The Super Bowl is coming this Sunday and what better way to celebrate it than by jailbreaking your iPhone 5’s newly downloaded iOS 6.1 update? Via 9to5Mac, it seems that iOS hacker extraordinaire MuscleNerd on Monday started teasing a release for an iOS 6.1 jailbreak this coming Sunday. 9to5Mac says that MuscleNerd and his Evad3rs Jailbreak Team have been working for months on a jailbreak for iOS 6.1 using Apple’s (AAPL) developer betas, but the group had decided to wait for Apple to release the final version of iOS 6.1 so that the company wouldn’t “have time to fix the security holes they used to hack the devices.”
The speed at which a jailbreak for a new iOS device is released has slowed down considerably over the last few years. A tethered jailbreak for certain devices running iOS 6 has been out September, but most people have been holding out for the untethered version – a hack that doesn’t requires the device to be plugged into a computer and re-jailbroken if rebooted. A new jailbreak developer called “Dream JB” claims he will release a proper untethered jailbreak for devices running iOS 6 or 6.0.1 including the iPhone 5, iPad mini and iPad 4 on December 22nd. Dream JB also promises to release a video on Wednesday as proof. According to his website’s FAQ page, the jailbreak will be a one-click process and will differ from previous jailbreak methods in the past by using a prepared “Webkit exploit” and “userland exploit.” After it’s all done, Cydia, the App Store’s alternative for jailbroken smartphones, can be installed on the device. Unfortunately, the jailbreak won’t support Apple TV boxes.
UPDATE: iPhone jailbreak guru MuscleNerd has put Dream Jailbreak on his list of “fake” jailbreaks that “mislead with fake info,” so you may want to wait until getting independent confirmation that the new jailbreak is legitimate before using it.
Siri got better in iOS 6 and will continue to get better in iOS 6.1, but compared to Google (GOOG) search assistant Google Now, it’s still very disappointing. Not only is Google Now faster, it’s more intelligent at providing useful answers and is more accurate at understanding human speech. If you’ve got a jailbroken iPhone, the NowNow hack is a nifty tweak that replaces Siri with Google Now. As you can see in the video below, the hack works very well. NowNow is available in the BigBoss Repository on Cydia and requires the Google Search iOS app to be installed or else it won’t work. More →
That was quick! iOS 6.0 has barely been out for 24 hours and there is already a tethered jailbreak for it. The iPhone Dev-Team’s “redsn0w 0.9.13dev4” can now be used to get Cydia and its library of unauthorized apps and system tweaks onto A4-powered devices that include the iPhone 4, iPod touch (fourth-generation) and iPhone 3GS. The jailbreak is a tethered one, though, meaning users will have to connect their iOS devices to a computer every single time they want to reboot them. For most people, a tethered jailbreak is simply unacceptable, but fret not, because there’s an untethered solution in the works. Jailbreakers who can’t wait to crack open Apple’s latest software on the listed devices can follow the detailed instructions over at Redmond Pie, which is linked below. More →
Chrome fans who have jailbroken iPhones, take note: there’s a new Cydia tweak that can make Chrome the default iOS browser. Per VeryRite, jailbreak app developer Ryan Petrich has concocted a tweak called BrowserChooser that lets users replace Safari with any other browser they want as their default browser, including the just-released iOS version of Chrome. VeryRite says that the new tweak is free to install and is “an excellent utility” for anyone who owns a jailbroken iPhone. Earlier this week BGR did a hands-on preview of Chrome and came away very impressed, so it’s not hard to imagine the BrowserChooser tweak being a popular commodity for jailbroken iPhone users. More →
The good folks at the iPhone Dev Team are hard at work jailbreaking iOS 6 and now they’ve released a new jailbreak, dubbed “redsn0w 0.9.13dev1,” exclusively for jailbreak app developers. The iPhone Dev Team emphasizes that casual unlockers should not try using this jailbreak since they “will very likely lose” their “unlockable baseband” if they try to install iOS6. They also say that Cydia has yet to be updated for the iOS 6 software development kit and thus won’t be available on the developers-only jailbreak for the time being. “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,” the team writes on its official blog. More →
At least one hacker says iPhone fans will have to wait a while before getting an iOS 6 jailbreak. Cult of Mac reports that a member of the iPhone Dev Team says that iOS 6 is a trickier nut to crack than previous editions and that users shouldn’t “expect a jailbreak beta for a while.” Among other things, the Chronic Dev member says that iOS 6 actually breaks Cydia, the application that lets jailbroken iOS devices find and download unauthorized software and applications. The iPhone Dev Team also joined with the Chronic Dev Team and pod2g to jailbreak the iPad 2 and iPhone 4S earlier this year.
UPDATE: TechCrunch notes that iOS 6 has indeed already been jailbroken by iPhone Dev Team member MuscleNerd, although he says Cydia is still broken and a jailbreak beta won’t be ready for public consumption for some time. More →
Absinthe 2.0, the untethered jailbreak solution for iOS 5.1.1, has already been downloaded almost one million times. According to the Chronic Dev Team, 973,086 devices had been jailbroken as of Sunday evening, 211,401 of which were Apple’s newest iPad. The program, which was released to the public on Friday and runs on a computer connected to an iOS device, is compatible with A4 devices like the iPhone 4 and iPad as well as A5 and A5X-powered devices such as the iPhone 4S and the new iPad. It is not compatible, however, with iPad 2 models powered by Apple’s newer 32-nanometer chipset, though this updated iPad 2 only became quietly available a few months ago. More →
iPhone, iPad and iPod touch users running the latest version of Apple’s iOS software now have access to full-featured untethered jailbreak software courtesy of iOS hackers Chronic Dev Team and pod2g. The software needed to perform the jailbreak, Greenpis0n Absinthe 2.0, is now available for download and is compatible with A4-powered devices like the original iPad and the iPhone 4, as well as newer A5-powered devices like the new iPad and iPhone 4S, JailbreakUntethered reports. The updated software allows users to jailbreak their newer A5-powered iOS devices without having to connect to a computer while booting, though it is not compatible with iPad 2 models powered by Apple’s newer 32-nanometer chipset. Download links for Greenpois0n Absinthe 2.0 and a how-to guide details each step of the jailbreaking process can be found through the read link below.
UPDATE: A large number of users are reporting problems with the new software and as such, users may want to wait for a subsequent release before attempting to jailbreak their devices. More →
The man who counted to infinity twice is invading iPhone 4S handsets around the world thanks to an incredibly useless but fantastically amusing Siri tweak. iOS developer Wonderbread recently released an add-on dubbed “Chuck Norris Facts” for the AssistantExtensions platform that brings powerful new functionality to Apple’s voice-controlled virtual assistant, Siri. After installing AssistantExtensions and the Chuck Norris Facts add-on, the command “let’s chat” will activate AssistantExtensions’ chat-bot feature, and users who dare to speak his name can simply say “Chuck Norris” to hear Siri reply with one of countless faux factoids from the popular Chuck Norris facts meme. Chuck fans will need to jailbreak their iPhones in order to download and install the tweak from the Cydia app store, and caution is recommended when jailbreaking or when doing anything involving Chuck Norris — there used to be a street named after Chuck Norris, but it was changed because nobody crosses Chuck Norris and lives.
Earlier this month, Sparrow released its gorgeous email client for the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. Sparrow’s mobile app features a simple Facebook-like design that is light and responsive, with support for iCloud, Gmail, Yahoo, AOL and other IMAP services. Unfortunately, the app does not support POP accounts or push notifications, which are both big drawbacks for a number of users. A new jailbreak tweak called “SparrowPush” enables push notifications using IMAP idle, however, making Sparrow’s app a viable replacement for the stock mail client. SparrowPush is available now for free in the Cydia app store. More →
Within hours of the new iPad’s release, iPhone hacker MuscleNerd had already managed to jailbreak the tablet. The hacker took to Twitter to announce his discovery, however he notes that it is “just a first step” and there is “still lots of work to do” with no estimated time frame for a public release available at this time. MuscleNerd uploaded two screenshots to confirm his claims, one displaying root access and the other showing the Cydia app store. More →
It hadn’t even been 24 hours since Apple released iOS 5.1, and the hacking community has already let loose the first tethered jailbreaking tool for the updated OS. According to Redmond Pie, the iPhone Dev Team has updated Redsn0w to allow users to jailbreak their iOS 5.1 devices. The jailbreak is tethered, however, so users will be required to connect their devices to a computer each time they are powered on. The exploit works for all devices running iOS 5.1 with the exception of the iPhone 4S and iPad 2. More →