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Updated Absinthe 2.0 Jailbreak For iOS 5.1.1 Available, Problems Reported

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by James Laird
, 28 May 2012News

Last week, the Chronic Dev Team (CDT) released Absinthe 2.0, an untethered iOS jailbreak compatible with devices running version 5.1.1 of the platform.

The new tool simplifies the optimisation process down to almost a single click, potentially unlocking the realm of jailbreaking to Apple users with less technological know-how.

But while many have found the group's latest jailbreak to run smoothly, others are flagging up a range of problems with the new programme.

The main glitch revolves around a timeout mechanism that seemingly occurs at random, which the CDT has responded to by issuing a bug-fixing update, Absinthe 2.0.1, though not all users are reporting total success with the patched version.

A further Absinthe update, version 2.2.2, makes the device compatible with iPhone 4 GSM models, though it still will not work with a select few handsets, like the revised 32nm iPad 2.

More updates are expected in the near future, both with regards to persistent bugs and enhancing usability with a wider range of devices.

Jailbroken devices offer a number of benefits, like the ability to access third-party app stores. Third-party apps in turn enable a wider range of optimisations, such as the ability to customise icon arrangement on the desktop screens.

An untethered jailbreak is considered the World Cup of hacking trophies as it allows broken devices to be rebooted without being cabled.

However, it should be mentioned that jailbreaking Apple devices voids the manufacturer's warranty - undertaking the process is a risk and one that cannot be recommended.

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