Wondering how the progress on the iOS 6.1.3/6.1.4 jailbreak is coming? A recent update from @iH8sn0w's blog announces that there may be a delay for some iPhone, iPod and iPad users while others may still see the untethered jailbreak release before the 2013, year has ended.
So why the delay? It seems @winocm and @ih8sn0w have discovered that some of the vulnerabilities they were hoping to use in their jailbreak will actually still work within iOS 7, and for that reason they are making A5+ devices lower priority.
So what exactly does that mean for the IOS 6.1.3/6.1.4 release date? Which devices will be supported? At this point, the focus will be on A4 and below, which would include namely the iPhone 4 and the iPhone 3GS, the original iPad and the iPod Touch 4th Generation. Unfortunately the untethered 6.1.3/6.1.4 jailbreak may not include support for A5+ devices, which includes iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, iPad 2, iPad 3, and iPad 4. At least, not right away. Though an untethered jailbreak for iOS 6.1.3/6.1.4 on those devices is not entirely out of the question, it has been delayed. According to @iH8sn0w, this is why:
"I've mentioned this on Twitter, but seeing as A5+ devices are going to take awhile, we'll probably end up releasing the iPhone 3GS/A4 6.1.3 untether via a Cydia package after the bootstrap for it is completed. Still no ETA as to when it will be finished, but still aiming for before 2014."
To that he adds,
"People are probably wondering why focus on A5+ devices is being lowered in priority. This is not because of difficulties, it is actually because ... few of the vulnerabilities we were planning on using still work on iOS 7 ... we do not want to publish these vulnerabilities as they have the potential of being used in a future iOS 7.x A5+ jailbreak. With that being said, we are not removing our focus on an A5+ 6.1.3/6.1.4 jailbreak completely. We are looking for some vulnerabilities that exist in 6.1.3/6.1.4 but not iOS 7 ... we are currently working on getting the A4 untether bootstrap finished. After that, we will resume looking into the A5+ possibility. If worse comes to worse, we'll release it alongside evad3r's iOS 7 jailbreak to prevent disclosing any more vulnerabilities".
While many were disappointed and angry to hear the iOS 6.1.3/6.1.4 untethered jailbreak for iPhone 5, 4S, iPad 2, 3,4 and other A5+ devices would be delayed, in my mind it makes a lot of sense what was said. Unlike how things were in the early days of jailbreaking, vulnerabilities are harder and harder to come by. Since the work @iH8sn0w and @winocm are doing relies to a degree on work and vulnerabilities discovered by the evad3rs, there is a certain amount of respect that should go to the evad3rs for their work, and therefore holding off on using possibly shared vulnerabilities is sensible. Eventually, the majority of devices that are A5+ will be on iOS 7 anyway, so the delay certainly is a reasonable one. The good news here is this:
For those who prefer iOS 6 and have stayed at 6.1.3/6.1.4 they'll still get a jailbreak. It's just that they may have to wait until a iOS 7 jailbreak is available also. I've seen a lot of ugly commentary put out there towards @winocm and @ih8sn0w, but in my mind, their holding off and thinking about what will benefit the entire community the most is the most logic way to proceed.
For now, just stay patient and be supportive. A jailbreak for iOS 6.1.3, 6.1.4 and iOS 7 will be here before we know it.
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