Jailbreak for iOS 5.1.1 was released few days back to much acclaim. Jailbreaking allows users to do much more with their Apple device by removing many of the restrictions placed on the gadgets by the manufacturer. Since the release of Absinthe 2.0 however many users have been reporting problems.

Absinthe 2.0 reduces the Jailbreaking process down to a very simple set of clicks making it available to almost any user. The problems associated with the software were frustrating to many users who worried about the safety of their devices. The issue could cause the process to “hang” or refuse to conclude if certain conditions were met.

The error generally shows up on screen as “(Error detecting device (Error -5)” or “Could not connect to lockdown”. The error has been widely reported though it still seems to effect just a small number of users. Over the weekend the number of users who downloaded the application reached almost 1 million. That figure was between release and 6:30 on Sunday evening. The number of times it was downloaded has surely passed the 1 million barrier by now.

In order to fix the problem users had to reset all of their content and settings. The simple fix appears not to have worked for many users and the team released an updated version of Absinthe that purported to solve the issue. Many users were still reporting problems with the software after applying the fix.

The hacking team released an updated version of the software, Absinthe 2.0.1 that was also supposed to solve user problems with the service. It appears that the update was not successful for all users.

The group is planning on releasing another update to the jailbreaker soon that will extend the service to more devices. Users will be hoping the new application is also capable of solving the hanging problem that has been observed. It is unclear whether the problem is a simple bug in the software or whether it triggers some of the security features implanted by Apple to prevent jailbreaking the devices.

Apple does not agree with the process of Jailbreaking as it allows piracy of software and eats into the firm’s revenue. Jailbreaking voids the manufacturers warranty on all of Apple’s devices.

Jailbreaking remains a problem for the Cupertino firm though the majority of users still seem unaware or unwilling to make the changes to their devices. The company’s constant software updates are not impervious to hacker assaults and if anything the firm is behind the curve in the growing security war.