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iPhone 5 iOS 6 untethered jailbreak may be closer than you think: Status for iOS 6.0 6.01, 6.02 and 6.1

Updated on February 12, 2013

iPhone 5 & iOS 6 untethered jailbreak becoming reality

Coming Soon? Untethered jailbreak for iPhone 5 iOS 6.0.1, 6.0.2 and 6.1.
Coming Soon? Untethered jailbreak for iPhone 5 iOS 6.0.1, 6.0.2 and 6.1.

Untethered jailbreak may become reality very soon

The Apple iPhone 5 along with the iOS 6 operating system has now been released for more than 3 months and currently no public untethered jailbreak exists yet. The only jailbreak available for iOS 6 are tethered jailbreaks, and those only work for iPhone 3GS and iPhone 4, i.e., the iPhone 4S and iPhone 5 do not have any jailbreak at all available.

The lack and anticipation of jailbreaks has caused many scam sites to appear, as I have discussed in a previous hub. But a few days ago, one of the key iOS jailbreak hacker known as planetbeing released some additional and most importantly credible information about the current state of the iOS 6 jailbreak.

State of untethered iOS 6.0.1 and iOS 6.0.2 jailbreak for iPhone 5 and iPhone 4S

For the case of iPhones running the iOS 6.0.1 and iOS 6.0.2 operating systems, planetbeing said that he is currently running an untethered jailbreak on his iPhone 5. This is certainly very good news for everyone who anticipates a jailbreak and are becoming tired of waiting. His exact words as quoted were:

"Yeah, 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."

There are, however, several reasons to why the jailbreak is not released to the public at this time. The most important one is that the Jailbreak Dream Team is becoming smarter. While planetbeing has shown that his iPhone 5 is running an untethered jailbreak, this is achieved through multiple exploits that they want to keep for themselves. This may seem selfish, but in essence it is actually helping the community since as soon as a jailbreak is made public, Apple will be all over the place patching up the vulnerabilities. Having some unreleased exploits available ensures that the iOS jailbreak hackers have a way into the system files to find other exploits that can be used for a public jailbreak.

Another reason for not releasing a public jailbreak at this time is that Apple is expected to release iOS 6.1 by the middle of this month (January 2013). Therefore, releasing a jailbreak at this time, would not reach out to as many users as otherwise would be potentially possible as historically Apple will close down the signing windows for older iOS versions very quickly. While it is possible to save the SHSH blobs on the iPhones so that users may downgrade, in practice, we know that many users do not do this and thus if a jailbreak is released now, the users who either accidentally or intentionally upgrade to iOS 6.1 will not be able to jailbreak their devices as Apple will definitely patch up the exploits prior to the release of iOS 6.1. These points are summarized briefly by the quote from planetbeing:

"The reasons it’s not 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."

What about iOS 6.1 untethered jailbreak for iPhone 5 and iPhone 4S?

Truth be told, noone knows simply because the final version of iOS 6.1 has not yet been released by Apple. While it would appear that planetbeing is quite certain that such a jailbreak will be possible relatively soon, he also admits that jailbreaking is becoming increasingly more difficult with each update of the iPhone hardware as well as iOS version. This point was also previously mentioned in a tweet by another famous iOS hacker known as i0n1c who said:

"iOS6.1 adds again tougher protections although public JB community hasn't broken iOS6 yet"

While what i0n1ccertainly has much truth in it, it is still believed that provided that iOS 6.0.x can be used to perform untethered jailbreak on the iPhone 5 and iPhone 4S and all previous generations, then there is no reason why an untethered jailbreak would not be possible in iOS 6.1, even though the added security kills off a few tricks. Also, pod2g, who was one of the main responsible persons for releasing the iOS 5.1.1 untethered jailbreak has not been active for a very long time. It is, however, expected that he will return to the jailbreaking scene very soon which will greatly increase the rate of a public untethered jailbreak being made available for iOS 6 under all iPhone models, including the iPhone 5 and iPhone 4S.

Regarding untethered jailbreak for iPad 4 and iPad mini

While there exists little proof that the new iPad of fourth generation and the iPad mini has been able to run untethered jailbreaks, it is believed that if the iPhone 5 can be jailbroken in an untethered fashion, then considering the similarities in the hardware chips, then the iPads should also be able to use an untethered jailbreak. At least historically this has been the case. Therefore, let us hope that the same thing is still true!

Wait for untethered jailbreak for iOS 6 on iPhone 5

Patience will be needed for an untethered jailbreak is available for iOS 6.0.1, 6.0.2 and 6.1 on the iPhone 5, iPhone 4S, iPhone 4 and iPhone 3GS. Hopefully this also means untethered jailbreak for the iPad 4 and iPad mini and previous generations.
Patience will be needed for an untethered jailbreak is available for iOS 6.0.1, 6.0.2 and 6.1 on the iPhone 5, iPhone 4S, iPhone 4 and iPhone 3GS. Hopefully this also means untethered jailbreak for the iPad 4 and iPad mini and previous generations.


I think that we should all be thankful that we have such smart people like, planetbeing and pod2g who works very hard to provide the users with jailbreaks! As pod2g said a few days ago in an interview:

“I’m very confident about the next 6 months."

Hopefully it will not take all that long considering the recent updates, but in the mean time, we should all be patient knowing that work is underway and not fall for the scam websites and scammers who claim to provide tools that enables untethered jailbreaks on iOS 6, often for a fee.


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