‘Twas the night before Christmas…
Just like when I was a child waiting on Santa Claus, tonight I want to stay up all night in hopes that the talented evad3rs team will release the highly anticipated iOS 6.x Jailbreak sooner rather than later. There is more progress to report–as of this post, the jailbreak status bar indicates that they are now 85% finished with prepping evasi0n for the masses. The first major round of testing on Mac OS X, Windows and Linux versions were successfully completed, and they are now testing more iOS device and firmware combinations for bugs. Earlier this evening planetbeing had this to report on his Twitter feed…
So what can you do ahead of time while you wait for the first untethered Jailbreak for iOS 6.x to be released?
Backup your device in iTunes before using evasi0n. Let me say that again, you always want to start with backing up your device.
As with all new firmware updates, the preferred best way to start is with a clean slate. In this case it is best to restore your device to iOS 6.1 in iTunes. Try to avoid restoring with an OTA (over the air) update because using delta upgraded firmware is not always as reliable. However, if you did perform an OTA update, like I did, you can still restore your iOS device to 6.1 in iTunes.
If you are a little more advanced user and you think that you might need to downgrade your firmware in the future, back up your SHSH Blobs with TinyUmbrella.
The evad3rs suggest you disable the lock passcode of your iOS device before using evasi0n, because it can cause issues from time to time.
Lastly, be patient while the jailbreak is running. Don’t start iTunes or even touch your computer while it is processing–it won’t take long!
When your iOS device is finally Jailbroken, it will now have Cydia installed on it. For those who aren’t familiar, Cydia, is basically the Jailbreak app store. Through Cydia you can purchase apps through your PayPal or Amazon account. However, Cydia is also where one of the biggest bottlenecks of the whole Jailbreak process takes place as the thousands of eager users attempt to download their favorite apps from the repos hosting the apps. Have no fear, though, as @saurik has planned for this, and at his request @planetbeing has included his pre-primed Cydia proposal so a full refresh cycle of Cydia won’t be necessary.
Cant wait, stay tuned…