The roller-coaster ride surrounding the introduction of the Evasi0n jailbreak has certainly managed to provide its fair share of thrills and spills. The interest in the latest jailbreak has hit unprecedented levels, with more than 100,00 individuals downloading the package in the first ten minutes of availability and Jay Freeman’s Cydia servers getting bombarded more than 14,000 times per second at the peak of the traffic spike. Concerned iOS users have been fearing that the liberation could be over before it has really began with the introduction of the iOS 6.1.1 beta 1 by Apple last night, but that fear has been squashed by Pod2g, if only for the time being.
Apple’s seeding of iOS 6.1.1 to developers – carrying build number 10B311 – brought with it the obvious fear that they had reacted immediately to close the vulnerabilities in iOS 6 that allowed the Evad3rs to produce a working untethered jailbreak for more than twenty iOS devices. After downloading and inspecting the firmware build, Pod2g has taken to his Twitter timeline to let his followers know that the released seed of iOS 6.1.1 is confirmed to still be susceptible to the exploits contained within Evasi0n.
The news is definitely good for those who are enjoying every moment of having a fully-functioning untether on devices like the iPhone 5 and the fifth-gen iPod touch. However, the tweet also comes with a warning that although Apple hasn’t "fixed" the jailbreak with iOS 6.1.1 beta 1, users should still stay well clear of downloading and installing the build, if they have access to an official developer account. Apple may have chosen not to immediately combat the vulnerabilities, but the Evasi0n tool is not yet set up to liberate this particular version.
So what does the future hold for iOS 6 and the untethered jailbreak that we are enjoying so much? Well, Pod2g has also rightly pointed out that although Apple hasn’t introduced anything big with the initial beta of iOS 6.1.1, it is highly likely that a second or third beta release will contain the security changes necessary to prevent Evasi0n jailbreak iOS 6.1 from injecting the jailbreak files. Patience is a characteristic that avid jailbreakers should have in abundance by now, so it shouldn’t be too much of a problem to sit tight on the currently supported firmware and see how the cat and mouse game unfolds.