Jailbreak Developer Planetbeing Has iOS 6 Untethered Jailbreak


Jailbreak developer Yiduo David Wang (planetbeing) has an untethered jailbreak for his iPhone 5 running iOS 6.0.2.

Don’t lose hope yet, an iOS 6 jailbreak may be on the horizon. Yiduo David Wang, or “planetbeing” as he is known as in the jailbreaking community, has today made a short post over at the Jailbreak subreddit on Reddit. Within this post he says “I have an untethered iOS 6.0.2 JB running on my iPhone 5 right now.” and that he’s “not really sure what all the doom and gloom is about.” He also lists the reasons said jailbreak has not yet seen the light of day.

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Yeah, I’m not really sure what all the doom and gloom is about. The fact is, I have an untethered iOS 6.0.2 JB running on my iPhone 5 right now. The reasons it’s not released are because 1. releasing it would burn an exploit we want to save for ourselves so we can always get in to look at new firmware and help JB in the future, 2. iOS 6.1 is coming very soon and will likely break a small part of it anyway, there’s no point in sacrificing the many bugs it won’t break.

Anyway, where there are 4+ bugs (that it took to get this to work), there’s gotta be one or two more so while jailbreaking is getting harder, reports of its death are highly exaggerated.

This is not stuff I want to say over Twitter with 140 characters because I’m afraid of starting some sort of riot, but I like the smaller /r/jailbreak community more. ;)

It’s not unusual for the various  jailbreak teams to decide to hold a jailbreak back; it has happened many times in the past. If they release a jailbreak too soon before the release of a major revision of iOS, they risk Apple being able to quickly patch the exploit and many people losing the opportunity to jailbreak.

First, planetbeing knows the releasing the jailbreak would burn an exploit that they may need in the future to help jailbreak future iterations of iOS. But the question is always raised in this situation: what difference does it make if we wait? In reality, it probably doesn’t make much difference, but in this case iOS 6.1 is coming “very soon” and — at least planetbeing thinks — it would make sense to wait.

It’s worth remembering that — more likely than not — iOS 7 will make some big changes. There’s no guarantee, but there would be many a disappointed iOS user if Apple doesn’t make some major improvements. If iOS 7 turns out to be something completely new, the majority of us are going to want to upgrade. That said, the majority of us are going to want a jailbreak as well. Maybe it makes sense to hold on to this exploit so that, as planetbeing said, iOS hackers “can always get in to look at new firmware and help JB in the future.”

This morning also brought about the following tweet from another hacker, pod2g, in light of yesterday’s #weWantAnOpeniOS twitition.

Whatever the case, it appears that there may be a light at the end of this tunnel for those of us on iOS 6 and using the latest iOS hardware. Here’s to 2013 being a great year for jailbreaking!

[r/jailbreak on Reddit]

Thanks, iFans forum member xXrkidXx!

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