Thursday, September 27, 2012

Jailbreaking iOS6

As i promised in my last post, here is a step-by-step guide on jailbreaking iOS6 on A4(and lower) based iDevices. If you want to jailbreak your iDevice running on iOS 5.1.1 or earlier you can head to this guide to get help.

[Update: 17.10.2012] = This guide has been updated to incorporate the changes made in redsn0w's latest version i.e. automatic installation of cydia.

[Update : 05.02.2013] = An untethered jailbreak supporting all iOS 6.x versions across all iDevices, evasi0n, has now been released.

  • This a tethered jailbreak, and is limited to the above mentioned devices only. There is currently no untethered jailbreak available for iOS 6 yet.
  • iPhone 5, iPhone 4S, iPad 2, iPad 3 and iPod touch 5th-gen are not supported by this jailbreak.
  • If you rely on unlock, do not update to iOS 6 yet.

So lets see how to do the deed.

Step 1: As common sense suggests, we first need an iOS6 based iDevice to get it jailbroken. iOS6 IPSW file download links are as follows.
DO NOT update using through iTunes because it may create an issue in later steps. Its not impossible but its a tad bit harder.
Also, a word of advice that you use TinySSH to save your SHSH blobs in case you feel like downgrading after using iOS6.
Step 2: Open iTunes, backup your iPhone(right-click on your iPhone's name and click backup) and goto summary tab. Here press Shift(windows users) or action(Mac users) and click on restore. Its gonna ask you for the IPSW file you downloaded in last step, you need to direct it to that. Click open on it and if everything goes well(hopefully!!), your iDevice now runs on iOS6.
Step 3: Now we need to download a jailbreaking software. I am going to use redsn0w in this post because of its ease and precision of use which i personally admire. Here go the download links for redsn0w's latest version.

Step 4: Extract the contents of the zip file in a folder and run the executable file(redsn0w.exe). If you get any error in windows OS, run it in administrator mode. If you are on Mac OS X, start redsn0w by Ctrl-Click on the icon and then selecting Open from the new menu.
Step 5: Click on Extras option in the main menu of redsn0w interface and then click on Select IPSW option. Now, point it to the IPSW you downloaded in Step 1.

Step 6: The final step. Redsn0w has advanced dramatically with the last few revisions and now has the power to whip through the jailbreak without much interaction. Now, you just need to follow the on-screen instructions to complete the jailbreak process.
Note: Redsn0w will ask you( or show instructions) to enter into the DFU mode. Dont panic if you need more then one try to get it right, it wont brick your beloved iDevice.

Voila, you have a jailbroken iDevice running on iOS6. Cheers :)

[Update: 01.11.2012] = You can now upgrade your jailbreak to Semi-tethered one. Granted mail, safari and Cydia app wont run without a tethered boot but support of all 3rd party apps and ability to reboot is quite a move forward. To know how to do this click here.

There is one more thing i wanted to tell you.

How-to boot tethered on iOS6:

As already mentioned above, this is a tethered jailbreak and therefore you will be required to boot into tethered mode every time you reboot your device. This can be done by starting Redsn0w, then click on the Extras button on screen and then simply click on Just Boot option and follow the on-screen instructions. When it is done, your iDevice will be rebooted back into tetherd jailbreak mode. :)

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Wednesday, September 26, 2012

The iOS 6 jailbreak situation

So, the iPhone 5 has landed in the smartphone game and with the help of iOS6 it has become big. By being sold in the reaches of 5 million, it has already broken first-weekend sales records. Whats even more impressive is the fact that within one week of getting online, there are 100 million iOS6 subscribers already who, although complaining about accuracy of Apple's in-house maps, are having fun with its new features. But the thing that has been creating even larger ripples is the iOS6 jailbreak situation. So lets get to it after the break.

As any avid Apple or iOS follower knows, it took 2 months after iOS5 launch in October 2011 to get a working untethered jailbreak solution and as we all know, with every major iOS reiteration jailbreakers tend to get some headaches. Now, the case is same for iOS6. Although tethered iOS6 jailbreak is possible for A4(or lower) based iDevices(click here to know how), there is no solution for A5 or A5X based iDevices let alone the A6 of iPhone 5.

As we all know in this cat and mouse game between jailbreakers and apple, jailbreakers have not ever failed. But finding an exploit and being able to jailbreak and install cydia on iPhone 5 just 8 hours after it was launched is an impressive feat of its own. This was achieved by jailbreaker Grant Paul who goes by the twitter handle @chpwn . This was what he tweeted hours after the launch (you can see the date and time of the tweet yourself).

Now, a careful tech enthusiast like me can right away assume photoshop to be the answer of this pic and to resolve such confusions Grant Paul (@chpwn ) tweeted one more pic which is right here.

I know what you are thinking, even this can be achieved by Photoshop but when the likes of @i0n1c and @musclenerd confirm about its reality, i am bound to believe that Grant Paul ( @chpwn ) has done an amazing job. Its obvious that the public release of this jailbreak will be needing a lot of work but to know and be assured that jailbreakers are finding ways to hack into iOS6 is kind of a relief to be true.

Hopefully, we can get our hands on such jailbreaks soon.
Three cheers for Grant Paul, i must say.

[Update: 01.11.2012] = You can now upgrade your jailbreak to Semi-tethered one. Granted mail, safari and Cydia app wont run without a tethered boot but support of all 3rd party apps and ability to reboot is quite a move forward. To know how to do this click here.

[Update: 29.11.2012] = A team named ARB Dev Team(@ArDevTeam) has posted on their twitter account that they have sucesfully jailbroken iPhone 5 and although its a tethered one, its a good news. Also they have posted a video showing iPhone 4S jailbroken. This is getting more exciting. Some are saying it maybe fake but i'll leave it on you to decide. Please tell us in comments what do you think about it?

[Update 05.02.2013] = An untethered jailbreak supporting all iOS 6.x versions and all iDevices, evasi0n, has now been released.
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The Intro

Hey guys,
Its my first blog and its first post as well. So lets start with an introduction to myself and the blog.
As you can see in "about blogger" section my name is Anmol Jain and i am a 1st year B. Tech student at the Delhi College of Engineering a.k.a. DCE. I know what you are thinking. Dont get stuck on "1st year". The blog is gonna become an amazing source for all the info you need about smartphones, there hacks and hacks in general as well ( ;) ). Also, there will be general posts regarding computers and mobile phones. I am gonna make all the "cool" and "geek" stuff as lucideus as it can be.
Some "stuff" may already be present on other blogs but with the amount of information and compilation present on this one, i can bet you wont mind making this your most trusted and referred-to blog.

You can mail me your requests for on-request articles at .

As you know, i am a tech enthusiast and not an essayist. So lets skip the part of copy-pasting from google(:p) and lets go at it.


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