From the latest happenings within the iOS jailbreak community, it’s quite clear that although significant progress has been made of late in terms of an iOS 6 untethered jailbreak, people will have to wait until the public release of the iOS 6.1 to witness the long-awaited untethered exploit.
Prominent iOS hackers like pod2g, planetbeing, MuscleNerd and pimskeks, who had recently formed “Evad3rs” jailbreak team, even have been begging Apple to release the final version of the iOS 6.1 firmware update. But the Cupertino tech giant apparently didn’t pay much heed and rolled out yet another beta, the fifth one, of iOS 6.1 Saturday.
Redmond Pie has reported that there has been a lot of fuss “about the fact that the latest beta seed doesn’t actually appear to be a true beta in the normal understanding of the word relating to Apple releases.”
An excerpt from the report says:
“The firmware activates without the need for developer registration, it doesn’t have any expiry date, and the build ID is that of a final build, meaning that this could actually end up being the final build of iOS 6.1 and the exact same piece of software that the public will see going live in the very near future. Essentially it is like a GM seed, but without the official name-tag.”
With the release of iOS 6.1 beta 5 for registered Apple developers, the long wait for the untethered jailbreak for iOS 6 or iOS 6.1 had got extended for a few more days. However, if you happen to be a registered Apple developer and have access to the fifth beta of iOS 6.1, you can jailbreak the new firmware preview on pre-A5 devices (iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS, iPod touch 4), susceptible to the Limera1n exploit, through the use of the popular jailbreak tool Redsn0w.
It’s worth noting here that the iOS 6.1 beta 5 jailbreak on pre-A5 devices is of a tethered method, meaning that whenever you reboot the device, it will need to be connected to the computer via USB and injected with the exploit again through Redsn0w to make sure that it is in a jailbroken state.
If you are using a new iPhone 5, an iPhone 4S, iPad 2/3/4, iPod touch 5th gen or iPad mini, you are recommended to stay away from this jailbreak. If everything goes well and Apple pushes out the public release of iOS 6.1, you won’t have to wait for the untethered solution for much longer.
Below is a tutorial showing how to perform a tethered jailbreak on pre-A5 devices running iOS 6 beta 5, followed by a video from iDownloadBlog.
Note: This is a tethered jailbreak method, meant for developers only. IBTimes will not be held responsible if anything goes wrong while trying out the procedure.
Step 1: Download and install iOS 6.1 Beta 5 on your device.
Step 2: You will need to have iOS 6.0 available for your device on your computer. If not, download the iOS 6.0 firmware file for your device.
Step 4: Connect your iOS device to the computer and place into DFU mode. Now open Redsn0w 0.9.15b3, and it should pick up the device in DFU mode.
Step 5: Click Extras > Select IPSW > and point to the iOS 6.0 firmware file. RedSn0w 0.9.15b3 should successfully identify the firmware.
Step 6: Go back to the main page of RedSn0w and click Jailbreak. Once it finishes processing, make sure Install Cydia is checked. Now, click Next to proceed with the jailbreak process.
Step 7: Once the jailbreak is complete, you would be on your Lock Screen. Place the device back into DFU mode.
Step 8: Click OK on the Tethered Jailbreak notification if not done already and again, from the main page of RedSn0w, click Extras > Select IPSW > and select the iOS 6.0 firmware. Once RedSn0w successfully identify the firmware, click Just boot.
Step 9: If everything is done properly, a pineapple logo should appear on the device’s screen as it boots up.
Step 10: Once the tethered boot is complete, you should be back at your device’s Lock screen. Unlock the device and swipe over to the second page. The Cydia app icon will appear on the page. Open Cydia and let it perform its initial configuration and setup.