Hackers: Jailbreaking iOS 6.1 Will Be Hard

Pod2g is confident about the next six months, but is unsure about future iOS versions

Hackers are making progress in jailbreaking Apple’s iOS 6 (the current version on iDevices worldwide), with famous jailbreaker Pod2g stating, “I’m very confident about the next 6 months.” But fellow security guru @i0n1c (Stefan Esser) says an untethered jailbreak for iOS 6.1 may be out of reach.

Speaking with Sebastien Page at iDownloadBlog, Pod2g says, “I honestly believe that iOS 6 will be jailbroken and that developers will keep coming up with more quality apps.”

He suggests that an untethered jailbreak for iOS 6 will be available in the next six months, adding that “Discussions about future tweaks during JailbreakCon have opened new doors. Creativity won’t stop.”

He does point out that the future is uncertain, saying, “Regarding future iOS versions, I don’t really know what to think. I believe Apple will make it harder and harder to find and develop jailbreaks in a timely manner.”

Stefan Esser, known as @i0n1c in Twitter circles, agrees. In fact, after taking a closer look at iOS 6.1 beta 4, he noted on the microblogging service, “There must have been some change of guard at Apple.”

“iOS6.1 adds again tougher protections although public JB community hasn't broken iOS6 yet,” he wrote.

Back to Pod2g, the hacker has been in talks with Apple over various possible tenures (in security most likely) but these discussions failed, mainly because of the hacker’s own priorities – not that the Cupertino giant didn’t want him.

He does have a message for the iPhone makers, though. Like many others, Pod2g believes Apple could do away with some of the stringent rules surrounding the App Store and the software that’s allowed to run “officially” on iOS devices.

“My message to Apple is the following: why not stop the fight and let users install unsigned applications, just like it is possible on OS X? It could be done the right way to let people install tweaks while making sure piracy is limited,” he says.

“I am convinced that it would allow iOS to gain market shares [sic] over Android,” Pod2g adds.

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