UPDATE: @Winocm has released a "Do It Yourself" iOS 6.1.3/6.1.4 untethered jailbreak "shell" for iPhone 5, 4S etc. It requires users to obtain their own exploits and plug them into the tool. It is not designed for non-developers. It is not suggested that you attempt using the jailbreak tool unless you know what you are doing. If you need to ask how to use it, then it is not advisable for you to try. At this time @Winocm has not shared if his his future plans include continuing development on a public jailbreak for iOS 6.1.3 or 6.1.4.
Anyone following the jailbreak scene knows iOS 6.1.3 untethered jailbreak rumors have been making their way through the community, as last week Jeff Benjamin of iDownloadBlog demonstrated on his iPhone 4S a working 6.1.3 untethered jailbreak created by developer @Winocm.
@Winocm has been a trusted member of the jailbreak community for some time now, and has made continuous efforts to create jailbreak-related tools such as a downgrade tool and currently an iOS 6.1.3 and 6.1.4 untethered jailbreak for iPhone 5 and 4S. Ever since evasi0n jailbreak was patched in March, those who were forced onto iOS 61.3/6.1.4 firmware have hoped to see a jailbreak or downgrade arrive. However, with the Evad3rs adamantly declaring that they would not be working on the project in any way until after an iOS 7 jailbreak was released, it looked like these iPhone users were left out of luck. There were a few false hopes as a strange and hoax-like team called @UnthreadedJB produced some unusual jailbreak tools, all the while making many believe they could be the team to release a jailbreak for 6.1.3 or 6.1.4. @Winocm has thus far been the most promising possibility, as the video by Jeff Benjamin, combined with pictures on Twitter by @Nakappor124, show very obviously a working iOS 6.1.3 and 6.1.4 untethered jailbreak. Of course, ever since these videos and photos were released, @Winocm has gained a lot more followers on Twitter hoping he'll offer them an ETA on his coveted project.
I've been speaking with @Winocm throughout his process as he has numerous projects which are of interest to me, and up to this point, he has asked me to hold off on publishing anything about the jailbreak he is working on. At this time, however, he has given me the go-ahead to share a few things which are relevant. So to start, yes, he is working quite steadfastly on an iOS 6.1.3/6.1.4 jailbreak. However, it's possible the thing will never see the light of day.
How then, you might ask, is it that Jeff Benjamin and @Nakappor124 have shown evidence of a working jailbreak? Here is what @Winocm shared with me. The jailbreak he has is "working" for all intents and purposes, but it utilizes a very "unorthodox" injection vector. In fact, the jailbreak is at a kind of "proof of concept" level currently as he still has "one big piece" that just hasn't quite come together for him. That said, what is in place is "usable" but not releasable to the general pubic for a variety of reasons (think @chpwn's failbreak).
Though he hasn't been able to give me a firm answer on if he will release the iOS 6.1.3/6.1.4 jailbreak he's working on, or if it's even near completion, my suggestion is, go on with your lives for now. For those interested in how he got to where he is with the iOS 6.1.3/6.1.4 untethered jailbreak for iPhone 4S and 5, here's a little info on that. @Winocm shared that his jailbreak does not rely on exploits from jailbreak developers like the Evad3rs, but he has gotten some ideas from someone whom many of you know well: Stefan Esser or @i0nic. @Winocm is not working with @i0nic in any way, but as he told me, he's gleaned many ideas from reading the pdfs the security researcher released earlier this year on the topic.
When I asked @Nkapoor124 how well the iOS 6.1.4 jailbreak worked on his iPhone 5, he shared that "Cydia works fine, tweaks also do. But it's buggy, and some parts don't work, but I guess for the most part it's fine ..." Still, that said, I think it's really important that no one get this hopes up about an iOS 6.1.3 or 6.1.4 jailbreak actually arriving anytime in the near future. @Winocm's been very adamant that he will offer no ETAs when speaking publicly and the main reason is because of the pieces he is missing.
One thing he wants known above all else is that he is completely anti-donation. "I'm trying to make this the first recent jailbreak release without a donate button," the developer shared. "I feel very anti-donation. Jailbreaking is about freedom of software/choice in my opinion. Why should you pay for freedom? It's designed to help people, not take their resources."
@Winocm has been kind enough to keep me updated on his progress and when he comes to a place where he can give an ETA on releasing a public jailbreak, rest assured I will happily bring that news to you. Until that time, hang tight and stay hopeful. Someone is attempting the 6.1.3/6.1.4 untethered jailbreak for iPhone 5/4S you've been hoping for.
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