JailbreakMe.com, the simplest method ever for unlocking Apple's iOS devices, has been reborn and now has the ability to open up the iPad 2.
Developed by a team including usual suspect Comex, Cydia supremo Jay Freeman (saurik) and Grant Paul (chpwn), the web-based hack opens up just about any iDevice capable of running iOS4.3, enabling them to run all sorts of software and widgets which have not passed muster with Apple for one reason or another.
The team behind the web site, which simplifies the process to such an extent that even the biggest technophobe should be able to ride roughshod over Cupertino's garden walls, says it is perfectly safe, and easily reversible, as long as you know how to do a full iTunes back-up and restore it.
Although jailbreaking a device alone is not enough to do it any permanent damage, the very fact that the innards of the gadget have been opened up to unchecked third-party software leaves it vulnerable to malicious attacks.
Now, for the first time, the iPad 2 has joined the list of devices which can be unshackled using JailbreakMe.
Worryingly, the team behind the hack has skinned the web site so that it looks exactly like a legitimate iTunes App purchase which, although it doffs a cap to Apple design principles and looks very nice, we can't help thinking may dupe some unsuspecting users into jailbreaking their devices unawares.
We're sure that's not the group's intention, but the inclusion of a friend-notification facility which links directly to the web site could cause confusion.
For those of you worried about the legality of filleting your iPhone, or other Apple toy, the US Library of Congress made the practice legal last year. No such UK precedent exists but the 51st State usually does what its big brother tells it.
The Dev Team Blog has more technical details and supplied the following list of compatible devices:
iPad1: 4.3 through 4.3.3
iPhone3GS: 4.3 through 4.3.3
iPhone4: 4.3 through 4.3.3
iPhone4-CDMA: 4.2.6 through 4.2.8
iPod touch 3g: 4.3, 4.3.2, 4.3.3
iPod touch 4g: 4.3 through 4.3.3
The hacker group also recommends that anyone using JailbreakMe should use PDF Patcher 2 supplied by alternative app store Cydia, which closes the hole used by the jailbreak once installed.