How To Jailbreak IOS 6
iOS 6 is the newest operating system for Apple iPhones – and iOS 6 jailbreaks by the trendiest development teams like Sn0wBreeze, UltraSn0w, RedSn0w, and Absinthe provide access to the world of apps for jailbroken phones only at the Cydia marketplace (source).While RedSn0w was the first jailbreak for iOS 6 – jailbreaking just one day after Apple’s official release – for iOS 6.0.1 you’ll find the Sn0wBreeze jailbreaking utility. Currently, the only iOS 6 jailbreaks available are for iPhones and iDevices with the A4 chipset. The A5 sported by the iPhone 5 hasn’t been jailbroken yet, although leading hackers like the Chronic Dev Team have stated that there are only a few exploits left as they race Apple’s attempts to patch over vulnerabilities. While iPhone 5 users may have to wait until Christmas, all users of Apple’s A4 chips will find their trusty guide to jailbreaking their iPhone right here. Read on for the latest in jailbreaking iOS 6.
Jailbreak iOS 6 and iOS 6.0.1
While RedSn0w was the first jailbreak to free iOS 6 users, Sn0wBreeze is worth mentioning right from the start because it’s one of the first jailbreaks for the update to iOS 6, OS 6.0.1 – like RedSn0w, Sn0wBreeze is tethered only, meaning that you’ll have to re-install on every reboot. So, hacker’s tendrils may have gotten a foothold on iOS 6, enough to raise their flag marking success – the Cydia marketplace!
Although waiting until Christmas for the jailbreak to your iPhone 5 seems like an arctic voyage, if you have an older iPhone runnning the A4 chipset, such as the iPhone 4, 3GS and 4th-gen iPod touch, you’ll be happy to know that a panoply of jailbreaking tools witih instantaneous installations awaits you.
You could get started by clicking the banner blow and download the software for jailbreaking iOS 6.
Note: this is a tethered jailbreak for iOS 6.
Notoriously released just a few hours after Apple unveiled iOS 6, RedSn0w is now up to version 0.9.12b1, and a flurry of other snow-themed tools have added their tethers to jailbroken iOS 6. Engadget covers the new RedSn0w beta release and using ultraSn0w to unlock the iPhone 4, iPhone 4s, 3GS, and 4-th gen iPod touch. idownloadblog.com covers installing Sn0wBreeze 2.9.7, which will jailbreak iOS 6.0.1 – this article covers some of the differences between untethered and tethered jailbreaks, and what you need to know for tethered jailbreaking options.
Getting to Cydia with A Tethered Jailbreak
A tethered jailbreak involves tethering your iPhone to your computer – after a reboot, you’ll have to re-tether and re-install, although for many users, jailbreaking iOS6 is still a tantalizing option. iDownloadblog.com recommends gathering a few useful tools before you tether up. For Sn0wbreeze 2.9.7, you’ll need an extra app named PwnedDFA. iDownloadblog.com provides sn0wbreeze and apple firmware files on their site – you’ll find a step-by-step guide for Sn0wbreeze 2.9.7 on idownloadblog.com, but this article is moving on to the most notorious of iOS 6 jailbreaking tools: RedSn0w!
RedSn0w 0.9.15b3 – Developers Only
The first RedSn0w was the first jailbreaking tool to unlock iOS 6, just a few hours after its official release, sort of like making the Kessel Run in less than 5 parsecs. The newest RedSn0w, 0.9.15b3, offers a variety of enhancements – and, it’s good on iOS6.1 beta 2! This version of ios 6 is only available for developers – the public will have to wait for the stable release of 6.1. If you’re dying to get 6.1, you might give idownloadblog.com’s step by step guide a spin.
Also be sure to check out idownloadblog.com’s RedSn0w page – you’ll find basic and advanced RedSn0w tutorials like “How to Put Your Device into DFA” Mode, “How To Jailbreak Any Device running ios 5.1.1). We’ll put one unique guide from idownloadblog.com into the spotlight: “Preserving BaseBand with RedSn0w.”
With all the turmoil surrounding iOS 6 jailbreak, yet with jailbroken iPhone 5′s stalled at ios 5.1.1, preserving your baseband will help you to experiment with updates and also to know when to wait – the baseband is the most basic layer of your ios operating system, and the thing that can make transitioning from ios operating system to ios operating system such a pain. If you decide to take your iPhone 4, iPhone 4s, iPad 2, or another device with an A4 chip, to iOS 6, you’ll change your baseband, making it difficult to go back to ios 5.1.1.
Many sites recommend checking your system settings first before going ahead with a jailbreak like ultrasn0w, redsn0w, or the Chronic Dev Team’s Absinthe. These jailbreaking utilities rely on your “baseband” or firmware. For example, RedSn0w 0.9.12b1 and iOS 5.1.1 requires iPhone 4 firmware chips, although some blogs have reported success with the iPhone 5. For more details, check out our favorite jailbreak solution below:
Ready to Install The Jailbreak Software ?
RedSn0w uses SAM to install. Similar to Android OTA, SAM stands for “Subscriber Artificial Module” – RedSn0w and SAM cooperate to unlock and jailbreak your iPhone. SAM can be used to both unlock and jailbreak your iPhone. SAM offers a variety of management tools that make a great place to start if you’re interested in diving into the world of jailbreaking your iPhone. You can manage apps and the sources of apps with SAM. SAM can also attempt to activate SIM cards, unlocking your phone. Unlocking your phone is just one of the many awesome reasons to unlock your iPhone. Many blogs recommend backing up your activation ticket when you install RedSn0w with SAM, especially since Apple has started blocking SAM-activated SIM cards (as of last May).
So, you’ve just jailbroken your iPhone using SAM and either Absinthe, RedSn0w, or one of RedSn0w’s many snow-themed cousins. Where next? Lifehacker provides a list of apps for ios 5.1.1 that can deck out your iPhone like it’s running iOS 6 – this could be the perfect project as you wait for iOS 6. Some apps that do one better than simply replicating ios 6 include maps with more interactive driving directions like Waze.
With all the choices this fall, this article recommends setting one limit at changing your operating system – wait until iOS 6 is successfully jailbroken before you change your baseband. Aside from experimenting with another operating system, there’s plenty of room for experimentation (and error) with ios 5.1.1! Happy installing!