The second beta version of iOS 6 – currently only available to registered developers – has just landed, and thanks to Dev Team’s Redsn0w, it can be jailbroken already on A4 devices like the iPhone 4, iPod touch 4G, iPhone 3GS.
Of course, the jailbreak is tethered, which means you will need to connect your device to a computer with Redsn0w installed each time your device is turned off or rebooted, but you knew that already.
We have tested and can confirm that the current Redsn0w 0.9.13dev2 works with iOS 6 beta 2. You will need to “point” Redsn0w in the direction of your older iOS 6 beta 1 firmware in order to spoof the jailbreaking tool into freeing up your device, but keep in mind that you have to use Redsn0w 0.9.13dev2 for the process, links at the end of this post. The process is none too difficult, and we expect you already know what you’re doing, however for those who haven’t followed the process through in the past, please check out the link to our previous tutorial, by simply heading over to the link at the end of this post.
iOS 6 has quite a few new treasures for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch users, but no matter how much research Apple does, there are still many glaring oversights within the software as a whole, which is one of the main reasons why the jailbreak community continues to thrive.
Not only has Cydia offered most of the upcoming iOS 6 features for years now, but most of the new features have already been ported through to those running the older firmware. For example, thanks to a little search through Cydia, my device already has the Notification Center tweet widget, and most of the other niceties from the WWDC announcement have been picked off the new firmware like a scavenger hunt.
Still, those running the dev-only release iOS 6 can now enjoy the best of both worlds by jailbreaking their newly-updated devices, and although iOS 6 beta 2 isn’t a spectacular update by any stretch of the imagination, it’s worth downloading and keeping up with the progress of Apple’s latest, supposedly greatest iteration of the iconic mobile operating system.
It is important to note here that installing Cydia on dev releases of iOS 6 is officially not supported yet. Therefore this jailbreak as expected wont install Cydia on your device. You will however have root access on your device, which means that you can install any app using SSH or afc2.
Before you go ahead with this tethered jailbreak guide below, it must be noted that:
- Cydia wont be installed.
- Jailbreak is compatible with A4 based devices and below like the iPhone 4, iPod touch 4G, iPhone 3GS.
- Hacktivation is not supported.
Step 1: Download the latest version of the iPhone Dev Team’s Redsn0w tool, make sure to get the right compatible version for your operating system. [links below]
Step 2: Locate the downloaded Redsn0w zip file and uncompress the contents to a familiar location.
Step 3: Download iOS 6 beta 2 IPSW firmware file. Make sure that the downloaded firmware file is specific to the device you are attempting to jailbreak. Once you have downloaded the firmware file, restore it on your device using either Xcode or iTunes.
Note: Before going through any jailbreak process it is always good practice to make a full backup of the device contents. Connect the iDevice to iTunes via a USB cable and make a complete backup through the normal process. If preferred, an iCloud backup can be made.
Step 4: Run the Redsn0w executable file and select ‘Extras‘ from the main interface before clicking the ‘Select IPSW‘ option.
Step 5: Locate and select the iOS 6 beta 2 firmware file.
Step 6: On the main interface of Redsn0w, select the ‘Jailbreak‘ option.
Step 7: The rest of the process is pretty self explanatory, with Redsn0w providing on-screen prompts relating to the jailbreak procedure. The only user interaction required is to put the connected device into DFU mode so make sure to follow the steps on screen exactly.
Step 8: When DFU mode is detected by Redsn0w, the rest of the process will be automatically completed by the software. As you’d expect, the jailbreak is tethered-boot, which means; if you come across an instance that your device loses power or restarts, then you would have to boot it into the jailbroken state again. The process of booting it back into the jailbroken state is quite simple actually, simply plug in your device to your PC or Mac, fire up Redsn0w, click on the “Extras” button on screen and then simply click on “Just Boot” and follow the on-screen instructions.
Again, Cydia wont be installed. This is because it is currently not ready for iOS 6 yet. The only way to access the device is through SSH or afc2. As MuscleNerd has said in the official blog post, “ If you don’t know what either of those are, you shouldn’t be using this developer version of redsn0w!”