Apple released the iPhone 5 and iOS 6 months back now and even though developers have been putting everything into it; they have not yet released an untethered jailbreak for the handset. iOS 6 apparently, is one of the hardest of Apple OS to jailbreak, thanks to Apple having put in features that seem to be tamper proof. Right now steps that are critical are missing, for the jailbreakers to be able to release an untethered jailbreak to iPhone 5 and iOS 6 device owners.
iPhone 5 & iOS 6: untethered jailbreak no easy feat
In order for a jailbreak, the device has to run custom coded software. This makes changes to the files in the original configuration for the handset, which in turn means that users can alter functions on the handset not allowed normally by Apple.
The handset is reformatted and then owners can add on 3rd party apps, which Apple does not offer in the App Store. The iPhone can also be unlocked and the phone used with any carrier of your choice.
Some small or middle sized companies often jailbreak handsets in order to be able to use their own in-house apps on the device. This does away with the need of having to wait for approval from Apple to get their app into the App Store. Another benefit to a jailbroken phone is that they can pick and choose from carriers to find a better deal. With no sign of a jailbreak for the latest Apple iPhone 5, this may mean that some consider moving to such alternatives as Android, which of course is open source.
Developers have come so far with the untethered jailbreak for iOS 6, but right now it remains in the testing phase. This has left mid-size IT firms walled in as they are unable to customise their handsets. One good thing to come out of it is the fact that Apple has better security on iOS 6 and the iPhone 5. However even so, some business owners are reconsidering upgrading to the Apple iPhone 5 due to the locked down environment.
Of course, jailbreakers in the past have managed to offer jailbreaks for other versions of the Apple iPhone. iOS 6 is proving more difficult as Apple have patched the vulnerabilities that developers were using to jailbreak handsets in the past. This doesn’t mean that they have given up though, as developer p0sixninja, Joshua Hill, for one is still working on the untethered jailbreak.
Developers keep in touch with jailbreak fans through Twitter and YouTube and they did release a video recently that was quite insightful. The video didn’t offer good news as it explains that at the moment, developers are not even close to being able to release an untethered jailbreak for iOS 6 and the Apple iPhone 5. Let’s just hope that soon they are able to reveal more positive news.
Apple should be proud of the iPhone 5 and iOS 6, as developers, some of which have been security experts for many years, are stymied by the operating system. The new OS have become the choice of enterprises and those in security, thanks to improvements in security and of course the reliability, which Apple is known for.
Regardless of this, there are some that would like the untethered jailbreak for the Apple iPhone 5, so they can customise their handset. To some this is more important than holding in the hands, a handset with the best security.
A handset with the jailbreak might be the preferred choice of employees who do not have to access sensitive information. Companies then have freedom with a device that is flexible and which can be unlocked to work on any carrier, so costs can be lowered.
For the moment the untethered jailbreak for iOS 6 and the Apple iPhone 5 remains out of reach, and it may stay this way for some time. Until then people will have to make the best of the older Apple iPhone and iOS 5 if they need a jailbroken device.