Apple today released the iOS 6.1.3 software update, patching a critical lock screen vulnerability and improving Maps functionality in Japan. The update is now available for compatible iPhone, iPad and iPod touch devices.
You can now get iOS 6.1.3 as an over-the-air update, or as a full download through iTunes. Simply grab your device and navigate to Settings > General > Software Update, or sync with iTunes, to update.
If you currently have a jailbreak installed on your device, you must stay away from this iOS 6.1.3 update indefinitely. Apple has patched at least four of the six exploits that allowed for iOS device users to obtain root access, rendering the jailbreak obsolete beyond iOS 6.1.2. Read the tweet by jailbreak developer MuscleNerd ahead for clarification.
IOS 6.1.3 is out.Jailbreakers stay away!There’s no coming back to 6.1.2 JB even if you saved blobs (except iPhone4 and ipt4g)
— MuscleNerd (@MuscleNerd) March 19, 2013
If jailbreaking is something meaningful to you, and you have been planning on purchasing a new iOS device, perhaps now is the best time to do so. Apple will soon be shipping iPhone, iPad and iPod touch models running iOS 6.1.3 stock, meaning that you won’t be able to jailbreak that device after purchasing it. iOS devices running a previous software version should be on the shelves for the next while, though, so there is still time.
Another interesting jailbreak-related note about this update is that it officially resets the countdown towards the next jailbreak release. It took a team of hackers — known as the evad3rs — nearly five months to release a jailbreaking method for iOS 6. And it’s already midway through March now, meaning that the first developer previews of iOS 7 could be just three months away (hint: WWDC 2013 in June).