While an untethered jailbreak was released for iOS 6.1.3 – 6.1.5 just last week, it was restricted to the iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4 and fourth-generation iPod touch. Early this morning, the release of p0sixspwn changed that. The new tool, developed by iH8sn0w and winocm, extends the jailbreak to all devices capable of running the aforementioned software versions.
This jailbreak is compatible with the iPhone 5, iPhone 4S, iPhone 4 (GSM), iPhone 4 (CDMA), iPhone 3GS, iPad 2, iPad 3, iPad 4, iPad mini, iPod touch 4G and iPod touch 5G. If you have a Mac running OS X Lion or later, iFans forum member Tkf1 has prepared a step-by-step tutorial on how to jailbreak with p0sixspwn. There is no Windows version of p0sixspwn as of writing, although it is expected soon.
The release of p0sixspwn has been fairly controversial within the jailbreaking community, as iOS security researcher pod2g claims that it burns exploits that could have been used towards future jailbreaks. Moreover, many iPhone, iPad and iPod touch users have already updated to iOS 7. What do you think? Was the release of p0sixspwn an ill-advised move, or does it remain important to cater to those that have stuck to older iOS versions?
While most users have already moved on to iOS 7 and evasi0n7, there are still some iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4 and iPod touch 4G owners that continue to run iOS 6.1.3 through 6.1.5. And now, thanks in part to iH8sn0w, there is an untethered jailbreak for those devices. Look inside for the full tutorial by iFans forum member Tkf1.
iOS 7 has been out for exactly two months now, and most–almost 80%–of iOS device users have adopted the latest operating system. I could spend an entire post comparing that statistic to historical adoption rates of Android operating systems, but I’m not interested in starting a debate in that regard. What I think is interesting is to look at the number of people still running iOS 6. As you can see in the above graph, more than 20% of iOS devices currently active are still running iOS 6.
Besides the fact that many iOS devices simply can not run iOS 7, there are many reasons why users would want to stay on iOS 6. Maybe you want to stay on iOS 6 because there are jailbreak features you absolutely can’t live without. Maybe you simply hate the flat design that was spearheaded by Jony Ive. Whatever the case, there are bound to be members of the iFans forums that are still on iOS 6. Why are you still on iOS 6?
Owners of the fourth-generation iPod touch also received an update from Cupertino last week, which includes a fix for the same FaceTime bug that was patched in iOS 7. Additionally, Apple also included various “security fixes” in this latest update.
On the 14th of this month, Apple silently released an iOS update for the ipod Touch 4th Gen, iOS 6.1.5. This update includes a fix for the FaceTime bug as well as other “security updates”, which means that this minor update most likely prevents the device from being jailbroken, so update at your own risk.
iFans forum member GroovyCarrot:
Hey guys, I’ve been working on this tweak for a few months now but finally it’s finished, thought I’d share it here for you guys to check out. It’s a tweak, but you activate it via Wynd’s DreamBoard for optional switching in and out, this does not actually use DreamBoard though. Hope you all enjoy.
CocoaNuts, who developed Celeste in 2011, has finally released his Bluetooth file sharing app with support for iOS 6 in the form of Celeste 2. This jailbreak tweak integrates with several default iOS applications, allowing users to send and receive songs, photos, books, contacts and more from other smartphones — like an Android device or your Mac or PC.
That is, as long as both devices support the Bluetooth file sharing protocol OBEX. With this tweak, you can even control file transfers from the included Notification Center widget. Celeste 2 is on sale for $6.99 on Cydia until the “Summer Sale” ends on September 15th, returning to its regular price of $9.99 thereafter. It’s waiting to be installed on your iPod touch, iPhone or iPad from the BigBoss repository.
First launched in iOS 4 at the release of the iPhone 4, FaceTime is a video calling service similar to Skype but only available on iOS devices and more recent versions of Mac OS X. Steve Jobs promised that FaceTime would become an “open standard,” though, sadly, we haven’t seen that come to fruition quite yet. But Apple has indeed improved upon the service since its initial launch. Most recently, in iOS 7, Apple introduced “FaceTime Audio” which is an audio-only version of FaceTime.
FaceTime, however, is only one of Apple’s two rock star personal communication platforms launched in the last several years. The second of which is iMessage, a messaging service available only on iOS devices more recent than iOS 5 and on Mac with Mountian Lion or later. Recently, Apple announced users have sent over 300 billion messages since October 2012. Clearly, both of these services have been big hits with Apple customers. They aren’t perfect yet, however.
How would you improve upon these two services?