Famous iOS hacker Plantebeing has today written a comment on Reddit, clarifying why an untethered jailbreak solution for iPhone 5 has not yet been released. He commented on hacker Pod2G’s tweet in which he suggested his return to jailbreak development, urging community not to lose hope.
Planetbeing explained that there are a couple of reasons why an untethered iOS 6.0.2 jailbreak for iPhone 4S / iPhone 5 has not yet been publicly released, despite the fact that his own iPhone 5 is jailbroken untethered on the latest iOS version. He said that its being held back because iOS 6.1 is expected to be released soon and that releasing it now would burn an exploit they want to save for future firmwares.
“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”.
He ended his post with a pretty convincing note though:
“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”.
Well, looks like the jailbreak community is pretty much alive and kicking. I’m sure we’ll see an untethered iOS 6.1 jailbreak as soon as Apple releases the firmware to general public.