Apple’s iPhone 5 and iOS 6 have been out for months now, but developers still haven’t been able to jailbreak this new OS. Hacking iOS 6 is harder now, because Apple seems to have made the platform features tamperproof. There are lots of important steps missing, steps that developers need if they are to get a jailbreak out.
iPhone 5 & iOS 6 untethered jailbreak: what’s going on
Custom code software must be run on jailbroken phones, and this alters the original file configuration, which lets users change device functions. Once jailbroken, a phone will be reformatted, and owners can customize it by adding third party apps unavailable in the App Store. They can also unlock the iPhone for changing carriers.
Small-to-medium companies often jailbreak phones so they can use in-house apps without asking Apple to accept them into the App Store. Companies can also migrate their phones to the carrier offering the best corporate deal. Many business owners, frustrated by the lack of a jailbreak, might head to an open source OS like Android.
There have been some early versions of the iOS 6 jailbreak, but the untethered version is still being tested. Mid-sized IT companies are restricted when it comes to customising their iPhones, then. Of course it’s great that the iPhone and iOS 6 have such robust security, but a lot of business owners are reluctant to upgrade to the iPhone 5 because of these restrictions. Other iPhones have been easy to jailbreak, but Apple has plugged up the exploits that hackers love. Despite this insane security, though, Joshua Hill, also known as p0sixninja, is believed to be working on the untethered jailbreak. Other hackers like p0d2g have guesstimated that iOS 6 will be jailbroken within the next 6 months.
Developers have been talking to jailbreak fans and have uploaded a video to YouTube, explaining that they’re nowhere near an untethered jailbreak for the iPhone 5 right now. Fans are looking forward to the WWJC 2013, with the hope that there’ll be some good news then.
The iPhone 5 and iOS 6 are amazing, as they have got the world’s leading developers beaten for now. This powerful security is one of the reasons that it’s the handset of choice for security agencies and businesses that use secure information.
Some enterprises prefer jailbroken iPhone 5s because they can change the device, which may be more of a priority than security for them.
So, right now, an iPhone 5 untethered jailbreak is beyond our reach, and we may be waiting for an untethered iOS 6 jailbreak for a while yet.