May 29, 2012

Absinthe jailbreak for iOS downloaded 1.1 million times

ImageThe hard-working Chronic-Dev Team has announced that just over one million users have jailbroken their iOS devices with Greenpois0n Absinthe 2.0. That’s impressive, considering the jailbreak was released just three days ago.

Greenpois0n Absinthe 2.0 is for firmware 5.1.1 only and available now. Happy jailbreaking.



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SignalRefresh Promises To Boost Your iPhone’s Weak Network Signal [Jailbreak]

SignalRefresh Promises To Boost Your iPhone’s Weak Network Signal [Jailbreak]

Struggling to get a decent signal on your iPhone? If you’ve jailbroken your handset with the latest Absinthe 2.0 release, then you may be in luck. SignalRefresh is a new, $ 0.99 iPhone tweak that promises to boost your signal strength to give you “the strongest possible voice/data signal at your current location.”

As you move around with your iPhone, you device is busy jumping between cell towers to try and establish a strong signal, ensuring you receive incoming calls, text messages, and Facebook pokes. The problem is, sometimes your iPhone can’t keep up with you, and it gets stuck trying to find the nearest cell tower.

SignalRefresh simply refreshes its connection, forcing it to reconnect with the nearest, strongest connection. The same results could be achieved by rebooting your handset or switching into and out of airplane mode. But SignalRefresh makes the whole process quicker and easier.

It almost sounds too good to be true, but according to those who have tried it, SignalRefresh actually works pretty well. I’ve been using it myself this morning, but I already have a pretty good iPhone signal in my town, so I didn’t really notice any changes. But Redmond Pie reports:

SignalRefresh does exactly what it says on the tin and in a lot of circumstances will provide a noticeably stronger signal for a certain subset of users.

Once installed on your device, you’ll find an icon for SignalRefresh on your home screen. When your signal strength is poor, simply open it up and let it do its thing.

This $ 0.99 tweak is available to download now via the BigBoss repo within Cydia. Let us know how it performs on your iPhone.

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Absinthe Used To Jailbreak 1.2 Million Devices On iOS 5.1.1 Over The Weekend [Jailbreak]

Absinthe Used To Jailbreak 1.2 Million Devices On iOS 5.1.1 Over The Weekend [Jailbreak]

On Friday, May 25th hackers from the Chronic Dev Team released Absinthe 2.0, a tool that jailbreaks iOS 5.1.1 on nearly all iOS devices, including the third-gen iPad. The untethered jailbreak can be performed on an iOS device after downloading the free Absinthe app on any Mac, Windows or Linux computer.

Once again proving that jailbreaking is becoming more mainstream, impressive Absinthe download numbers have been announced from over the weekend.

Absinthe Used To Jailbreak 1.2 Million Devices On iOS 5.1.1 Over The Weekend [Jailbreak]

Absinthe Used To Jailbreak 1.2 Million Devices On iOS 5.1.1 Over The Weekend [Jailbreak]

The numbers add up to roughly 1.2 million total devices jailbroken in just under 3 days. We’ve reached out to the Chronic Dev Team for comment.

When the first version of Absinthe was released back in January, the tool was used to jailbreak 953,232 A5-based devices (iPhone 4S and iPad 2) over a 3-day period.

If you haven’t already jailbroken your iOS device running 5.1.1 with Absinthe 2.0, you can do so by following our tutorial.

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Using Absinthe To Jailbreak Your iOS 5.1.1 Device [Video How-To]

Using Absinthe To Jailbreak Your iOS 5.1.1 Device [Video How-To]

Using Absinthe To Jailbreak Your iOS 5.1.1 Device [Video How-To]

Today the Chronic Dev Team released a new version of Absinthe, the popular tool used to jailbreak iPhones, iPads, and iPods. In this video, I’ll show how to jailbreak your device running iOS 5.1.1 with Absinthe.

For an in depth guide about backing up your SHSH blobs and more, check out our guide here.

You can download Absinthe from this link.

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The Best Jailbreak Apps For The iPhone 4S

[unable to retrieve full-text content]best jailbreak apps iphone 4sNow that you’ve successfully jailbroken your iPhone 4S running iOS 5, what do you install? Whether you’re new to Cydia or a jailbreak veteran, we’ve gathered a list of the best jailbreak apps available for Apple’s latest smartphone. Activator Think of Activator as the key to unlocking limitless shortcut possibilities on your iPhone 4S. Many [...]




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Absinthe iOS 5.1.1 Untethered Jailbreak Tool Updated With Bug Fixes

Absinthe iOS 5.1.1 Untethered Jailbreak Tool Updated With Bug Fixes

Absinthe iOS 5.1.1 Untethered Jailbreak Tool Updated With Bug Fixes

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The Chronic Dev Team has pushed out a minor update to its Absinthe 2.0 untethered jailbreak. The tool was only released this morning, but this new update addresses issues where the software can freeze up during the process of jailbreaking. If you’re having trouble jailbreaking your iOS device on iOS 5.1.1 with Absinthe, grab this update now.

Direct download links: Absinthe 2.0.1 for Mac (10.5, 10.6, 10.7)Absinthe 2.0.1 for Windows (XP/Vista/Win7)Absinthe 2.0.1 for Linux (x86/x86_64)

Official press release:

AMSTERDAM, THE NETHERLANDS – 25th May 2012 – Today @pod2g and the @ChronicDevTeam announced the highly anticipated release of Absinthe 2.0 at #HITB2012AMS held at the Okura Hotel in Amsterdam.

Known as the “iOS Jailbreak Dream Team”, @p0sixninja, @pod2g, @planetbeing, @pimskeks released the untethered jailbreak for iOS 5.1.1 on the final day of the week-long conference. Echoing Steve Jobs’ trademark WWDC encore of ‘… and one more thing’, the team announced the release of Absinthe 2.0 during the closing minutes of their 2 hours talk at the conference.

Absinthe 2.0 will affect the majority of Apple devices running iOS 5.1.1 including iPad 1,1 – 2,1 – 2,2 – 2,3 – 3,1 – 3,2 – 3,3, the iPhone 2,1 – 3,1 – 3,3 – 4,1 and iPod 3,1 – 4,1. The jailbreak does not support the third generation Apple TV and support for iPad 2,4 will be added at a later date.

The team announced that the new Absinthe 2.0 will be available immediately for download from the official ChronicDevTeam website: http://greenpois0n.com

The release announcement came after recent rife speculation spreading through online social networks  on the actual release date and scope of Absinthe 2.0. The jailbreak community’s interest was first piqued when the team announced they were scheduled to appear at HITBSecConf2012 – Amsterdam to deliver not one but two talks covering both the Corona (A4) and Absinthe (A5) jailbreaks for Apple devices. On the 20th of May, a tweet from team member @pod2g stating the release of Absinthe 2.0 was ‘in a matter of days’ led to further speculation that the final release would be made at HITBSecConf which ran from 21 – 25 May.

“We want to take this opportunity to thank Hack in the Box for giving us the chance to all get together for the first time, especially in the beautiful city of Amsterdam, it has been a great delight for us to announce our next release at this event. Thank you to all our supporters and keep jailbreaking!! :D

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“This was certainly one of the most highly anticipated talks we’ve EVER had at one of our HITB conferences, and we’ve done quite a few of these. The excitement from the Dream Team followers and overall Twitter and online buzz has been terrific!”, said Dhillon Andrew Kannabhiran, Founder and CEO of Hack In The Box.

“It was truly an honor to host the Dream Team in their first ever ‘real world’ meet up and we would like to thank them for taking the time and effort to make the trip over to not only join us at our third European outing, but to help kick-start our celebration of ’10 years of HITB awesomeness’  with the release of Absinthe 2.0!”, he added.

HITBSecConf2012 – Malaysia (#HITB2012KUL) marks our 10th annual event in Asia and runs from October 8th till 11th at the Intercontinental Kuala Lumpur featuring 42 of HITB’s best speakers of the decade in one massive event. Registration is already open: http://conference.hitb.org/hitbsecconf2012kul/

About iOS Jailbreak Dream Team: The group is made up of members from the Chronic-Dev Team and the iPhone Dev Team and consists of @MuscleNerd @pod2g @planetbeing @p0sixninja @pimskeks.

About iOS jailbreaking: iOS jailbreaking, or simply jailbreaking, is the process of removing the limitations imposed by Apple on devices running the iOS operating system through use of custom security exploits. Jailbreaking allows users to gain elevated access to the operating system. Consequently it also allows users to download additional applications, extensions and themes that are unavailable through the official Apple App Store.

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Cydia Buckles Under The Weight Of New Absinthe Jailbreak

Cydia Buckles Under The Weight Of New Absinthe Jailbreak

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The Chronic Dev Team released its Absinthe 2.0 jailbreak this morning for all iOS devices running iOS 5.1.1. This is the first jailbreak available for the newly-released third-gen iPad, and Absinthe 2.0 has already become the Chronic Dev Team’s most successful release to date.

Servers are getting slammed and folks are having a difficult time jailbreaking their devices. Cydia itself seems to be buckling under the weight of all the new jailbreakers today, as repos are failing to load. iDB has also noticed the Cydia errors, so don’t fret if you can’t immediately download jailbreak tweaks and apps.

If you’re having trouble jailbreaking with Absinthe, give it time. Don’t disconnect your iOS device in the middle of the jailbreak process, as Absinthe will fail to recognize it again unless you completely restore to iOS 5.1.1. iPad jailbreaks are taking an upwards of 60-80 minutes, while most iPhones seem to jailbreak in a matter of seconds. We’ll keep you updated on new developments.

In the meantime, check out some of the best jailbreak apps in Cydia. If you’re jailbreaking your iPad, we have a roundup for you too.

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Already Have A Tethered Jailbreak On Your iOS 5.1.1 Device? Use Rocky Racoon To Untether It [Jailbreak]

Already Have A Tethered Jailbreak On Your iOS 5.1.1 Device? Use Rocky Racoon To Untether It [Jailbreak]

As you probably know by now, today is the day that iOS hackers released the untethered jailbreak for devices running the latest iOS 5.1.1 software.

However, you may have already jailbroken yours using the tethered solution that was released some time ago. If that’s the case, you don’t need go through the whole process again — simply install the Rocky Racoon tweak to turn your tethered jailbreak into an untethered one.

You’ll find the ‘Rocky Racoon iOS 5.1.1 Untether’ in Cydia — all you need to do is install it and then reboot your device. It’s that simple. You’ll now have an untethered jailbreak and you’ll be able to reboot your device at any time, while you’re out and about, without having to hook it up to your computer.

Just be sure you don’t uninstall Rocky Racoon later, because you’ll lose your untethered jailbreak again.

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Untethered iOS 5.1.1 jailbreak for iPhone, iPad, iPod touch now available

This is super good news for the jailbreak crowd. GreenPois0n Absinthe 2.0 is out for iOS 5.1.1 untethered jailbreaking enjoyment. Absinthe is an easy solution for jailbreaking, and going untethered is pretty awesome. Excellent work by Chronic Dev Team and pod2g.

Absinthe works on A4-powered devices and A5 ones, like the iPhone 4S and new iPad. It won’t work on the iPad 2, however. JailbreakUntethered has explanations on how to get this going on your device, so if you’ve ever wanted to try jailbreaking, it’s never been easier.

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The Best Jailbreak Apps For The iPad

The Best Jailbreak Apps For The iPad

The Best Jailbreak Apps For The iPad

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Now that you’ve had time to jailbreak and explore Cydia on your iPad, what do you install? If you’d like to rest assured knowing that you have the most incredible setup on your jailbroken iPad, then look no further. We’ve collected the very best jailbreak apps and tweaks for Apple’s tablet.

Activator

The Best Jailbreak Apps For The iPad

The Best Jailbreak Apps For The iPad

Think of Activator as the key to unlocking limitless shortcut possibilities on your iPad. Many jailbreak tweaks use Activator to let you trigger actions from anywhere in iOS (double tapping the status bar, triple tapping the Home button, etc.), and you can also assign some stock actions in Activator for controlling basic aspects of iOS. Get Activator for free in Cydia. You’ll be glad you did.

SBSettings

The Best Jailbreak Apps For The iPad

The Best Jailbreak Apps For The iPad

This simple shortcut utility allows you to access all of the system settings you toggle daily with a quick Activator action. For example, you could double tap your iPad’s status bar to trigger a panel of settings, such as Bluetooth and WiFi, and turn features on and off at the blink of an eye. SBSettings is free in Cydia, and you can also download lots of free themes to change the panel’s look to match your Home screen.

IntelliScreenX

The Best Jailbreak Apps For The iPad

The Best Jailbreak Apps For The iPad

This insanely detailed extension takes your iOS 5 Notification Center to the next level. IntelliScreenX brings functionality to the Notification Center drop-down window that Apple should have included by default. Not only can you toggle settings like WiFi, 3G, Airplane mode and others, but you can view things like RSS feeds as well. There are multiple pages added to your Notification Center for quickly checking your Mail, Twitter and Facebook. Everything you need to see is in one place. Get this great tweak in Cydia for $ 9.99 with a free trial.

Springtomize 2

The Best Jailbreak Apps For The iPad

The Best Jailbreak Apps For The iPad

It’s difficult to explain Springtomize because it literally does everything. Springtomize 2 is the combination of dozens of other miscellaneous jailbreak tweaks that have been in the spotlight over the years. You can change how many icons you have in your dock, what’s in your status bar, how your iOS folders behave, various animations, and much, much, more. If you’re itching to tweak your iPad’s setup, there’s bound to be something worth while that Springtomize offers you. It’s available in Cydia for $ 2.99.

Fullscreen for Safari

The Best Jailbreak Apps For The iPad

The Best Jailbreak Apps For The iPad

The iPad version of Fullscreen for Safari turns your tablet’s default browser into a multitouch, fullscreen experience. Like the Mac, you can configure two and three finger swipes, three finger tab, shake, double taps, and more. There are plenty of settings to configure once you install the tweak, including a translucent button bar and changeable popup theme. Fullscreen for Safari (iPad) costs $ 1.29 in Cydia.

SplitMail

The Best Jailbreak Apps For The iPad

The Best Jailbreak Apps For The iPad

When you’re in the iPad version of the Mail app, there are two different layouts based on your device orientation. Portrait mode has a hidden sidebar for browsing your inbox, while the landscape version of Mail has a sidebar that remains present on the left side of the screen. If you favor the landscape layout but want to hold your iPad in portrait mode while checking email, then SplitMail is for you. This tweak forces the landscape Mail layout into the portrait orientation at all times so you can always see your inbox. Grab this nifty tweak in Cydia for free.

Belfry

The Best Jailbreak Apps For The iPad

The Best Jailbreak Apps For The iPad

Apple decided to not create iPad versions for several of its stock iPhone apps. Installing Belfry on your jailbroken iPad will add 6 more Apple apps to your Home screen: Weather, Compass, Calculator, Clock, Stocks, and Voice Memos. Not all of the apps are scaled up for the iPad’s larger display, but you can use RetinaPad to enhance some of the apps. The Stocks and Clock apps will already be iPad-ready after installing Belfry, and the Calculator app can be resized properly with RetinaPad. Belfry is free in Cydia. Grab it by adding the following repo: www.rpetri.ch/repo.

FolderEnhancer

The Best Jailbreak Apps For The iPad

The Best Jailbreak Apps For The iPad

As the ultimate jailbreak tweak for bringing your iOS folders to life on the iPad, FolderEnhancer is definitely worth its $ 2 price tag. You can add folders within folders, change folder backgrounds and animations, and add an infinite numbers of apps to each folder. Sweet.

Gridlock

The Best Jailbreak Apps For The iPad

The Best Jailbreak Apps For The iPad

Gridlock frees your iPad’s app icons. You can move icons wherever you want on your iPad’s Home screen after installing this tweak. Instead of apps automatically aligning themselves, icons will remain in place until you move them. You can create different layouts for each page on your Springboard. If the idea of breaking Apple’s app column and row restrictions floats your boat, download Gridlock in Cydia for $ 0.99.

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