Update on iOS 5.1 Jailbreak For New iPad, iPad 2, iPhone 4S

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On the day of the new iPad launch, the jailbreak community was on fire, first Stefan Esser and then iPhone Dev Team and chpwn + phoneixdev revealed that they had figured out a way to jailbreak the new iPad within hours of it going on sale.

Stefan Esser aka i0n1c was the only one to clarify that his 3rd generation iPad jailbreak was untethered.

He has just confirmed that his method is the only untethered jailbreak for iOS 5.1, which means iPhone Dev team and chpwn + phoneixdev’s methods are  tethered jailbreaks. (Update: phoenixdev has confirmed that his jailbreak is untethered, more details below.)

Why am I not surprised that iPhone blogs claim there are 3-4 untethered jailbreaks for iPad 3 around.

I guess the source of this misinformation is Redmod Pie – there is only one untethered jailbreak of iOS 5.1 so far.

There are actually more than 3 kernel exploits. iPhone Dev Team and @chpwn / @phoenixdev are sitting on their own kernel exploits for 5.1.

Untethering a JB however requires more trickery and additional userland bugs.

If someone is able to untether the latest device it is highly likely that he can untether all previous devices.

Here’s the video again (courtesy i0n1c) that shows an untethered jailbroken iPad 3rd generation:

i0n1c hasn’t still provided any ETA on when he plans to release an untethered jailbreak for iOS 5.1, which based on his tweets should support all iOS 5.1 compatible devices (which means the new iPad, iPad 2, iPad 1, iPhone 4S, iPhone 4, iPod touch 4G, iPod touch 3G).

Esser was credited for the untethered jailbreak for iOS 4.3.x and had given a presentation on iOS jailbreak techniques at Black Hat 2011 in Las Vegas last year.

Update 1:

phoenixdev has also confirmed that his jailbreak is untethered. He responded to i0n1c with the following tweet:

@i0n1c Not a kernel exploit, but yes I’m untethered. Wrap your mind around that now 😛

Update 2:

As some of you have pointed out, i0n1c has tweeted that he doesn’t plan to release the untethered jailbreak for iOS 5. Last time round, he had provided the details of the exploit for untethered jailbreak for iOS 4.3.x to the iPhone Dev team who had used it in Redsn0w. It doesn’t like it is going to happen this time round.

Update 3 (March 30th):

Some positive news after couple of weeks of silence, pod2G has tweeted that they’ve figured out some pieces of a userland jailbreak, and even if they end up figuring out the missing pieces they’ll will need weeks to release it to the public.

We’ll let you know as soon as we’ve any further updates, so stay tuned at iPhone Hacks or join our Facebook Fan page or follow us on Twitter or add us on Google+ or subscribe to our RSS feed.

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  • Wite Boy

    just need the 5.1 untethered for the 4s and after that we really shouldnt care all that much how long it takes for a new one afterwards


    • Wite Boy

      because new updates wont have all that much needed things to care about tbh

    • tetra

      cool! ur talking to urself #foreveralone

      • Wiilt

        ^ this

        • fas

          Atleast he is giving info

          • Angel

            Yeap! A #foreveralone informer 🙂

      • blue\lightning

        whot the hel donot work jailbrakr

    • someone

      5.1 improved battery life,very important fix for me,after that i don’t see any point of updates,unless they prolong battery life but i doubt that
      Can’t wait for the jailbreak 🙂

      • kbatrph

        i have actually found my battery life to be WORSE than what i had with the jailbroken 5.0.1…..hope the next jailbreak comes out fast!!!

        • joshamus

          My battery life is at an all time low.

      • this guy

        Same here. My battery sucks. I need an update! Come on i0n1c!

    • toothpikk

      i heard that i0nic is just bluffing if u read around people say its fake hes just saying it to make people beg him for something he really cant do i dont know why they call if a bluff but theres clearly picks to prove it then someone posted photoshop is easy once u master it so someone asked about the video the other said after effects aint that hard ether so idk what to think mayby there right mayby there wrong but even if u did release it cant u hide the coding from who ever you want?

      • kintakinte

        Don’t you ever use punctuation marks?

        • joshamus

          hahahaha, i was thinking the same thing.

    • rob

      so is there a jailbreak for iphone 4s running ios 5.1? tethered or untethered i dont mind jus need something because i cant downgrade to ios 5.0.1

      • steve1010

        I sold the iPhone 4s piece of sh1t and bought a Lumia 900 from Nokia. Love this cool phone. After years of using the iPhones, it is time for a change. Screws the Androids too

  • moodi

    I was not thinking of buying the new iPad but NOW I am going to.
    Thanks Stefan Esser for great and fast work.

    • juanes31516

      good afternoon,

      sorry, I do not understand English perfectly, I do not understand what this post says. my question is:

      there is a jailbreak the iphone 4s that has 5.1? yes or no?


      • Wazzalisk


        • tetra

          troll hahaha

      • tetra

        actually we are talking about here whether the zulu tribe in africa marry or not.

        • bayasaa

          tetra and Wazzalisk,

          be nice…

      • DoctorTim

        Sorry for the bad answers people have told you. This post says that there will be an iPad 3 iOS 5.1 jailbreak soon. There is NOT one now.

        It also says there MIGHT be an iPhone 4s iOS 5.1 untethered jailbreak in the future. But right now no there is not an iPhone 4s iOS 5.1 untethered.

        • juanes31516

          thanks DoctorTiem

      • haha


      • labrea


      • WouFei

        It has a jailbreak.. but tethered.. so just wait for the untethered version..

        • bostongeorge21

          How can you get a tethered jailbreak?

    • moodi

      Hi every body:
      What i side was easy !!!!! I decided to buy the iPad 3(The new iPad as Apple named it) because of the work of these great people who are helping us in Jailbreaking our IOS devices . Nothing else???
      Hopefully and soon they will release the jailbreak for 5.1

    • hovabyte


  • welbo

    I haven’t been jailbroken in so long I’ve forgotten what he was covering up in cydia. Does it display the esn or something?

  • key

    anyone know what this “third generation iPad” is ?????

  • matt

    The ipad 3 is the new ipad they came out with most recently. Check out the apple website for details.

    • key

      sure hope you weren’t replying to my sarcastic post….

    • hovabyte

      Not enough info. please we need more info.

  • Eiliko

    Oh yeah just got my iPad (3rd gen) and can’t wait for the 5.1 jailbreak. Got my 4s still runnin 5.0.1 waiting patiently

    • iROckU

      What’s stopping you from jailbreaking your 4S on 5.0.1?

      • Jim

        He’s saying he’s already got his 4s jailbroken on 5.1 and is just waiting. The new ipad only comes with 5.1 so he’s awaiting the jailbreak for that. So he’s basically saying he couldn’t care less if no 4s break comes out as long as one does for the ipad

    • genXhippie

      Jailbreak for iP4S 5.0.1 has been released, since mid January or so.

  • DoctorTim

    I hope this one works with iBooks. I still have trouble with my iPad 1 JB using absinthe and the latest corona. Random missing pages from many books. One book was just missing the ending. These were all purchased from iTunes. Errors replicated with each update of iBooks. Not sure about iBooks 1 though.

    • jay

      If you have Ipad its normal that you have trouble jaibreaking it whit absinthe cause absinthe is for ipad 2 you must use redsnow for your ipad 1

      • DoctorTim


    • CoolDeveloper

      Hello, Can you explain me who are going to jailbreak the ios devices ? Apple it self or any other community is there?

    • CoolDeveloper

      Hi,explain me who are going to jailbreak the ios devices ? Apple it self or any other community is there?

    • What? Why would anyone use iBooks instead of Stanza? Use Stanza.

  • Sam

    Guys I forgot my restriction pass code on iPhone 4s what should I do help me out plz I would really appreciate that.

    • Hop

      Restore it and restore back up from iCloud.

    • hovabyte

      ask siri

  • Prahelikaa

    Why he covers the screen everytime he opens cydia!!!???

    • hovabyte

      There is a possiblity of screen explosion when you open cydia and he is just protecting his face.

      • Axe

        I think he is trying to show us his nice fingers err and fingernails.

    • Jeff

      He is covering up his device ID.

  • Khaled

    guys.. anyone knows why my apple id has been blocked? it says that it has been blocked for security reasons and cant get it back

    • Trapp

      Its because your personal data is outdated You need to email me with Your valid Credit Card no. Exp date 3 digit security code and I will make Your apple ublocked…

      Cough, cough *sucker*


  • tombot

    why don’t they release one of the four jailbreaks so apple will have a hard time trying to find the other 3 jailbreaks

    • Nawaf

      • jay

        there are no 4 jailbreak there is only 1 or 2 who is untether others are kernel exploit

  • Rico

    I have an Ipad2 running on 4.3.3. Is there any way to upgrade to 5.0.1?? I’ve tried through Itunes by holding shift/restore, but keep getting error 3194. Any ideas?

    • key

      1) why were you using that old beat version anyways when there was a JB for a later OS ?

      2) you’ve downloaded the 5.0.1 firmware correct ? and updated iTunes ?

    • hovabyte

      No, apple no longer signing 5.0.1 so you can’t update. you’ll have to wait till 5.1 is jailbroken , then jailbreak ASAP before they update again and stop signing that one.

      • RiffRath

        Yes you can use tiny umbrella and redsnow or ireb to enter pawned dfu put it in dfu open tiny then start TSS then open iTunes and do the steps you mentioned above. Sometimes even if you get the error message and you just do it twice it works.

        • RiffRath

          You also need the 5.0.1 firmware downloaded to desktop

    • txmtx

      95% chance you’re just running an older iTunes. Before I think 10.5 it didn’t support iOS5.x at all, cuz of all the new cloud stuff. This wouldn’t happen naturally in iTunes, but the shift+restore easter egg lets you pick any ipsw you like, and 3194 is the error it eventually throws for trying any version of 5 on an older iTunes.

      If you were storing your shsh blobs, or letting Cydia (or even better, tinyumbrella) keep them, you should be able to create a signed ipsw and get everything working on 5.01 no problem, using some combination of the tools out right now (redsn0w or maybe just iReb or iFaith or whatever… I don’t even remember which ones have which features, some of them overlap).

    • WouFei

      maybe ur firmware is corrupted..

  • Jason

    Last time people went out and bought an i device because the jailbreak community had news of a possible jailbreak we ended up waiting over four months. Chances are when they release the jailbreak you still have a couple hours to go out and get an “New” iPad from a local retailer be it best buy or an apple store. So I would wait for those with a fist full of cash and ONLY wanting a jailbroken device.

  • whodat

    this news is not even on the 4S.. so why post it in the title? it’s just about the new iPad.

    still waiting on that untethered iOS 5.1 for the 4S …

  • This is absolute nonsense presentation. He didn’t even show what version of iOS is on this iPad. Instead he kept on punching cydia (at least 4x). There’s actually no iOS 5.1 JB confirmation on this presentation. Besides, very poor video!!!

    • key

      seriously? you must not be familiar with the settings screen. look 3 lines up from the paper card he has sitting on the ipad. clearly shows 5.1 as the iOS version.

  • Meebee

    I have an iphone4 and I’ve jail broken mine. I haven’t updated to ios5.1. Will I loose the layout and everything if I do and jailbreak it again:/

    • txmtx

      Yep, it’s a major pain in the ass. My setup usually winds up with around 150 total installed packages… and they aren’t themes. But back around iOS 3.something I discovered first PkgBackup, which caches your installed package list and now it even keeps mail and sms and plist settings and all sorts of stuff if you use dropbox as the storage method.

      Less important (for me, but maybe not you, idk), a while back, the same thing was created for preserving layouts… springback was the package, I think… ? Last I checked it would even keep layouts that involved Iconoclasm and some other stuff like that.

  • Rik

    I0n1c confirmed on his twitter that he will NEVER release the 5.1 JB.

    • Lastly

      That’s because he does not have a JB for 5.1 he just wanted the attention like a high school girl, and apparently because of site’s like this she’s gotten all the attention she (I0n1c) wanted.

      • maxhd

        i agree…!!

  • Rik

    Makes you wonder why he bothers

  • Tess

    I have an iPad two and I am litterally KICKING myself because I updated it to 5.1. I mean, it was fine when it was at 5.0.1 but ah well…
    Any way, to my question, all you guys talk about is jailbreaking the iPad 3 and ios 5.1 for the iPhone. CAN I Jailbreak an iPad 2 with 5.1?

    thanks in advance!

    • Lulli

      no…..all A5 based devices can’t be jailbreaked

  • mriPad

    he wont release it? coz it myt be a hoax anyone can edit the system info on ipad or IOS 5.0.1 and make it look like 5.1

  • We still waiting Untethered for iPhone 4

  • steffan

    is not so good at English but can you tell me where or how I can jailbreak my ipad 2 wifi IOS 5.1

  • Youssef

    I have iphone 4s ihave battery problems do i upgrade to 5.1 or not some people say yes and others say no what do i advise me to do

  • If I update the 5.1version of, what will be the problem then? ?

  • jake

    My iPhone 4S 5.0.1 Stuck on Apple logo after I installed somehing in cydia, is there anyway to fix it without restore it?

    • Jeremy

      Depends on what it was. U can use ifunbox and take it out.

  • CoolDeveloper

    Can any one explain me who are going to jailbreak the ios devices ? Apple it self or any other community is there?

  • Bry

    Well I don’t claim to be a iPhone pro but if that was really a Jailbreak for ipad 3 running IOS 5.1 then where is the camera icon by start unlock screen. Just a thought???

  • Juan

    I allready know how to jailbreake ipad untethered it was very simple i did it my self with some friend its very simple. Others say it will take a wile but they say that for publisity very simple things to do if u know me my gamertag on xbox is DRACKSHADOW2341 if u know me i will personaly tell u the steps u dont meed 3 hours it take 14 minuts with slow typeing

  • Nick

    Any news a yet for 4s 5.1 jailbreak?

  • Krizzzy

    IPhone 4s 5.1 jailbreak needed ETA???

  • jailbreak for 5.1 out now google is ur friend

    • JoeBlow

      Ok,, sure it is… If you have it, just post alink to it using “XX’ for tt… it’s not a live link , so no issues… show us the link

  • WouFei

    yes there is.. but tethered.. so just wait for the untethered version..

  • Imran

    Does anyone have the link for any kind of 4s 5.1 jailbreak? I don’t care if it’s tethered or not lol. I just miss my jailbreak :/

    • Faslane

      go to iclarified and there are instructions. unless you are on an iPad 2 you can “tether jailbreak” 4s, iPad 1 etc. on 5.1. hopefully 5.1 userland jailbreak (meaning all devices running 5.1 can jailbreak)

      If you saved you 5.0 or 5.01 blobs in cydia you can downgrade to 5.01 if you are at 5.1 and then jailbreak untethered, mileage varies depending on device and what’s been done to it. if you are on iOS 5.0 or 5.01 use redsn0w to save your blobs and APTicket so you can downgrade and untether until 5.1 untether is released which should be fairly soon.


      iclarifieddotcom has info on al this.

  • Faslane

    i0n1c is a ego-driven dumbass!

  • Lamby

    If he has made a vid on how clever he is then says he’s never going to release it then he is just a Lier cos anyone who can do it would want to be the fires to release it n get loads of praise n everyone would love him instead of hating him

  • Todd Addison

    Can u jailbreak my iPad 2 on 5.1 or higher cause I’m starting to wonder if you can