With the iOS 6.x jailbreak slated for release on Monday, those planning to jailbreak should take one step to make sure their devices can always be restored to iOS 6.1 after Apple stops signing the firmware. If you have to restore your iPhone in the future, it pays to have SHSH blobs saved so you can always go back to an earlier, jailbreakable version of iOS.
Apple could always close loopholes with iOS 6.1.1 or later, making it more difficult for the evad3rs to successfully jailbreak. Once Apple stops signing an older version of iOS, you must have your SHSH blobs to restore. There are only a few simple steps and a free software package required to protect yourself from losing the iOS 6.x jailbreak. The extra insurance is worth the time it takes to follow these instructions:
The fifth and final beta release of iOS 6.1 will be seeded to developers within days. Apple has put the latest firmware though "extensive internal testing" according to a report cited by AppleInsider. This version is expected to be the golden master build, which means the public release is imminent.
Developers have been treated to an improved Map Kit framework that will make it possible for their apps to search for venues using terms such as "gas station" or "beer". The first beta build of iOS 6.1 was seeded to developers in November, with expectations that public release would come shortly after the new year.
Apple has released another update to its mobile operating system, making the current iPhone 5 firmware version iOS 6.0.2. Aside from the usual improvements and bug fixes, this release addresses a bug that "could impact Wi-Fi" according to the company. iPhone 5 and iPad mini users who have been experiencing problems with Wi-Fi should find the update helpful.
Reports have surfaced of slow Wi-Fi download speeds and other issues on some iPhone 5 units. Others have experienced a problem where cellular data was charged to their devices even when Wi-Fi was connected. It's not clear how widespread these problems are, but iOS users are encouraged to install the 6.0.2 update either over-the-air (OTA) or using iTunes on a computer.
Apple has released iOS 6.0.1 for all iOS devices including the 4th generation iPad and iPad mini. iPhone 5 owners will need to download an app called "iOS Updater" to access the over the air update. iOS 6.0.1 fixes a bug that prevents the iPhone 5 from installing wireless updates. To download the Updater go to Settings >> General >> Software Update, and tap “Learn More” on the "Updater for iPhone 5" page to access the download screen.
Here's the complete changelog for iOS 6.0.1. You'll notice it's mostly a maintenance release.
-Fixes a bug that prevents iPhone 5 from installing software updates wirelessly over the air
-Fixes a bug where horizontal lines may be displayed across the keyboard
-Fixes an issue that could cause camera flash to not go off
-Improves reliability of iPhone 5 and iPod touch (5th generation) when connected to encrypted WPA2 Wi-Fi networks
-Resolves an issue that prevents iPhone from using the cellular network in some instances
-Consolidated the Use Cellular Data switch for iTunes Match
-Fixes a Passcode Lock bug which sometimes allowed access to Passbook pass details from lock screen
-Fixes a bug affecting Exchange meetings
A round of bug fixes and improvements is on the way for iOS 6 users across the globe. Apple is reportedly testing iOS 6.0.1 firmware and will release the update in the coming weeks. An inside source also told BGR that a further update to iOS 6.1 will not be ready for release until after the new year. Apple has just started testing this version, which looks unlikely to ship on the iPad mini.
When it comes to iOS 6.0.1, issues that will be addressed include two of the top five iPhone 5 bugs, problems and complaints that have been making headlines and filling user support forums. Scott Forstall is said to have personally emailed one iOS 6 user verifying the iPhone keyboard glitch is a software bug that will be fixed.
Apple decided to support the iPhone 3GS with iOS 6, although with the release of the iPhone 5 the hardware is now discontinued. Some features are limited on the older hardware, however iOS 6 is available for OTA or iTunes-based update for 3GS owners.
iPhone 3GS firmware version iOS 6.0.0 can be found here: iPhone2,1_6.0_10A403_Restore.ipsw
Do you miss Google Maps? Did the iOS 6.0 update shorten battery life on your A4 device? Whether you upgraded by mistake, or you're just looking to bring back the older firmware, now you can downgrade your iPhone 4 or iPhone 3GS to iOS 5.1.1. The following iOS downgrade instructions work on most A4 devices, including the iPod touch 4G.
Now that Apple has stopped signing older firmware, you must have your SHSH blobs saved for iOS 5.1.1 for this procedure to work properly. Downgrading will also require that you have the appropriate IPSW firmware file downloaded to your computer. You can grab iOS 5.1.1 for the iPhone 4 here, or for the iPhone 3GS at this link. Make sure you know where this IPSW file is saved before starting the instructions below.