The time is getting closer to when we can finally expect to see a fully untethered jailbreak for the iPhone 5 and iOS 6. The light at the end of the tunnel is growing ever brighter as, today, it has been confirmed by planetbeing, long-standing iPhone Dev team member that real progress has been made.
The news is no longer the doom and gloom it was last month, as he confirmed that he has an untethered iOS 6.0.2 jailbreak running on his phone. However, it cannot be released to the public yet and the reasons for that are, in planetbeing’s own words,
“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. Anyway, 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.”
In simple terms, the solution that he is using on his own phone is making use of a potentially long-term exploit which could give them the key to future iOS versions so releasing it now, for the sake of what is essentially a small percentage of the community, would close that exploit forever. It makes more sense to look long-term, especially as iOS 6.1 is due to be released very soon.
This is great news for the jailbreak community and it really is only a matter of time before anyone who has the iPhone 5 and/or iOS 6 onwards will be able to enjoy the full potential of their devices. As more news becomes available we’ll be sure to let you know.