It looks like hackers have had their hands on the iOS 4.2 beta 3 for iPad long enough to jailbreak it. Last night, well-known iOS hacker @iH8sn0w tweeted a picture of an iPad running MobileTerminal, a jailbreak app giving the user full access to the terminal command line interface. From iH8sn0w:
Yay! iPad 4.2 b3 jailbroken -- Weird that MobileTerminal runs in simulator
Going along with Apple's normal beta schedule, it would seem they missed the beta 4 release window this past Tuesday. This could signal that Apple may skip beta 4 altogether and go straight to a GM build sometime next week. (Maybe that's connected to the stealth developer summit Apple is rumored to be holding in Cupertino next week?)
So what does this all mean? Once Apple releases iOS 4.2 there will likely be a jailbreak available shortly (if not immediately). No need to worry about having to wait before you upgrade to if you're a dedicated jailbreaker!
Will you be jailbreaking your iPad once 4.2 hits? Let us know in the comments!