iPhone 5 jailbreak to entice niche buyers

By Daniel Chubb - Nov 22, 2012

We’ve had a few of our readers that want certain things from an iPhone 5 explain that a jailbreak is needed before they’d pick up the latest hardware, and over the last couple of weeks we’ve seen this opinion shared by a select few, but we can’t help but wonder how many other seasoned jailbreakers know to wait until an iPhone 5 jailbreak arrives for a version of iOS 6, before they’d purchase the latest generation? You can certainly find enough people that jumped onboard the iPhone 5 will the intention to get an untethered jailbreak for iOS 6, now iOS 6.01, and have since been disappointed with how long it has taken. The fact is the people trying to unlock the software are finding it harder with each generation, and we guess Apple are learning from them at the same time to improve security on their iPhone hardware and software.

Picking up an iPhone 5 knowing you want a jailbreak – we’ve stood in line outside Apple stores in the past, and heard people talking openly about why they like to unlock their iDevices and what they gain by doing this. This happened again when we queued up for the iPhone 5 launch, and jailbreak had been on the lips of people again but it seems that their dreams haven’t turned into fruit thanks to iOS 6 and the latest hardware being a lot harder to unlock. It doesn’t mean an iPhone 5 untethered jailbreak isn’t coming, it just means certain things have to be done before it becomes a fully-fledged unlock ready for public consumption. Did you pick up an iPhone 5 at launch thinking it wouldn’t be long before you could jailbreak?

We’ve already touched on reasons why things are taking a lot longer this year, in an article just a couple of days ago, and why certain hackers of the Dream Team are trying something that could deliver a lifetime iPhone 5 jailbreak that iOS 6 updates couldn’t stop, which would be gained via a bootROM dump. This article also looked at a possible iPhone 5S, 6 releasing early to combat this type of unlock and also the need for Apple to bring the iPhone launch back to WWDC.

Do you know anyone that has held out from buying an iPhone 5 until a jailbreak is available? It is fair to say some people enjoy an iPhone a lot more when it has a jailbreak, and the idea of moving to new hardware without such openness would not be welcomed, which has even meant a few users have jumped to Android even after purchasing an iPhone 5. This is certainly an extreme action, but it is happening in very small numbers.

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  • jailbreakitalready

    I have an iphone4 and I’m waiting for the jailbreak to upgrade. I’ve thought about an android, mostly because of the great things friends have said. I’m going to stick with an iphone 5 for this upgrade cycle and see what happens when next time comes around.

  • Wesley Duggan

    Wish I had waited for a jail brake before buying iphone 5
    Debating switching

  • celticwebs

    I add to that, I still have my old 4s, without the few jailbreak apps like Mail enhancer, bitsms , sbsettings and lockinfo I’d find it very difficult to use as my day by day mobile. As soon as the jailbreak is out I’ll get an iphone 5

  • I will not own an iPhone unless it’s jailbroken. If apple continues to be fcks about trying to force out this group and DMCA keeps pushing then we simply buy a nexus which doesn’t need rooted and put a middle finger in the air to both. And we don’t come back. This is the era of F you to big corporations that pull their sh#t for profit and control solely.

  • Jason Roberts

    I will not own an iPhone unless it’s jailbroken. If apple continues to be fcks about trying to force out this group and DMCA keeps pushing then we simply buy a nexus which doesn’t need rooted and put a middle finger in the air to both. And we don’t come back. This is the era of F you to big corporations that pull their sh#t for profit and control solely.

  • rawdeal

    I have an iphone 5 sitting in my safe waiting for jailbreak. In the mean time, I’m still using my 4. I bought the 5 bec. I had an upgrade available on my account, so I figured I’d use it so my next upgrade would be available sooner rather than later.

  • skooldee

    native OS sucks ballz

  • Jay

    Me. I refuse to buy one until a jailbreak is out. And my contract ends on 10/12/12. If no jailbreak is out by then, hello Galaxy S3.
    Apple have shot themselves in the foot with this one. Their sales must be less than the iphone 4 was if this continues..

  • Tadpole48

    Bought the iPhone 5 – always had jailbreak on previous model, really miss jailbreak features. Phone is no where near as versatile without it, wouldn’t need Jailbreak if Apple would just put it those features in IOS6, most are available in Android. My last iphone I think. Time to switch to Android.

  • Appgeek

    i wont buy it untill an untethered JB is out. No fun without it. If it takes too long, ill go for the S3. Apples current policy will make millions migrate to android. I have had iphone, iphone 3g, iphone 4 and iphone 4s. now my wife has a galaxy s3 and i prefer it over an iphone 5 without JB.

  • Roscco

    I’ve had a 5 since a few days after release, prior to that i had a JB i4 (which i sold to get the 5. I don’t regret it, and i know that th Dev teams are working hard to get a stable unteather out asap. Until then im happy using my albiet restricted phone as it is, knowing it’ll be twice the phone when the JB arrives.

  • Nitto888

    I’ve got it and I long for a jailbreak

  • LightDemon

    The moment the jailbreak hits I’ll buy the 5. There are features that I rely on that only jailbreak can deliver.

  • ACI

    I did recently get iPhone 5 and knew that jailbeak isn’t yet available. My previous model had jailbreak on it, but I sold it. I am still within my return policy and may actually return the device because of quality issues with iPhone 5. I don’t want to pay premium $ for unfinished product. Also there are rumors about iPhone 5S coming out in the spring or so in 2013. If they are true then keeping my new purchase doesn’t make sense to me. On top of that there are only handful of apps in the AppStore that support new 4 inch screen.

  • Johnathan Jennings

    Got my i5 on the day it launched. I love it.

  • KiwiDivine

    I can never wait too long before I upgrade to the newest device apple has out so I upgraded, but I couldn’t wait to upgrade my jailbroken 4s to iOS 6 so I’d been stuck without a jailbreak for a while anyway. Lol. I love my iphone 5… And I love it even more knowing how much cooler it will be once I get a jailbreak back!!!!

  • i am purposely not buying it until the jailbreak is out – purely for the tweaks that just make it better.

  • Drainos

    I have a 5 but it annoys me with no jailbreak 🙁 so its back in its box and jail broken 4s is out again 🙂

  • iDeving

    every release i get a taste of a non jb idevice, its temporary, and the people who do it dont make much (if any at all). support the devs that do, and u can complain about the jb taking longer than usual.

  • Pocs

    I’ve not bought it, only because I do not want to use iOS that is not jailbroken. It just annoys me.

    • lagusana

      you havent buy it because you dont have money !

      • Mini

        sure, whatever you say