Unfortunately, Apple only granted the iOS 6 update to iPads 2 and 3 when it announced the entrance of the iPad 4 to the tech market — meaning that, if you own an iPad 1, you are not eligible for the iOS upgrade and Apple will not grant you a software update. At the same time, however, you can take advantage of a practice known as jailbreaking. There are a few things you need to know before you proceed with jailbreaking: Jailbreaking voids your device warranty.
Your warranty remains intact only if your software remains free from manipulation. If you are considering an iPad purchase, I would suggest that you refrain from purchasing a warranty. Jailbreaking an iPad in the USA is illegal.
If you can safely dodge the iPad jailbreak ban, then proceed — but do so at your own risk. Keep in mind that there are some clashes in software that can occur when you jailbreak.
Even downloading jailbreak tweaks themes can cause two themes to conflict with each other — and end up affecting your iPad in some way. These issues were easy to resolve, but it does frustrate the process when all you want to do is download cool jailbreak tweaks and rock them on your iDevice.
The following will help you learn how to jailbreak your iPad. The same steps exist for those who would like to jailbreak their iPhone or iPod Touch. Your iPad 1 may be running iOS 4 if you just purchased an old iPad 1 or never bothered to update your own.
If possible, download the last update for your device before you proceed. Next, find a jailbreak program. There are many all over the web that charge for jailbreaks, but the most reputable ones on the web are those that allow you to download the jailbreak program absolutely free.
Of the numerous jailbreak programs available, I recommend two: Go here to get your free iPad 1 jailbreak program called Absinthe. The Absinthe logo looks like an Apple skeleton with a green flame around it. Follow the instructions in the program and make sure your iPad is connected to your computer whether Windows or Mac via your USB cable. If you do, then you have successfully jailbroken your iPad 1.
While Apple has removed web support for the iPad 1 and will not allow its software to upgrade to iOS 6, you can rock a skin on your iPad 1 desktop that mimics iOS 6 in just about everything. For more tips on how to get a more modern look on your iPad after you jailbreak, stay tuned to iPad Help for all your jailbreak coverage.