Should Hackers Release Jailbreak for iOS 5.1 or Hold Off Jailbreak for iOS 6?

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Couple of days back, pod2g had tweeted that though they had all the exploits required for the iOS 5.1 jailbreak, there was still quite a bit of work to be done and he had “no clue” when the jailbreak will be released.

With 6 weeks to go for Apple’s WorldWide Developer Conference 2012 where it is expected to unveil iOS 6, some users have felt that the pod2g and team should not release a jailbreak for iOS 5.1 as Apple will fix those exploits in iOS 6, if not earlier.

pod2g is also currently pondering over that decision and has put up a poll on his website asking users if they should release the iOS 5.1 jailbreak and expose the 5 exploits that they’ve discovered so far or wait until iOS 6.

So before we say which option we will opt for, lets go through the pros and cons of the two options:

Option 1:

pod2g and team should wait for iOS 6:

One could say that based on what we’ve seen in iOS 5.1, there is no compelling reason to upgrade your iOS device to iOS 5.1 (assuming you’re on iOS 5 and iOS 5.0.1) and it seems unlikely that Apple will release iOS 5.x.x that includes a major feature that would tempt users to upgrade. Taking that into consideration, releasing a jailbreak for iOS 5.x.x would be a waste of those 5 exploits as users could simply avoid upgrading to iOS 5.1 or later iOS software updates. So pod2g and team are better off waiting for iOS 6.

Option 2:

pod2g and team should release a jailbreak as soon as possible:

  1. The biggest problem with waiting for iOS 6 is that we’re assuming that Apple won’t find the five exploits that pod2g and team has discovered. There is a huge risk that Apple fixes most of the exploits in iOS 6 making it impossible to release a jailbreak until new exploits are discovered.
  2. By waiting for iOS 6, it would also mean that all new iOS device users (except for iPhone 4 and iPhone 3GS) won’t be able to jailbreak their iPhones and iPads as they would come pre-installed with iOS 5.1 or later. (There is currently only a tethered jailbreak for iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS, iPad 1, iPod touch 4G and iPod touch 3G on iOS 5.1)
  3. It also means that if for some reason you end up restoring your iOS device due to some unforeseen issue then you will stuck without a jailbreak until a jailbreak for iOS 6 is released (assuming it is possible – refer to 1).
  4. The jailbreak community has rarely held off releasing a jailbreak with the hope that they will use the exploits to jailbreak for a future iOS software update, they always prided themselves on finding the exploits in the new software update. When they have waited, it hasn’t worked out as they’ve planned.
Considering all these reasons, we strongly feel that the pod2g and team should release a jailbreak for iOS 5.1. However, there is one possible reason which could tilt the decision in favor of waiting for iOS 6 and that is if the exploits include a bootrom exploit that works across all iOS devices, which would allow pod2g and team to release a jailbreak for future iOS software updates without worrying about Apple patching it (at least for iOS devices that have already been sold/manufactured). However, as we mentioned in point 1, it is a huge risk as Apple could fix it anytime and start selling iOS devices with the updated bootrom. We’ll still go with option 2.
Note: The options are not in the same as order as we’ve mentioned. There is also a third option for those users who don’t care about jailbreaking.
Now that you’ve the necessary information do hop over to pod2g’s website and take the poll and don’t forget to let us know what you think pod2g and team should do in the comments below. Also please feel free to let us know if we’ve missed any point.
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