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While iOS 6 has been busy finding its way to iDevices everywhere, hackers too have been busy circumventing Apple's latest round of security measures. Redmond Pie reports that those efforts have apparently paid off, producing a tethered jailbreak for the iPhone 4, 3GS and iPod Touch (fourth-gen).
Devices which are not yet officially jailbroken include all iPads and anything that runs an A5 or A6 CPU -- in other words, the iPhone 4S and 5, for certain.
In this nerdy game of cat and mouse, it seems Apple has gradually become disproportionately cunning. Functional DIY jailbreaks would frequently appear just days after major iOS releases, but since the introduction of the game-changing A5 processor (e.g. iPhone 4S and iPad 2), hackers have been forced to spend thousands of man hours reverse-engineering and circumventing its hardware-based security features. And while iPhone devs managed to jump that hurdle earlier this year, the A5 is once again a thorn in their side following the launch of iOS 6.
Possibly worse than the A5 though, is the A6 -- Apple's latest, heavily customized silicon. This latest system-on-a-chip will power iPhone 5 handsets (and possibly future iPads) when they arrive, posing a potentially fresh set of challenges for iPhone hackers.
Aside from those esoteric issues though, hackers face some physical difficulties as well. Unlike the traditional 30-pin dock connector found on virtually all iDevices made in the past decade, Apple's new Lightning connector isn't expected to include dedicated serial bus pins. This means crackers may need to do some extra leg work in order to physically interface with the device for access to kernel debugging information -- an necessity for jailbreak architects.
For instructions on applying this untethered jailbreak with redsn0w 0.9.13dev4, visit Redmond Pie. For more on what it takes to jailbreak the iPhone 5, read this interesting article at Extremetech.
The Apple iPad (3rd-gen) includes a Retina Display operating at a resolution of 2,048 x 1,536. Powering the new iPad is a dual-core A5X processor with quad-core graphics, it also gets upgraded optics in the form of a 5MP backside illuminated sensor that features a 5-element lens, IR filter and ISP built into the A5X chip. Apple claims The new iPad is good for 10 hours of battery life and nine hours when using 4G LTE.
The iPhone 4S looks identical to last year's model but comes in a new 64GB flavor and upgrades the camera to include an 8-megapixel sensor with improved low-light performance and 1080p video capture. In terms of performance the new iPhone is reportedly up to 2x faster and is also capable of running on faster HSPA+ networks, reaching theoretical download speeds of up to 14.4Mbps.
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