Jailbreaking an iPad is a painless process with Absinthe

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As I told you last week I was tasked with the job of locking down 60 iPads for use in a school. I was very unhappy with the options Apple gives you for locking them down out of the box. After talking it over with my partners, we decided to go ahead and jailbreak one of the iPads and see if we could get it to do what we wanted. So this morning I set about to get one done and see how it works.

Now I am no stranger to hacking and modding Android devices, but have never had the opportunity to do the same with an Apple device. I was actually very excited to be able to experiment with this. I had heard about the Absinthe method of jailbreaking, and since I didn’t know of any others, that’s the one I decided to use. After a quick Google search, I found their website, and downloaded the software I needed. Now I did this all on a Macbook at work, so I can’t speak to the process on a Windows machine, but the instructions were the same.

The instructions were very simple. Download the Absinthe .zip folder, extract the contents, and run the .exe that was inside. That’s it. When you execute the file, the program opens up and checks for Apple devices attached to the computer. It immediately found the iPad I had attached, and verified it was running iOS 5.0.1. I clicked the Jailbreak button and away it went. A few minutes later the iPad was jailbroken. All in all a pretty simple process, and one I plan on replicating 59 more times in the coming week. I see this as a great and fairly easy way to be able to install apps that either Apple banned, or decided they weren’t good enough to be put on the Apple store for one reason or another. There are also hundreds, if not thousands, of great new features you can use on a jailbroken iPad that Apple won’t let you do on a stock one.

Now of course this also needs to come with a warning. Jailbreaking, or rooting, a device can be dangerous. Just because I had an easy time doesn’t guarantee that your experience will be the same. You jailbreak or root at your own risk.

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Bryan Faulkner

Bryan Faulkner is a former associate editor at Pocketables. He loves to find new ways to use his tablets while working as the Tech Director at his local church. Mixing sound from the iPad is his newest obsession. He currently has a pair of HP TouchPads, an iPad 2, a decommissioned HTC EVO 4G, and a Samsung Galaxy Note II to tinker with.

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5 thoughts on “Jailbreaking an iPad is a painless process with Absinthe

  • Avatar of Kris B

    Glad to hear you had a good experience. I would be nice to not have to jailbreak to get the device to work how you want it to, but I don’t mind it. Definitely not for the faint of heart though.

    • Yeah, even though I’ve never had a bad experience any of the times I have hacked something, it still gets you going just knowing that you might turn your device into a $500 paper weight if something goes wrong. It’s a good thing the benefits are so good it out weighs the risk.

  • Nice to hear that the jailbreaking was an easy process. Is locking down a jailbroken ipad also fairly simple, or are you going to have to write your own app?

    • It was pretty simple to lock it down as well. Hopefully tomorrow I will have some time to write more about it. Works been crazy this week. I will be sure to share all that I have found out :)

  • I wasn’t even aware that iPad 2s had untethered jailbreak when I saw this article. Apparently just came out a few weeks ago, 10 months after the iPad 2 came out. I went ahead and jailbroke mine too, was quite simple, though took a while due to all the stuff that was on it


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