Apple Releases iOS 6.1 Beta 5 To Developers [Updated]


Apple has seeded the iOS 6.1 beta 5 for iPhone, iPad, iPad mini and iPod touch to developers of iOS Developer program.

Apple had seeded the last beta version of iOS 6.1 on December 17th and was expected to expire on January 28th, so the weekend release doesn’t come as a big surprise.

iOS 6.1 Beta 5 is available for the following iOS devices:

  • iPhone 5, iPhone 4S, iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS,
  • iPad 4, iPad 3 (the new iPad), iPad 2, iPad mini
  • iPod Touch 5G, iPod touch 4G

Developers can download iOS 6.1 Beta 5 from the iOS Dev Center.

Here’s what we know is coming in iOS 6.1 based on the previous four beta versions:

According to security experts, Apple has made jailbreaking more difficult in iOS 6.1 by adding tougher protection. As a golden rule, jailbreakers should avoid upgrading to iOS 6.1 beta 5.


MuscleNerd of the iPhone Dev team and iH8sn0w, developer of Sn0wbreeze has pointed out that iOS 6.1 beta 5 isn’t like other beta versions as it has no ReleaseType lock keys, so there is no expiration.

This means that Apple could release iOS 6.1 without releasing an iOS 6.1 GM. Lets hope Apple hasn’t fixed any of the loop holes that would make it even more difficult to jailbreak iOS 6.1 as the hackers seemed to suggest they have a jailbreak for it.

We’ll let you know if we find any new feature in iOS 6.1 beta 5, so stay tuned here at iPhone Hacks or follow us on FacebookTwitterGoogle+ or subscribe to our RSS feed.

Thanks everyone for the tip!

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  • pacman23

    does that mean jailbreak will be out real soon lol

    • iPhoneHacks

      No, the jailbreak is likely to be released only after iOS 6.1 is released to the public.

  • Aj

    It means we have to wait until 6.1 official public release, before jailbreak. keep up the good work JB team we r relying on u, I refuse to switch to iPhone 5 util JB is released. I considered a SGS3 but after playin with it for 3weeks I can honestly say it is not any better than my 4s jailbroken

    • Liam Mulcahy
  • Damani Brown

    GO GO GO TEAM! Let’s go! AAPL Release 6.1 so my iPhone can transform into the GOD PHONE and destroy all these S3 bums. :)

    • Roflcakes

      Take out your greasy hand off your pants and wipe your face, this is a public forum. Masturbation over vegetable icons is forbidden.

      • Damani Brown

        Made no sense. Re-write in English. Thanks.

  • ladodger5

    does everyone here think an ios6 jailbreak will boost apple device sales?

    • moe22

      i think it will.

    • Liam Mulcahy


    • jaybeans821

      i been waiting to get the iphone 5 for the Jb to come out…

    • mkimid

      Yes, even not big

  • Sukitapple

    Fck you apple

  • alfon_sico

    Anyone could tell me which is the REAL improvement of this version? I’m trying to understand where is the Easter Egg

  • snipey36

    Its seriously disgusting how ipad 1 got dropped so early while they still support 3gs which is almost a year older

  • Steven M

    They finally fixed the issue I was having with loading large playlists in the music player. This has been as issue since 6.0 was in beta and it wasn’t fixed in the final release. In 6.0, when hitting shuffle on a large playlist it would take a while, sometimes 5 to 10 seconds or longer, before the first song started playing. This was never an issue in past iOS versions. The music player in 6.1 is as fast as ever. A song starts playing instantly when I hit shuffle now. This was really the only performance issue that I had with 6.0 and I’m glad to see that it’s been cleared up. I like the new layout of the music controls on the lock screen as well.

  • m Arch Tom’s on Bar N Ass

    worked on iphone 3gs new bootrom and qualifying for ipad BB. also tethered JB works good and radio signal works fine. on my device for some reason i could not OPTION+UPDATE and only OPTION+RESTORE in itunes did the job right with no unknown errors. marc

  • Sarah O’Callaghan

    Yes, definitely it will. Apple devices are far too restrictive without a jailbreak,

  • Jim

    Sadly, Steve Jobs died and so did Apple… stock was at $450 from $700 last year… and they are not innovating like they used to.. think it is time to give Tim Cook the boot and look for someone who can come out with something better than minor evolutionary features and phones and figure out how to get revolutionary products back on their map..otherwise it is anyone’s game (google, nokia/microsoft, samsung, etc)

    • mkimid

      Practically, there are not many things to make a new

  • JannyGarrets

    Nice features implemented in iOS 6.1 beta 5 that are very useful and interesting. I am also using the latest version of iOS which one is also best. Thanks for sharing.