WWDC 2013, iOS 7, 6.1.3 and the Future of Jailbreaking
In years past, Apple’s annual World Wide Developers Conference (commonly referred to as WWDC) has played host to numerous unveilings, including both software and hardware. In fact, up until the iPhone 4S, new iterations of the iPhone were unveiled during the conference. However, in an effort to focus on developers, Apple separated the iPhone portion of the conference these past two years and held separate press events to specifically showcase the iPhone. During this years conference, Apple is scheduled to unveil iOS 7. In this post, we’ll discuss the next major iOS installment, iOS 6.1.3 and the future of jailbreaking.
As the majority of our readers are already well aware, with the release of iOS 6.1.3, Apple closed a number of vulnerabilities that were previously exploited by evasi0n to achieve an Untethered jailbreak, effectively patching the tool for devices on the latest firmware. Since iOS 6.1.3’s release we’ve written a number of articles detailing why the evad3rs and p0sixninja aren’t planning to develop a new jailbreak utility to accommodate 6.1.3 and the iPhone 5-exclusive 6.1.4.
While the hackers aren’t creating another jailbreak for the latest firmware, this is by no means the end of jailbreaking. In fact, the jailbreak community faces the same cat and mouse game with Apple every year. As the vulnerabilities that power the jailbreak utilities become harder to discover and exploit, the developers will release tools less frequently. In an effort to ensure maximum compatibility, the next untethered jailbreak will not be released until the days of iOS 7.
In light of that fact, we’re going to provide a detailed timeline that gives a rough estimate of when the next jailbreak may be released.
On June 10th, Apple will kick off WWDC with a keynote presentation, during which the company will unveil iOS 7 and release the first beta to registered Apple developers shortly after. While it’s certainty a possibility that Apple will also unveil the next iPhone during this year’s conference, it’s more likely that they’ll wait until fall. Once both iOS 7 and the next iPhone are released to the public, the hackers of the jailbreak scene will release the next UnTethered jailbreak.
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