Amid the thrills and spills created by the newly developed iOS 6, 6.1 untethered jailbreak tool evasi0n for non-jailbroken devices such as the iPhone 5, iPad 4 and iPad-mini, Apple raised many eyebrows Wednesday by seeding the first beta of iOS 6.1.1 to registered developers just 48 hours after the release of evasi0n Monday.
The iOS 6.1.1 Beta 1, which brought the firmware build to version 10B311, created concerns that the freedom provided by evasi0n to the supported iOS devices could get over with the introduction of the first beta. Given the fact that the Cupertino tech giant reacted immediately after the untethered jailbreak was out in the wild, it was quite obvious to assume that both were related.
However, the fear of iOS 6.1.1 Beta 1 patching the vulnerabilities in iOS 6 that made it possible for evad3rs to develop the long sought-after untethered jailbreak tool was dismissed by Pod2g Thursday.
After inspecting the first beta of iOS 6.1.1, the iOS hacker took to his Twitter account to confirm that evasi0n remained unaffected even after the release of iOS 6.1.1 beta 1.
“6.1.1 beta (10B311) does not fix the jailbreak. It'll probably happen in a future revision. Don't upgrade though, evasi0n won't let you jb,” Pod2g tweeted.
While it’s definitely good news for all those users who have already jailbroken their devices with the help of evasi0n, it also comes with the warning that users who depend on jailbreaks and have access to an official Apple developer account should stay from upgrading to the new firmware build.
As Pod2g pointed out, Apple may not have chosen to patch the vulnerabilities that made evasi0n possible, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that it will remain secure forever. Since this is just the very first beta of iOS 6.1.1, there could be three or four more beta releases in future, iDownloadBlog reported.
A recent tweet from MuscleNerd also recommended the same: “6.1.1 beta is already out to developers! Obviously stay away from that.”
What Does The Future Hold?
Considering aforementioned factors, a question may occur: What does the future hold for iOS 6 and the untethered jailbreak solution that frees almost all iOS devices from the factory-imposed limitations?
A report from ExtremeTech earlier this week pointed out that evasi0n untethered jailbreak was the first of its kind that could work with the new Apple A6 SoC (system-on-chip) found in the iPhone 5 and iPad 4. Since the A6 SoC is likely to be used in future versions of the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch, “the Evasi0n jailbreak lays the groundwork for a few more generations of jailbroken iDevices.”
However, the report also cited iH8sn0w, another well-known iOS hacker not associated with evad3rs, who said evasi0n was a userland jailbreak that exploited holes in iOS 6 but not the bootrom. What it means is that it could be easy for Apple to come up with an iOS update.
“This means Apple can fix the vulnerability quickly and easily by simply issuing an iOS update,” said the report. “For a jailbreak to really stick, a vulnerability in the bootrom needs to be found — and iDevices haven’t had a bootrom exploit since Geohot’s infamous iPhone 4/ A4 SoC Limera1n jailbreak.”
Update: The team evad3rs has updated evasi0n to the version 1.2. The new version disables OTA updates and brings fix for the timezon issue. Here're the download links for evasi0n 1.2: