iOS 6.1 beta 5 came out yesterday to a general sense of disappointment: most expected that Apple would be pushing a Golden Master version, which would indicate that a full release was merely days away. Once that final version was pushed to the public, it seemed all but inevitable that an untethered iOS 6.1 jailbreak would be released.
With this beta 5 release, it seems as if the timeline for a jailbreak has been pushed back slightly – but maybe not as long as many believed yesterday.
The famous MuscleNerd tweeted the following, basically confirming that beta 5 could be pushed as the final, publicly available build:
Despite the odd beta naming, as @winocm discovered, this is actually releaseable as public 6.1 at Apple’s will.Good!Home stretch….
— MuscleNerd (@MuscleNerd) January 27, 2013
Apple has historically forgone a GM release once with iOS 3.1: it went directly from beta 3 to a public release. It seems as if that may happen in this case, with all signs pointing toward this release being very stable and bug-free. Developers should definitely make sure that nothing in their apps has been broken by the changes, while everyone should keep an eye open for a full release.
Once that release is made, the iOS 6 untethered jailbreak will almost assuredly be released soon thereafter. Be aware that Apple will likely push another update – iOS 6.1.1 – in order to patch the exploit(s) used, so do not update to that if you intend to jailbreak your iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad.