iOS Jailbreak Sees a Million Devices Hacked Over Weekend

Last week, the Absinthe iOS jailbreak for iPad, iPhone and iPod touch was released. And it was a little bit popular – almost a million devices were jailbroken over the weekend, including more than 200,000 new iPads.

According to the makers of the jailbreak Chronic Dev Team, 973,096 iOS devices were jailbroken over the weekend. The jailbreak supports almost all types of iPads, iPhones and iPod touches, barring iPad 2s manufactured in recent months – they used a slightly optimised chipset. Chronic Dev Team made the announcement on Twitter, saying also that 211,401 of the near-million were “iPad 3s”.

Part of the reason for the hack’s popularity is that’s it’s reportedly desperately easy to use, requiring little more than a click of a button once the iOS device is connected and the hack software up and running. However, if you’re tempted, remember that to hack one of these gadgets is against Apple’s terms of service, and wipes out your warranty. It does, however, enable lots of neat additional functionality.

The jailbreak is for devices running iOS 5.1.1. The team behind the jailbreak has already confirmed it is working on a jack for iOS 6. Coder Cyril said, “We won’t give up on jailbreaking iOS devices because this is too important for us and we already have a part of the jailbreak for iOS 6 and we will be ready right on time for it,” in an interview with Softpedia. The war between the hackers and the software developers continues…


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