Following Apple’s announcement of iOS 6 yesterday at the WWDC, a beta release of the software has become available to developers. Any time Apple churns out a new release of iOS, those of us who choose to jailbreak our devices start worrying about just how the change will affect our ability to do so. So, what does the iOS 6 jailbreak situation look like at the moment?
The good news, at least for this beta release, is that Apple hasn’t closed-up all the holes that let hackers worm their way into the system to effect a jailbreak. Before the iOS 5.1 untethered jailbreak was released, there was some talk about holding-off on making it available, and consequently letting Apple know about the exploits in use, with the hopes of having an easier road ahead with iOS 6. It’s not clear yet what the full situation is with iOS 6 and the vulnerabilities still in place, but right now there are at least enough still present to get a tethered jailbreak working on a fourth generation iPod touch.
Even with that working, there’s still a lot that’s broken, including some important stuff like Cydia. We wouldn’t get too concerned over that, though, as issues like that aren’t uncommon for when Apple puts out a major new release like this; whatever’s keeping Cydia from functioning should get fixed in due time.
Ultimately, it feels like jailbreaking is in a pretty comfortable position for the time being. Apple could easily make things a lot more difficult between now and the final iOS 6 public release, but if there aren’t any more tricks in store, we’d expect to see at least a tethered jailbreak released quite shortly after iOS 6 goes public this fall.