Untethered iOS 6.1.3 Jailbreak Update, iOS 7 and the Future of Jailbreaking – Today, as part of our effort at Evasi0n Jailbreak to keep our readers constantly informed, we’ve put together this basic guide to outline the status of the next UnTethered Jailbreak. As a number of our avid site users are already aware, Apple effectively patched the iOS 6.0 through 6.1.2 Untethered evasion jailbreak with the release of iOS 6.1.3 on March 19th. In this article, we’ll not only explore the reasons why the evad3rs have opted against developing a utility to jailbreak 6.1.3, but we’ll also examine iOS 7 and jailbreaking’s place in the future.
iOS Jailbreak 6.1.3 Update, 7.0 And The Future of Jailbreaking
After questions related to whether iOS 6.1.3 can be jailbroken, which it in fact can using a Redsn0w workaround for the iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS and the iPod touch 4G, the second set of most asked inquires pertain to the status of the iOS 6.1.3 Untethered jailbreak. Unfortunately, the short-term outlook for the next major jailbreak utility is rather bleak.
While both the evad3rs (the genius group of hackers behind the evasi0n jailbreak utility) and p0sixninja (quondam leader of the Chronic Dev Team) have confirmed the development of two separate utilities, both are waiting for the release of iOS 7 and new iDevices before pushing out refreshed utilities capable of jailbreaking all iPhone, iPad and iPod touch models.
Although some question the evad3rs and p0sixninja’s motives for delaying the release of the next jailbreak, we can assure you that they have the public’s best interest in mind. The developers of jailbreak tools often spend months discovering, testing and verifying the half-a-dozen or more primary exploits that are required to create said jailbreak tools. From a hypothetical standpoint, if the developers decided to release a jailbreak for iOS 6.1.3, the time they spent discovering the precious and rare exploits would be wasted, as Apple would surely patch the exploits with a minor firmware release (most likely 6.1.4).
However, if the hackers wait to release a jailbreak, new devices and firmwares – like iOS 7 – will be able to be jailbroken using the same exploits that would otherwise be patched if the hackers had rushed to release a jailbreak for 6.1.3. In a rather interesting, yet basic, question, one of our readers asked the following: “How can they [the developers and hackers] ensure that Apple won’t patch the exploits they’ve delivered before they release a jailbreak?” – we have a simple answer to that. If Apple doesn’t know which iOS vulnerabilities the hackers plan on exploiting, they can’t patch them; it’s similar to the common saying “it’s like trying to find a needle in a hay stack”.
Looking forward, we know for a fact that jailbreaking will endure, survive and even thrive as iOS continues to grow. It’s not a question of whether or not the Evasi0n iOS 6 untethered jailbreak is the last of its kind, but rather when the latest advancements in the world of jailbreaking will be made available to the general public.
If all of your jailbreak-related questions haven’t been fully answered in this article, we recommend reading our iOS 6.1.3 and Jailbreak iOS 7 Guide for information on downgrading, semi Untethered or semi Tethered, UnTethered and Tethered jailbreak utilities.
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