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Earlier today, an iOS security expert and hacker by the name of planetbeing sent a tweet to his followers with some interesting news related to the status of the 6.0.1, 6.0 UnTethered iOS 6 jailbreak. Planetbeing, who has collaborated with both the iPhone and Chronic Dev Teams in the past on various tools, announced that he’s successfully added a kernel exploit to the iOS 6 Failbreak.
6.0 and iOS 6 Failbreak information
As mentioned in a previous UnTethered article on Jailbreaking iOS 6, the term failbreak is used to describe a jailbreak method that relies on an Apple developer account.
Also, if the Dev Team decided to release a “failbreak”, it would spur legal issues and Apple would undoubtedly exact revenge on the jailbreakers.
Jailbreak iPhone 5 iOS 6 and 6.0 UnTethered
In planetbeing’s tweet, he states that the kernel exploit enables tweaks and third-party jailbreak packages to function properly on the iPhone 5 running iOS 6. Additionally, planetbeing also mentions that they’ve almost completed “a full tethered JB (jailbreak)”. However, because it’s essentially a Failbreak, their non UnTethered iOS 6 jailbreak method requires an Apple developer account.
Unfortunately, the current limera1n tethered exploit was patched with the release of newer iOS-based hardware and only functions on the iPhone 4, iPod touch 4th generation and the iPhone 3GS. It’s because of this that the jailbreak will take longer to complete, as the Dev Teams will need to utilize numerous UnTethered exploits for the new iDevices.
Update – The same UnTethered jailbreak information applies to both the new iPad 4 and iPad mini tablets.
Update 2 – The same jailbreak iOS 6 UnTethered information applies to the newly released iOS 6.0.1.
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At JailbreakingiOS6, we receive a countless number of questions pertaining to the jailbreak status of the iPhone 5, iPhone 4S, iPad 3, iPad 2, iPod touch 5th Gen and the UnTethered iOS 6 jailbreak in general. Unfortunately, the majority of your questions can be answered with one word, the answer is no. As of now, there isn’t an UnTethered jailbreak for 6.0 and the latest version of RedSn0w only supports the iPhone 4, 3GS and the iPod touch 4th Generation.
With that said, in this post, we’re going to discuss the major differences between UnTethered and Tethered jailbreaks and elaborate on the meaning of a Semi UnTethered or a Semi Tethered jailbreak.
UnTethered versus Tethered iOS 6 Jailbreak
Essentially, there’s only one noticeable difference to the everyday iOS-device owner between an UnTethered and a Tethered jailbreak. Without getting too technical, both jailbreak employ different forms of exploits, which result in a very different outcome. A Tethered jailbreak requires the user to rely on Redsn0w’s “Just boot” option in order to reboot their iDevice to its fully functional jailbroken state (we’ll discuss this further when reviewing what a Semi UnTethered jailbreak is). Alternatively, an UnTethered jailbreak doesn’t require a utility at all to reboot – hence the name “UnTethered”.
Also, I wanted to briefly elaborate on why Tethered jailbreaks only extend to specific devices and why UnTethered jailbreaks are so rare. As mentioned above, Tethered jailbreaks only include devices with an A4 processors or earlier, which would be the iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS and the 4th Generation iPod touch, as Apple has phased out the others. Moreover, newer devices with an A5, A5X or even the iPhone 5 with its A6 processor aren’t supported because Apple patched the limera1n exploit roughly two years ago, which is what Tethered jailbreaks are centered around.
While I could go on for hours explaining and thoroughly outlining the advantages, disadvantages and details of Tethered and UnTethered jailbreaks, I’m going to conclude this segment of the article by saying this: the Dev Teams are cautious. A lot of work goes towards the development of an UnTethered jailbreak utility and a lot of exploits are utilized. Once the UnTethered jailbreak is released, Apple can easily patch said exploits through an updated version of iOS, and so continues the game of cat and mouse.
Jailbreak iOS 6, Semi UnTethered and Semi Tethered
Semi UnTethered and Semi Tethered, what do they mean? Fortunately, we only have to explain what a Semi Tethered jailbreak is, as the two are one and the same. After performing a Tethered jailbreak through RedSnow, jailbreakers often prefer to install a package from Cydia that converts their Tethered jailbreak into a Semi Tethered jailbreak. While still required to reboot using RedSn0w to retain complete functionality, a Semi Tethered jailbreak allows users to reboot their device without the assistance of the utility for limited functionality. Essentially, the Semi Tethered package acts as a lifeline if you aren’t near a computer and your iPhone or iPod touch dies and you have to reboot. Please be sure to visit the post from BigBoss on the topic if you have additional inquiries.
Hopefully this article has answered the majority of your questions – if not, feel free to leave a comment and we’ll attempt to provide additional insight. Finally, to be immediately notified on any and all updates pertaining to the iOS 6 UnTethered jailbreak, subscribe to our official JailbreakingiOS6 and Jailbreak 6.0 UnTethered news feed.
Shortly after today’s September iPhone 5 and iOS 6 media event concluded, Apple released the next version of 6.0 for developers. But, before we further discuss the new firmware, as a reminder, don’t forget to check JailbreakingiOS6 frequently. Now that Apple is preparing to release iOS 6 to the public, the members of JailbreakingiOS6 are also readying to provide the best possible iOS 6 jailbreak coverage. We’ll feature countless tutorials, tips and tricks pertaining to 6.0 and jailbreaking in general.
Apple’s iOS 6 GM, 6.0 Gold Master edition
As mentioned above, after today’s event, Apple seeded iOS 6 GM to developers. iDevice owners around the globe will now have the opportunity to experience iOS 6 firsthand. While the official version of iOS 6 won’t be released until next week, iOS 6.0 Gold Master (GM) is currently available. The two version will be practically identical, as the Golden Master seed is essential the final version. It’s just intended for developers. However, users aren’t required to have their device’s UDID (unique device identifier) registered through Apple’s developer program to restore to the new pre-release firmware. Update: the official iOS 6 gold master Jailbreak has been released.
Jailbreak iOS 6 GM – Gold Masters Download information :
Similar to our previous GM guide, we’ll go over what to expect for the 6.0 Gold Master jailbreak in this reference article as well. While the 6.0 Gold Master candidate is already released, the iPhone Dev Team (the security experts and hackers behind both Redsnow and PwnageTool) have yet to release a new version of the RedSn0w jailbreak utility. However, once an update is pushed out by the Dev Team, it will provide a Tethered jailbreak for certain devices. In short, a Tethered jailbreak differs from an UnTethered Jailbreak in the sense that it’s required to re-run a certain part of the utility every time the device has to reboot in order for it to properly function. If Redsn0w’s just boot Tethered option isn’t used prior to the reboot of a jailbroken device, it will simply appear to be bricked, as the screen will remain at the boot logo. The reason the GM jailbreak will be tethered, along with the initial jailbreak utility for the final release of iOS 6 is because numerous exploits are required to create what’s called an UnTethered Jailbreak. Once the exploits of an UnTethered jailbreak are revealed through the release of a tool, they can easily be patched by Apple. Also, the iPhone Dev Team likely wants to accomplish an iPhone 5 and iPod Touch 5G (fifth-generation) jailbreak prior to releasing an UnTethered tool.
Moreover, unfortunately, due to the long-outdated limera1n exploit used in tethered jailbreaks, only older (A4 and earlier) devices will be supported. That would include the iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS, the original iPad 1 and the iPod touch 4G (fourth-generation). As long as those devices are still officially supported through Apple, they’ll always be capable of jailbreaking through a tethered utility.
As for the completely finalized version of iOS 6, as mentioned in the beginning of this guide, Apple announced that current iDevice owners can install the firmware on September 19th. However, iOS 6 won’t be available until the 21st for both the new iPhone 5 and the iPod Touch 5th-generation, as they won’t be released until the later date. With that said, it’s recommended to subscribe to our official JailbreakiOS6 feed to be notified as soon as the iOS 6 GM jailbreak is released.
With Apple’s confirmed September 12th iPhone 5 and iOS 6 media event only days away, the staff here at JailbreakingiOS6 are gearing up in full force. Here you’ll find everything you need to know about iOS 6 and jailbreaking in general. We’ve already provided a countless number of developers with the best tutorial for jailbreaking the 6.0 beta firmwares and, once Apple officially releases the next major version of iOS, we’ll provide the countless number of iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch users with the best in-depth written instructions.
iOS 6 GM (Gold Master) edition
Shortly after the September 12th media event, Apple is expected to seed iOS 6 GM. Once they do, users from around the world will have the opportunity to experience iOS 6 for the first time. However, before Apple pushes out the finalized version of iOS 6, they’ll release 6.0 Gold Master (GM). While intended for developers to provide once last round of testing, in the past, non-developers have been able to successfully restore to the near-finished GM build of previous iOS versions. It’s extremely likely that iOS 6 will follow earlier Gold Master releases by allowing the public to upgrade to the firmware. Currently, iOS 6 beta 4, as well as previous beta builds, require the device’s UDID (unique device identifier) to be registered with a developer’s account before restoring.
What’s a UDID?
As previously mentioned, UDID stands for unique device identifier. Every iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch is associated with a UDID, which is simply a random sequence of 40 numbers and letters used to differentiate devices. A device’s UDID is often used by developers when testing their App Store apps and one of the main applications Apple uses it for is to determine whether or not a device is eligible to restore to beta firmwares. However, curiously enough, Apple has never officially addressed why they don’t require an iPad, iPod or iPhone to be registered under a developer’s account when restoring to a GM build.
Jailbreaking iOS 6 GM and Final Release information :
This wouldn’t be JailbreakingiOS6 if we didn’t go over what to expect as far as a 6.0 GM jailbreak goes, would it? Shortly after Apple releases the Gold Master candidate build, it’s expected that the iPhone Dev Team (the geniuses behind Redsn0w and PwnageTool) will release an updated version of the RedSn0w utility to provide a Tethered jailbreak for select devices. But, before we proceed, this is an ideal opportunity to briefly elaborate on the differences between the two types of jailbreaks. First, we have UnTethered, which is the ideal choice for the majority of users. An UnTethered jailbreak requires that you run your iDevice through the jailbreak process once. The jailbreak will remain unless you restore or update to a newer firmware via iTunes, if that’s the case, you’ll need to jailbreak again. The second type is a Tethered Jailbreak. Without getting too technical, this differs from an UnTethered jailbreak because users are required to re-run a certain part of the utility every time the device reboot in order to escaped the dreaded infinite bootloop. Moreover, tethered jailbreaks only function with certain devices, as Apple patches them with the release of updated hardware. Currently, only the iPhone 4, iPhone 3Gs, iPod Touch fourth-generation and the original iPad will be supported in any and all iOS 6 Tethered jailbreaks. However, due to the nature of the Tethered jailbreak, every time Apple pushes out a new firmware, the devices previously mentioned will always be capable of jailbreaking; as long as they’re still supported by Apple.
As for the final release of iOS 6, if Apple follows the same schedule as last year, it will be available to the public the same day the iPhone 5 launches. While there will certainly be limitations to jailbreaking iOS 6 GM, it will still enhance the iOS experience for users with supported devices. That being said, subscribe the official JailbreakiOS6 Gold Master feed to be notified once iOS 6 GM and the jailbreak are released.
With the public version of iOS 6 less than a moth away, estimated to be shortly after the rumored September 12th iPhone unveiling event, this reference guide will provide everything you need to know related to jailbreaking iOS 6. Once the firmware is pushed out sometime in September, it’s almost guaranteed that it will be Tethered with limited support.
Of course, Tethered Jailbreaks rely on the assistance of a computer to boot into the device’s jailbroken state. Meaning that every time the iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch needs to be turned on, whether it’s because it died or it simply needed to reboot, you’ll have to plug it into the computer via the usb cable and rerun a certain part of the utility. Additionally, tethered jailbreaks only support certain devices, as they exploit vulnerabilities that cannot be patched by Apple without the release of new hardware. However, sometimes the iOS Dev Teams incorporate more valuable exploits in their utilities to provide an UnTethered Jailbreak. Having the obvious advantage of allowing the device to be independent from either a MAC or windows computer once the process is complete, UnTethered jailbreaks are ideal and preferred by most users. Once the developers discover the vulnerabilities required to create the UnTethered firmware jailbreak, they tend to insure that it can function across all iDevices that run the version of iOS they’re targeting.
Jailbreaking iOS 6 beta and UnTethered information :
Currently, there is a jailbreak available for the 6.0 beta versions. However, since Apple restricts their unreleased firmwares to registered developers, the RedSn0w utility is mostly tailored towards them. Those who update to and jailbreak iOS 6 beta will not receive Cydia: a graphical user interface that most jailbreakers use to search for and install third-party packages. Instead, the beta utility will inject a small portion of code into the firmware to allow for SSH and root access.
Enabling complete control and access to root directories is essentially the main purpose for jailbreaking. Cydia was simply developed as an interface for users to quickly and easily take advantage of root access by browsing for an installing different .deb files. For those of you who don’t know, deb is the official extension for Debian software packages and is more often than not used to name binary packages. In the case of jailbreaking, all of the different software tweaks, modifications, add-ons and apps are packaged in a Debian form. While there isn’t a GUI for installing the third-party software additions, developers and users can accomplish the installation process through an SSH program that’s equipped with a command prompt. For now, check below for a list of supported iOS 6 devices.
Supported devices under the Redsn0w 0.9.13 Tethered iOS 6 Jailbreak :
- iPhone 3Gs
- iPhone 4
- iPhone 4 CDMA model
- iPod Touch 4G, fourth-generation
iOS-devices to be included once a utility can Jailbreak iOS 6 UnTethered :
- iPhone 4S
- iPad 2 WiFi model
- iPad 2
- iPad 2 GSM varient
- iPad 2 CDMA edition
- iPad 3 Global version
Unfortunately, neither the the iPod Touch 3G (third-generation) nor the original iPad 1 will be included due to the fact that Apple will stop supporting them with the release of iOS 6.
While there are certainly limitations to jailbreaking the beta versions of 6.0, it can still enhance the iOS experience if the packages are compatible with the updated firmware. But, keep in mind that it’s mainly for third-party developers who wish to add support to their existing tweaks and mods. With that said, be sure to subscribe the official JailbreakiOS6 feed to be notified once iOS 6 and an UnTethered Jailbreak are officially released. This instructional guide will continue to be updated as soon as new information becomes available. Check back frequently for all of your jailbreak and iOS 6 related inquires.
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