iphone The iOS 6.1.3 untethered jailbreak is looking more like a possibility, now that iPhone and iPad hacker p0sixninja has found exploits in the latest software. Although he doesn't have the help of the evad3rs just yet, he could in the future. A jailbreak is only a matter of time. (Photo: Creative Commons)

An iOS 6.1.3 untethered jailbreak for the iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad is looking a little more likely today. iOS hacker and Chronic Dev Team member P0sixninja has found a number of exploits that could be used to jailbreak the latest version of Apple's software. Even though the iOS 6.1.3 untethered jailbreak release hasn't been announced, this gives hope to those who may have accidentally updated to the latest software. Read on more for information about upcoming iOS 6.1.3 untethered jailbreak for the iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad.

Joshua Hill, better know online as @p0sixninja, tweeted on Thursday and Friday regarding the potential exploits in Apple's iOS 6.1.3.

@p0sixninja Evad3rs haven't gone anywhere, I've just discovered all the needed exploits on my own over the past few months While Hill has identified exploits that could be used to provide an iOS 6.1.3 untethered jailbreak, it appears the hacker won't have any help from the evad3rs -- the team who were the first to jailbreak iOS 6.

@p0sixninja Well, so far it looks like the next jailbreak might be created entirely by me.

It was just ten days ago that we were crying about the supposed impending doom of iOS 6 jailbreak. Click here to read about it or find out below:

iOS 6.1.3 untethered jailbreak's outlook is looking bleak with Apple's release of the software today. The updated version of iOS 6 features a fix to the lock screen exploit found in iOS 6.1.2 (both of them, I'd imagine). The jailbreak community is a talented set, and while we can't be sure, this could possibly mean the end of iOS jailbreaking.

We first caught wind of the potential harm iOS 6.1.3 could cause (to those who jailbreak) back in February. Co-creator of the Evasi0n jailbreak David Wang (aka planetbeing) explained to Forbes last month how harmful to users' jailbreaks the new software could potentially be:

Wang tells me that he's analyzed the 6.1.3 beta 2 update and found that it patches at least one of the five bugs the jailbreak exploits, namely a flaw in the operating system's time zone settings. The beta update likely signals the end of using evasi0n to hack new or updated devices after the update is released to users, says Wang, who says he's still testing the patch to see which other vulnerabilities exploited by the jailbreak might no longer exist in the new operating system.

"If one of the vulnerabilities doesn't work, evasi0n doesn't work," he says. "We could replace that part with a different vulnerability, but [Apple] will probably fix most if not all of the bugs we've used when 6.1.3 comes out."

Not only did Apple squash many of the bugs Wang and his team used to jailbreak the operating system, Apple even gives credit to the Evad3rs for pointing them out. While this makes for a more secure iOS on our iPhones and iPads, it doesn't bode well for the jailbreak scene. An iOS 6.1.3 untethered jailbreak could be very far away.

Though, with that added security comes a reinforced lock screen. iPhone users of iOS 6, untethered jailbreak or otherwise, would be able to access the device's phone app without needing to know a user's passcode. Jumping through a series of figurative hoops on the handset's lockscreen could grant access to the phone app. A similar but separate exploit was discovered less than two weeks later.

The new software also includes improvements to Maps in Japan, so it seems the land of the rising sun has extra incentive to download the update. Even if they won't be receiving an untethered jailbreak to go along with their iOS 6.1.3 update anytime soon.

With iOS having matured the way it has, some wonder whether it is even worth it to jailbreak still. Originally jailbreakers would "free" their device to do things disallowed by Apple, such as run apps in the background, copy and paste text or alter the notifications system. Now that Apple has added these features and more to iOS by now, some are of the opinion that there may not need to be an untethered iOS 6.1.3 jailbreak.

Though regardless of what version of iOS gets released, there are features for power users that Apple is likely to never include. Apps that add toggles (like SBSettings or NCSettings), add gestures (such as Activator or Zephyr) or let you theme and skin the phone's interface (Winterboard, BlurriedNC) will probably never see an official release from Cupertino. But who knows, the Mobile Notifier guy was hired by Apple to work on iOS notifications for the fifth version.

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