The iPhone 5 has yet to have a working untethered jailbreak for it. The reason is that the iOS 6 present in the iPhone 5 has one of the toughest protections that Apple has ever applied for their devices. While this doesn’t mean that it is impossible for the hackers to get a working jailbreak, it is definitely a gruesome task. Joshua Hill or better known as p0sixninja recently tweeted saying that getting a working untethered jailbreak will be a slow process.
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iOS 6 has been around for quite some time but there has yet to be a working jailbreak tool for the common user. All that there is at the moment is a failbreak which requires you to have a developer account with Apple. This poses a big problem because the following method is expensive and thus unable to be used by just about everyone.
Previously, we have covered an article stating that the iPad Mini already had a working failbreak (needing a developer account to jailbreak). However, it seems that the same goes with the iPad 4 as well. The latest iPad had Cydia installed and the screenshot was taken by Grant Paul aka chpwn. It doesn’t look much different than the way things work with the iPad 3 but that is probably because the difference is on the hardware instead.
Based on the screenshot chpwn gave, it seems that the iPad 4 that he had failbreak is powered with the recently released iOS 6.0.1 operating system that was launched last week. However, the method of failbreaking the iPad was not released as not many people would have access to a developer account. Thus, as far as the untethered jailbreak is concerned, it will still take some time before that happens.
The iPad 4 is currently powered with the Apple A6X chip which is another variant of the Apple A6 chip present on the iPhone 5. It is much faster as compared with the iPad 3 and has a tremendously high score at its Geekbench result. In fact, as compared with any other devices in the market, nothing beats the performance of the Apple iPad 4.
The iPhone 5 might be the longest iPhone device that has made into production without any jailbreak tools released for it yet. However, it doesn’t mean that efforts hasn’t been made to jailbreak the device. It is just that we have yet to see the outcome of it. Planetbeing, which is one of the prominent names in the jailbreaking industry had mentioned that a jailbreak solution will soon be discovered. However, it comes with a catch and that is in the form of an Apple developer account.
A tweet by Planetbeing mentioned that a kernel exploit has been upgraded to work on the iPhone 5. It will not be having untethered support but rather a full tethered jailbreak instead. It needs a developer account which would cost user around $99. However, if the problem lies from registering the device’s UDID, you can get that particular fix for at least $7 as there are many websites that are currently selling them.
In addition to Planetbeing, pod2g also mentioned that the iPhone 5 jailbreak should be available in a couple of weeks’ time. Hopefully, by then, we would be seeing an untethered jailbreak instead. It should be interesting to see how this progresses as time passes.
For those that have the iPhone 5 with them right now, it is sad to say that the jailbreak feature for that particular device has yet to be available. However, iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS and iPod Touch 4G users can get the latest version of Redsn0w that is version 0.9.15b1. It allows the users to jailbreak their iOS 6 devices should they want to as well as restore to the previous iOS 5 too.
The good thing about this new version is that you can restore from just about any iOS 5.x version as long as you have the correct blobs. In addition to that, Cydia is also included in any A4 devices that are being jailbreak with Redsn0w. Other new features include deactivating iPhone, tethered jailbreak of Apple TV 2, untethered 6.0 jailbreak on old-bootrom 3G and many more. In fact, you can check this latest version and see whether some of the features that you wanted have been highlighted or not.
As mentioned before, iPhone 5 users need to wait for some time before any jailbreak tools are released. The release date of these tools has yet to be announced although it shouldn’t be very long now.
While the iOS 6 has been around for quite some time, there has yet to be an untethered jailbreak for it. However, that is still limited to a few devices and these are the iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4 and the iPod Touch 4G. As it is a tethered jailbreak, you will need to connect your device to the computer to reboot your jailbreak iOS device. Cydia needs to be installed separately as well.