What a long wait it’s been for iPad 2 owners eager to jailbreak their tablets. With the second generation slate having released in March, here it is almost July and there still aren’t any options to set it free. That may be about to change, as the developer who’s been working on the jailbreak tweeted that he’s “running out of bugs to fix.”
Comex is the developer who posted the first jailbreak for the iPhone 4 last year, in the form of a web page-based method located at jailbreakme.com. It appears that the upcoming jailbreak will also use the same site, as he recently posted a teaser pic that hinted at a PDF exploit (the hole in the code that allows a web page to change an iPad’s file system). The page currently shows Comex’s GitHub commits (changes he has made to the project’s source code), which date all the way back to August of last year.
Jailbreaking, of course, is the method of opening up Apple’s closed operating system to 3rd party apps and tweaks. The 3rd party app store, Cydia, is the primary way of installing these add-ons and is automatically added during the jailbreaking process. You can see our Top 5 Reasons to Jailbreak for more.
Despite the long wait, Comex had actually revealed months ago that he had jailbroken the iPad 2. Unfortunately though, that method used off-limits Apple code and therefore never saw a public release.
The upcoming hack will be effective on all iPhones, iPads, and iPod touches running any firmware up to 4.3.3. It is expected to be an untethered jailbreak, meaning you won’t have to connect to a PC every time you reboot.
iFans eager to liberate their tablets have been holding out longer than they have for other hardware releases, leading some to wonder whether Apple has finally gotten a firm upper-hand in the cat & mouse game with the hackers. While the iPad 2 jailbreak looks to finally have its day soon, it will start all over again as iOS 5 is officially released this Fall.
We will let you know as soon as the expected jailbreak is released, including step-by-step instructions (which will likely be as simple as visiting jailbreakme.com).