Nearly three weeks after Apple seeded the second beta of iOS 6.1, the company rolled out iOS 6.1 beta 3 Monday. If you are one of the registered Apple developers and looking forward to try some jailbreaking on the latest firmware preview, you’ll be pleased to know that the newly seeded third beta of iOS 6.1 can be jailbroken tethered using Redsn0w 0.9.15b3, the latest version of the popular jailbreaking tool.
The third beta of iOS 6.1 is now available both as an individual download for registered iOS developers from the iOS Dev Center and as an over-the-air (OTA) update for users who already have the beta 2 installed on their iPhone, iPad or iPod touch. Just open the Settings app, and tap General > Software Update > Install Now.
The iOS 6.1 beta 3, which includes “bug fixes and other improvements,” does not have any major differences from its previous version. Some of the key newly added changes include new boarding pass behavior in Apple’s Passbook application, tweaks to Safari and some backend changes in Apple’s mapping software, iDownloadBlog has reported.
The report also cited well-known iOS hacker iH8sn0w, the creator of the jailbreak tool Sn0wBreeze, who said that iOS 6.1 beta 3 would expire at 12 a.m. (GMT) Friday Dec. 28, 2012, the same time and date when the second beta of iOS 6.1 got expired. With that in mind, the next beta could be seeded before then.
As mentioned already, the third beta of iOS 6.1 can be jailbroken using Redsn0w 0.9.15b3. It’s a tethered jailbreak and works only on A4 or earlier devices like the iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS, and iPod touch 4th generation that are susceptible to the Limera1n exploit. Therefore, if you are using a new iPhone 5, an iPhone 4S, iPad 2/3/4, iPod touch 5th gen or iPad mini, you are out of luck.
Below are the steps to jailbreak iOS 6.1 beta 3 tethered using Redsn0w 0.9.15b3. The users must note that this jailbreak is meant for developers only.
Step 1: Download and install iOS 6.1 beta 3 on your device.
Step 2: Download RedSn0w 0.9.15b3.
Step 3: You will need to have iOS 6.0 available for your device on your computer. If not, download the iOS 6.0 firmware file for your device.
Step 4: Connect your iOS device to the computer and place into DFU mode. Now open Redsn0w 0.9.15b3.
Step 5: Click Extras > Select IPSW > and point to the iOS 6.0 firmware file. It would successfully identify the firmware file.
Step 6: Now go back to the main page of RedSn0w and click Jailbreak. The jailbreak will process and then it will present you with an options screen.
Step 7: Make sure that “Install Cydia” is checked and click Next to proceed with the jailbreak process.
Step 8: Once the jailbreak is complete, you would be on your Lock Screen. Place the device back into DFU mode.
Step 9: Click Back on the RedSn0w window and click Select IPSW. Again, point to iOS 6.0 and click Just Boot.
Step 10: After a while, a pineapple logo should appear on the device’s screen as it boots up.
Step 11: After the device is booted, swipe to the Home screen’s second page. The Cydia app icon will appear on the page.
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