Apple sent out its iOS6.1 update some time ago, and the jailbreaking community anxiously waited for its iOS6.1 untethered jailbreak. Twitter member @PlanetBeing had said that he, Pod2G, and other jailbreakers would wait until the 6.1 release to publish the jailbreak. At one point in time, jailbreak consumers hoped and wished for an untethered jailbreak, although there was none in sight. The work of Nicholas Allegra (known in the jailbreak community as “Comex”) and others seemed to place the jailbreaking community in a bind: Apple patched up its holes in the iOS6.0 release and sent jailbreakers back to the drawing board to see how they could find a way through the Apple stronghold. The 6.1 update seemed like the perfect time…that is, until Apple released the iOS6.1.1 update for iPhone 4S users. The iOS6.1.1 update was to “fix an issue that could impact cellular performance and reliability for iPhone 4S,” the company stated with the 6.1.1 download. In any case, those like me (and my cousin) who upgraded to 6.1.1 were left without a jailbreak last night. When we tried to jailbreak our iPhones, we were met with the message from the evasi0n jailbreak, “not supported for your iPhone.” We sighed, disappointed, and decided to call it a night and go our separate ways.
Tonight, however, my cousin and I will experience the joy of the new iOS6.1.1 untethered jailbreak, allowing iPhone 4S users to jailbreak their iPhones – just one day after issuing the new 6.1.1 update. When you decide to jailbreak your device, the first positive thing to do is to backup your current games, photos, and other necessary items by way of iTunes. It is good to backup your content and save it in iTunes so that, should something happen to your device, you can always retrieve your content.
If you ever decide that you don’t care about having your jailbreak all that much, you can always go back to iTunes and click “restore iPhone,” and your phone will go through the process to return under Apple’s clutches again. Your OS will stay the same (iOS6.1.1), but Cydia and all of Cydia’s themes and wallpapers will vanish into thin air.
As with many things, iPhone users often wonder about the risks of jailbreaking. What can happen to my iPhone, they say, if I jailbreak? First, you could brick your iPhone and render it useless, in which case your iTunes backup will be the most cherished resource you’ve ever had. While some brick their iPhones in the process, bricking has become far too small of an occurrence with current jailbreakers. If you follow the instructions of those who are trusted sources on the subject (Jailbreak Nation and Redmond Pie, among them), you should have no problems at all with a clean jailbreak experience.
Update: As of last night, I jailbroke my iPhone 4S with the evasi0n jailbreak version 1.3 and am pleased to report that it was short, easy, and took no longer than five minutes to download the evasion jailbreak after backing up my content in iTunes, and then letting the program proceed. Before I knew it, the evasi0n icon appeared on my phone, as the iPhone rebooted…and voila! The jailbreak was complete. The first theme I downloaded onto my iPhone 4S is the Mountain Lion theme, Apple’s new Mac OS. The Mountain Lion theme looks similar to what it is on a MacBook, except the slider has a white circle with a mountain lion in it — what I hold to be a nice touch to the jailbreak theme. The other was a Mountain Dew theme, in which the slide to unlock position says, “slide to do the dew,” reminiscent of all the old Mountain Dew commercials. I haven’t played around with the other themes in Cydia, but I can say that this is not the first time I’ve jailbroken an iDevice: I released my iPod Touch 3G from Apple’s clutches a little over a year ago, but removed it in order to sell my iPod.
To date, there have been over 7 million people to jailbreak their iPhones on iOS6.0, with a few jailbreaking on 6.1 and now 6.1.1. By the time 6.2 comes around, who knows how many devices will bear that Cydia trademark?