NOTE: Naturally, greenpois0n is getting smashed on traffic right now, but here's a fully working Absinthe A5 mirror link.

Apple's restrictive settings for your A5 iDevices are officially a thing of the past. Hacker team "greenpois0n" has just released a working Mac version of Absinthe A5, an easy tool that will successfully jailbreak your iPhone 4S or iPad 2. Of course, it can be used for a number of other iOS gadgets, which means that you'll be able to use some features not normally available on those phones and tablets.

Here's a quick breakdown of how to get Absinthe A5 and install it -- as long as you're ready to forfeit warranty rights and all future trips to Apple's Genius Bars.

  • Make sure your iPhone 4S firmware is set at 5.0 or 5.0.1.
  • For iPad 2, make sure your firmware is set at 5.0.1.
  • Download Absinthe A5 at greenpois0n's main link, mirror link, or this third link.
  • Open the installer and connect your iOS device to your Mac.
  • Click "Jailbreak" in the Chronic-Dev Absinthe installer window.
  • Ignore the "Restore" icon prompt on your device if it appears.
  • Wait until the Absinthe installer bar is full, then tap the "Jailbreak" icon on one of your device's homescreens to finish.
  • If you receive an "Error establishing a database connection" message, end the program and try again until it loads.
  • Once the jailbreak is complete, click the "Cydia" app that appears.
  • After Cydia is done restructuring the file system, select your settings: User, Hacker, or Developer.
  • Click "Done" and you're set.

Also, there's a handy video breakdown on YouTube to show you just how simple the process is, so have at it.

[Engadget, iJailbreak.com; Absinthe A5 link via greenpois0n]