The jailbreaking gurus have done it again. For those of you who were following the jailbreaking scene of the iPhone 4s, you may know that within the fiery-breathed, dual core processor of the 4s, the boys at Cupertino placed the bootrom, which made it difficult to exploit. The good news is that the wait is over, and in this article, I guide you through jailbreaking your iPhone 4s. This process also works for your iPad 2.
- Download Absinthe
Head on over to Greenpois0n and download Absinthe. The download links are in the top right corner. They have an installer for Windows, Mac, and for Linux. Greenpois0n (opens in a new window)
- Back that thing up
Before you do any modification to your device, always back it up. If Murphy's Law is in full swing for you today, then you may want to make a backup of your backup.
If you're unfamiliar with how to backup your iDevice, plug it in via USB, then open up iTunes. Right-click your iPhone under "Devices" and click "Backup." Once that's done, disconnect your device.
- Extract the goodness, and launch
Extract the contents of the .zip file you downloaded earlier. Make sure to put it somewhere that's easy to find. Unlike, say, in your temp folders. I usually go for the Desktop.
- Run, Forest, Run
Once extracted, launch Absinthe by double-clicking its icon. You'll be prompted to plug your device back in. This process can take a while, so go take the dog for a walk, or build a papercraft model of Darth Vader's TIE Fighter. It is normal for the device to reboot during the process.
- Final Countdown
You'll know the process is nearly complete once your device loads to the Springboard, or "Homescreen." Once there, find the Absinthe icon and tap it. This will finalize the install and place a Cydia icon on your device. From there, the sky's the limit. Enjoy your newly found freedom!