Right In Time For iOS 7, iOS 6.1.4 Has Been Jailbroken

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Go figure. Just a week and a half before Apple is set to launch iOS 7 out into the world, someone has finally succeeded in hacking iOS 6.1.4. Oh, the irony!

As you might recall, the last great jailbreak was the Evasi0n jailbreak, which was capable of jailbreaking all iOS devices from iOS 6 to iOS 6.1.2. That was about seven months ago. Apple, as they usually do, rapidly updated iOS 6 to version 6.1.3, killing the vulnerability the exploit required to work.

But now Hacker winocm has posted screenshots, showing that he has managed to jailbreak the iPhone 5 on both AT&T and Verizon using iOS 6.1.4. In fact, both devices are now capable of running Cydia, the jailbreak App Store.

Supposedly, this exploit doesn’t jeopardize or expose vulnerabilities that other hackers are counting on in order to exploit iOS 7, a jailbreak which might already be in the chamber.

Still, it’s unknown if this jailbreak will become publicly available. If I had to guess, I’d say no: iOS 7 is too close to dropping, and just because a lone hacker can jailbreak his own device doesn’t mean he can put together a package that seamlessly does it for millions of people without hacking abilities. On the bright side, this exploit might help cut down some of the lead time it will take to jailbreak the iPhone 5S, which we’ve previously calculated to take about 189 days.

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  • iFan41

    “killing the vulnerability the exploit required to work.”
    Can you guys start proof reading your articles? Every single one I read looks like a high schooler wrote it.

  • Jonathan Ober

    “Just a week and a half before Apple is set to launch iOS 7″ — I thought everything was pointing to a Sept 10th launch of iOS 7 and if that is so, then wouldn’t it be more like 1 day before Apple is set to launch iOS 7…oh well. I have the beta, so this does nothing for me.

  • Avenged110

    Does no one consider those of us who are refusing the iOS 7 update but still want to jailbreak on 6.1.4? I would love a publically available exploit so I can add some features since I’m stuck on like the only non-exploited version.

  • DJBabyBuster

    Does no one consider those of us who are refusing the iOS 7 update but still want to jailbreak on 6.1.4? I would love a publically available exploit so I can add some features since I’m stuck on like the only non-exploited version.

    You’d have to be crazy to refuse the iOS7 update. iOS6 is like living in the dark age, or without a jailbreak.

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  • Skywaytraffic

    This is cool and all, but this guy would have to be stupid to release this. Save the exploit when it’s this close. Always.

  • newandroidfan

    Jailbreak for iOS 7 which is completely FREE is here people!! You can also jailbreak your devices running iOS 6.1.x. check out the post for the steps on how to do it right here – http://goo.gl/QRRnnr

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