So for one more time, a lot of people awaiting an untethered jailbreak for their iOS 6 devices got fooled by a hoaxer. As expected earlier, the unknown self-proclaimed iOS hacker by the name of “Dream JB,” who took the tech world by storm claiming that he would be releasing an untethered jailbreak for iOS 6, ended up being fake.
The unidentified hacker said earlier this week that he would upload a video Wednesday (Dec. 12), proving that his iOS untethered jailbreak was indeed real. He even claimed that he would release the jailbreak for public use Dec. 22.
On Wednesday, the hacker did upload a proof-of-concept video, in which he connects an iPhone 5 to a computer via USB, accesses a website through Safari and then runs an application named “Dream” on his computer. After showing some codes on its screen, the iPhone 5 apparently reboots with the popular Cydia icon in place.
After being announced on Twitter, the jailbreak video received over 500 comments on YouTube in less than 15 minutes while many viewers seemed convinced that the video was authentic.
Although Dream JB had earlier said that the jailbreak would be released Dec. 22, he surprisingly announced Wednesday on Twitter that it would be made available that night itself. However, at the supposed release time, he finally announced that the entire jailbreak story that he had created was false.
“Jailbreakers, what you see may not always be true. Please follow the dev team members for true and meaningful updates in the JB world. Let this be a lesson to all current and future jailbreak fakers,” Dream JB tweeted.
A post on the Dream Jailbreak website reads like this:
DreamJB was intended as a social experiment. In the matter of a mere week, over 20,000 people followed @DreamJailbreak on twitter.
This website had over 300,000 unique viewers. People believed in a "jailbreak" that originally provided no proof at all.
There are services out there that charge for jailbreaks that are intended to be free. Imagine what could have happened should this have gone for sale?
The provided proof tonight was intended as a final boost to the viewers before this message was released.
Let this be a lesson to the public. PLEASE be careful when it comes to jailbreak solutions that are advertised outside of the prominent and accepted dev teams. Do some research and follow them on Twitter now.
Dismiss any claims made by anybody, unless it has been confirmed from the dev team members.
Should a real jailbreak ever surface, they'll be the first to give it the OK.
This experiment is exactly as it was named. Simply just a dream.
At the time of reporting, both the YouTube video and the Dream JB Twitter account appeared to be deleted.
Although many people got fooled by the jailbreak video, a lot of other prominent iOS hackers did note that the video was edited and fake. According to one keen observer, the time on the iPhone 5 showed in the video changed randomly throughout the video, clearly suggesting that it was created by splicing multiple clips together.
As Slashgear pointed out, the link to the jailbreak files in the related website took to an old fashioned RickRoll video on YouTube.
“The @DreamJailbreak rickroll is why you shouldn't even consider JB claim till there's non-debunked video, or surprise release..not hype,” well-known iOS hacker MuscleNerd tweeted.
Here’s a couple of tweets from another iOS hacker Grant Paul, aka chpwn:
“@DreamJailbreak Nice try, but aren’t you supposed to make the fake at least somewhat believable? It’s more fun when it’s not so obvious.”
“@DreamJailbreak (A tip: iOS boots to the lock screen, not the home screen. You only get that animation by exiting an app made to fake it.)”
Below is a video, put up by Jeff Benjamin of iDownloadBlog, which “outlines just a handful of obvious discrepancies” that Dream JB “failed to address before composing his video.”
When Will A Proper iOS 6 Jailbreak Come?
According to renowned iOS hacker Stefan Esser, better known as @i0n1c, an untethered jailbreak for iOS 6 or iOS 6.0.1 is not coming anytime soon.
“People should get over it. There won't be a public iOS 6.0/6.0.1 untethered jailbreak,” @i0n1c tweeted Tuesday.
Although @i0n1c didn’t provide any more detail about his disappointing tweet, it is believed that any hackers capable of developing an iOS 6 jailbreak for the iPhone 5 and other new iOS devices will hold the exploits until Apple releases the iOS 6.1 firmware sometime in early 2013.