Although the iPad 2 has been out for almost four months, the world has yet to see a public release of a stable jailbreak for Apple's latest iOS device. Thanks to @comex, @Saurik and @chpwn, you can navigate to JailbreakMe on your iPad 2 running 4.3.3 or just about every other iOS device running 4.3 and above (click here for the full device / firmware compatibility breakdown) and install Cydia right from Safari -- no cables or restores necessary. JailbreakMe 3.0, quite similar to Comex's previous release, utilizes the PDF security vulnerability found in iOS -- and yes, PDF Patcher 2 is ready for download in Cydia so you can patch the hole you've just used to jailbreak. As always though, make sure to backup your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch before taking the plunge.
I've been jailbreaking iOS devices since the iPhone 3G, and I think it's safe to say that this method is one of the easiest and cleanest to date, as I simply navigated over to the site on my iPad 2 and Cydia installed with just two taps. So far things feel just as stable and smooth as they did prior to the jailbreak, but adding sources / installing tweaks seems to be taking a bit longer than usual -- keep in mind the jailbreak was released hours ago, so it'd makes sense that servers are getting slammed with eager JB aficionados. If you're interested in freeing your device just hit up the source link and you'll be jailbroken within seconds -- yeah, it's that easy.
Once you've jailbroken, you might want to try out some of my favorite apps, like:
- SBSettings: This tweak allows for swiping across the status bar to reveal a drop-down tray for quick and easy access to various, customizable widgets (WiFi, brightness slider, Bluetooth, etc.)
- Barrel: This tweak adds some fancy 3D animations to scrolling the homescreen -- and you can scroll vertically as well as horizontally.
- GraviBoard: It's tweak that makes your homescreen icons abide by the laws of gravity, yet they can still be launched with a tap.
- TV Tube Sleep: This tweak makes your screen turn off like an old tube TV -- think Nexus S.
- Lock Seconds: A tweak that adds seconds to the lockscreen clock.
Obviously there are many more tweaks, themes and UI customizations out there, and we're always looking for more things to try -- any other personal favorites out there.