The iOS 7 public release comes Wednesday, September 18, 2013 at 1 p.m. ET and for those jailbreakers who have no untethered jailbreak yet for iOS 6.1.3 or 6.1.4 on your iPhone 5, 4S, iPads, iPod Touch and other mobile devices, you may be facing a difficult choice. Do you upgrade or hang around on iOS 6.1.3 hoping an untethered shows up soon? I may not be able to fully answer that question for you but I can at least offer you the pros and cons to upgrading as opposed to remaining on iOS 6.1.4 or below. To see what time the iOS 7 public releases happens in your time zone, or get instructions to downgrade from iOS 7 GM to iOS 6.1.3/6.1.4, scroll to the bottom of the article.
Okay, so first and foremost, if you are the type of person that absolutely loves a jailbroken iPhone, iPad or iPod, then my recommendation is go as low as you can. If you are on iOS 6.1.2 or below, stay where you are. This means you were lucky enough not to have to restore after the Evasi0n untethered jailbreak was patched and you are still enjoying fabulous tweaks and themes from the best Cydia jailbreak developers, or even making a few yourself. In fact, if you are one of those people, it's doubtful you are even reading this so we'll keep moving.
If you love a jailbreak and are on iOS 6.1.3 or 6.1.4 and own A5+ devices such as an iPhone 5, 4S, iPad Mini, iPod touch, iPad 2, 3, or 4 etc. then, even as attractive as iOS 7 might seem, and even though there is currently no jailbreak for iOS 6.13, it's much safer to stay where you are then to upgrade. This has always been the advice given by jailbreak developers such as @MuscleNerd, @pod2g, @iH8sn0w et al.
Why stay on the older system even though there is no jailbreak? Well, for several reasons.
1) Evad3rs Could Release An IOS 6.1.3, 6.1.4 Untethered Jailbreak For A5+ Devices
First, we know the Evad3rs have left over vulnerabilities from iOS 6 which, if pulled together, could probably take very little work to produce an iOS 6.1.3 or 6.1.4 untethered jailbreak. Now, the guys haven't focused on this at all because of the newer iOS 7 which releases tomorrow and the new devices coming, but if by the odd chance months pass and the Evad3rs see they will not be able to jailbreak iOS 7 in a timely manner, then I have full faith they will go back and at least provide a jailbreak for iOS 6.1.3 and 6.1.4. Planetbeing and Pod2g have both shared this at a variety of times after Evasi0n was patched, and to my knowledge, nothing has changed as far as that goes.
2) @Winocm or Someone Else Could Release An IOS 6.1.3, 6.1.4 Untethered Jailbreak for A5+ Devices
The other thing to consider is, there is still a slim chance someone else could release an iOS 6.1.3 untethered jailbreak. Many of you by now are very familiar with the developer @winocm and though he recently appeared to throw in the towel on that work, I believe he's probably still plugging away at it. The thing about @winocm is, he doesn't like pushy people and demands for ETAs. Though the Evad3rs have learned how to take the pushiness in stride, @winocm refuses to. It is for this reason he recently released that kernel shellcode everyone thought would make it so easy to build a Do-It-Yourself iOS 6.1.3 untethered jailbreak. Unfortunately, however, no one who has attempted to has yet been successful. The reason? Because they have no clue what they are doing. If they did, they would know what @winocm provided really isn't all that useful. Or for those that it would be useful to, they would have already had something similar in place. To explain what I mean I'll share an excerpt from a conversation I had with @planetbeing concerning @winocm's code.
From David Wang (planetbeing)
"It's not a DIY jailbreak ... It's the kernel shellcode that's the payload of the jailbreak. However, building a payload is not the challenging part of jailbreaking. In fact, you can reuse the same payload for every single jailbreak, if you wanted, though generally we just write new ones that "custom fit" the delivery mechanism (the exploits) for easier delivery. Having the payload only is of no help to anyone aspiring to create a jailbreak. Take the "average" security researcher. If you got a bit of jailbreak code and all it was missing was this file that @winocm posted, it'd take you five minutes to rewrite it and get it working. If @winocm told you which vulnerabilities he exploited without giving you ANY code, it'd take you two days to one month to create a jailbreak. If @winocm just gave you this bit of code however, without any exploits or vulnerabilities, like he just released on Twitter, it'll take you the exact same amount of time to create the jailbreak as it would have taken you if @winocm had given you nothing at all. It won't even save you five minutes, because in the process of figuring the rest out, you would've made lots of test payloads anyway."
So basically where I'm going with that is, those who claim to be building a jailbreak off of @winocm's code are most likely scammers or newbies who don't realize that code isn't really all that new or useful.
Now why would @winocm do that? Well, basically, when he gets annoyed I think he becomes a little bit ... mischievous. And, well, I don't blame him considering that people were calling him horrible names and berating him because he's taking time to research and perfect what he has. The last time I spoke to @winocm about his iOS 6.1.3 untethered jailbreak, this is what he shared:
"Mainly [I need to finish] some sandbox stuff, and cleaning it up, and fixing up device support then I can actually release it, but there's the one missing block right now ... it's only usable in a very very non-kosher manner. Consider it pre-alpha quality software ... a proof of concept, if you will."
He shared that much of his work was based off of knowledge he gleaned from pdfs @i0nic released and that his main wish, if and when he releases the iOS 61.3 untethered jailbreak, is to make it "the first recent jailbreak release without a donate button."
According to @winocm,
"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."
This is why he and many others within the jailbreak community — including myself — have been incredibly irritated to see people like @7Inj3ct3D taking advantage of people by promising an untethered 6.1.3 jailbreak but demanding donations beforehand. This is always the sign of a scammer. As iOS 7 releases, no doubt we'll see any number of scammer jailbreak websites and "developers" arise, so definitely watch out for that.
@7Inj3ct3D You are simply put, a scamming idiot.
— winocm (@winocm) September 15, 2013
Who Should Upgrade to IOS 7?
Now, back to the issue at hand: To stay on iOS 6.1.3 or upgrade to iOS 7. In some cases I might recommend an upgrade to iOS 7. If you happened test iOS 7 while it was in the betas and found you liked it, and didn't mind living without tweaks and themes, then I would certainly say move up to iOS 7. Just have the knowledge that you may never be able to jailbreak your device again. If you are okay with that then there is no problem.
However, if you are someone who thinks they "might" miss having a jailbreak at some point, then I would recommend staying on 6.1.3 or 6.1.4. iOS 7 is very, very different and though it brings a lot of improvements, many have had difficulty adjusting to the differences. We've also heard, even if an iOS 7 jailbreak comes, that it's possible Saurik will not be able to completely support winterboard for the new system — at least not without support from developers. Now I believe there are several developers and theme makers, including @Surenix, working with Saurik to make winterboard support on iOS 7 possible, but it's not a sure deal. If the main reason you jailbreak is for themeing, then I would certainly recommend staying on iOS 6.1.3/6.1.4.
The thing of it is, you can always upgrade, but you can't go back. If you think you would regret an upgrade at all then I would stay put right where you are — even if that is on 6.1.3 without a jailbreak.
Want To Downgrade from iOS 7 GM to iOS 6.1.3/6.1.4? Do It Now!
Now for those of you who tried out any of the iOS 7 betas, including the GM and are thinking you want to downgrade, you need to do it NOW. Once iOS 7 goes public on Wednesday, September 18, 2013, there will be a very short window in which Apple will still sign the old firmware. You don't want to get caught waiting to long. If you need to downgrade to iOS 6.1.3 or 6.1.4 the directions can be found here.
Sorry to make this long and drawn out and hopefully the answers are helpful. If you have further questions, feel free to hit me up on Twitter or post comments to this article and I will answer to the best of my ability.
What Time Does iOS 7 Public Release Happen In My Area?
Here is the iOS 7 release time for your time zone or region
Eastern - 1 PM
Central - 12 PM
Mountain - 11 AM
London - 6 PM
Europe/Paris - 7 PM
Moscow - 9 PM
New Dehli - 10:30 PM
Shanghai - 1 AM Thursday
Tokyo - 2 AM Thursday
Melbourne - 3 AM Thursday
Auckland - 5 AM Thursday
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