Flurries of jailbreaks for ios 6.0.1 are starting to roll in! RedmondPie.com reports success with SnowBreeze 2.9.7 just last week. RedSn0w 0.9.15b2 is another option – RedSn0w is notorious being the first jailbreak to crack ios 6 just one day after being officially unveiled by Apple! But, what’s with all these tethers and arctic-themed names? Read on to find out why these programs are like snowflakes: unique and much beloved.
RedSn0w 0.9.15b2 First we’ll cover the newest update to the RedSn0w jailbreak. RedSn0w 0.9.15b2 is still a tethered-only jailbreak, meaning that if you ever need to reboot your phone, you’ll have to re-tether and re-install. Nevertheless, in just one click and less than 5 minutes you can have your own jailbroken phone with access to Cydia, the marketplace for jailbreaked-only iPhones exclusively. RedSn0w isn’t for the iPhone 5 yet – it’s only available for the older A4 chipset, including the iPhone 4, iPad 2, iPhone 4s, and more. If you’ve been waiting seemingly for forever for ios 6 for the iPhone 5 RedSn0w’s newest update could be another tantalizing project giving you a glimpse of the features you can look forward to with your iPhone 5. Check out idownloadblog.com for a comprehensive list of resources for RedSn0w. While RedSn0w for ios 6.0.1 is still tethered, RedSn0w is untethered for ios 5.1.1. Free to Experiment RedSn0w is also one of the perfect jailbreaks to start with because it’s especially conducive to experimentation. RedSn0w uniquely helps you preserve your baseband (useful when you want to upgrade the firmware but leave the baseband intact). Especially this fall, with so many new iPhones and iOS’s causing flurries of online chatter, preserve your baseband until you’re sure that it’s time to change – for iPhone 5 users especially, this could mean waiting until the official iPhone 5 jailbreak. RedSn0w also has unique recovery features that other jailbreaks don’t – while backing up your app settings and data to iCloud is always a good idea because you may end up needing to reset your iPhone from iTunes, RedSn0w’s backup features are welcome when restoring in iTunes gives you errors. Jailbreaking your iPHone isn’t for the faint of heart, but the extra support for recovery that RedSn0w provides could be the last piece of news you were waiting for before taking the plunge. Recovery mode for RedSn0w is easy and accomplished in one click – recovery mode can also downgrade your iOS version from 5.1.1 to 4. RedSn0w’s recovery mode can also downgrade your iOS to a version no longer signed by apple, providing one of the only options for accomplishing this special recovery. SnowbreezeSnowbreeze is another tethered jailbreak tool like RedSn0w that brings iOS 6.0.1 to all iDevices with A4 chips. While the world waits for the iPhone 5′s jailbreak, Snowbreeze is leading development for A4 devices, and will get you to the Cydia app store in no time. First, let’s prepare your toolkit:
- Download iOS 6.0.1 from RedmondPie.com: downloading this firmware won’t change your baseband.
- Download iBooty: iBooty, the essential app for a jailbreak.
- Windows users, Download .NET Framework 3.5
- Download Snowbreeze 2.9.7: From here Snowbreeze will walk you through the installation, which will take less than 5 minutes and only require a few button presses.
- Select “Browse for an IPSW” option: underneath a snowflake, you’ll see the “IPSW Selection” menu; matching the IPSW file is a step you’ll find in common with the most popular jailbreaks such as RedSn0w, Sn0wbreeze, and Absinthe by the Chronic Dev Team. This file matches your iOS version – iphonefaq.com recommends making a backup, and provides a list for places where you can search for this ofter elusive file, stored locally on your computer. Here’s the low down for locating your IPSW file, courtesy iphonefaq.com:
- On Windows XP Documents and Settings<User>Application DataApple ComputeriTunesiPhone Software Updates
- Windows Vista/Windows 7 Users<User>AppDataRoamingApple ComputeriTunesiPhone Software Updates
- On Mac ~/Library/iTunes/iPhone Software Updates
- Choose from 3 different install modes: in their tutorial, redmondpie.com recommends choosing simple mode from among iFaith mode at the most automated and Expert Mode at the most advanced. Although you don’t have to be a developer to perform an install in Expert Mode, Simple Mode will install your jailbreak in less than five minutes.
- Use iBooty to Boot Jailbroken Device
- Prepare Your Device for Tether by Engaging Pwned DFU Mode: in Snowbreeze’s file menu bar you’ll find iREB mode – to get your device in Pwned DFU Mode, you’ll need to tether it and then reboot.
- Once Device is in Pwned DFU, Open Your iPhone in iTunes: Then, hold shift while clicking the restore button in iTunes – iTunes will then prompt you to select the IPSW file you desire – preferably the IPSW you just located on your computer.
- Start Up iBooty: start up iBooty and follow the instructions to convert your devie into Pwned DFU mode – iBooty will take care of the rest. After you’ve booted a tethered jailbreak from iBooty, you’re ready to open Cydia and start installing apps and gadgets.
iOS 6.0.1 offers many improvements over iOS 5.1.1, one of the most often jailbreaked operating systems ever. You’ll find improvements for each iDevice, although device e than the iPhone 4 will get left behind out of some of the most interesting features like integration of facebook and Twitter and maps with more detailed driving directions. By jailbreaking iOS 6.0.1, you’ll be at the vanguard of the newest technology available for your iPhone. This site recommends Sn0wbreeze over RedSn0w for iOS 6.0.1 – although RedSn0w was the first on the scene, and although it does have active and passionate development, Sn0wbreeze’s installation is one of the easiest and fastest ways to get you to Cydia, even though RedSn0w does have more features, especially if you have an older iPhone. Lifehacker has also put out a guide for mimicking each iOS 6 function with RedSn0w. Some iPhone owners may not want to experiment with every jailbreaking tool – overwriting your baseband can erase your firmware, leaving you stuck waiting for the newest iOS (and newest iOS jailbreak). This fall is an exciting time to experiment with the many options for jailbreaking your iPhone, however – star hacker PlanetBeing just released a status update for the release date of an untethered iOS 6.0.1.