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  • Hacker Planetbeing Comments On the State of the iPhone 5 and iOS 6 Jailbreak


    A lot of people are waiting for the same thing: A jailbreak for iOS 6, whether it be on their iPhone 5, iPhone 4S, even the newer iPod touch or iPad. Famous iOS hacker Planetbeing explains on Reddit that there is a light at the end of the tunnel and that we shouldn't give up hope:

    Quote Originally Posted by Planetbeing
    Yeah, I'm not really sure what all the doom and gloom is about. The fact is, I have an untethered iOS 6.0.2 JB running on my iPhone 5 right now. The reasons it's not released are because 1. releasing it would burn an exploit we want to save for ourselves so we can always get in to look at new firmware and help JB in the future, 2. iOS 6.1 is coming very soon and will likely break a small part of it anyway, there's no point in sacrificing the many bugs it won't break.

    Anyway, where there are 4+ bugs (that it took to get this to work), there's gotta be one or two more so while jailbreaking is getting harder, reports of its death are highly exaggerated.

    This is not stuff I want to say over Twitter with 140 characters because I'm afraid of starting some sort of riot, but I like the smaller /r/jailbreak community more.
    According to the hacker, he currently has an iOS 6.0.2 untethered jailbreak on his iPhone 5, however he is not releasing it just yet because it contains a valuable exploit that he doesn’t want to burn and because iOS 6.1 is just on the horizon and it could break the jailbreak. It would make more sense for the hackers to try and extend their work to the latest operating system anyhow, since many users are probably going to update the day it comes out.

    Planetbeing also states that the rants from many about jailbreaking being a thing of the past are greatly exaggerated. It has become harder for the hackers to produce jailbreaks under this higher amount of security that comes with each software update, but it's still very much alive!

    The best thing we can do as a community is offer positive support to the hackers, be thankful for their work, and to just be patient. Planetbeing is the real deal and he has been behind jailbreaks in the past, so we trust his judgment.

    A4 device users that run iOS 6 can jailbreak their devices right now in the tethered state. Old bootrom iPhone 3GS users can jailbreak untethered on iOS 6. If you fall under this category, check out our guide for jailbreaking A4 devices running iOS 6 here.

    Sources: Reddit via Andrew Richardson
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Hacker Planetbeing Comments On the State of the iPhone 5 and iOS 6 Jailbreak started by Anthony Bouchard View original post
    Comments 236 Comments
    1. confucious's Avatar
      confucious -
      See? I have no idea what my sources are. So glad someone can actually back up my ramblings...
    1. Simon's Avatar
      Simon -
      Quote Originally Posted by confucious View Post
      See? I have no idea what my sources are. So glad someone can actually back up my ramblings...
      Even found this by some "sourceless" fella lol : saurik at MyGreatFest
      Nice video included, Saurik is on at the 2hr24min mark for anyone who wants to hear it right from him.
      2hr36min mark is where he talks about how many jailbroken devices there are.
    1. confucious's Avatar
      confucious -
      It was a great day.
      I learned a lot.
    1. subywrex's Avatar
      subywrex -
      Stand corrected then
    1. oneduality's Avatar
      oneduality -
      Quote Originally Posted by GmAz View Post
      So everyone is still "holding off" because of a pending update. Guess what, there are always pending updates. Keeping it to himself...LOL. In other words, **** all you guys, I have it and you dont...neener neener neener.
      Not really the case.... the point is ios6 is still buggy and they are still doing point releases .. ( 6.0.1 .. 6.0.2 ) .. the next major release is 6.1 which, hopefully will be a stable release that fixes a lot of issues ( like the horrid maps app ) ... so hanging on to the exploits for the next major release makes more sense than burning it on a point release which Apple will simply block on 6.1 if they do.

      After 6.1 we'll probably see 6.1.1... 6.1.2 .. then 7

      Quote Originally Posted by Checksum47 View Post
      So eventually one day Apple will fix all exploits and Jailbreaking will be a thing of the past? I hope they realize that the only reason I and many others have bought the last 3-4 iphones is because of the jailbreak. If I know for sure that the 5S or 6 will be un-exploitable I will probably just go with a Samsung Galaxy 3-4.
      They have to realize just like the Xbox that the Jailbreak is the main reason they sell so many units.
      That will never happen... With every new iOS release there are new features, new versions of official Apple apps .. with new software comes new exploits.. it's just that we got spoiled in the early days because Apple wasn't used to having a small army of jailbreak hackers scouring their OS for holes.. they were no doubt much lazier back then in their development because they figured it was a closed system.. they are just being stricter about their development practices now and making it harder for hackers to find holes..

      Quote Originally Posted by babyydaveyy View Post
      I'm sorry dude but you are very poorly informed. The percentage of people who jailbreak their iPhone is probably around 2-4% of all iPhones sold. Just because your close circle all jailbreak doesn't mean it's a representative group
      I'm sure it just seems that way but it's the same in my experience.. I don't know anyone who has a non-jailbroken iphone except a woman I work with who does sales and has no clue even how to use her mail app ..

      But ultimately if Apple would make a few changes then I probably wouldn't have any desire/need to jailbreak my own device.. I mostly do it for a couple of tweaks I love.. such as improved folders and the ability to select chrome as my default browser.

      One thing is sure though.. with as long as it's taking to JB 6.x .. the number of jailbroken devices is declining .. many people are giving up waiting.
    1. bencjedi's Avatar
      bencjedi -
      I'm sure the programmers that sell Cydia-only apps and tweaks are noticing a drop in their revenue because so many of us upgraded to iPhone 5 and don't have a jailbreak to go buying new tweaks and new apps. It's in their best interest to get one made (that's stable of course). The timing as others have said certainly matters. As a user just be patient.. I'm sure the same hackers would like to sell their new non-Apple-Approved apps and tweaks to us.
    1. Jato_BZ's Avatar
      Jato_BZ -
      Quote Originally Posted by bencjedi View Post
      I'm sure the programmers that sell Cydia-only apps and tweaks are noticing a drop in their revenue because so many of us upgraded to iPhone 5 and don't have a jailbreak to go buying new tweaks and new apps. It's in their best interest to get one made (that's stable of course). The timing as others have said certainly matters. As a user just be patient.. I'm sure the same hackers would like to sell their new non-Apple-Approved apps and tweaks to us.
      +1
    1. subywrex's Avatar
      subywrex -
      Quote Originally Posted by bencjedi View Post
      I'm sure the programmers that sell Cydia-only apps and tweaks are noticing a drop in their revenue because so many of us upgraded to iPhone 5 and don't have a jailbreak to go buying new tweaks and new apps. It's in their best interest to get one made (that's stable of course). The timing as others have said certainly matters. As a user just be patient.. I'm sure the same hackers would like to sell their new non-Apple-Approved apps and tweaks to us.
      Problem is the tweak devs are not the ones making the profits. So a jailbreak isn't monetarily rewarding to them only the people who use a jailbreak to sell these non apple approved products
    1. Chula's Avatar
      Chula -
      I'm about to say **** it and just sell my phone it seems like its never gonna come we been hearing the same thing for a while I thank the Dev team for all their hard work and every other hacker out there that have help to make this phone a 1000 times better but my God I'm loosing hope...
    1. Jato_BZ's Avatar
      Jato_BZ -
      Quote Originally Posted by Chula View Post
      I'm about to say **** it and just sell my phone it seems like its never gonna come we been hearing the same thing for a while I thank the Dev team for all their hard work and every other hacker out there that have help to make this phone a 1000 times better but my God I'm loosing hope...
      Sounds extreme to me. Guess its a bit of a hard one for you? To me the iPhone is still a sweet phone. Might not be the biggest or the best now (as a lot of iOS & android users are able to point out ) but it is still a gd phone that does a heck of a lot. Up to each person tho and their requirements. Good luck
    1. subywrex's Avatar
      subywrex -
      Quote Originally Posted by Jato_BZ View Post
      Sounds extreme to me. Guess its a bit of a hard one for you? To me the iPhone is still a sweet phone. Might not be the biggest or the best now (as a lot of iOS & android users are able to point out ) but it is still a gd phone that does a heck of a lot. Up to each person tho and their requirements. Good luck
      +10000000

      Buy a phone for the phone not for the jailbreak.
    1. King_O_Hill's Avatar
      King_O_Hill -
      Quote Originally Posted by subywrex View Post
      Buy a phone for the phone not for the jailbreak.
      yeah, but the jailbreak makes playing with the phone soooo much better!!!
    1. hogcia's Avatar
      hogcia -
      The fact that there has not been a JB for i5 yet is just sad.
    1. rkswat's Avatar
      rkswat -
      Quote Originally Posted by GmAz View Post
      So everyone is still "holding off" because of a pending update. Guess what, there are always pending updates. Keeping it to himself...LOL. In other words, **** all you guys, I have it and you dont...neener neener neener.
      Stupid is as stupid does momma always used to say.
    1. HCWHunter's Avatar
      HCWHunter -
      Quote Originally Posted by subywrex View Post
      That's false. He stated he is jailbroken on 6.0.2. Very doubtful the jailbreak will be release if its not compatible with 6.1 when that is released.

      Historically speaking a jailbreak have never been released for a firmware that isn't being signed by apple

      Additionally it is my opinion that when devs say "jail breakers don't update" when apple puts out an update, they are more likely speaking to people that are already on a jailbreak. Could be wrong though lol
      Yes, of course, the devs advise jailbreakers not to update. They want as many customers as possible to sell their jailbroken apps to, and as many hits as possible on cydia. It's a business decision. They must not be losing too many JBers so far or the new JB would have been out at 6.0.1. They seem to be holding the new JBs longer each time, probably because of the large JB (by numbers, not %) community, although it is obviously getting harder to JB. If Apple would invoke the SBSettings toggles, including remove background, I probably wouldn't bother JBing even though I also used MyWi on my 4S.
    1. Faresismail's Avatar
      Faresismail -
      Quote Originally Posted by Anthony Bouchard View Post
      Yes the iPhone 4 does have a bootrom exploit. It's available in all A4 devices and it's called limera1n. The bootrom exploit is the whole reason we have the tethered jailbreak.
      Then i stand corrected
    1. thazsar's Avatar
      thazsar -
      Quote Originally Posted by HCWHunter View Post
      Yes, of course, the devs advise jailbreakers not to update. They want as many customers as possible to sell their jailbroken apps to, and as many hits as possible on cydia. It's a business decision. They must not be losing too many JBers so far or the new JB would have been out at 6.0.1. They seem to be holding the new JBs longer each time, probably because of the large JB (by numbers, not %) community, although it is obviously getting harder to JB. If Apple would invoke the SBSettings toggles, including remove background, I probably wouldn't bother JBing even though I also used MyWi on my 4S.
      ....so wise....😒
    1. discostar's Avatar
      discostar -
      Quote Originally Posted by GmAz View Post
      So everyone is still "holding off" because of a pending update. Guess what, there are always pending updates. Keeping it to himself...LOL. In other words, **** all you guys, I have it and you dont...neener neener neener.
      I feel like they've said this before. But I think the spirit of his words are 'Don't give up on us yet!'

      So I guess we hold our breaths a little bit longer...
    1. ferris419's Avatar
      ferris419 -
      If only such a small amount 2-5% of iPhone users have a jailbroken device why does apple try so hard to keep the device locked down?!? Why not just let the 5% have it jailbroken. I mean it has to take a lot of time money development etc. to make a more secure iOS. Im not agreeing or disagreeing with anyone's statements. Just putting my thoughts out there
    1. fanboyfanboy's Avatar
      fanboyfanboy -
      While these are true facts I just want to point out they are not updated, mygreatfest was changed to WWJC a couple of years ago, and the "iPhone 5" they are referring to is actually the unreleased (at the time of the article) iPhone 4S, when chronic said they had
      5 user land exploits, remember how everyone thought they would jailbreak the 4S instantly but then remember last year how they admitted when iOS 5 was released they were all patched when it was released? So yes those are real facts and numbers, but with the huge success apple has had selling the 4S and the 5 compared to older iphone releases, a week after the iOS 6 jb is released I would like to see updated stats, as the number would likely be much lower I'm comparison due to the vast amounts of iPhones sold in the past couple of years