From the moment the iPhone 5 came onto the scene, fully equipped with iOS 6, thousands began asking: "When will we see a jailbreak?"
The cry became even louder as unsuspecting jailbreak-lovers upgraded to iOS 6, only to find it was irreversible while also discovering that, without the Cydia store, iOS 6 was a disappointment. We were somewhat satiated when the iPhone Dev-Team released their latest version of redsn0w, allowing most of us to downgrade to any iOS 5x as long as we had saved blobs, but still, the thought of having and iOS 6 untethered jailbreak for all devices, including the iPhone 5 and 4S filled our minds and is making most of us pretty impatient.
Indeed, it's hard to believe the iPhone 5 has barely been on the market a month as we impatiently wait for the iOS 6 system to be freed from Apple security and open for use in the jailbreak Cydia app store. Perhaps it was the quick release of hopeful photos by @chpwn, featuring the "failbreak" we all have come to know so well, or the fact that iOS 6 seems pointless without our beloved tweaks, but either way, everyone is wondering when we will see the untethered jailbreak for iOS 6.
Though there are several parties working on the project, including iPhone Dev team member @planetbeing and well-known hacker @p0sixninja, still, it feels we are no closer to the jailbreak than we were a month ago.
Well, at this point you might be saying, "What is holding up the progress?"
Undoubtedly, iOS 6 is the most secure system thus far, and therefore, will be the hardest to crack as with each new jailbreak the emerges, Apple goes behind it and patches the deficiencies. Though security is tighter and multiple exploits may be needed, I still have to wonder:
Is this really why a jailbreak has yet to release, or could there be something more to the delay?
Here's just a tiny bit of speculation on my part--though I have to give props to my friend @DanaloX for leading me to it. Take it for what it's worth.
So a few days ago, @DanoloX pointed me to an article discussing Apple's forthcoming iOS 6.0.1 update which is scheduled to arrive in the coming weeks. Additionally, the article noted that iOS 6.1 was also in the works, though it will likely be Christmas before it is released.
At first, the article seemed of little interest to me; but as I contemplated it further, a theory began to emerge.
You see, with all the fun the iOS 6 brought to users, it also came equipped with some problems--problems like display and keyboard glitches, camera flash going off at inappropriate times, and Wi-Fi connectivity issues.
For hackers, glitches are a good thing as they lead to exploits essential in jailbreaking various iOS devices. Apple, however, is also aware that any glitches which emerge leave an open door for hackers to possibly achieve a jailbreak.
To reconcile vulnerabilities found in a new iOS, Apple releases updates which fix pesky problems like the screen glitches, but in turn seals up potential areas where hackers have discovered exploits. As a result, it would be quite risky for any hacker to release an untethered iOS 6 jailbreak as there is a pretty good chance the vulnerability would soon be patched with the update, sending hackers back to the drawing board.
So what does all this mean? Well, basically that I believe an untethered jailbreak may be ready and waiting--the problem is timing.
I mean after all, if you were a hacker in possession of an untethered for iPhone 5, chances are you would have put in a lot of effort. Effort no one would want to forfeit so Apple can turn around few weeks later and patch it out of existence.
You see, if a jailbreak was released now, Apple would likely jump on the vulnerable areas and patch those just in time to release iOS 6.1, wiping away tons of time and effort on the part of hackers who had accomplished the feat of jailbreaking iOS 6 for iPhone 5 and other A5 or A6 devices.
When it comes down to it, this is all rather like a large game of chess.
Hackers and Apple traditionally hold a love-hate relationship with one another. Apple offers a challenge with each new iOS, and when it is met, the company can then develop a stronger device along with a more stable iOS while also gathering some great ideas for tweaking their next device.
With iOS 6 security at an all-time high, exploits are bound to be more precious to the hackers that discover them. By coming out prematurely with an untethered jailbreak for iOS 6, they could end up losing the exploits they worked so rigorously to discover.
Though it is frustrating to wait for an iOS 6 untethered jailbreak, safe to say, when one finally arrives, it will be great---and worth it too.
Though my speculation is just that--a speculation--I would love to find out what others think about my theory.
Do you think an iOS 6 jailbreak may currently exist but won't be revealed till the 6.1 update arrives, or are hackers still working away at the strongest kernel security Apple has ever created? Feel free to share your own theories or comments below.
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