The iOS 6 Golden Master (GM) build released by Apple recently has been hacked by the iPhone Dev Team, whose leader is releasing new versions of Redsn0w for Mac and Windows so that rogue developers can test their jailbreak apps against the new software.
In a tweet sent out to his followers this week, the iPhone Dev Team’s MuscleNerd said, “redsn0w dev4 tethered JB updated for yesterday's 6.0 GM (developer openssh style),” adding that whoever is interested should see their blog update.
On the Dev Team Blog, MuscleNerd notes that “the “dev4” version covers all the betas and yesterday’s 6.0 GM seed,” adding that “there are some remaining issues with Cydia and fundamental modules like PreferenceLoader, so it remains an openssh-style developer-only release only for now!”
Interested parties can visit the Dev Team blog now for the latest Redsn0w downloads for OS X and Windows.
A public jailbreak for iOS 6 is still far away. The hackers still need to test their exploits on new-generation hardware, including the iPhone 5 and the fifth-generation iPod touch, which are yet to hit stores.
The third-generation Apple TV and iPad are still waiting for their respective untethered jailbreaks even on iOS 5, the current version of Apple’s mobile operating systems installed on iDevices worldwide.
Untethered jailbreaks have been a rare sight in recent years, as Apple has increased its efforts to stop hackers in their tracks. While iOS is certainly not bulletproof, it remains one of the most secure mobile OSes out there.
As iOS 6 is released to the masses on September 19, expect more such updates from the iPhone Dev Team, as well as from the members of Chronic Dev, including the infamous Pod2g (Cyril).
iOS 6 is compatible with most iDevices from 2009 and later. The iPhone 3GS is still supported, albeit few new features are included for this device iteration.
Apple's new iPhone 5 will be physically available two days after the iOS 6 public debut - on September 21.