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.
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.
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.
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.