Do you remember Dream Jailbreak’s hair-raising episode on Twitter? He promised to release iOS 6.0 jailbreak in December, then showered us with a video which was fake and quickly deleted Twitter account to cover his shame. The only credible source, last time we checked, comes from Musclenerd, who suggested jailbreakers to avoid iOS 6.0.2 firmware to improve their chances of jailbreaking iOS devices. But there’s an update for everyone of you.
Apple iPhone 5 users who have been waiting for the next jailbreak, this has to be one of the best news you may have heard in a long time. The brilliant iOS hackers have successfully jailbroken iPhone 5 devices — and no, unlike the last time, this is not a failbreak.
Pod2G, who is fiercely promoting the #weWantOpenIOS tag on Twitter, broke the news that jailbreak on iOS 6 devices is going to happen soon and concluded the message with “it is not the end.” This message alone is not a sign of jailbreak but what followed next was interesting.
This tweet circulated among jailbreak followers who later posted on Reddit, a community-driven website. Then Planetbeing, another popular iOS hacker, dropped a comment on Reddit to strengthen Pod2G’s jailbreaking claims. He added:
I’m not really sure what all the doom and gloom is about. The fact is, I have an untethered iOS 6.0.2 JB running on my iPhone 5 right now.
And goes on to explain the reason for not releasing iOS 6.0 / 6.0.2 untethered jailbreak:
The reasons it [iOS 6 jailbreak] has not been released are because:
1. Releasing it would burn an exploit we want to save for ourselves so we can always get in to look at new firmware and help JB in the future,
2. iOS 6.1 is coming very soon and will likely break a small part of it anyway, there’s no point in sacrificing the many bugs it won’t break.
Anyway, where there are 4+ bugs (that it took to get this to work), there’s gotta be one or two more so while jailbreaking is getting harder, reports of its death are highly exaggerated.
So even if you own an iPhone 5 with iOS 6.0.2 firmware, you don’t have to downgrade to iOS 6.0.1 anymore, as iOS 6.0.2 jailbreak is already here. As soon as the stable iOS 6.1 firmware is released — Apple recently seeded iOS 6.1 beta version to developers — we can expect the new jailbreaking tool.
Apple iPhone 5 users haven’t been lucky enough to jailbreak their devices yet. Pre-A5 devices, excluding iPhone 4S, can still be jailbroken (tethered) using tools like Redsn0w or Sn0wbreeze.
We haven’t had many interesting or, let’s accept it, concrete information on jailbreaking iOS 6.0 / 6.0.1 firmware before. This is probably the first time iOS hackers have released a worthwhile update on untethered jailbreak for iPhone 5 users. For now, all we can do is patiently wait for the next round of positive update.
Related: How iOS Jailbreaking Works