What Does The iOS 6.1.3 Update Mean For Jailbreakers


Yesterday, Apple released iOS 6.1.3 to fix the Lock screen bug and bring improvements to Maps app for Japanese users.

So what does the iOS 6.1.3 update mean for jailbreakers?

iOS 6.1.3 Kills Evasion

As we told you yesterday, Apple has fixed 4 security flaws used by the evasi0n, so you won’t be able to jailbreak your device on iOS 6.1.3 with evasi0n.

Do Not Update:

As we had mentioned earlier, if you update your iOS device to iOS 6.1.3, you won’t be able to jailbreak your device if it’s an iPhone 5, iPhone 4S, iPad 2, iPad 3, iPad 4, iPad mini and iPod Touch 5G. If you’ve an iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS and/or iPod touch 4G then you have the option to jailbreak your device on iOS 6.1.3 with Redsn0w (check out this tutorial), but it will be a tethered jailbreak. It means that you will have to tethered boot your device each time you reboot your device to use jailbreak apps like Cydia.

Saved SHSH Blobs:

While we keep telling you to save SHSH blobs every time Apple releases an iOS update using TinyUmbrella, we must point out that they’re useless currently (except for Redsn0w’s re-restore functionality for iOS 5.x) as there is no way to downgrade your iOS device from iOS 6.1.3. Apple made changes to prevent this in iOS 6 and hackers haven’t been able to figure out a way to downgrade.

You also won’t be able to restore to iOS 6.x.x if you have the SHSH blobs.

But having said that, it is still prudent to take a backup of the SHSH blobs (you don’t need to if you’ve jailbroken your iOS device as Cydia will cache them automatically), as it could be useful in the future.

What does it mean?

The lack of a jailbreak for iOS 6.1.3 for newer devices means that you should be very careful while installing jailbreak tweaks as a bad tweak could easily force you to restore your device, which would mean that you will lose the jailbreak and all the tweaks installed on your device. Also check this post to find out how to fix an endless reboot loop problem on your jailbroken iPhone, iPad or iPod touch.

It may also be prudent to check iPhoneHacks.com for the reviews or feel free to ask us a question about the tweak you want to install in our Forums.

iOS 6.1.3 Jailbreak:

David Wang aka planetbeing of evad3rs had said that they’ve discovered enough bugs to nearly build a new iOS jailbreak if all the bugs they used in evasi0n are fixed, but neither he or pod2g have commented after iOS 6.1.3 was released yesterday so let’s hope they’re busy working on it.

evasi0n was a combination of five different security flaws, most of them harmless individually, but together capable enough to jailbreak iOS 6.x.x. So Apple has certainly made things a lot more difficult for them by fixing 4 out of the 5 security flaws.

At this point it is anybody’s guess if and when they will release an updated version of evasi0n that can jailbreak iOS 6.1.3.

We’ll let you know as soon as there is any update so don’t forget to join our Facebook Fan page or follow us on Twitter or add us to your circles on Google+.

If you’ve any questions, please drop us a line in the comments section below.

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  • Franzen

    We won’t be able to restore to iOS 6.x.x even if the SHSH blobs?

    • Franzen

      even while in 6.1.2?

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  • D4

    I know SHSH’s wont allow downgrade from 6.x.x but can you confirm that its 100% true that you can no longer update to 6.x.x from 5.x.x with Backed up SHSH’s?

    Im asking because this is seriously bad news if 100% correct..
    Once again, a sad day for the jailbreak community!

    • D4

      Apple, you say you are giving your customers what they want but CLEARLY you are not listening to your customers and only your own stupid ideas that are not so great at all… android is looking more and more promising for me, im geting bored of this Customer Control actions now..

      • Johnnynboy

        F u apple I’m gettig the S4 not interested in the 5s no more

        • Steve Jobs

          You go, girl.

          • fjhus16

            steve jobs is dead and tim cook is an ***hole he broke my 4s with the 6.0 update now i have no warranty I use my freezer as an iphone cooler to get wifi back on thx to him why steve why?

    • http://www.iphonehacks.com iPhoneHacks

      No it’s not possible. There has never been a way to upgrade to an unsigned firmware with or without SHSH blobs.

      • D4

        Iv managed to do it with tinyumbrella? i went from 5.0 to 5.1.1 when ios6 was out and 5.1.1 had been stopped.

        Not judging your answer but something seems wrong, why would we want to backup our SHSH’s if there useless? Apart from the restore function with 5.1.1

        • D4

          My process:

          Launch TinyUmbrella, Start Server, Restore with itunes, Get Error, use tiny umbrella to boot out of loop/connect to itunes.

          • http://www.iphonehacks.com iPhoneHacks

            iOS 6 is a different beast.

            Here’s a tweet by MuscleNerd: https://twitter.com/MuscleNerd/status/314110118709043203

          • D4

            Sweet cheers mate,
            Sorry thats my confusion of the differnce between 5.x.x and 6.x.x
            Thanks for the info, mate, n sorry if i seemed rude, i wasn’t being.

          • http://www.iphonehacks.com iPhoneHacks

            No worries, glad I could solve the confusion. There seems to be a lot of confusion around SHSH blobs, so I felt it was important to highlight it.

  • http://twitter.com/skidtech tskwierc

    As nice as it would be to have a 6.1.3 JB if it means giving up future release bug exploits, I wait till a later update.

  • simon

    so if im on 6.1.2 and i want to do a restore,can i be able to restore it to 6.1.2 again

    • http://www.iphonehacks.com iPhoneHacks

      No you can’t as Apple has stopped signing iOS 6.1.2 firmware file.

      • me again

        Think he means with his backed up SHSH of 6.1.2

        • http://www.iphonehacks.com iPhoneHacks

          Even with SHSH blobs it is not possible, which was the reason for saying they are useless currently.

          • buffalo

            if i’m on 6.0, and i want to jb, can i restore to the same 6.0 version when i saved by SHSH? .. i’m guessing… no?

          • genXhippie

            That’s correct, “no”.

  • http://www.facebook.com/brandon.hash Brandon Hash

    i say they save the bugs and wait for a bigger update to use them

    • http://www.iphonehacks.com iPhoneHacks

      Yeah, but the assumption is Apple won’t fix those bugs in the bigger update. It’s always a risk as let’s not forget Apple fixes security flaws with or without a jailbreak exposing them.

      • http://www.facebook.com/brandon.hash Brandon Hash

        seeing as 6.1.3 is such a small update I’d say their time is better spent finding a way to get downgrading working again

    • Damian W

      yeah there is just no point of building new jailbreak for 6.1.3, considering how much time and energy it took to build it. Almost everyone had enough time to jailbreak the phone, and now it is too late. I would understand if iOS 6 gonna be available for another 5- 6 months, then maybe the evasion team will come up with some new solution.

  • PasserBy

    Great article iPhonehacks. Very informative and helpful for new comers to the JB scene.

    • http://www.iphonehacks.com iPhoneHacks

      Thanks PasserBy, glad you found it informative.

  • Hari

    I am on iphone 5 with 6.1, i am not using exchanger server , so i should hang in there i guess too late to upgrade to 6.1.2. Right ?

    • http://www.iphonehacks.com iPhoneHacks

      You will be able to upgrade only to iOS 6.1.3 and not iOS 6.1.2 as Apple has stopped signing the firmware file.

      If you care about jailbreaking then you should stay on iOS 6.1.

      • Hari

        Thanks for reply, i cant use my iphone with out jb, i will stick to it for now.

  • Su

    Can anyone kindly advise whether it’s still possible to update my ipad 3 from ios 5.1.1 to 6.1.2 and then jailbreak it?

    • genXhippie

      No, it’s no longer possible. Apple is no longer signing any firmware, except for 6.1.3, now.

  • Su

    Ok. I have read the comments below and found the answer.
    Guess it’s time to say goodbye to apple products!

    • http://profiles.google.com/sebastian.rasch Sebastian Rasch

      Bye, take care!

    • Daniel Santaclause

      Ahaha yea, I think so. :)

  • Asad

    Successfully downgrade from 6.1.3 to 4.1 on iphone 3Gs

    Here is my procedure:

    Open redsnow connect your Iphone

    Go to Extras > Even More > downgrade

    Select IPSW to be restored ( at this stage local blob option is not available)

    Click Next after a while local blob option becomes available

    Click local blob and select SHSH blob of your IPSW to be restored

    Again click next and wait for completion.

    Congrates now you are on your previous version.

    After restoring again connect your iphone to redsnow for Jailbreak.

    Select Cydia and Ipad baseband or downgrade to baseband.

    Install redsnow 1.2.7 or 1.2.8 from cydia or manually for No service isssue.

    That’s all !

    And If you stuck on itune logo after restoring then use Tiny Umberalla and restore your previous version using itunes.

    This also works !

    • http://www.iphonehacks.com iPhoneHacks

      Why would you want to downgrade to iOS 4.1?

      • Asad

        There is no jailbreak available for 6.1.3.
        4.1 version is most stable no wifi issues or something and after you restored to 4.1 U can again come back to 6.1.3 using fake firmware from cydia to install latest apps and to make itunes fool :)

        • JD

          Could a downgrade be performed to an iPhone 4s?

  • Dave

    My Evasi0n iphone 5 on 6.1.2 won’t update to 6.1.3. I don’t want the jailbreak, just 6.1.3 but all it does is hang on “checking for updates”. My wife’s does the same! Are our phones bricked now? Or can they be restored ? I thought that the 6.1.3 update was supposed to “wipe out” the Evasi0n, but that’s not even possible.

    • http://www.facebook.com/goldiefranco86 Goldie Franco Granada

      update via itunes

  • sad iphone user

    i have iphone 4, and i accidentally upgraded to ios 6.1.3 , my iphone was jailbroken and i wasnt using a sim either, now it has froze and says use a valid sim for activation. i dont know what to do. I only listen to music and use Wi-Fi on it, as the sim never works anyways.. help re use my iphone

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Mike-Troxell/707118353 Mike Troxell

    glad i jail broke my iPhone 5 before i decided to upgrade to the new iOS. if you upgrade your iOS i thought you could go to iTunes and restore it back to the older version just in case you had problems? if not then I’m sure if you went to an apple store and say “my phone has been acting really slow with the last update. can you guys revert it back to 6.12?” I’m sure they could.

  • Guest

    Hey iPhoneHacks. Been a fan since I had the iPhone 3 but did away with it about 3 years ago for Android devices. Reading this article, I just purchased an iPad Mini with 6.1.2 out the box. Can you direct me to a link on how-to for envasi0n jailbreak. Unless no longer possible (and I misread this post) Thanks.

  • whosaidcrab

    Hi Can I Jailbreak my Iphone 5 from iOS 6.1.3 ?

    • http://www.iphonehacks.com iPhoneHacks

      No, it’s currently not possible to jailbreak iPhone 5 on iOS 6.1.3.

  • http://www.facebook.com/abbeyroad27 Chris Christiansen

    Hey guys- So, Im a bit new to the JB scene- had my 6.1.2 jailbroken, and accidentally (stupidly) upgraded to 6.1.3 not thinking. Is there anyway to jailbreak my phone again (saw something about tethering but didn’t sound like an ideal fix), go back to the old software or am I outta luck? Thanks guys.

  • Morbius

    My iPhone 4 and my iPad 3 are with iOS 5.1.1 and both are jailbroken with Absynthe. Now I wish to update the firmware of both of them to iOS 6.1.2 so that I can jailbreak them with Evad3rs. Can I still do it ?

    • http://www.iphonehacks.com iPhoneHacks

      No, you can’t update to iOS 6.1.2, you can only update to iOS 6.1.3, which cannot be jailbroken currently.

  • Hack

    Well hack your Apple TV 3 with Youtube uploads MP4 movies now is posible other air sports its only once a week!!!!

  • Kryojenix

    After reading all these comments, I’m still confused.
    So, …
    Can I update my iphone3gs ios4.3.3 +ultrasn0w – to ios6.1 using an ipsw (which I prepared earlier) that’s been pre-jailbroken using sn0wbreeze?
    Thanks in advance.

  • jason

    what is jailbreaking? what does it do to your phone

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  • sticker

    Jailbreak my Iphone 4&s from iOS 6.1.3 ?