We’ve been following developments about iOS 6 jailbreaking for some time and know just how many readers are avidly awaiting news for a jailbreak for the iPhone 5 or even better an iOS 6 untethered jailbreak. Today we can tell you an iOS 6 tethered jailbreak seems to be very near for the iPhone 5, courtesy of renowned hacker @planetbeing, although an untethered jailbreak still seems to be some time away.
We recently reported on the Hack in the Box conference in which well-known hacker and developer pod2g said that he was confident an iOS 6 untethered jailbreak could appear within the next few weeks, even though it would be much more difficult than previously. We also told how another member of the jailbreaking community, David Wang aka @planetbeing, was one of those at an event and mentioned kernel bugs that could possibly be a key to any such jailbreak. However, the last few days have gone a bit quiet again, further backing up claims that Apple really seems to have tightened up security for its latest mobile operating system update.
There appears to be better news today though, with reports that an iOS 6 tethered jailbreak for the iPhone 5 is closer with planetbeing working hard on this. Gotta Be Mobile states that this jailbreak could also work for the iPhone 4S and two days ago planetbeing tweeted, “Upgraded the #failbreak with a kernel exploit so tweaks actually work on iPhone 5. Almost a full tethered JB, though need dev account.” Things are definitely looking promising then but one snag is that need for an Apple Developer Account as this doesn’t usually apply to jailbreaks.
There have been no further details of the requirement of a dev account or a timeframe for a release for the tethered iPhone 5 jailbreak. Developer program slots are sold by Apple at $99 so for many this would not be an option simply to get their hands on the jailbreak. However it appears that the reason that those working on the jailbreak may be keeping things internal for now could be that they are continuing to work on a preferred untethered jailbreak. Therefore before any of you are tempted to hand over the money for a dev account we urge you to wait for further developments. Especially as planetbeing may just mean that an iPhone only needs to be added to a dev account, costing as little as $7.
If you want to see more on the series of messages that planetbeing has been posting about the iOS 6 jailbreak then iDesignTimes has an account. These communications appear to show that planetbeing favors working on an untethered iPhone 5 jailbreak and views the tethered iPhone 5 jailbreak as a step along the way to that. At Phones Review we cannot recommend jailbreaking your devices but we do know that many readers prefer the freedom it gives them and of course we’ll continue to keep readers updated with further developments on this as we hear anything.
Are you waiting for an iOS 6 jailbreak? Would you be happier to get your hands on a tethered jailbreak for the iPhone 5 now or to wait longer in the hopes of an untethered jailbreak? Let us know with your comments.