We’re all waiting for the iOS 6 jailbreak and to find out how we can install Cydia into the iPhone 4S, iPhone 5 and iPod touch 5G. Where is this jailbreak? Should we forget about it and install iOS 6.0.1 now and wait at that level? Here’s an update of the happenings so far.
iOS 6 untethered jailbreak news for iPhone & iPod touch models
iPhone dev teams are looking for exploits in the firmware, and there has been some progress, apparently, but only for the iPhone 3GS, the 4 and the iPod Touch 4G. If you have one of these, there’s an iOS 6 jailbreak you can use – just download Redsn0w onto your PC, install it, plug your phone or tablet in and follow the instructions.
If you have an iPhone 4S, you’ll need to reamin at iOS 5 if you want to jailbreak it – if you’ve got the iPhone 5, you’re stuck with iOS 6 and no jailbreak options. Absinthe, released by the iPhone Dev team for the iPhone 4S a few months ago, a good way to jailbreak your iOS 5 iPhone 4S. So, if you upgraded your 4S to iOS 6, you’re stuck, too. There’s a tethered jailbreak for the 3GS and iPhone 4, as well as the iPod Touch 4G, but if you need to reboot or your battery dies, you’ll have to jailbreak it again. So, to repeat, there’s no untethered solution yet for iOS 6, and nothing in the immediate future, either.
iOS 6 seems to have developers and hackers well and truly scoobied! If you have an iPhone 4S and you really can’t wait, revert to iOS 5. iPhone 5 owners can’t do anything just yet. Jailbreakers are most likely waiting for iOS 6.1 to come out before releasing their stuff, which might make it look like there is a jailbreak already. We hope that the exploits already found aren’t closed up by iOS 6.1 – the beta 2 of which is already out. I’d be quite happy to go to iOS 6.0.1 for the handy bug fixes. So, it looks like we’re likely waiting until next year for the untethered jailbreak for the iPhone 5, as this is when the iOS 6.1 update will officially roll out to everyone.