Ever since Apple released iOS 6 alongside the iPhone 5, developers have been trying to find a way to jailbreak the OS with its improved security. Now Apple have released the 4th iteration of the iOS 6.1 beta update for developers and the tethered jailbreak to accommodate the update is also ready to be evaluated.
The release from developers has a base on the iOS 6 firmware of the public release. The beta update is available as a direct download from the portal of Apple developers or as a delta update.
The tethered jailbreak for iOS 6 that is out at the moment in the form of Redsn0w is compatible only with devices without the A5 chip. These devices include the Apple iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS and the iPod Touch 4G. Bear in mind that it will not work on the iPhone 5, the iPod Touch 5G or any other type of device. If you own any other device then you will have to hang out for the untethered jailbreak, which is said to be coming out in the near future.
iOS 6.1 jailbreak for iPhone & iPod touch (guide)
So if you want to jailbreak iOS 6.1 beta 4 for the iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS or iPod Touch, using Redsn0w, here is how to do it:
Download iOS 6.1 beta 4, for developers only, either as a delta update or through the developer portal at Apple. Download iOS 6 for the device. Download latest version of Redsn0w.
Connect your device to the computer and then run Redsn0w. Boot the device in DFU mode and Redsn0w will then recognise the device in the DFU mode. Click on Extras and then pick IPSW and then choose the iOS 6 IPSW file, which you should have downloaded. Redsn0w 0.9.15b3 should detect the firmware.
Go back to the main page of Redsn0w and then click Jailbreak. After the whole process is over, make sure that the “install Cydia” option has been checked, and then click Next and complete the jailbreak
After a long wait the device should reboot into the Lock Screen and then you can out it back into the DFU mode. Go back to the main page of Reds0w again and choose Extras, then choose IPWS and choose iOS 6.0 firmware. Redsn0w will recognise the firmware. Choose the Boot tethered option and this will be done on your device. Of course this is time consuming, and when you finally see the pineapple logo, this means that the tethered boot has been a success.
Oncee the tethered boot is completed; the device will go back to the lock screen. Unlock the device and swipe to the second home screen. After a few minutes the Cydia icon will be seen and you can then launch it and wait for the configuration and setup to take place.
You should now have successfully jailbroken iOS 6.1 beta on your iPhone or iPod touch. Of course you will have to complete the jailbreak again if you have to reboot your device as this isn’t an untethered jailbreak solution.