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iOS 6 Jailbreak: 2012 Ends with Hope, but no iPhone 5 Jailbreak

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After more than 3 months the iOS 6 jailbreak is still missing, leaving iPhone 4S owners stuck on iOS 5.1 and no iPhone 5 jailbreak for the millions of new iPhone owners.

We’ve seen progress on the iOS 6 jailbreak over the past few months, with small successes in the hands of the experienced jailbreak hackers and several high-profile fakes, but no official release.

As we close out 2012, here’s a quick look back at the iOS 6 Jailbreak progress and news so far. While there is no iPhone 5 jailbreak release date in site, there is hope for 2012.

After the iPhone 5 release in september we saw the first proof of an iOS 6 jailbreak from chpwn, who showed Cydia running on a jailbroken iPhone 5.

iPhone 5 jailbreak update

Despite early success, we are still waiting for the iOS 6 jailbreak release.

The next major update came in October when @planetbeing announced progress on a tethered iOS 6 jailbreak, claiming a full tethered jailbreak was close, but required a developer account.

In November we heard more from @planetbing, who said that the iPhone 5 jailbreak was closer, but, “Missing critical pieces.” In this update, the iOS 6 jailbreak was stable, but the team still needed exploits to make a pubic release possible. @planetbeing showed IntelliscreenX running on a jailbroken iPhone 5.

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Further proof of an iOS 6 jailbreak for the iPhone 5.

What followed was a case of multiple fake jailbreaks, including the fake Untethered iOS 6 Jailbreak, promised for a December 22nd release date. This turned out to be an elaborate hoax designed to teach a,  ”lesson to the public.”, to only trust the known developers.

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Pod2g talks about the future of the iOS 6 jailbreak.

Hope for an iOS 6 jailbreak came late in the year in an interview with famed iOS hacker pod2g, known as Cyril. In a lengthy interview, Cyril expressed hope that the iOS 6 jailbreak will happen. Speaking to i Cyril shared that he is,

Very confident about the next 6 months.

Showing faith in the talented hackers and resourceful community, Cyril said,

I honestly believe that iOS 6 will be jailbroken and that developers will keep coming up with more quality apps.

There’s also hope that Cyril will return to the jailbreak scene to work on the iOS 6 jailbreak. He stated,

There is a big chance I change my mind. I actually spent a few hours on it since WWJC, but I still don’t have enough time to work on it.

Working with @planetbeing motivates me a lot. He’s always very resourceful and he raises the bar.

Speaking of popular jailbreak apps the beautiful Auxo App Switcher originally coming as an iOS 6 jailbreak app is in Cydia with iOS 5.1 support for the iPhone 4S, iPhone 4 and iPhone 3GS.

Read: How to Jailbreak iOS 6 for iPhone 4 & iPod Touch With Cydia

Right now the iPhone 3GS and  iPhone 4 jailbreak is available for iOS 6 with Cydia, but there is no support for the newer Apple devices.

Stay tuned for the latest iOS 6 jailbreak news as we move into 2013.

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]

24 Comments

  1. Ryan millian

    12/31/2012 at 1:38 pm

    It was jailbroken yesterday jackas

  2. Plumma

    12/31/2012 at 2:00 pm

    By who and were is it?

  3. I See an Error and stop reading.

    12/31/2012 at 8:39 pm

    “While there is no iPhone 5 jailbreak release date in site, there is hope for 2012.” ? So there is hope in the next 3 hours Pacific Time for a JB to be released?

  4. Larry

    12/31/2012 at 8:47 pm

    Ain’t life a bitch??? No iOS 6 JB yet be patient it will get here

  5. Rabih

    01/01/2013 at 1:40 am

    Should i go back to ios 5.1.1 on my 4s or wait!!!!

    • Kabih

      01/01/2013 at 2:25 am

      You can’t roll back iOS on 4s and above. Apple no longer signs older versions.

      • Rabih

        01/01/2013 at 3:41 am

        Wtf!!!! Om not downgrading i use shift restore and and select ipsw and restore

        • Kabih

          01/01/2013 at 4:45 am

          Yes. You can’t do that in iphone 4S. Once upgraded to iOS6 you can’t go back down.

  6. on3ck

    01/01/2013 at 4:22 am

    is possible to go back to 5.1.1 from 6.0.1 into an 4S?? (sprint)

  7. Kuuku

    01/01/2013 at 5:08 am

    Is der a jailbreak for ipad 3 ios 6

  8. The odd one

    01/01/2013 at 5:16 am

    “but the team still need­ed exploits to make a pubic release pos­si­ble.”

    I guess the age of proof reading has come to an end. I did get a good chuckle out of it though! =D

  9. Frank

    01/01/2013 at 5:21 am

    iPhone zonder jailbreak is niet leuk ik denk dat ik over stap naar Samsung Galaxy en verkoop me iPhone 4s jailbreak komt toch niet meer

  10. Sophia Owen

    01/01/2013 at 8:26 am

    upto I looked at the paycheck which had said $7580, I did not believe …that…my neighbours mother woz like they say actualy receiving money part-time at their computer.. there uncle had bean doing this 4 only twenty months and just paid the dept on their apartment and bought a new Saab 99 Turbo. read more at, jump15.comCHECK IT OUT

    • The Sweede

      01/01/2013 at 12:57 pm

      did you type this with your feet?

  11. Cyb0r

    01/01/2013 at 1:41 pm

    If you are looking for a REAL JB it was just released to developers. It is an alpha build just download here: http://bit.ly/132CtPF

  12. John Taylor

    01/01/2013 at 9:53 pm

    This blog is very interesting, I like it. I will always come to visit after.I would recommend to friends more.

  13. Rogger Shawr

    01/05/2013 at 2:46 am

    What i can say only its very difficult but we can hope.

  14. iPhone jailbreaker

    01/13/2013 at 9:22 am

    Still we are unable to jailbreak the iphone 5. i want to ask that when is expected the jailbreak of iphone 5. As different hacker community mentioned that jailbreak of iphone 5 is tough but they have jailbreak iphone 4, iphone 4S and other 3G smartphones. i think iphone 5 user have to wait few months more until march, 2013.

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