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Jailbreak now available for iOS 6

Michael Robert

Jailbreaking now available for most iDevices including newest iPhones, iPads and iPod Touches running iOS 6.x

Last week, on Monday 4 February, a team called the Evad3rs released an untethered jailbreak for most Apple devices including the iPhone 5, the iPad 4, iPad Mini and the newest generation iPod Touch as well as most of the older devices running iOS 6.0.1 through to 6.1.

This jailbreak is possibly as big news as any for iOS users as there has not been an untethered jailbreak for iOS 6 and several devices haven't been jailbreakable (untethered) at all before on any platform including the iPhone 5 and most iPads. In the first 24 hours of this jailbreak being available there were in access of 1.7 million downloads of the software.

For those who don't know iOS jailbreaking is the process of removing the limitations on Apple devices running the iOS operating system through the use of software and hardware exploits. Jailbreaking permits root access to the iOS operating system, allowing the download of additional applications, extensions, and themes that are unavailable through the official Apple App Store.

The difference between a tethered and untethered jailbreak is as follows: In a tethered jailbreak every time the device powers off the device needs to be re-jailbroken, cydia needs to be re-installed and all tweaks re-applied, where an untethered jailbreak means all data is kept when your device powers off. With the normal frequent use of iDevices having your battery die is a very normal occurence, hence why tethered jailbreaking is completely impractical. For this reason most people who jailbreak their iDevices wait patiently for untethered jailbreaks to become available, explaining the hype about the new jailbreak.

Jailbreaking is seen by many as one of the main reasons why the iDevices are so popular. It gives the user the opportunity to truly customise their device like they want and even to create their own apps to achieve goals, hence the cult following by geeks and technology enthusiasts alike.

AppleNews does not endorse jailbreaking, although it is completely legal and although all traces of the jailbreak will be removed from your phone with a simple restore, your Apple warranty will be void if you do take the phone into the shop and your device is jailbroken.

This article was submitted by: Hennie Kruger

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