We were recently told that developers may have chosen to hold back the tethered jailbreak for iOS 6, as they are working on the untethered version. Following this we heard that the untethered version may also have been put on hold until Apple release the update to iOS6.0.1.
iOS 6 untethered jailbreak can be applied to iPhone & iPod touch only
Today however we have more news in regards to jailbreaking, and this comes in the form of iPhone Dev Team, who have mentioned a new ruling by the DMCA. This ruling means that we could still get the untethered jailbreak for the iPhone 5 on iOS 6, however the one for the iPad is now deemed illegal.
This news sent shockwaves around the community of jailbreakers and fans of Apple devices alike. Forums and social networks have been buzzing about the news. The DMC is the law regarding copyrighting that was brought into play in the 90s. It controls piracy, with exceptions to the rule. In 2010 Apple were upset when it became legal to jailbreak devices running their operating system, however things are about to work in their favour with the new ruling, which will come into force on today.
Jailbreaking of mobiles like the iPhone 5 is legal, but tablet jailbreaking is not. This means that if you jailbreak your iPad, you are going against the law. Be aware also that you will also only be able to unlock a handset outside of its carrier if you bought the device before January 2013. For those who like freedom, the change to the rules will be a huge deal as they will remain in force for three years.
@musclenerd first brought us this new through a Tweet of his and this got the ball rolling on forums. Chronic Dev and iPhone Dev teams have of course stressed that they are opposed to piracy, which the DMCA has acknowledged.