Chronic Dev Team leader Pod2g has released a video confirming his success in jailbreaking the latest iOS firmware on the latest Apple chip, untethered.
Since the hacker was able to compromise iOS 5.1.1 on a third-generation iPad based on the A5X spec, all previous iDevices and firmwares are jailbreakable. Fans are begging Pod2g to release his jailbreak now, but the hacker is unsure whether to do it now or wait for iOS 6.
The reason is simple. Release now and Apple will have the jailbreak patched in iOS 6. There’s even the possibility Apple will have patched most of the vulnerabilities even without Pod2g releasing his jailbreak. In other words, his work could be in vain.
Other hackers have their own exploits which may, or may not pave the way for a jailbreak in iOS 6.
Earlier this month, Pod2g ended a poll which favored the release of his jailbreak for iOS 5.1. In the interim, Apple released iOS 5.1.1 with no fixes to any of the bugs exploited by the hacker to develop his jailbreak.
Had Pod2g ceded to the community’s cries, Apple would have thwarted his jailbreak within days or even hours from its release.
Even with one month away from a potential iOS 6 release, there’s still no guarantee Apple won’t put out iOS 5.1.2 with important fixes or a couple of new features enticing everyone to update, effectively killing Pod2g’s jailbreak.
Still, there’s a pretty good chance Apple’s developer-centric event in June will only showcase iOS 6, with a planned release in fall when the iPhone 5 is expected to debut.
At this year’s Worldwide Developers Conference, Apple is more likely to roll out OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion and a bunch of new Macs.