Have Hope: iPhone 5 Jailbreak Is Getting Closer [Jailbreak]

Have Hope: iPhone 5 Jailbreak Is Getting Closer [Jailbreak]

A normal iPhone 5 doesn’t look like that…

When Apple released the iPhone 5 three months ago, jailbreak hackers were sent back to the grindstone. Like a new version of iOS, new Apple hardware almost always kills the current jailbreak. It’s a ruthless game of cat and mouse.

Has the iPhone 5 been jailbroken? Sort of. A picture of what looked like a jailbroken iPhone 5 spread like wildfire several months ago, but that’s only part of the story. An iPhone 5 jailbreak is being worked on, and good progress is being made. For jailbreakers, now is the time to have hope.

“like putting together a really intricate jigsaw puzzle”

A small, elite group of hackers are responsible for cracking Apple’s mobile OS and sharing their jailbreaks with the world. While some are motivated by their careers or money, many spend countless hours exploiting iOS for a simple reason: because it’s a challenge.

The iPhone 5 may be the biggest challenge yet for veteran hackers like pod2g, p0sixninja and planetbeing. Apple has patched multiple exploits that have been used in the past. Assembling a new jailbreak is like putting together a really intricate jigsaw puzzle or an expensive watch. It involves multiple exploits working together in harmony, like a complicated symphony.

Pieces of the puzzle are starting to come together. At JailbreakCon (WWJC) back in September, the future of the iPhone 5 jailbreak looked grim. Fast forward to November, and things are looking much more promising.

Prominent Chronic Dev hacker planetbeing was working furiously on the iPhone 5 jailbreak during JailbreakCon, and yesterday he tweeted a picture of his personal iPhone 5 (pictured above) running a jailbreak tweak.

“Can’t say too much, but we’re still missing critical pieces so it’s not releasable right now,” said planetbeing, who’s first name is David. “Believe me, we’d love to release it ASAP.” In essence, the foundation of the jailbreak has been laid, but its structural integrity needs to be ensured before a release.

“I would characterize it more as finding the missing pieces rather than debugging at this stage,” David told Cult of Mac. “Typically the messiest part of the jailbreak process has been installing it in the first place.”

“We’re further along than WWJC,” David said. “But again, I can’t give any specifics. The jailbreak itself is stable but we’re missing needed exploits. I can’t discuss what we’re missing.”

As usual, David couldn’t confirm any kind of release timeframe. Previous iPhone jailbreaks have been released around December. When asked if the iPhone 5 jailbreak status was “grim,” David responded, “Not at all.”

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  • SupaMac

    You always on top of it Al.

  • Ed_Kel

    Alex, When you speak of an iPhone 5 jailbreak, do you mean all devices A5 and above? Or just the iPhone 5? Still waiting to jailbreak my 4S…

  • GrandMasterB

    I want a jailbreak for my iPhone 5 so bad I can taste it when I pee….

  • sigboe

    Alex, When you speak of an iPhone 5 jailbreak, do you mean all devices A5 and above? Or just the iPhone 5? Still waiting to jailbreak my 4S…

    It is highly likely that said jailbreak will run on all 6.0.1 devices. It is also recommended to stay on 6.0 for now, and backup the 6.0.1 blobs.

    The failbreak runs on devices including but not limited to the iPhone 5, iPad 4, iPad Mini. And this Jailbreak is related to the current failbreak.

    I have my 6.0 blob and my 6.0.1 blob backed up to Cydia for my iPad 2 and iPhone 5. Just in case the Jailbreak only runs on either of them. I am staying on 6.0 on my iPhone because 6.0.1 does not give any new features, and the keyboard tearing is not at all major on my device. I am staying on 5.1.1 on my iPad jailbroken.

    Remember to back up new blobs asap, when a new version comes out, there is no rule for how fast Apple stops signing the previous update, some times it happens really really fast and it might be to late. So always backup all available blobs every time a new version is released.

  • fattyz12

    phone is almost useless without the jailbreak, a sad dumbed down version of itself, had my 3gs been usable on 5.0.1 I would have waited. this time i save my blobs.

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Alex HeathAlex Heath has been a staff writer at Cult of Mac for three years. He is also a co-host of the CultCast. He has been quoted by places like the BBC, KRON 4 News, and books like "ICONIC: A Photographic Tribute to Apple Innovation." If you want to pitch a story, share a tip, or just get in touch, additional contact information is available on his personal site. Twitter always works too. All DMs excepted.

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