Within the last 24 hours we’ve seen iOS 6.1 beta 3 go live for developers to download with the full release notes showing a few changes, which are targeted at making it easier for app creators to include Apple’s iOS 6 maps within their apps. This is made possible thanks to new mapping APIs, other than this it seems that changes are pretty minor and not like we used to get with beta updates in the past. You can also see a video below this article that shows you how to perform a iOS 6.1 beta 3 jailbreak on the iPhone 4, also works on the 3GS, but it is worth pointing out that no iPhone 5 jailbreak exists for iOS 6, 6.01, or 6.1 at the time of writing.
It has been 21 days since beta 2 went live for developers, and both that version and this latest download state they include a number of improvements and bug fixes. Developers will also need Xcode 4.6 Developer Preview 3, although iOS 6.1 beta 3 can be installed OTA if you’ve already installed the previous update. We’ve looked at the SDK release notes and don’t see much that has changed, so it isn’t worth adding a changelog at this time and hope beta 4 has a lot more to offer.
The image below is a screenshot from the video you can find below this article, which shows you how to perform an iOS 6.1 beta 3 jailbreak on an iPhone 4. If you want to see where the security researchers are right now with an iPhone 5 jailbreak for iOS 6, then you should see our article from yesterday that includes a couple of videos giving more insight as well. This shows what the main players are doing right now to find an iOS 6 jailbreak, and also highlights how important it would be to achieve a bootROM dump that would stop software updates from patching any jailbreak on the iPhone 5.
Have you installed iOS 6.1 beta 3, and if so do you see any major changes? Be aware that this update is only available to developers, and when the iOS 6.1 update does release to the public it seems a bad idea to update if you’re waiting for a jailbreak. It is also worth noting the Apple TV software is now running beta 2, as seen in the image below. Watch the video if you own an older iPhone and want to jailbreak iOS 6.1 beta 3, although you’d still need to be a developer.