iPhone 5 Jailbreak Status Update for iOS 6

The iPhone 5 jailbreak remains a matter of hard work and luck according to the hacker responsible for unlocking the full potential of the iPhone 5 and Apple’s iOS 6 software.

Over the past weeks the status of the iPhone 5 jailbreak has not dramatically changed, but the outlook of key jailbreak contributors is looking up.

While the iPhone Dev Team released an iOS 6 jailbreak update earlier this week, the tool cannot jailbreak the iPhone 5 or iPhone 4S running iOS 6.

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The iPhone 5 jailbreak work continues.

The iOS 6 jailbreak for newer devices requires the discovery of new elusive exploits. Jailbreaking is legal, but Apple is not a fan of the activity. In the iOS 6 update it appears that Apple patched many vulnerabilities in an attempt to frustrate and stop an iPhone 5 jailbreak or iOPS 6 jailbreak for the iPhone 4S and iPad 3rd generation.


Last month at JailbreakCon in San Francisco Cyril, aka pod2g, announced that there is no iOS 6 jailbreak yet, and that the completion of a jailbreak for the iPhone 5 could be months away. The full talk on the jailbreaking is below. At the 38-minute mark, Cyril covers the iOS 6 jailbreak pieces the Chronic Dev Team already has.

The demeanor changed while speaking on a panel about the iPhone 5 jailbreak at the Hack in the Box conference in Kuala Lumpur on October 10th. The International Design Times reports that the most prominent iPhone 5 jailbreak team members are optimistic, despite the need for, “luck”, and comparisons to breaking into a castle.

The iDT states that Cyril says, “At the moment, I’m kind of stuck … but it could change in a week,” adding, “It’s luck, I think.” David Wang, joined the panel, telling attendees, “We still have a few tricks up our sleeves.”

The best news of the conference comes from Cyril. iDT reports that Cyril said the iPhone 5 jailbreak would be finalized, “in the next few weeks.”


Assuming the iOS 6 untethered jailbreak for the iPhone 5 and other devices is completed in a few weeks, it may take longer to arrive as a tool that users can download and use to jailbreak the iPhone 5 at home. Typically the Chronic Dev Team and the iPhone Dev Team test jailbreaks internally and on a limited number of beta testers before a public release to make sure the tool does not do harm to any iPhones.

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iPhone 5 jailbreak progress.

Right after the iPhone 5 release, iPOS hacker chpwn, showed off an iPhone 5 jailbreak with Cydia on the new iPhone, but this jailbreak was not ready for public release and it remains unclear how much of this will apply to the iPhone 5 jailbreak or the iOS 6 jailbreak for the iPhone 4S.

Stay tuned for the latest jailbreak news.

Josh Smith is Editor of GottaBeMobile and Notebooks.com. He's always looking for ways to help you get the most of your gear and loves to talk about tech on radio and TV. Josh uses an iOS and Android devices as well as Mac and Windows Computers. Josh Smith on Google+ Email: [email protected]


  1. I’m still holding my self from buying iPhone 5 until it can be jailbroken.

    Thanks for your hard work guys

  2. Continue with the great work, much is appreciated….but for me, I’d prefer if work is done to downgrade the A5 chip devices from iOS6 to 5.1.1….missing my apps :(

  3. I find it hilarious that Apple makes it harder for people to jailbreak with every release essentially losing sales for everyone that is holding off buying an iPhone until it gets jailbroken.

  4. I would like to install SBsettings on my iphone 5. That is all for now. Anybody know how to just put it on a non JB device?
    Installing cydia by droping it into itunes does not work on the 5.

  5. thanks all you guys for hard work really iphone with out jailbreak is nothing all these apps and themes they should be on iphone they are biutifull

  6. [email protected]

    Is it really jailed for iPhone 5? Bro

  7. Man its crap , I’ve tried to accomplish their surveys for thousands of times and nothing – its pure bullshit.

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