This is perhaps a new record for the Dev-Team: The New Third Generation iPad has been out for less than a day, but the iOS developers have already managed to jailbreak it. Nice going, guys!
The jailbreak comes courtesy of "MuscleNerd", who got in by using Cydia 1.1.5. Of course, there are technically a number of developers to thank here, due to the complexity of hacking devices with A5 processors. Originally, "pod2g" discovered a way of jailbreaking the iPad 2 and iPhone 4s (both of which use A5 processors) untethered--a jailbreak tool named Absinthe.
However, shortly after Absinthe was released, Apple announced the new iPad would not only run iOS 5.1, but also that it would be using a brand new A5X processor. While the team rooted the 5.1 update pretty quickly last week, the iPad 2 and the iPhone 4s were still missed out of the jailbreaking fun. Fortunately, Stefan Esser (aka "i0n1c") worked his magic and managed to get his iPad 2 running the 5.1 jailbreak, leading to MuscleNerd's success with the New iPad. Quite the collaborative effort!
Needless to say we're pretty impressed at the speed in which this jailbreak surfaced, but at the same time not at all surprised. Considering the amount of research and testing this team does in order to provide the community with awesome jailbreaking software, it's doubtful there's going to be an update they can't root.
Update: An untethered jailbreak for the Third Generation iPad is now available due to a bit of tinkering by developer i0n1c, and he's uploaded a video so you can see it in action. Check it out below:
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