Hello iOS 6, goodbye iPad 1: Inject new life by jailbreaking it

Hello iOS 6, goodbye iPad 1: Inject new life by jailbreaking it

Summary: iOS 6 doesn't support the first-generation iPad. This means no more software updates and no more security updates. Here's a way for you to squeeze some more life out of your iDevice workhorse.

TOPICS: iPad, Apple, iOS

It seems that quite a few of you are own the first-generation iPad and are worried that iOS 6 means that the device is now "end of life" (EOL), since there will be no more updates.

I'm noticing from the iOS 6 page on the Apple website that the iPad 1 isn't supported. I'm assuming that this means, amongst other things, no more security updates.

I know that the iPad was first released two and a half years ago, so it's not new, but it's going strong and it's a shame to trash it.

Can you suggest anything to extend the life of my iPad?

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I sure can.

As an owner of a first-generation iPad myself -- a device that I use for both content creation and consumption on a daily basis -- I'm interested in making my iPad last a little longer, maybe until the iPad 4 makes an appearance.

What I plan on doing with my iPad now is jailbreaking it. That is, removing the third-party, non-Apple approved software limitation on the device. This will give me access to Cydia third-party download platform. Not only will this give me access to software and customizations that Apple otherwise forbids, but Cydia will also give me access to security patches for the iPad for the more serious vulnerabilities.

It's not a perfect solution, but it's better than nothing.

Note: While jailbreaking is a relatively safe process, and usually when things go wrong you just have to reboot the iDevice by holding down both the Home and Power button until it reboots to fix things, if the worst does happen and you kill your iDevice, neither I nor Apple can help you. You are truly on your own. 

The latest iOS release is iOS 5.1.1 and I suggest you update to this before carrying out the jailbreak. After doing this, download a jailbreak tool called Redsn0w. I suggest you grab version 0.9.14b2 for either Windows or Mac.

Once you have RedSn0w downloaded, the rest is easy:

  • Extract the files from the archive and run the RedSn0w executable (right-click on the executable and "Run as administrator" if you are a Windows user);

  • Connect your iPad to the computer;

  • Click "Jailbreak";

  • Wait for RedSn0w to do its stuff;

  • When your iPad reboots, the jailbreak is complete and you'll see an app pointing to Cydia.

Congratulations, you've jailbroken your iPad!

Topics: iPad, Apple, iOS

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  • Apple fragmentation?

    Really? So will that stop the itards from quoting it in every discussion or will it just turn into "our fragmentation is less than your fragmentation".
    Little Old Man
    • Re: Apple fragmentation?

      You took the words right out of my mouth. :)
    • It was always there!

      It took months to jailbreak iOS and a significant number of people never moved to the new one because of that.
    • Actually you are aware (or maybe not)

      that early iPod Touches (1st and second gen.) were not capable of updating to iOS 5.0 and I think may have been obsolete just past 4.1. The new plug for next gen iphones and iPads will certainly become an element for a fragmented Apple market as well. This however like your "less than your fragmentation" comment, cannot excuse current Android hardware from not accepting the latest Jelly Bean Operating system (the best example of fragmentation) or the amount of lockups and hard resets required when you run Android.
  • Interesting advice...

    This is not a criticism of either Mr. Kingsley-Hughes or ZDnet, but I find it very interesting to see someone here in an official capacity actually advocating jailbreaking an iOS device. To me, this is endemic of just how far Apple has gone to further their own business model, and I appreciate your willingness to basically tell people the truth: "You may be well advised to break Apple's EULA if you want to keep your device up-to-date and safe."
    • Re: “...actually advocating jailbreaking an iOS device”

      If I buy something, do I own it?
      • Re: Do I own it?

        Not entirely. You only partially own the product. You own the hardware, with which you may do any legal thing that you like. But, you do not own the OS nor the apps; you've merely licensed them.

        So yes, you are violating Apple's EULA, which means you are violating contract law.
        • Re: own vs. license

          And, let me say I think this whole ecosystem of blended products is a load of ethical crap.
        • Re: So yes, you are violating Apple's EULA, which means you are violating c

          But the “L” in “EULA” stands for “Licence”, not “Contract”. So is the EULA a licence or a contract?
        • Re: Do I own it?

          If Apple is no longer going to be supporting the device, then I'd say ones obligation to the EULA has ended.
        • EULA

          1)You are a damn fool if you think everything written in a EULA is legally binding.

          2)Please read the recently modified DMCA exemptions rules that defines jailbreaking as legal in many circumstances (i.e regardless of what is stated in the EULA). The most Apple can do is refuse to honour your warranty. (which if something catastrophic goes wrong they are not going to be able to tell anyways, and if not and you need support you merely unjailbreak it)
    • Jailbreaking is not only legal but ethical

      In reference to copyright law for DMCA, http://www.copyright.gov/1201/ Jailbreaking is most definitely legal, and there is no crime against Apples, EULA
      Byron Lynch
      • Re: Jailbreaking is not only legal but ethical

        Is there a need for a law to specifically tell you that what you do with your own property is legal?
        • Re: Do you need a law...

          Evidently, in this country, we do.

          I've sometimes wondered if this is what the Founding Fathers had in mind when they set out to create "a nation of laws".
    • Legal

      It is now legal to jailbreak an iOS device. Apple has the option not to support the device if it is broken due to the jailbreak process. I have jailbroken many iPhones and not had a problem.
  • oh the hypocrisy!

    AKH welcome to the fragmentation club brother!
  • I don't get it

    Does nobody else see the problem with downloading security updates from someone that exploited a security hole?
    • A Microsoft Surface advertisement, courtesy of Joe_Raby

      Hey, Joe, have you gotten (or eve pre-ordered) your Microsoft Surface tablet yet? It's only been approx. 2.5 years since Apple released the first iPad.

      P.S. What do you expect iPad 1 owners to do, select the 'Jailbreak Me' option that Apple builds in to all iPads?
      Rabid Howler Monkey
      • What do I expect?

        I expect iPad 1 owners to reject Apple for a poor support lifecycle, or else get pulled in by the iField(TM) and replace it.

        It's been less than 2.5 yrs too BTW.

        And no, I haven't ordered a Microsoft Surface, because I'm waiting to see what other systems will be available. Until a company comes out with an AMD tablet, I'm holding onto my Brazos-2 11.6" notebook TYVM.
        • Ummm... I could say the same for my Lumia 800

          If they stop patching after 7.8...