An iOS 6.1.3 and 6.1.4 untethered jailbreak for iPhone 5, 4S, iPad Mini and other A5+ devices is drawing closer. Find out what @iH8sn0w has to say about his progress (Photo: iDesignTimes)

An iOS 6.1.3 untethered jailbreak for iPhones 4, 4S, 5, iPad Mini, and other A4 or A5 + devices just moved one step closer as last night sn0wbreeze and iFaith developer @iH8sn0w tweeted his need for volunteers with an iPad Mini or iPad 4 to email him.

Most presumed the need for these devices had something to do with the iOS 6.1.3/6.1.4 jailbreak he and @winocm have been working on recently, and well, they'd be right. When I contacted @ih8sn0w to ask him about the progress and need for volunteers with these devices, here is what he had to say. "I need to dump the kernels on devices that I do not have."

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Of course, not being a jailbreak developer, I was curious what the next step in the process of creating  the iOS 6.1.3 or 6.1.4 jailbreak would be. According to @iH8sn0w, the next step then would be to "add static offsets to kernel payload, then untethered binary is pretty much set for all devices." To that he added this, "So far we got all A4 devices, iPhone 4,1, iPhone 5,1 and iPhone 5,2 I think." For those who are uncertain which devices are A4, this would cover iPhone 4, Original iPad, and iPod Touch 4th Generation.  

When I asked him what this meant in terms of a release date or if there were any major complications not being discussed, he replied that "there are still some things to do. But we should be able to get past them with no problem."

Though obviously we still have no set ETA for the iOS 6.1.3/6.1.4 untethered jailbreak, the encouraging news here is that definitive steps have been made. This should be particularly encouraging to those who own an iPhone 5 or iPhone 4S. We know at the least a tethered 6.1.3 jailbreak has been available for some time on the iPhone 4 thanks to redsn0w, but there is currently nothing tethered or untethered to jailbreak the Phone 5, 4S, iPad Mini or iPad 4 on 6.1.3 or 6.1.4.  iOS 7 is supported on these older devices, but many have shared that iOS 7 on the iPhone 4S is unbelievably slow and lacks many of the features available for newer devices. For this reason, a jailbreak for these devices on iOS 6.1.3 would be particularly attractive.

I know the first thing that will show up on my timeline is a plethora of questions about when I think the jailbreak will be released. Can I make an estimate? Have they told me the date? I'm gonna tell you now, the answer is no to all of those things. When these guys say they don't know when it will be complete, they are telling the truth. Problems can arise that set the progress back just when you think you've reached the finish line. A lot of people seem to think these developers are unnecessarily secretive or like to keep things hidden from the public, when the reality is, if they knew definitively, they'd certainly share.

The takeaway here is this: We are a day closer and some good progress has been made. As the release date nears and more information becomes available I'll happily share what I know or direct you to a source that has that information. If you're not familiar with @iH8sn0w's blog this is also a good link to bookmark as he's been sharing regular progress reports there as well.

Thanks for reading and hope I can bring more good news soon.

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