The iOS 6 jailbreak release is not linked to the iOS 6.1 release.
We previously reported that the iOS 6 jailbreak release was on hold until after the iOS 6.1 release date because the new software breaks part of the jailbreak and because the team does not want to burn an essential jailbreak exploit.
Planetbeing provided more details in comments of the original reddit post, saying that, “iOS 6.1 is entirely irrelevant to that reason.”
The bigger issue is that releasing the iOS 6 jailbreak would allow Apple to fix an exploit that lets the team explore new firmwares, an essential tool for developing a jailbreak. The ability to look at new firmware for jailbreak details is how the team is able to figure out how to jailbreak new versions of iOS and new devices.
With iOS 6, jailbreaking is much tougher, but both pod2g and Planetbeing remain optimistic. In a recent interview pod2g said he is optimistic about the next six months and early in 2013 he promised that calls for an open iOS are not a sign that the jailbreak community is giving up.
iOS hacker Planetbeing downplayed the difficulty, saying, “reports of its death are highly exaggerated.”
Planetbeing announced earlier this week that he has a successful untethered iOS 6 jailbreak for the iPhone 5. Specifically an untethered iOS 6.0.2 jailbreak, which is the most current software on the iPhone 5 and iPad mini.
Even though the iOS 6 jailbreak release is not tied to the ISO 6.1 release date, users hoping to unlock more features on their iPhone 5 shouldn’t upgrade to iOS 6.1 as it breaks part of the current iOS 6 jailbreak.
Progress on the iOS 6 jailbreak is moving along much faster than in 2012, or at least it appears that way based on mor frequent public comments by respected iPhone jailbreak developers and hackers. Thankfully the number of fake iPhone 5 jailbreaks and iOS 6 jailbreak scams appear to be tapering off.
Stay tuned for the latest iOS 6 jailbreak news.