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iPad 2 Jailbreak – Still Impossible?

The iPad 2 seems to be difficult to unlock, making a jailbreak impossible. Here are the latest iPad 2 jailbreaking news.

iPad 2 Jailbreak

With the release of the iPad 2, Apple fixed some of the exploits that had been used to jailbreak previous versions of iOS. As a result, older methods and tools will not work to jailbreak the iPad 2. As of now, there is no iPad 2 jailbreak, even though it was released a few months ago. The big names in the industry are working on an iPad 2 Jailbreak, but it is an ongoing process with no definite end in sight.

Who’s Doing What?

Anxious iPad 2 users are gleaning what little information they can from blogs, Twitter and YouTube to figure out when an iPad 2 jailbreak will be released. Joshua Hill, better known by his screen name p0sixninja, challenged Georhot to see which of them could jailbreak the iPad 2 faster. Geohot, whose real name is George Hotz, accepted the challenge via Twitter. P0sixninja recently announced that an iPad 2 jailbreak is only a few weeks away. However, Stefan Esser (screen name i0n1c) has stated that he has no interest in working on a jailbreak for the iPad 2.

The Many Rumors

The most worrisome rumor for many iPad 2 users is the possibility that the iPad 2 jailbreak may come with a price tag. However, this has not been confirmed and @i0n1c seemed to imply that even if there a charge for one version, there will be a free version available as well. As of now, it has not been confirmed whether the jailbreak will be tethered or untethered. P0sixninja mentioned that the iPad 2 jailbreak will be similar to existing jailbreaks for iOS devices. Speculators are taking this to mean that the jailbreak will also require entering DFU mode.

But there Used to be a Jailbreak Available for Download?

Not too long ago, an unknown hacker with the screen name d0nfyxn released an .exe file that he claimed was a jailbreak for the iPad 2. Like many downloadable files, this one came with a disclaimer. In this case, the disclaimer was needed since the file was designed to fail and then show an error message while being downloaded. In the best case scenario, the downloaded file would do nothing at all. There is also the possibility that the file contained a malicious payload and could ruin the device it was downloaded to, especially because it was an .exe file.

Why is the iPad 2 so complicated to Jailbreak?

The vulnerability that hackers exploited in earlier versions of iOS has been patched with the release of the iPad 2. As a result, hackers must find a new method of jailbreaking the iPad 2. Stefan Esser claims that the exploit he used in earlier versions still exists, but he does not seem particularly inclined to release anything just yet. The challenge between p0sixninja and Geohot involves a Bootram rather than a Userland exploit. A Bootrom exploit is hardware based and as a result it is harder to develop (and also hard to fix) relative to a Userland exploit.

What the Future Holds

Because Geohot and p0sixninja are working on a Bootram exploit, it is likely that their jailbreaking will work for future versions of iOS. That would be good news for iOS users, especially since Apple recently announced their intentions to release iOS 5. It is expected that iOS 5 will appear on the iPhone 5, due out soon. Although i0n1c is not working on a jailbreak, p0sixninja is expecting to release an iPad 2 jailbreak within a few weeks. For the time being, there is no way to know whether there will be a charge associated with the download and/or how much it will cost.

As of now, there is no iPad 2 jailbreak available. There was a downloadable file available a few weeks ago, but it was a scam and should not be downloaded. Though Stefan Esser does not seem to be working on the problem, p0sixninja and Geohot are racing against the clock and each other to release an iPad 2 jailbreak as quickly as possible.

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Published: Sunday, June 12th, 2011 Last Modified: June 7, 2011

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