These past few weeks, it sure has been an exciting time for the jailbreak community. Just after Christmas, pod2g got jailbreak fans an uber nice present in the form of the iOS 5.0.1 untethered jailbreak for A4 devices. A5 device owners have been left out in the cold for more than three weeks but now not anymore. As you might already know, the A5 Jailbreak Dream Team has finally succeeded in finally cracking the A5 chip. So last Friday, the Absinthe jailbreak tool has been released by the Chronic Dev Team to jailbreak the iPhone 4S and iPad 2.
But just how popular the new jailbreak is? Well, according to a report of Cult of Mac, the jailbreak tool Absinthe has been downloaded more than a million times on January 20th alone. It was quite apparent that the jailbreak tool has been much awaited that it was enough to overload the servers of Greenpois0n due to overwhelming traffic strains a few moments after it was made available. It is also worth noting that this was before Absinthe for Windows was released, so you can imagine that the numbers will be greater if the said version was made available initially. The information came from no other than Joshua Hill a.k.a. p0sixninja, the frontman of Chronic-Dev Team.
On another note, the iPhone Dev-Team has also posted a quick breakdown through of how many A5 owners have taken the plunge and have jailbroken their device. As of Monday afternoon, the number are as follows:
- 491,325 new iPhone4,1 devices
- 308,967 new iPad2 devices
- 152,940 previously jailbroken (at 4.x) iPad2 devices
That's a total of 953,232 new A5 devices that were jailbroken in a little over 3 days. MuscleNerd explained that the numbers are so precise because when one launch Cydia, a query is made to Saurik's server for the list of all the available SHSH blobs. MuscleNerd also warned new A5 jailbreakers to never update their firmware unless a new jailbreak is available. This is especially applicable to A5 owners who at present doesn't have any way to restore back to iOS 5.0.1 once Apple stops signing the firmware.
So have you taken the plunge and have jailbroken your iPhone 4S and iPad 2 with Absinthe? [via CultofMac]Contact Us for News Tips, Corrections and Feedback