updated 04:55 pm EST, Fri March 4, 2011
Compatibility with iPad 2 still unclear
Just hours after Apple released its iOS 4.3 golden master (GM) build to developers, the release was reportedly jailbroken using the same method that had worked for the initial betas. A Cult of Mac report suggests devices running iOS 4.3 can be jailbroken using a more advanced process, which requires users to create a custom IPSW, or a simpler method that only works as a tethered jailbreak.
Both processes are said to require the PwnageTool utility that has served to jailbreak earlier versions of Apple's mobile OS. Both processes appear to be relatively rudimentary, as the various jailbreaking teams have yet to release a simpler tool and a complete listing of potential bugs and other particulars.
The GM build is typically left unchanged as the OS moves to a final release, though it remains unclear if Apple will include any last-minute tweaks that close the current security loopholes that are exploited by the existing jailbreak methods. The final iOS 4.3 release is scheduled to launch on March 11 alongside the iPad 2.