Jailbreak iPad 4, 4th Generation on 6.0.1 Achieved in Record Time Inline with our article from yesterday regarding the iPhone Dev Team successfully jailbreaking the iPad mini, Grant Paul posted a screenshot of Cydia running on the iPad 4 with iOS 6.0.1.
As stated in Grant Paul’s corresponding tweet, Cydia doesn’t look any different on Apple’s new jailbroken iPad 4 (4th Generation) on 6.0.1 than it does on the iPad 3. While I’m sure many iOS device owners who are new to the jailbreak community might question the authenticity of Paul’s screenshot, there’s absolutely no reason to.
Grant Paul, better known by his hacker handle: chpwn, is a valued contributor to the world of UnTethered jailbreaking – from his collaborative efforts with iPhone and Chronic Dev Teams, to his numerous Cydia tweaks.
Similar to the iPad mini that was jailbroken on iOS 6 or 6.0.1, the new iPad 4 was jailbroken using the Dev Team’s failbreak method. As we’ve explained before, a failbreak is simply a term used by members of the jailbreak community to refer to a very selective jailbreak technique that relies on an Apple iOS Developer account.
Additionally, if the Dev Team decided to release a failbreak, exclusively for iOS Developers, it would certainly spark legal issues between jailbreakers and Apple because of the methods used to exploit both iOS and iDevices.
On a side note, as evident in the above screenshot, the iPad 4’s SHSH files are backed up to Saurik’s server for downgrading purposes. For additional proof, due to the fact that Cydia almost always saves SHSH blobs upon launch, it’s far less likely that chpwn’s screenshot could be of an iPad 3. Furthermore, while it’s unclear whether or not the new iPad 4 is on 6.0.1 or simply iOS 6.0, the minor detail should be considered irrelevant, as the vulnerabilities that were exploited to achieve a jailbreak remain hidden from Apple.
Although this news may come across as discouraging to a fair number of new iPad 4 owners, it’s actually quite the opposite. If nothing else, chpwn’s latest tweet regarding his jailbroken iPad 4, reassures jailbreakers that the iOS security experts are hastily working on a solution to jailbreak Apple’s new 6.0.1 public firmware for the latest iOS devices.
With that said, owners of either an iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS or a 4th Generation iPod touch, can employ the assistance of Redsn0w to jailbreak their iPhone or iPod touch on iOS 6.0.1.
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