I have written numerous iOS 6 Untethered Jailbreak status update articles in the past, but I thought now would be a good time to write another considering there is fresh information available.
So, where is the iOS 6 Untethered Jailbreak?
Good question, unfortunately it is not an easy one to answer. The iOS 6 Untethered Jailbreak is about 6 months away from being released to the public. In a recent interview with @Pod2G the hacker said “I’m very confident [the iOS 6 Untethered Jailbreak will be released within the] next 6 months.” This would push the release date of the iOS 6 Jailbreak for devices like the iPhone 5 and iPad Mini back to June 2013.
Unfortunately however, Pod2G will not be working on the iOS 6 Untethered Jailbreak like he has been with past Jailbreaks. At this current time he is in the process of creating a company and also writing software.
Well, Who is working on the iOS 6 Untethered Jailbreak?
At this time it looks like the iOS 6 Untethered Jailbreak is in the hands of @MuscleNerd, @Pimskeks, @Planetbeing, and @Saurik. These are the individuals that Pod2G has said helped the most with past Jailbreak releases.
If you remember correctly, Planetbeing shared an image on Twitter of his iPhone 5 Jailbroken and later we found out that this wasn’t just a Failbreak (a Jailbreak relying on copyrighted files and or developer certificates). Planetbeing said that “we’re still missing critical pieces” though and giving an ETA would not be possible. This was one of the last times we heard about the progress of the iOS 6 Untethered Jailbreak. Since that point the only information we have learned is that the Jailbreak is likely to be userland, which means the revival of JailbreakMe.
A conflicting piece of information did come from hacker @P0sixninja in November however, and apparently he has made some good progress on dumping the “BootROM and decryption keys for A5/A5X/A6/A6X.” These decryption keys are the starting point for finding a new bootrom exploit that could Jailbreak devices up to the iPhone 5 for life.
Right now it would appear as if we have two separate Jailbreaks being worked on. One that will be a userland Jailbreak and one that is actually a bootrom Jailbreak. I can tell you right now that it is more than likely that the Jailbreak which will be released first will be the userland Jailbreak. Finding another bootrom exploit hasn’t been done since LimeRa1n and it is very unlikely that it will be done again (that is not to sound negative, but it is reality).
As for which firmware version the iOS 6 Untethered Jailbreak will support, it is hard to say until closer to the time. It will be likely that it will support up to iOS 6.0.2, as Planetbeing has mentioned that not much has changed in the kernel compared to iOS 6.0.1. As for iOS 6.1, Apple has stepped up its security mechanisms in that particular iteration and it is impossible to say whether it has broken the current techniques being used for the Untethered Jailbreak until we get official confirmation.
The last thing I want to mention is be on the lookout for fake Jailbreaks! There has been more fake Jailbreaks released these past few months than ever before. If we haven’t covered the Jailbreak and no other reliable source has covered the Jailbreak… it is fake. Accept it.