With the release of iOS 6.1.3, Apple officially killed off the exploits required for the “Evasi0n” untethered jailbreak, leaving many users to wonder when it would be “safe” to update their jailbroken devices to Apple’s latest firmware. According to iOS hacker and Evad3rs team member Pod2g, the answer is that it probably won’t happen until Apple releases iOS 7.
. @xld2s59 we are not working on a 6.1.3 jailbreak, that would be too much efforts for a minimal update. We’re waiting for a major release.
— pod2g (@pod2g) April 2, 2013
It’s possible that Apple may release an iOS 6.2 update before iOS 7 is available – but that’s a best-case scenario, and even if Apple does release such an update, it will likely be several months down the road. What this means for jailbreakers is that if you want to keep your device jailbroken, you’d be best advised to refrain from updating your device past iOS 6.1.2 for the foreseeable future.
At a time when iOS exploits are few in number (and hard to come by), hackers simply can’t afford to devote time to finding new exploits for smaller updates. Doing so would make it that much more difficult to jailbreak the next major release – and that’s apparently a risk that the Evad3rs team is not willing to take.