Well, that was very quick: within hours of Apple releasing the final version iOS 6.1 to the public, a tethered jailbreak is already available for those who like to tinker with their iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch. Not only that, but newer models are able to get in on the jailbreaking fun this time around.
The new technique only requires Redsn0w jailbreak software in order to work. Of course, this is a tethered jailbreak, so every time you start up your jailbroken device, you'll need to plug it into you computer; otherwise, you'll lose your jailbreak.
The good news: an untethered jailbreak could be ready as early as this coming Sunday. Even better still, if you have an iPhone 5, iPad Mini or iPad 4, there's a possibility it will work with this new jailbreak method, too.
This latest development comes via developer "PlanetBeing," who noticed that iOS 6.1 is vulnerable to a number of different exploits. "MuscleNerd," another iOS jailbreak developer, additionally hinted at work on an exploit, with a cryptic tweet posted soon after PlanetBeing's. Throughout the week, he's also dropped hints about an upcoming untethered jailbreak via his new developing team, evad3rs.
The evad3rs Twitter account is silent presently, but according to MuscleNerd, it will make its first "important" announcement shortly. In the meantime, instructions for the tethered jailbreak are available now on the Redmond Pie website.
As aways, hack at your own risk: Jailbreaking your iOS device could void your warranty. And while jailbreaking your smartphone is legal in the US, that isn't necessarily the case for other devices like tablets and game consoles.
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