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  • MuscleNerd reveals that the iPad mini is Already Jailbroken


    Shortly after the iPad mini was officially released to the public, the device was already jailbroken. MuscleNerd recently tweeted a screenshot of him obtaining root access to the newly released Apple tablet. Although such proof shows that a jailbreak is capable on the device, unfortunately it is far from reach for the general public.

    According to MuscleNerd, he used the same ďfailbreakĒ method that Chpwn used to jailbreak the iPhone 5 to gain root access to the mini. To those of you who donít remember, the failbreak method was the term Chpwn used to describe a jailbreak that canít be released to the public due to the fact that it was complicated process. This means that you shouldn't get too excited just yet.

    The good news here is that the jailbreak developers are working on releasing a public-friendly iteration of the jailbreak soon. It should only be a matter of time before we see jailbreaks for both the iPhone 5 and iPad mini along with other older iOS devices as well. Stay tuned for more information regarding the matter.

    Source: MuscleNerd (Twitter)
    This article was originally published in forum thread: MuscleNerd reveals that the iPad mini is Already Jailbroken started by Akshay Masand View original post
    Comments 64 Comments
    1. NewdestinyX's Avatar
      NewdestinyX -
      Quote Originally Posted by Cowboy View Post
      Doubt they ever release a jailbreak publicly for any of the ipads with it now being illegal.
      It's not illegal. Never has been. Never will be.
      Quote Originally Posted by csglinux View Post
      . But it just isn't that easy to create public, untethered jailbreaks. It amazes me to read, over and over again, statements like: "rest assured, the devs are working on the untethered iPhone 5/iPad mini jailbreak and not to worry, it will be here soon."
      Perhaps in some parallel universe that's true...?
      They've never failed us yet. Every new iOS version has 10's of thousands of new lines of code. Exploits galore. There will always be untethered jailbreaks. It's only a matter of time.
    1. AUZambo's Avatar
      AUZambo -
      Quote Originally Posted by Cowboy View Post
      Doubt they ever release a jailbreak publicly for any of the ipads with it now being illegal.
      What are you talking about? At some point within the last couple of years a court somewhere ruled that jailbreaking was in fact legal. Was there another hearing recently that overturned that decision?
    1. Colin9001's Avatar
      Colin9001 -
      Apple is probably/has already read this.
      Directing devs to come out with iOS 6.2..

      Quote Originally Posted by Cowboy View Post
      Doubt they ever release a jailbreak publicly for any of the ipads with it now being illegal.
      When have you ever heard of someone being on trial for a jailbreak, even back when it was 'illegal' on iPhones.
    1. Modding life's Avatar
      Modding life -
      Quote Originally Posted by NewdestinyX View Post
      It's not illegal. Never has been. Never will be.They've never failed us yet. Every new iOS version has 10's of thousands of new lines of code. Exploits galore. There will always be untethered jailbreaks. It's only a matter of time.
      It is illegal on iPads musclenerd even tweeted about it
    1. Jj2345's Avatar
      Jj2345 -
      Quote Originally Posted by csglinux View Post
      Have you seen the awesome list of new features in iOS 6.1? No? That's because there aren't any. 6.1 adds "features" like larger spacing for your music controls and some larger buttons. Apple's new releases are these days all about preventing jailbreaks, not new user features.

      I have a tremendous amount of respect for MuscleNerd. He's a total professional in every way. But it just isn't that easy to create public, untethered jailbreaks. It amazes me to read, over and over again, statements like: "rest assured, the devs are working on the untethered iPhone 5/iPad mini jailbreak and not to worry, it will be here soon."
      Perhaps in some parallel universe that's true...?
      I agree

      Quote Originally Posted by Modding life View Post
      It is illegal on iPads musclenerd even tweeted about it
      Remember when jailbreaking your iPhone was illegal?it never stopped the devs in the past now has it?
    1. MrBucket101's Avatar
      MrBucket101 -
      yeah but the ruling only applies to phones, not tablet devices.
    1. JesseDegenerate's Avatar
      JesseDegenerate -
      Quote Originally Posted by Cowboy View Post
      Doubt they ever release a jailbreak publicly for any of the ipads with it now being illegal.
      It was never legal. Does that mean it never happened for the ipad 1, 2, and 3?

      i hate kids.
    1. oneduality's Avatar
      oneduality -
      Quote Originally Posted by NewdestinyX View Post
      It's not illegal. Never has been. Never will be.They've never failed us yet. Every new iOS version has 10's of thousands of new lines of code. Exploits galore. There will always be untethered jailbreaks. It's only a matter of time.
      Actually I believe it is illegal.... the government said that people can jailbreak their phones but this doesn't apply tablets

      See: US Gov't Rules Jailbreaking Phones Legal, Illegal For Tablets

      "The United States government has ruled that itís perfectly legal for you to jailbreak your phone ó and by jailbreak, we mean that itís not going to violate any copyright laws. But donít think that youíre going to be able to legally hack any of your other devices, because the US Copyright Office says that tablets are excluded from this ruling."

      Quote Originally Posted by JesseDegenerate View Post
      It was never legal. Does that mean it never happened for the ipad 1, 2, and 3?

      i hate kids.
      This is pretty new..

      "the US Copyright Office issued rulings on exemptions to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) today and said that the ďcategory of tablets is difficult to defineĒ so rather than issue a blanket exemption, it declined to lump tablet devices in with phones."

      This is a very recent development... The thing is, they may still release a JB for the iPad because they aren't doing the jailbreaking of your device for you ... the reason they haven't been able to release jailbreaks in the past is because, like with the failbreak.. it requires a developer account and they can't legally distribute files used in those failbreaks to the general public.. has nothing to do with the legality of actually clicking the link ..
    1. Cowboy's Avatar
      Cowboy -
      Here you guys go it is illegal.Apple, iPhone and iPad News | ModMyi - Jailbreaking iPhones is Legal Under DMCA but Jailbreaking iPads is Not

      Now some of you posted what about back in the day when it was illegal 2g/3g/3gs days well back then there actually wasnt anything actually set in place for gaining root access or jailbreaking cellular devices. Also tablets didn't come big till 2010.... Well more like early 2011
      The rules were set by the manufactures and most like apple just said it void warranty.

      The dev team will not be releasing an ipad jailbreak here is why.

      The dmca will hunt them down along with apple and sue the living piss out of them.
      Costing them probably millions of dollars and i am guessing a good amount of jail time.

      So posting anything about jailbreaking ipads big or small is sorta irrelevant at this point in time.

      Quote Originally Posted by Colin9001 View Post
      When have you ever heard of someone being on trial for a jailbreak, even back when it was 'illegal' on iPhones.
      Cough cough Geohotz vs Sony
    1. kyphur's Avatar
      kyphur -
      Quote Originally Posted by Cowboy View Post
      The dmca will hunt them down along with apple and sew the living piss out of them.
      you were doing so good until you demonstrated the inability to distinguish Sew from Sue!
    1. Modding life's Avatar
      Modding life -
      Quote Originally Posted by Cowboy View Post
      Here you guys go it is illegal.Apple, iPhone and iPad News | ModMyi - Jailbreaking iPhones is Legal Under DMCA but Jailbreaking iPads is Not

      Now some of you posted what about back in the day when it was illegal 2g/3g/3gs days well back then there actually wasnt anything actually set in place for gaining root access or jailbreaking cellular devices. Also tablets didn't come big till 2010.... Well more like early 2011
      The rules were set by the manufactures and most like apple just said it void warranty.

      The dev team will not be releasing an ipad jailbreak here is why.

      The dmca will hunt them down along with apple and sew the living piss out of them.
      Costing them probably millions of dollars and i am guessing a good amount of jail time.

      So posting anything about jailbreaking ipads big or small is sorta irrelevant at this point in time.



      Cough cough Geohotz vs Sony
      When did I say that?
    1. Colby21's Avatar
      Colby21 -
      Why is this news? Can we jailbreak the iphone 4s? yes... Can we jailbreak the ipad mini? yes! It runs the same processor so hardware locks aren't impeding anything like the A6 is.
    1. EVO's Avatar
      EVO -
      Quote Originally Posted by NakedFaerie View Post
      So they can jailbreak the brand new iPad mini but they still cant jailbreak the Apple TV 3G?
      It is a really complicated issue that anyone with no/little knowledge of programming would understand

      Even attempting something like this requires an extensive knowledge of programming languages like C, C++, etc so trust me when I say this, it's not easy
    1. NewdestinyX's Avatar
      NewdestinyX -
      Quote Originally Posted by Cowboy View Post
      Here you guys go it is illegal.Apple, iPhone and iPad News | ModMyi - Jailbreaking iPhones is Legal Under DMCA but Jailbreaking iPads is Not

      Now some of you posted what about back in the day when it was illegal 2g/3g/3gs days well back then there actually wasnt anything actually set in place for gaining root access or jailbreaking cellular devices. Also tablets didn't come big till 2010.... Well more like early 2011
      The rules were set by the manufactures and most like apple just said it void warranty.

      The dev team will not be releasing an ipad jailbreak here is why.

      The dmca will hunt them down along with apple and sew (sic--"sue") the living piss out of them.
      Costing them probably millions of dollars and i am guessing a good amount of jail time.
      This is all utter nonsense. The government can't make your personal use of an item you bought illegal in any way unless what you're doing with it hacks classified government stuff or violates copyright law. A jailbreak can do neither. The processor is the same in a phone or iPad so making the distinction between tablet and phone is ludicrous and would never hold up in a court. Impossible to make a distinction that would create legal precedent. MuscleNerd is a talented programmer not a legal scholar. Trust me, gang, Jailbreaking a tablet will never be illegal and even if they hint at such a thing it's a completely unenforceable law. Nothing anyone has posted so far has been an actual US document outlining such an alleged law. So relax.
    1. td1439's Avatar
      td1439 -
      Quote Originally Posted by kyphur View Post
      you were doing so good until you demonstrated the inability to distinguish Sew from Sue!
      *doing so well

      Anyhow, it seems that the iPad Mini is in the same state as the other A5/A6 devices running iOS6 - failbroken only. It's nice that a failbreak happened so quickly after the Mini was released, but it's been months since the iP5 failbreak and we're still in limbo on a JB of any kind, nevermind untethered.
      Hopefully we hear some encouraging news from one of the devs soon.
    1. Silverado1987's Avatar
      Silverado1987 -
      Quote Originally Posted by NewdestinyX View Post
      This is all utter nonsense. The government can't make your personal use of an item you bought illegal in any way unless what you're doing with it hacks classified government stuff or violates copyright law. A jailbreak can do neither. The processor is the same in a phone or iPad so making the distinction between tablet and phone is ludicrous and would never hold up in a court. Impossible to make a distinction that would create legal precedent. MuscleNerd is a talented programmer not a legal scholar. Trust me, gang, Jailbreaking a tablet will never be illegal and even if they hint at such a thing it's a completely unenforceable law. Nothing anyone has posted so far has been an actual US document outlining such an alleged law. So relax.
      I think what he means is it is illegal for iPads only because it never ran through a court like the iPhones did. I don't think anyone will "hunt" people down. But I think it's similar to song piracy. It is illegal but everyone does it, but nobody cares.
    1. NewdestinyX's Avatar
      NewdestinyX -
      Quote Originally Posted by kyphur View Post
      you were doing so good until you demonstrated the inability to distinguish Sew from Sue!
      uh.., Kyphur - it's "doing so WELL" not "doing so GOOD"...... Check your own English first, dude.
    1. GeoffS4's Avatar
      GeoffS4 -
      Let me help clear something up for a lot of you:
      1) if a law states something is illegal, then it is illegal
      2) if a law states something is legal, then it is legal
      3) if a law DOES NOT state something is specifically legal it does not necessarily follow (does not necessarily mean) it is therefore illegal. It just means it does not have the protection of the law.


      Many of you are stating that jailbreaking (iPads) is illegal, when all the publications I read just stated that the law was not maintained or left on the books and that "it was no longer listed as legal to jailbreak iPads".

      Please understand, I have not read the official changes in the law (or omission of law(s)). I am just stating that based on what I read in online articles (which is as dangerous as thinking I am giving legal advice) about the law not remaining on the books...then "3)" above it the case.


      Quote Originally Posted by Silverado1987 View Post
      I think what he means is it is illegal for iPads only because it never ran through a court like the iPhones did. I don't think anyone will "hunt" people down. But I think it's similar to song piracy. It is illegal but everyone does it, but nobody cares.
      Something not listed as legal does not necessarily make said thing illegal.

      For example, there is no US law that I am familiar with stating "it is legal to pick my nose while cutting my grass", but that does not make it illegal to actually pick my nose while cutting my grass.

      Now, with respect to "song piracy", there are actual laws stating it is illegal to pirate "blah blah blah". In this regard, I believe there is a distinct difference between copying songs and jailbreaking. The former (songs) has specific laws stating it is illegal to copy, the other (jailbreak), I believe, just has no law protecting the act of jailbreaking iPads.
    1. NewdestinyX's Avatar
      NewdestinyX -
      Quote Originally Posted by GeoffS4 View Post
      Let me help clear something up for a lot of you:
      1) if a law states something is illegal, then it is illegal
      2) if a law states something is legal, then it is legal
      3) if a law DOES NOT state something is specifically legal it does not necessarily follow (does not necessarily mean) it is therefore illegal. It just means it does not have the protection of the law.


      Many of you are stating that jailbreaking (iPads) is illegal, when all the publications I read just stated that the law was not maintained or left on the books and that "it was no longer listed as legal to jailbreak iPads".

      Please understand, I have not read the official changes in the law (or omission of law(s)). I am just stating that based on what I read in online articles (which is as dangerous as thinking I am giving legal advice) about the law not remaining on the books...then "3)" above it the case.

      Something not listed as legal does not necessarily make said thing illegal.
      This is completely correct - and why this whole discussion and worry is nonsense. I just thought what you outlined there went without saying. But I guess not. So thanks for stating the obvious. Some need it. (truly - appreciate it)...

      For example, there is no US law that I am familiar with stating "it is illegal to pick my nose while cutting my grass", but that does not make it illegal to actually pick my nose while cutting my grass.
      Ooops. Your double negative there defeats your point. What I think you meant to say is - "to the best of your knowledge there is currently no law making LEGAL - picking of your nose,etc.." Which doesn't then necessarily make it illegal. You just mis-typed there I think.

      Now, with respect to "song piracy", there are actual laws stating it is illegal to pirate "blah blah blah". In this regard, I believe there is a distinct difference between copying songs and jailbreaking. The former (songs) has specific laws stating it is illegal to copy, the other (jailbreak), I believe, just has no law protecting the act of jailbreaking iPads.
      Exactly. And that's why the hype of this story is just pure nonsense.
    1. csglinux's Avatar
      csglinux -
      Quote Originally Posted by NewdestinyX View Post
      This is completely correct - and why this whole discussion and worry is nonsense. I just thought what you outlined there went without saying. But I guess not. So thanks for stating the obvious. Some need it. (truly - appreciate it)...
      I think most of us can agree that the recent DMCA ruling that exempts phone jailbreaks, but not tablet jailbreaks is a total farce - and history will show it as such. Nonetheless, for the next three years, the law is what it is. It's not true to say nobody cares if you jailbreak a tablet. There's one particularly litigious company with very deep pockets that does.