Apple iPhone 4S Jailbreak, 10 Months in the Making, Now Available

The Apple iPhone 4S’ super-tough A5 processor has had hard-working hackers stumped. After 10 months of efforts, however, they’ve released a free jailbreaking download.

The Chronic Dev Team, a group of iOS hackers, has unveiled its GreenPois0n toolkit, a free download enabling Apple iPhone 4S and iPad 2 owners to jailbreak their devices. The download came at the cost of “thousands of hours of brain power and effort from a legion of world-renowned hackers,” the group said in a celebratory blog post.

Apple dictates which applications can run on its devices and would very much like its operating systems to go un-manipulated. Jailbreaking is the process by which the system and user interface are opened up to user changes. Particularly alluring, jailbreaking enables devices to copy files without accepting the iTunes end-user agreement.

The jailbreaking project has been in the works for 10 months—since Apple introduced its dual-core A5 processor in March 2011—and the team emphasized the rising difficulties it faces with each new product release. After months of moot effort, its success ultimately came when it decided to launch CDevReported software, enabling supporters to reroute the iOS crash reports normally sent to Apple to the Chronic Dev team instead. Accumulating more than 10 million crash reports in less than a week, the team was able to find a chink in the Apple armor and make its way in.

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