Last September we saw the release, not just of the iPhone 5 but of iOS 6 as well. Since then we have seen no less than 4 Beta releases, fixing bugs and issues that generally rear their ugly heads whenever new firmware is released. Rumor has it that Beta number 5 is going to be released next week, after extensive testing and, all being well, this will be the Golden Master build for iOS. Shortly after that we should see the public release of the new firmware.
That leads us to the next obvious question – what about the untethered jailbreak we have all been waiting for. Well, we now know from previous reports that the Dev team already have a fully functioning untethered jailbreak for iOS 6 running. They are not releasing it just yet for various reasons, the man one being they are waiting for 6.1 first. The jailbreak is using a kernel exploit that potentially gives them the key to future iOS versions and, to release it now to what is essentially a tiny percentage of users would lock that door forever. Bearing in mind how long it’s taken them to get this far, think how long it would take for the next one to be jailbroken without a usable exploit.
Yet another rumor tells us that the jailbreak will be released after 6.1 has gone public but there is no real evidence to back this up. Dev team member Planetbeing has said that they want to keep one bug unreleased, in reserve for future development. That said, the entire Dev team are hard at work and so we should just continue to be patient and wait for them to make the decision about when the time is right for release.