It’s been nine days since Apple publicly released iOS 6.1, and two since team evad3rs launched its evasi0n untethered jailbreak. That spelled an end to the four-and-a-half month grace period Apple enjoyed where none of its users running current software could employ an untethered jailbreak. Today we learn that Apple has already started seeding an iOS 6.1.1 beta to its developers, making us wonder if the company is trying to quickly shut the door on the evasi0n jailbreak.
From what we heard yesterday, evasi0n relies on a whole bunch of separate exploits in order to worm its way into iOS system files and compromise the system’s ability to keep unsigned code from running. If Apple is able to quickly close even a single one of those holes, it could seriously hamper the ability for users to jailbreak their phones and tablets; close a number of them, and the evad3rs might find themselves starting from square one.
To be clear, we don’t yet have confirmation of many of the changes present in this release, and Apple may have yet to get around to addressing the exploits leveraged by evasi0n, but considering how long we’ve been waiting to see a jailbreak like that arrive, we’re understandably nervous that Apple could be rushing to shut it down.
What we do know is that this beta introduces a lot of tweaks for Apple Maps, but apparently only focusing on its use in Japan.
We’ll update you once we’re able to get confirmation of what else is new in iOS 6.1.1 beta 1, especially concerning its vulnerability to jailbreaking.
Update: Still no word on the impact on jailbreaking, but it’s been discovered that this beta is oddly set to never expire.
MuscleNerd warns jailbreaking fans to stay away from today’s release.
Update 2: Now it’s confirmed, this beta does NOT close the exploits evasi0n uses.
Source: Redmond Pie