iOS 6.1 to Bring Untethered Jailbreak for iPhone 5 and iPad Mini

Since the launch of the iPhone 5 an iOS 6 jailbreak has been in the works, and as David Wang, a member of the jailbreaking community also known as “Planetbeing” reveals, they covered a lot of ground before the end of the tunnel came into view.

With each new iOS release, Apple has managed to improve the security of the system. iOS 6 is the most advanced yet in this area, which also means it has been the hardest nut for hackers to crack so far.

But after many months of continuous work, all the pieces are in place and the untethered jailbreak is working just fine; it’s finally ready for a public release.

All pieces are in place. All except one, that is: the release of iOS 6.1.

The jailbreak team working on the untethered jailbreak for iOS 6 has chosen the name “Evad3rs” for its clan, it was announced today by Twitter user “Cyril,” who tweets under the handle @pod2g.

The team comprises Cyril (pod2g), David Wang (planetbeing), Nikias Bassen (pimskeks) and MuscleNerd.

The team claims the jailbreak is ready for a public release, but the hackers are waiting for the public release of iOS 6.1. The wait is necessary so that the team can ensure none of the exploits they used were patched by Apple.

If the group published their jailbreak now, Apple would still have time to squash it, and the iOS 6 untethered jailbreak would be delayed by weeks, possibly months.

After four versions of iOS 6.1 betas having already been published, all bets are on iOS 6.1 Gold Master coming out any day now, but the possibility of a fifth iOS 6.1 beta is also high considering Apple’s recent executive shake-up, and the heavily criticized Maps app.

One thing is certain: The hackers are promising an untethered jailbreak for the iPhone 5 and the iPad mini, but the eagerly awaited era of tweaks will arrive when iOS 6.1 comes out. Until then, the team is asking for patience, because it will be well worth it.

[Via: Redmond Pie]

Written by Istvan Fekete; Edited by Mike Crook