Apple’s restrictive settings for your A5 iDevices are officially a thing of the past. Hacker team “greenpois0n” has just released a working Mac version of Absinthe A5, an easy tool that will successfully jailbreak your iPhone 4S or iPad 2. Of course, it can be used for a number of other iOS gadgets, which means that you’ll be able to use some features not normally available on those phones and tablets.
Here’s a quick breakdown of how to get Absinthe A5 and install it — as long as you’re ready to forfeit warranty rights and all future trips to Apple’s Genius Bars.
Make sure your iPhone 4S firmware is set at 5.0 or 5.0.1.
For iPad 2, make sure your firmware is set at 5.0.1.
Open the installer and connect your iOS device to your Mac.
Click “Jailbreak” in the Chronic-Dev Absinthe installer window.
Ignore the “Restore” icon prompt on your device if it appears.
Wait until the Absinthe installer bar is full, then tap the “Jailbreak” icon on one of your device’s homescreens to finish.
If you receive an “Error establishing a database connection” message, end the program and try again until it loads.
Once the jailbreak is complete, click the “Cydia” app that appears.
After Cydia is done restructuring the file system, select your settings: User, Hacker, or Developer.
Click “Done” and you’re set.
Also, there’s a handy video breakdown on YouTube to show you just how simple the process is, so have at it. Keep an eye on greenpois0n’s website for the upcoming Windows and Linux versions of the jailbreak when they appear. Well, once their website recovers from the massive traffic crunch.
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