The hopes of having a jailbreak are slowly but steadily diminishing. We don’t have a working jailbreak for iOS 6.0 devices yet, and even if we do, then don’t expect jailbreak for iOS 6.1 firmware.
According to Stefan Esser, an iOS hacker, the upcoming iOS 6.1 firmware makes jailbreaking a difficult affair. He states that Apple has added “tougher protections” to iOS 6.1 firmware. From his tweet: “There must have been some change of guard at Apple.iOS6.1 adds again tougher protections although public JB community hasn’t broken iOS 6 yet.”
The last jailbreak for iPhone 4S and iPad was Absinthe, but it required users to run either iOS 5.0 or 5.1 firmware. Now, almost all of the iOS devices are shipped with iOS 6.0.1 firmware, which makes it impossible to jailbreak the devices.
We have seen some of the brilliant minds working on jailbreaking iPhone 5, but the bitter truth is that the jailbreak is still “in progress.” According to Musclenerd from iPhone Dev Team, “anything more than ‘in progress’ is often too misleading.”
Earlier iOS devices were easy to jailbreak because of BootROM exploits, but exploiting newer, A5 devices is becoming painfully difficult — jailbreak for older iOS devices worked differently than it does now. In short, there’s no iOS 6 jailbreak for iPhones and iPads yet, and anyone else promising there is, is simply scamming you in the name of jailbreak.
This month we saw Dream Jailbreak, a hero on Twitter, who promised to bring jailbreak for iPhone 5 devices. Dreams shattered when the promised jailbreak was not real, and the tweet from Stefan makes us believe jailbreaking will soon be a thing of the past.
According to a recent research, iOS users are not jailbreaking their iPhone and iPad devices anymore.
As they say, there’s always a ray of light at the end of the tunnel. Last week Musclenerd posted that users should avoid downloading iOS 6.0.2 firmware, and they were told to stick with whatever firmware they are using. Does this mean we will have an iOS 6.0 jailbreak? We don’t know. But there’s always a possibility, and if you are going to upgrade to iOS 6.1 firmware when it releases next month, you may as well forget that jailbreaking even existed.