Apple Releases Finalized iOS 6.1 Beta 5 Prior to An UnTethered Evasi0n iOS Jailbreak - In a rather peculiar weekend update, yesterday, just two days before iOS 6.1 beta 4 is set to expire on January 28th, Apple has issued iOS 6.1 beta 5 to developers. The new beta comes as a mild surprise, considering most were expecting Apple to seed the GM (Gold Master) edition of iOS 6.1 – GM versions typically precede final releases.
In fact, iOS 6.1 beta 5 isn’t technically a beta at all. As stated by i0n1c, a popular iOS security expert who’s contributed to the development of numerous jailbreak utilities in the past, the build carries identification similar to that of a finalized version, not that of a beta.
iOS 6.1 beta 5, an UnTethered Jailbreak is Coming
What’s more, MuscleNerd retweeted an interesting tweet from @winocm, declaring that the fifth beta of iOS 6.1 actually registers without the need to have an iOS-based device’s UDID (unique device identifier) registered through an Apple developer account and it doesn’t contain lockdown keys. In other words, unlike typical beta firmware, iOS 6.1 beta 5 doesn’t expire.
Looks like iOS 6.1b5 isn’t a beta, it activates without developer registration and has no ReleaseType lockdown keys.
— winocm (@winocm) January 27, 2013
Following his retweet, MuscleNerd sent out another update that’s rather amazing for those of us who are waiting for an UnTethered iOS 6 jailbreak.
In spite of the latest developer firmware’s “beta” denomination, it’s actually releasable as a public version of 6.1 at Apple’s discretion.
Despite the odd beta naming, as @winocm discovered, this is actually releaseable as public 6.1 at Apple’s will.Good!Home stretch….
— MuscleNerd (@MuscleNerd) January 27, 2013
Of course, because this is technically the finalized iteration of 6.1, the iOS security experts who have been actively developing an iOS 6+ UnTethered jailbreak can continue their work as if 6.1 beta 5 is the public version. Furthermore, this indicated that Apple is gearing up to officially release the firmware presently, which in turn will result in a public iOS 6 jailbreak utility shortly thereafter.
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