By Prarthito Maity email: firstname.lastname@example.org | Jan 29, 2013 06:44 AM EST
iOS 6.1, the latest refresh from Apple, has finally arrived, and so has the expectations of a brand new jailbreak for the new iOS. Fans, however, will be happy to know that the team is already working on it and could arrive sooner than expected.
Per reports, the highly awaited iOS 6.1 jailbreak could be released this weekend, or during the Sunday Super Bowl, to be more precise. If that happens, a good weekend is expected all around.
Although nothing can be said about the new jailbreak with certainty, there have been reports flowing in stating that a fully-working untethered jailbreak has been nearly ready for public release, and that the developers behind it were waiting for Apple to deliver iOS 6.1 before its distribution. This was done in order to prevent the company from closing up any holes used to achieve the needed exploits.
Expectations regarding a new jailbreak massively increased after Planetbeing, one of the members of the new evad3rs dev crew, tweeted: "iOS 6.1 appears to be vulnerable to the exploits we are planning on using." More information regarding the exact date of the release arrived after MuscleNerd wrote on Twitter: "Hey, did everyone know the Super Bowl is this Sunday? What will you be doing?"
"The likes of Planetbeing have been running untethered jailbreaks on their devices for some time, but instead of rushing out the release and allowing Apple to plug it with iOS 6.1, the Evad3rs team, which is also comprised of Pimskeks, Pod2g, and MuscleNerd, has wisely retained the exploit," a Redmond Pie report states.
However, there's always a chance that even with the new jailbreak currently unreleased Apple could involuntarily close one of the security vulnerabilities critical to the jailbreak's operation. Luckily for fans though, Planetbeing has tweeted that iOS 6.1 doesn't appear to break anything.
This, in relation with MuscleNerd's tweet stating a probable Super Bowl timeline, suggests that the evad3rs are expecting to release their jailbreak right around the same time. However, it would also make sense if they would want a few days more before the final release to double-check 6.1's compatibility, but, happily, things are looking good for a release soon.
The new jailbreak is expected to be fully untethered, and, unlike the previous iOS 6 exploit, will support all the latest hardware, and this includes the iPhone 5 and iPad mini. Apple TV, however, is expected to be left out.
"The jailbreakers like to be cryptic, and often drop hints merely to throw us off, so it's worth not getting too ahead of ourselves at this point. Moreover, Planetbeing also talks of two proof of concepts in need of merging and polishing, and thus the jailbreak 'will not be ready to release until that [merging, polishing] and testing' has taken place," Redmond Pie added.