iOS 6 Jailbreak: Status Update

iOS 6 Jailbreak

Apple will be finally releasing its eagerly awaited next generation mobile operating system – iOS 6 on Wednesday, September 19, which includes more than 200 new features such as an all-new Maps app, improvements to Siri, new Passbook app, improved notification system, Facebook integration and lots more.

We take a look at the current status of the iOS jailbreak, so that you can decide whether or not to upgrade your iOS device to iOS 6 when it is released.

Status Update:

Jailbreak Tools:

iPhone Dev Team has been releasing Redsn0w for the beta versions of iOS 6. The Dev team recently released Redsn0w 0.9.13dev4 for Windows and Mac that can jailbreak iOS 6 GM. Since iOS 6 Golden Master is the shipping version of the software, technically Redsn0w will be able to jailbreak iOS 6 that will be released on Wednesday.

Redsn0w 0.9.13dev4 supports the following iOS 6 compatible devices:

  • iPod touch 4G
  • iPhone 3GS
  • iPhone 4(GSM)
  • iPhone 4(CDMA)

As you would expect, Redsn0w 0.9.13dev4 that has been released for the beta versions of iOS 6 does not expose any new exploit, it uses Geohot’s limera1n bootrom exploit. So it supports only a tethered jailbreak for all the iOS devices mentioned above, except for iPhone 3GS with the older bootrom.

Dev team has reported that there are some remaining issues with Cydia and fundamental modules like PreferenceLoader so Redsn0w 0.9.13dev4 doesn’t install Cydia. We don’t expect the jailbreak Dream team to release tools until the issues with Cydia and modules like PreferenceLoader are not fixed.

Unlike last year, other than what is mentioned above, iPhone Dev team, pod2g and the Chronic Dev team have been relatively quiet about the status of the iOS 6 jailbreak. So it is not clear if they are keeping things under wrap and will release Redsn0w and Absinthe jailbreak for iOS 6 that will also support iPhone 4S, iPad 2, iPad 3, Apple TV 2 and Apple TV 3 immediately after it is released or there is work to be done or its even possible to jailbreak the new iOS devices running iOS 6.

We’re hopeful that the Dream team will work their magic as pod2g had revealed back in May that they had not burned all the exploits for the iOS 5.1.1 jailbreak and still had exploits, which could useful in jailbreaking iOS 6. But this was before iOS 6 beta was released, so we’re not sure they will be useful in jailbreaking iOS 6 as Apple could have fixed them in iOS 6.

It also remains to be seen if iPhone 5, which goes on sale on Friday, September 21, can be jailbroken.

We expect the jailbreak Dream team to provide an update after iOS 6 is publicly available.

iOS 6 Compatible Jailbreak Apps and Tweaks:

The iOS 6 beta jailbreak has allowed jailbreak developers to test their jailbreak apps and Cydia tweaks on iOS 6 so that they can fix the compatibility issues.

Check out this list to find out if your favorite jailbreak apps and tweaks are compatible with iOS 6.

So should you upgrade iOS 6?

It really depends on you, but here are some of the options:

  1. If you want iOS 6’s 200+ new features more than the jailbreak apps and tweaks, then it is a no brainer, you should upgrade to iOS 6.
  2. If you can’t live without jailbreaking then you should wait for the jailbreak Dream team to release the jailbreak tools for iOS 6.
    • Even if jailbreak tools for iOS 6 are released, you may want to check if your favorite iOS 5.x.x jailbreak apps are  compatible with iOS 6 before you decide to upgrade and jailbreak iOS 6.
  3. If you depend on the Ultrasn0w to unlock your iPhone, you should wait for tools like Sn0wbreeze for Windows or PwnageTool for Mac that allow you to preserve the baseband while upgrading to iOS 6.
Take Back up of SHSH Blobs:

Please take a backup of the SHSH blobs of all your iOS devices, so that you have an option to downgrade to iOS 5.1.1. It’s very simple to save SHSH blobs using TinyUmbrella.

Update (Sept. 19):
iPhone Dev team has provided an update about downgrading from iOS 6 to iOS 5.x and a new re-restoring feature in the new version of Redsn0w that will be released soon.
Update (Sept. 21):
We hope this answers most of your questions about iOS 6 and jailbreaking. We’ll keep you posted as soon as we’ve any further updates.
Please feel free to drop us a line in the comments if you’ve have other questions and don’t forget to let us know what you plan to do.
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  • Rob

    Personally i wont update, i dont like the new youtube app

    • Tyler

      you dont need to update for the youtube app haha its already downloadable in the AppStore and its way better….

  • Bill

    So will Siri actualy work in the uk after this update or will it still only support business inside the us!

  • m Arch Tom’s on Bar N Ass

    article is too long, a table would fit the questions.

  • Sylar

    if I save SHSH then will I be able to downgrade once Apple stops signing 5.1.1?

    • Slick

      yes as long as u saved .shsh from whichever version u will be able to downgrade to that version. When ur downgrading u will need to download a file(.ipsw) (Even if apple stop u can find it on net) What happens is redsnow creates a file from .shsh and the .ipsw file u downloaded then u use that file to downgrade

      • Sylar

        Thanks a lot for the info

        • Slick

          ya its small as i said it creates a file from .shsh and the .ipsw file

      • Sylar

        the .shsh folder is just 1.53 mb is it normal?

      • DTHCND

        No you can’t! iOS’s APTicket works different now and is randomly generated during every restore. Unfortunately, this means when Apple stops signing 5.1.1, you won’t be able to downgrade (at least not right away).

  • Mystic

    Can anyone report the battery performance for iOS 6 GM as compared to the 5.1.1? Over the 200+ features, battery life is the most important, at least for me. Seeing that most of the new maps features and Siri improvements aren’t quit supported yet in my region.

  • ian

    Can’t say there is really anything in this update that will compel me to update from my wonderfully Untethered Jailbroken 5.1.1 device. But to all those that do update, good luck and i hope everything works out well for you all :)

  • Temp

    there’s a new version (6.0) of TinyUmbrella that was released yesterday, FYI.

  • DillansiPhone3gs

    :/ not a fan of the new YouTube app either. Wish they would allow you to keep it.

    • Aaron Funk

      you can keep it you just have to use open ssh with either a pc or mac and copy the old app for 5.1.1 i did and put it on my 6.0 4s and it still works

  • Sahand Bet

    latest tiny umbrella is 6.00.00

  • Dageniz Fernandez

    if my phone is jailbroken and i want to update to iOS 6 will my jailbreak delete itself? and my phone is on the T-mobile carrier. will that leave too? please, anybody if you know the answer to my question reply i’m really worried.

    • TheGuy

      You must restore your idevice to iOS 6 so you can’t not just update thru the phone, and yes your jailbreak will go away and your unlock so you can use t-mobile will also be deleted

  • An’Darrio! ツ

    I can’t upgrade to iOS 6 because I depend on my Jailbroken iPod Touch 4G for SMS GV Extension to text. That’s the only reason. I did preview the Beta and it was fast, and fun, but there’s really not a difference if you have an Jailbroken iPod Touch 4G.

  • Guedes

    do you guys know when it will be released?

  • Mindaugas

    Hi I updated my iPhone to iOS 6 but now i have a problem. My iPhone 3GS shows that there are no service in it but there is a SIM card inserted in it. When it starts it shows that it is connected to iTunes and that is all i can’t go any further and iTunes shows The SIM card inserted in this iPhone does not appear to be supported. What to do because iam stuck i can’t even go into menu…

  • Harman

    i have iphone 4s nd i have updated it to ios 6…cn i downgrade it to ios 5.1.1 by ny way???? plz tell??
    rply asap!!! :(

    • iPhoneHacks

      No, it’s not possible to downgrade an iPhone 4S from iOS 6 to iOS 5.1.1 currently.

  • iOSNos

    I tried to downgrade on iTunes to 5.1.1 but I get 3194 error… so shame :( Tell me a good downgrading program? Thanks :D

  • Fatty

    Hi , i have this error msg when i try to install the games after jail breaking IOS 6 on my iphone 4 . IPA invalid , can anyone help ? Cheers

  • Alzaks

    when will the jailbreak for iPad 2 iOS 6 be available pls??? Am so screwed without a jailbreak on my iPad.

    • Niki

      I know how your feeling :(

    • Danne

      Still waiting for the jailbreak on my iPad 2 IOS 6, anyone knew when it will be released ?

  • Eswaran

    Hello friends I am using iphone4
    And my iOS is iOS6 can I jail break my phone if I jailbreak means do I get any problem
    And I want to know is there availability of jailbreak for iOS 6