The New iPad (iPad 3) Jailbroken On iOS 5.1.1… By i0n1c
Stefan Esser (@i0n1c) revealed on Twitter that his unreleased Jailbreak method works with the newly released iOS 5.1.1 on the iPad 3. He has previously demonstrated working jailbreaks on the iPad 2 and iPhone 4S, but has not made such jailbreaks publicly available, as their public release would conflict with his interests as a security researcher.
That said, Esser’s not being very gracious about his accomplishment. Instead of explaining why he’s not sharing his jailbreak method, Esser’s turned to mocking would-be jailbreakers in Caps Lock-enhanced replies. It almost seems like Esser’s baiting these replies, and then baiting more by complaining about them.
Free advice for Esser: if you dangle something that people are waiting for in front of their noses, they’re going to snap at you. If you have a reason why you can’t release your jailbreak, a little empathy would go a long way. Explain why often and politely. “I need it for my work,” would be sufficient. Cryptic comments like, “I’m not willing to work for free,” aren’t. This isn’t just about angry kids looking for freebies. I’m willing to bet there’s a sizable audience out there who would buy the jailbreak off you, if you were able to give them that chance.
The encouraging news behind all this is that Esser’s jailbreak wasn’t patched in the 5.1.1 update. It’s possible that Pod2g’s jailbreak-in-progress also remains unscathed.
Would you be willing to pay for a jailbreak if it were released, say, three months earlier than Pod2g’s jailbreak? Let us know in the comments section below.