Well, that didn't take long. No sooner had the new iPad gone on sale than hackers were trying to circumvent its security -- and at least three have succeeded.
On Friday, the day of the iPad's release, Dev-Team's MuscleNerd tweeted a couple of images showing that he had already jailbroken the device, meaning it could then run all sorts of apps that Apple wouldn't let within 100 miles of the App Store. The first is a terminal app (with a lot of code that means very little to us), while the second shows the Cydia Store -- the place from which you download apps for jailbroken iOS devices -- up and open.
MuscleNerd tweeted that this was merely "a first step" and that there was no ETA on when the jailbreak would be ready for users to download and use.
Stefan Esser (@i0n1c on Twitter) then posted a video via his Twitter feed, showing off a new iPad with an untethered jailbreak. 'Untethered', for the uninitiated, means that you can switch the device off and on without losing the jailbreak -- tethered jailbreaks require you to physically connect the device to a computer when rebooting. The video is awful to watch because he's oriented it sideways (come on, bro), but we've posted it below for your viewing pain.
Esser kept schtum regarding his methods, saying only, "For those that want information about the exploits I am using, all you get is: I am using 3 kernel bugs and 3 user land bugs".
Finally, a pair of hackers called Grant Paul and Paul Griffin (let's call them 'Team Paul') worked together to get their new iPad out of jail using yet another method. Grant Paul tweeted three images of his new iPad running Cydia, saying it took Team Paul a mere four and half hours to jailbreak it. Team Paul would not share their method with the world, saying they were posting the shots merely "for bragging rights".
We suspect it won't be too long before one or more jailbreak methods for the new iPad are available for download to the general public. Will you be bending the bars and setting your iPad free? Tell us below.
Image courtesy of seantoyer on Flickr.