It’s here, the iPad 4 released at the beginning of November , and now it’s jailbroken. Within a matter of days after its release date the iPad 4 was successfully jailbroken. But, unlike some of the other jailbroken iOS devices, this one was done using the “Failbreak” method. This means that this solution will not be available to the general public because it is relying on certain files that Apple has placed under copyright.
Jailbreaking is the term used when the user gains access to the operating system and breaks it open, allowing themes and applications to be uploaded that are not available in the Apple store. Although the latest attempts are not available to the general public the developers now have a real head start on working out a public release method.
The method used to jailbreak the iPad 4 was first seen back in September on the iPhone 5 , again within days of its release. This has been upgraded with a kernel exploit, making it possible to jailbreak iOS 6 on the new A6X chip. The processor now offers twice the processor speed and graphics quality that the A5X, released in March 2012 did. The same method was used to jailbreak the iPad mini shortly after release as well.
There are people who do not believe that the devices have been broken – after all, if it’s not available to the public how do we really know? Quite simply, all 3 of these devices have been shown to display Cydia. This is a software application that is used to install software onto jailbroken devices. Cydia cannot be installed on any device that has not been broken – proof enough that the truth has been told.
At the moment the jailbreakers are working on an untethered jailbreak for iOS 6, running on all compatible devices. Eventually, in the not too distant future, one hopes that there will be a stable untethered jailbreak that everyone can use, not just those with an Apple Developers account. In the meantime, we just have to be content with the tantalizing glimpses that are being thrust our way.
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