our supporters and keep jailbreaking!! ”

“This was certainly one of the most highly anticipated talks we’ve EVER had at one of our HITB conferences, and we’ve done quite a few of these. The excitement from the Dream Team followers and overall Twitter and online buzz has been terrific!”, said Dhillon Andrew Kannabhiran, Founder and CEO of Hack In The Box.

“It was truly an honor to host the Dream Team in their first ever ‘real world’ meet up and we would like to thank them for taking the time and effort to make the trip over to not only join us at our third European outing, but to help kick-start our celebration of ’10 years of HITB awesomeness’ with the release of Absinthe 2.0!”, he added.

HITBSecConf2012 – Malaysia (#HITB2012KUL) marks our 10th annual event in Asia and runs from October 8th till 11th at the Intercontinental Kuala Lumpur featuring 42 of HITB’s best speakers of the decade in one massive event. Registration is already open: http://conference.hitb.org/hitbsecconf2012kul/

About iOS Jailbreak Dream Team: The group is made up of members from the Chronic-Dev Team and the iPhone Dev Team and consists of @MuscleNerd @pod2g @planetbeing @p0sixninja @pimskeks.

About iOS jailbreaking: iOS jailbreaking, or simply jailbreaking, is the process of removing the limitations imposed by Apple on devices running the iOS operating system through use of custom security exploits. Jailbreaking allows users to gain elevated access to the operating system. Consequently it also allows users to download additional applications, extensions and themes that are unavailable through the official Apple App Store.

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Um I think you missed a step, so sounds like the very first step should be to update your device with the latest iOS update correct? Then there is the last unmentioned step of trying to get your phone back to the way you had it with all of the jailbreak tweaks. Should probablly offer the best solutions for how to do this easily, and add that as also another step before you update the iOS.

I was having issues with my Ipad 2 and iPhone 4s using Windows 7. I got it working, what I did was:
I downloaded the file,
extracted the zip absinthe-win-2.0 file. (when I did that it opened up a .cmd window and flew through it loading files.)
when that got finished it made a new folder with the absinthe.exe file with the data file and changelog.
I ran the absinthe.exe under administrator (right clicking on file and clicking run as admin.)
I clicked jailbreak and it worked for me...
I figured the issue was the was I downloaded and extracted the file. hope this helps. GL all! -J

Yes, you need to update to iOS 5.1.1 before jailbreaking because that's the only firmware it supports.

Is it mandatory to erase all content before doing it, or will it just take longer if I don't?

I'm wondering the same thing, can any1 shed some light on this? cuz I don't want to erase everything

If you're not on 5.1.1, back up your phone, restore to 5.1.1, set up as new, jailbreak, then restore from backup. That is the easiest way.

Doesn't work at all. iPAd 3 GSM/Wifi, 16 GB with Mac 10.7.4
Seems that I'm not the only one. Already seen hundreds of complaints. Will be more than a thousand in a few hours.

Huh? What's the point of this intro then?
Better release it after proper internal tests maybe, but this doesn't make any sense.
Ok, I can understand that a few have a problem, but the amount of error messages/complaints is huge.

The proper testing is taking place now with users. This is a jailbreak. Not a release by Apple along with a 3 month beta period. Every new jailbreak has glitches.

Seriously JACK, this is all free of charge to you so before you bash them, mentally realize it's free, and then have a little patience.

Yea! You should demand your money back!
I mean its ridiculous, you paid for this jailbreak, it should work right out of the box!
oh wait...

so easy, your "grandma could do it."
Asked my grandma, but she couldn't do it either....

And if follow the instructions laid out, Grandma would have to renenter her passwords for her email accounts and iTunes account. My mom has a hard enough time for that. I can only imagine how hard it would be for Grandma!

It seems like mine is giving an error saying that "something seems to have gone wrong... restoring from backup"

AT&T iPhone 4s. I was on 5.0.1, jb. I updated by restoring with 5.1.1 that I downloaded ahead of time, set up as new, jailbroke, downloaded my cydia apps, then restored from my backup. Took about 2 hours, but that included syncing back my music and photos.

Didn't work for me either..
But now my iPad (3 gen, global) is finally jailbroken.
I updated my iPad with the OTA-Update a few days ago. That seemed to be the problem. After i did a clean restore to 5.1.1 it finally worked!
You might want to try that if you also did the OTA-Update

You should probably add a disclaimer that if you're currently on a tethered redsn0w jailbreak, DO NOT do the "Erase all Content and Settings" .. if you do, you'll be stuck in the infinite reboot (Apple, nothing else).

It worked on my iPhone 4S quick and flawlessly. However, not so much on my iPad 3 GSM. Currently running OS X Lion. Since I have dual boot Windows 7, I'll be giving Windows 7 a shot with my iPad 3

Tried with IPhone 4s on Windows and Mac and it didnt work with any of them. Gives me same error as everyone else, no matter wether ios or windows..

There seems to be a missing part of instructions for people who are already jailbroken. I did some searching and it seems the "erase all content and settings" takes a very long time if you are already jailbroken. Can't we just "restore as new" in iTunes instead?

Yes, just do a restore to 5.1.1 and then run Absinthe, install any essential Cydia apps, and then restore your iTunes backup.

Someone please remind me next time not to Jailbreak on release day!! The servers are always slammed and you can't successfully install any Cydia apps. I need to hold off a few weeks next time. I say this every time but never follow through. :)

I never JB the first just because of the server stress on Cydia. Learned a long time ago to hold off a few days and let the congestion calm down some.

Wish someone had me warned me before seeing that this would be my first jb...I started the process 2:30 hrs ago and still nothing.

Just Jailbroke my Ipad3 wifi and am now doing my iphone4s, after i've updated to 5.1.1
no issues on WinXP :-)

Fix for the "something seems to have gone wrong... restoring from backup" error:
Restore you device with ITUNES! Resetting the device from Settings.app doesn't work.
Could be an incremental update thing!?

I was having issues with my Ipad 2 and iPhone 4s using Windows 7. I got it working, what I did was I downloaded the file, extracted the zip absinthe-win-2.0 file. when I did that it opened up a .cmd window and flew through it loading files. when that got finished it made a new folder with the absinthe.exe file with the data file and changelog. I ran the absinthe.exe under administrator (right clicking on file and clicking run as admin.) I clicked jailbreak and it worked for me... I figured the issue was the was I downloaded and extracted the file. hope this helps. GL all! -J

Here's what I had to do to get it work on the New iPad (Wifi) using a Mac.
Did fresh restore to 5.1.1, activated the device (went thru set up as a new device and not restore to backup), run Absinthe 2.0
I had initially tried it on Win7 but it wasn't working at all. Hope this helps someone.

Telling people to do Erase all Content and Settings was the worst piece of advice I've ever seen on this site.

Worked perfect for me. I did not erase or restore as new. I never do with any jailbreak though. All I did was first back up my device. Then I used the jailbreak tool. Worked first time and without problems. Took a total of 5 minutes to jailbreak. Good luck to all.

I have to agree, telling people to erase all content and settings was the worst piece of advice! I did not restore or erase and it worked fine for me.

agreed. adding an extra step just to save a minute or two seems to cause more issues than anything. Do not reset your phone. Just upgrade to 5.1.1, jail break and install your cydia apps. no issues so far with 8 devices doing it this way. Still wont do my own until some of the congestion on Cydia goes down.

If you're already at 5.1.1 on a redsn0w tethered jailbreak, all you have to do is install "Rocky Raccoon 5.1.1 Untether" from Cydia.. that's the exploit used to untether. Confirmed on MuscleNerd's Twitter.. I installed it and rebooted, works like a charm!

Tried it on At&t Iphone 4, It JB the device however I lost almost all stock apps. Will restore and wait for a more stable version.

Same here. You need to make sure that you do not interfere during the jailbreak process. It worked for me the second time. It might also help if you backup, restore and , if you need to, update, from the backup, and then jailbreak.

When people backup on iTunes, it would be wise to backup not on iCloud, but to the computer. In case something goes wrong and you're not near wifi to restore your backup via iCloud,it would be available since it backed up to the computer on iTunes.

just finished jailbroke my AT&T iPhone 4S and Verizon iPad 3. My suggestion would be: do not erase contents through Setting.app. Just back it up, then do a clean restore. I did that and it immediately succeed in jailbreaking my 4S. I have tried about 5 times after I erase the contents through Setting.app and it keeps failing.
Oh, and Absinthe 2.0.1 is just released, that also maybe is the reason I finally succeed in jailbreaking my 4S. Now, time to tinker around!

Install worked perfect. But I noticed some of my sources are empty. What is the reason for this

Because of Cydia traffic, some sources aren't fully downloading properly. Just try to download over again.

Open Cydia, go to Changes and hit "refresh". if you have any failed packages it is due to server load on Cydia and you might have to repeat the steps until you get everything to load right.

Hello, worked for me with Macbook os x 10.6.4 and iPad 2 wifi 16Gb.....Wohooo!
With Windows 7 Absinthe 2 did not jailbreak my iPad 2 :(!
I'm so happy I ordered iPad 3 64Gb + cellular and wifi, can't wait to jailbreak that 1 next week!

iphone 4 32gb from at&t program installed correctly and iphone backed up and erased and absinthe says it doesnt recognize the device... any suggestions???

Just curious before I do it, all I'm looking for is to get Siri on my iPhone 4 is that possible with this jailbreak?

I have an iPhone 4 5.1.1 and when i download the absinthe software and try to jailbreak it just says please connect your idevice and doesn't recognize that the iPhone is plugged in even though it is and iTunes recognizes the device. I am running 10.7.4 and i even tried starting the phone in DFU mode and it still doesn't recognize the device as being plugged in. I tried 2.0.1 and 2.0.2 and neither recognize the phone as being connected. I also have an older mac running 10.5.8 and when I tried it on there absinthe says that the device is not supported but it does recognize that it's connected but either way no way to jailbreak my iPhone 4 5.1.1 so Im not sure what to do, any suggestions?

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After I jail broke my device keyboard and international are blank when I click on them under my settings, what do I do?

i have a question regarding jailbreaking. I was just experimenting today and was able to do it the way you instructed. Got Cydia on the phone. If you back up your phone after you've jailbroken I notice Cydia does not appear in the list of APPs in iTunes? Is that normal? I then did a restore to unjailbreak my phone and used the backup I created before hand. will this put my phone back to the way it was or did jailbreaking perminently change the inner workings? Likewise if you restore from a post jailbreak backup is you're phone still jailbroken after a restore? Would appreciate any insight. Thanks.