iOS 6 Beta Gets Tethered Jailbreak For Developers

iOS 6 Beta Gets Tethered Jailbreak For Developers

Well, that didn't take long.

It’s been just four days since Apple released its first iOS 6 beta to registered developers, and it has already been jailbroken by the iPhone Dev-Team. There was some concern that the Cupertino company’s latest iOS release would make jailbreaking very difficult, but the team behind the latest iOS 5.1.1 untethered exploit have now released an iOS 6 beta jailbreak for developers.

iPhone Dev-Team member MuscleNerd announced the release on Twitter:

In the spirit of the “experimental ecosystem” JBers provide, we’re releasing a DEVELOPER-only tethered JB for iOS6 (no Cydia, just SSH)

Before you get too excited, there are some things we must point out: First, this is a tethered jailbreak, which means the device must be connected to a computer every time it needs to be booted up. And second, this isn’t a user jailbreak release; it’s designed specifically for developers who want SSH access.

As MuscleNerd mentions, there is no Cydia, so don’t expect this to give you access to all of your favorite jailbreak tweaks under iOS 6.

Having said that, it is a promising start.

The Chronic Dev Team explains all of the jailbreak’s requirements and restrictions on its blog:

Just like at the at the wind-down of last year’s WWDC, we’re releasing a developer-only version of a redsn0w tethered jailbreak for app developers.  The following limera1n-able devices are supported:

  • iPod touch 4G
  • iPhone3GS
  • iPhone4 (GSM)
  • iPhone4 (CDMA)

UNLOCKERS AND THOSE PRESERVING THEIR UNLOCKABLE BASEBANDS SHOULD STAY FAR AWAY FROM THIS!  You will very likely lose your unlockable baseband if you try to install iOS 6.

THIS JAILBREAK IS INTENDED ONLY FOR DEVELOPERS OF JAILBROKEN APPS!  There are just too many broken components (Apple’s official apps, 3rd-party App Store apps, Cydia apps, etc) for this to be useful to anyone but those truly looking to fix bugs in their iOS 6 jailbroken apps.

CYDIA WILL NOT BE INSTALLED because it just hasn’t had time to be updated to the new SDK.  The only access you’ll get to the device is through SSH or afc2.  If you don’t know what either of those are, you shouldn’t be using this developer version of redsn0w!

THIS REDSN0W WILL NOT HACTIVATE!  You need to be an iOS developer with a registered UDID to get past the activation screens.  PLEASE DON’T PIRATE APPLE SOFTWARE!  Only registered devs with Macs can develop iOS applications,and only those people will have legitimate access to the beta IPSWs.

THIS IS A TETHERED JAILBREAK ONLY!  No new exploits are being exposed with this jailbreak (it uses geohot’s limera1n bootrom exploit), but that comes at a cost.  You will need to use redsn0w to “Just boot”  button to be able to use many things, including Cydia and Safari.  If you see a white icon for Cydia, or if Cydia or Safari crash when you open them, it’s because you didn’t boot tethered.

You must point redsn0w at your IPSW the first time you “Jailbreak” and “Just boot” tethered because that IPSW is only available to developers, and redsn0w can’t automatically fetch the pieces it needs from it.

If you’re interested in this jailbreak, you can grab it now from the Dev-Team’s blog (link below).

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  • joewaylo

    Didn’t take long at all. :D

    At least until iOS6 Gold comes that is.

  • Ed_Kel


     PLEASE DON’T PIRATE APPLE SOFTWARE! ”


    What do you think making unauthorized changes to a copyrighted bootloader is? What a bunch of useful idiots.
  • Lane Jasper


     PLEASE DON’T PIRATE APPLE SOFTWARE! ”


    What do you think making unauthorized changes to a copyrighted bootloader is? What a bunch of useful idiots.

    But we LOVE them…   ;-)

  • Lucas Phillips

    Hopefully, nobody will accidentally give the exploit to Apple. As much as it sucks compared to other updates, I’d still like to upgrade to iOS 6, but only if it can be jailbroken.

  • Ajay Marconi

    Download and Jailbreak iOS 6 here – http://www.iOS6Beta.com

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