After a successful run of almost six weeks and surviving a couple of iOS software updates, the iOS 6.x untethered jailbreak tool evasi0n was finally eliminated with the release of iOS 6.1.3 firmware update from Apple.
Well-known iOS hacker David Wang (aka Planetbeing), who correctly predicted evasi0n’s death even before the iOS 6.1.3 was made public, said evad3rs had managed to find enough exploits inside iOS to create a completely new jailbreak, even if Apple manages to fix all the exploits that are currently being used.
Despite Planetbeing’s confidence, there is still a hunch that the existing iOS 6.1.3 will not be jailbroken, expecially since the release of iOS 7 is approaching and exposing key exploits just ahead of such a major firmware release is unwise.
On Tuesday, evad3rs team member pod2g took to his Twitter account to confirm that iOS 6.1.3 would remain jailbreak-free. Replying to one of his followers, who asked whether hackers are working on an iOS 6.1.3 jailbreak, this is what pod2g had to say:
“@xld2s59 we are not working on a 6.1.3 jailbreak, that would be too much efforts for a minimal update. We’re waiting for a major release.”
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As iDownloadBlog points out, Apple is expected to unveil the iOS 7 at the World Wide Developers Conference in June. That said, it doesn’t make sense to update evasi0n as Apple would definitely fix all the exploits in the new iOS version.
Meanwhile, another renowned iOS hacker, Joshua Hill (aka P0sixninja), announced last week via Twitter that he had discovered enough exploits that could help him build a new jailbreak.
“Well, so far it looks like the next jailbreak might be created entirely by me… Evad3rs haven't gone anywhere, I've just discovered all the needed exploits on my own over the past few months,” P0sixninja tweeted.
However, as the hacker himself clarified, “the next jailbreak” doesn’t necessarily mean an iOS 6.1.3 jailbreak. The hacker said he would unleash his exploits for a future iOS version like "7.0.x or maybe even 7.1.x" jailbreak. Therefore, considering the fact that the iOS hackers do have exploits in hand, it would be wise to be patient and wait for a public release of the iOS 7, which is expected to be later this year.