All of us are waiting for iOS 6 Jailbreak. You are. And I am. Although we have historically had some exceptionally talented development teams working in the community to find exploits in Apple’s iOS and produce fully working jailbreaks from them, it’s hard to deny that things have seemed a little stale of late. For those that never lost the faith it seems that your positivity was well placed with legendary developer Planetbeing taking to Reddit to provide a little more insight on the current status of that elusive iOS 6 jailbreak for iPhone 5 and other devices.
Rather than explain the current status of the iOS 6 jailbreak over a series of post containing 140 characters on Twitter, Planetbeing decided to explain the situation in detail to what he calls the “smarter jailbreak community”. He hopes that Reddit users in that particular community will have a deeper understanding of the technical aspect and intricacies involved in the work.
“Yeah, I’m not really sure what all the doom and gloom is about. The fact is, I have an untethered iOS 6.0.2 JB running on my iPhone 5 right now.”
Unfortunately, the iOS 6 Jailbreak isn’t in a state to be released to the public, but the good news is that Planetbeing currently has an untethered solution running on his own iPhone 5 on iOS 6.0.2.
The well-known developer also takes the opportunity to go into a little further detail about why an iPhone 5 jailbreak hasn’t been released in its current state. The current solution being used on his own device uses a particular exploit that the development teams believe will be around for a long time, potentially granting them full access to future iOS releases and therefore releasing the jailbreak would burn that exploit. A long-term vision makes perfect sense, especially considering the cat and mouse game is getting a lot tougher with each iOS update.
“The reasons it’s not released are because 1. releasing it would burn an exploit we want to save for ourselves so we can always get in to look at new firmware and help JB in the future, 2. iOS 6.1 is coming very soon and will likely break a small part of it anyway, there’s no point in sacrificing the many bugs it won’t break.”
The famous developer also took the opportunity to go into further detail about why an iPhone 5 jailbreak hasn’t been released yet. The current solution being used on his device uses a particular exploit that the development teams believe will be around for a long time, potentially granting them full access to future iOS releases. Therefore, releasing the jailbreak would burn that exploit. A long-term vision makes perfect sense to me, especially considering the cat and mouse game is getting a lot tougher with each iOS update.
In the end, it turns out that the current solution on Planetbeing’s personal iPhone took the use of 4+ bugs to get the jailbreak into the state that it is currently in. A couple of additional bugs are still required to be able to release to the public but it turns out that jailbreaking isn’t dead, it’s purely going through a transitional phase and we couldn’t be happier about that. History has taught us that patience is a virtue in the jailbreak community and nothing has changed.’
“Where there are 4+ bugs (that it took to get this to work), there’s gotta be one or two more so while jailbreaking is getting harder, reports of its death are highly exaggerated. This is not stuff I want to say over Twitter with 140 characters because I’m afraid of starting some sort of riot, but I like the smaller /r/jailbreak community more. ;)”
Recently, another famous developer pod2g started tweeting to get the weNeedAnOpeniOS hash tag trending, many thought that the Dev Teams involved have given up on a future jailbreak.
With today’s update from Planetbeing, it seems like not all hope is lost, and we can in fact see a public jailbreak sooner than we actually thought we would.