With this morning’s news that the untethered jailbreak for iOS 5.1.1 was finally available, you would think that those responsible for it might be inclined to rest on their laurels for a while. Apparently you’d be wrong.
Several members of the Dev Team sat down with Softpedia at the Hack In The Box conference going on now in Amsterdam to talk about what’s coming next in the world of iOS jailbreaking. The interview consisted of pod2g (who’s given name is apparently Cyril), Joshua Hill (p0sixninja), and Nikias Bassen (pimskeks). They revealed several interesting facts about the jailbreaking process, including the fact that they’re already working to make headway on the jailbreak for iOS 6, which should be releasing later this year alongside the new iPhone.
Apple is expected to unveil iOS 6 at this year’s Worldwide Developer Conference, which is scheduled to start in just two weeks in San Francisco. At the moment, though, Apple hasn’t released anything iOS 6-related at all. No developer betas, no previews, nothing. So how could they already be working on jailbreaking it? According to pod2g, some exploits that the team finds are kept secret. These are meant to allow them to quickly get into the new version of iOS and start digging around for the kind of vulnerabilities they need to jailbreak the device.
Now, that doesn’t mean that the jailbreak of iOS 6 will be available as soon as the firmware goes public. Pod2g also explained that the team waits until the public release to begin working on a new jailbreak so that their work on earlier beta versions isn’t undone by later betas.
While there won’t be a jailbreak for iOS 6 as soon as it launches, it’s good to know that the people working on it are prepared to hit the ground running when the time comes.