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How To Jailbreak iPod Touch & iPhone (iOS 6 Guide)

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Since the day Apple released iOS 6 and the iPhone 5, developers have been trying to jailbreak the OS. Apple has since released the fourth version of the iOS 6.1 beta update for devs, and the tethered jailbreak for the update is about to be evaluated.

The developers’ release has a base on the iOS 6 public release firmware. The beta update is available on direct download from the Apple developers’ portal, or as a delta update.

The tethered iOS 6 jailbreak out right now as Redsn0w only works with A5 chip-running devices like the iPhone 3GS, the iPhone 4 and the iPod Touch 4G. Sadly it won’t work on the iPhone 5, the iPod Touch 5G or anything else. If you own such a device, you’ll have to wait for the untethered jailbreak, which is supposed to be coming out soon.

iOS 6.1 jailbreak (iPhone & iPod touch)

If you want to jailbreak iOS 6.1 beta 4 for an iPhone 4, an iPhone 3GS or an iPod Touch using Redsn0w, this is how you do it:

Download the dev-only version of iOS 6.1 beta 4; download iOS 6 for the device, and download the latest version of redsn0w.

Connect you device to your PC then run Redsn0w and boot it up in DFU mode. Redsn0w will recognise the device. You should click on Extras, pick IPSW then choose the iOS 6 IPSW file, which should have been downloaded. Redsn0w 0.9.15b3 should be able to detect the firmware.

Return to the main page of Redsn0w then click Jailbreak. Once the process is finished, ensure that the “install Cydia” option has been ticked, then chose “Next” and finish the jailbreak.

You’ll have a long wait then the device should reboot into its Lock Screen, then you can return it to DFU mode. Return back to the main Redsn0w page again and choose Extras, then IPWS and then iOS 6.0 firmware. Redsn0w will recognise the firmware. Choose the Boot tethered option, and this will be done. This is a lengthy process, but eventually you’ll see a pineapple logo, which means that the tethered boot has been successful.

When the tethered boot is complete, the device will revert to its lock screen. Unlock it and swipe to its second home screen. Wait a few minutes and you’ll see the Cydia icon, then you can launch and wait for the configuration and set up to happen.

You should now have the jailbroken iOS 6.1 beta on your iPhone or iPod Touch now. If you need to reboot your device at some point, though, you’ll have to go through the whole process again, so think on!

Mike is the man who reviews gadgets that aren’t mainstream or products that can’t exactly be classified as consumer electronics e.g. portable talking toilets. It’s always interesting to read about the crazy products we have here in Asia that just don’t get as much publicity as they warrant.