It seems that the jailbreaking dream team has done it again, and this time, in record time, with record speed. The geniuses over at the iPhone Dev Team announced that they’ve already jailbroken the new iPad 3, but that the jailbreak isn’t quite ready for public release. This initial jailbreak was announced, with a screenshot as proof, only a day after the iPad was released in stores to wild acclaim. @Musclenerd, the famous hacker, was the first to report success with the iPad 3 jailbreak. He indicated that he had been successful, but that, as always, there was a lot of work to do in order to package the jailbreak for public use.
This is in stark contrast to the situation with the iPad 2 and the iPhone 4S. If your remember, those devices carried the new A6 processor, which had never been jailbroken before. This meant that not only did a new device and new iOS have to be hacked, but a new CPU as well. That jailbreak took nearly 3 months between the time that the devices were released to market and the time that the jailbreaks were made publicly available. On the other hand, the iPad 3 uses the same A6 processor as those devices, and the iOS (5.1) is only a little different, leading to a much easier jailbreak. Many are saying that we are now, in fact, in a GOLDEN AGE of jailbreaking, where the next few jailbreaks will come fast and furious.
On the iPhone Dev Team blog, they confirmed a few things for us:
1)The method used to jailbreak the iPad 2 back when that jailbreak came out (in December) is the same method being used to jailbreak 5.1. That’s good news because it indicates that it’ll be easier, and won’t require starting from scratch, when working to get the requisite kernel dumps for the new iPad 3. They say that this isn’t the be all and end all, and there’s more work to be done, but that this makes things much easier and will help to speed things along.
2)The famous jailbreak hacker @ion1c has already tweeted pics of a jailbreak of the iPad 2 running 5.1. This another important step, as the iPad 2 is so similar to the iPad 3, as well as because of the fact that the iPad 3 ships with iOS 5.1 installed. What’s more, @ion1c is using a completely different method for the jailbreak than the old method mentioned in #1, above. This means another avenue of attack if anything goes wrong with the first method.
3)Yet another jailbreak seems to be in the works form someone named @phoenixdev. Yet another cool story, since the more individual jailbreak methods available, the more likely that something official will be released soon!
So even though there is not yet a public jailbreak for iPad 3, there’s no reason to fret. Things are coming along nicely, and something should be out any day now. There’s absolutely no reason to think that this will turn out like the old 4S jailbreak or the iPad 2 jailbreak, where we had to wait for ages for the jailbreak to arrive in an official form that any non-hacker could use. It’s simply not going to happen that way. Apple is not nearly as good as they would like people to believe at patching holes and shoring up exploits. Every time a jailbreak comes out, there are holes in it. Holes mean exploits, and exploits mean the potential for someone or some company to be the first to come out with a jailbreak that everyone can use. We’ll continue to keep you updated here on the blog, and we’ll have a review of the best jailbreak software for iPad 3 as soon as it’s available. In the meantime, stay tuned and keep checking back!