iPhone Dev Team leader MuscleNerd has announced a tethered-only developer-restricted iOS 6 jailbreak for testing purposes. He confirms that no new exploits are being exposed with this release, and that those who don’t know the nuts and bolts of SSH and afc2 should simply ignore this announcement.
As usual, MuscleNerd starts off with a quick tweet
announcing a “redsn0w tethered iOS6 jailbreak for 3GS and A4 devices.”
He directs interested parties to the Dev Team blog, where he explains that, “Just like at the wind-down of last year’s WWDC, we’re releasing a developer-only version of a redsn0w tethered jailbreak for app developers.”
Supported device models include iPod touch 4G, iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4 (GSM), and iPhone 4 (CDMA).
The hacker warns that unlockers should stay away from this release, as they’ll “very likely” lose their unlockable baseband.
He outlines that this beta is aimed at developers of jailbroken apps, adding that “there are just too many broken components (Apple’s official apps, 3rd-party App Store apps, Cydia apps, etc) for this to be useful to anyone but those truly looking to fix bugs in their iOS 6 jailbroken apps.”
Testers will not be able to use Cydia in this release, “ because it just hasn’t had time to be updated to the new SDK.”
MuscleNerd outlines that “the only access you’ll get to the device is through SSH or afc2. If you don’t know what either of those are, you shouldn’t be using this developer version of redsn0w!” he says.
This redsn0w beta doesn’t hacktivate devices (something developers should know about). Most importantly, the jailbreak is tethered. Once again, MuscleNerd does his best to explain:
“No new exploits are being exposed with this jailbreak (it uses geohot’s limera1n bootrom exploit), but that comes at a cost. You will need to use redsn0w’s ‘Just boot’ button to be able to use many things, including Safari. If you see Safari or iBooks crash when you open them, it’s because you didn’t boot tethered.”
Finally, testers are told to point redsn0w at their IPSW the first time they “Jailbreak” and “Just boot” tethered. The download links are available over at the hackers’ blog