iOS 6.1 Beta 5 Seeded to Developers

Thanks, Apple. As countless users of the latest iOS devices anxiously await the release of iOS 6.1 and its jailbreak, Apple has tonight seeded another beta of said iteration and it appears a public release may be a little further away than we expected.

The most disappointing aspect of this release is that we will likely see an iOS 6 jailbreak soon after iOS 6.1 is released to the public. iOS 6.1 beta 4 was going to expire two days from now, and most hoped to see at least a GM version of the update.

Luckily, Apple has in the past released an iOS update (iOS 3.1) to the public straight out of a beta — without a golden master at all. And as Stefan Esser (@i0n1c) has noted on Twitter, we should hold hope because beta 5 has “the build ID of a final, not that of a beta.”

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