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

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.

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

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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.

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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.