iPhone 5 iOS 6 Untethered Jailbreak: What’s Really Cooking

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Apple’s iPhone 5 and iOS 6 have been out since last September, and developers are still a good way away from jailbreaking either. Hacking into iOS 6 is incredibly complicated now, thanks to Apple ramping up security to Fort Knox levels. There are critical steps missing, and devs need these steps to be completed if there’s ever to be a public jailbreak release.

iPhone 5 & iOS 6 untethered jailbreak still not in sights

Jailbroken handsets run custom code software, and this changes the configuration of the original files, allowing users to change the functions of the device.

Once jailbroken, the device is reformatted, so users can customise it by installing third party apps unavailable in the App Store. They can also unlock the iPhone so it can work on any carrier.

Small to medium enterprises often jailbreak company phones so that employees can use in-house apps without having to push the apps through into the App Store. It also means they can migrate to carriers offering the best deals. Business owners might, without the jailbreak, end up defecting to Android, which is open source.
Some early efforts were made with the iOS 6 jailbreak, but the untethered version is still in its testing phase. Mid-sized businesses are stuck for customising their corporate iPhones for now. The only upside to this is that the companies don’t need to worry about security, but this is still putting many bosses off the iPhone 5.

Other iPhones have been easier to jailbreak. However, Apple has patched up the exploits that hackers could have used. Even with the security that Joshua Hill (P0sixninja) has described as “ridiculous”, that famous hacker is still beavering away on an untethered jailbreak.

The devs have been keeping jailbreak fans in the loop, and there’s a YouTube video that explains how far away the teams are from an untethered jailbreak. Fans are now waiting for 2013’s WWJC, in the hope that there’ll be better jailbreak news there.
Of course the security on the iPhone 5 says lots about how good Apple is – the world’s best hackers can’t crack it. For this reason, the iPhone 5 is the phone of choice for security agencies and companies that work with secure data.

Some companies do prefer jailbroken iPhones, though, and flexibility is more important than security to them. This flexibility often means the phone will run on cheaper carriers, which, if you’re supplying an entire workforce with phones, adds up to a lot of money.

Obviously if your employees work with sensitive data, a jailbroken handset, which is less secure, isn’t a good option.

The iPhone 5 jailbreak is still out of reach, and we might be waiting for some time for it. Until that day arrives, we’ll have to make do with an older iPhone if we want the jailbreak.

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