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iOS 6 jailbreak: Untethered iPhone 5 woes, iPad 4 illegal

The wait for an iOS 6 untethered jailbreak for the iPhone 5 just took on an interesting twist indeed, as new rulings by the DMCA may have explained why it has taken so long for an iPhone 5 jailbreak to release.

Earlier this week, we suggested that iOS hackers may be waiting for Apple to release an iOS 6.0.1 or iOS 6.1 update first, before going public with an untethered jailbreak download. While this may still be a viable option, it has emerged that while the process of jailbreaking an iPhone will remain legal, it will soon become illegal to jailbreak an iPad – essentially meaning no iPad 4 jailbreak.

Well known iOS hacker Musclenerd has sent out some alarming messages on his Twitter account within the last 24 hours, informing everyone that new measures introduced by the DMCA will ensure that jailbreaking iPads will be an illegal practice that Apple can persue legal damages against.

Another major change is that the unlocking of smartphones after January 2013 is also going to be illegal as well, unless there is permission from the respective carrier to do so. This means that consumers are going to be tied down to a particular carrier than ever before and it really could send consumers into a rage on regulations that are simply not reasonable for devices that they paid good money for.

Going back to the future status of an iOS 6 untethered jailbreak for the iPhone 5, it seems for the moment that developers won’t have to stop all progress made so far. In fact it may even elevate the speed of a public download appearing, as developers no longer have to ensure support for iPads or iPod Touch devices – since it will be illegal under the new rules. It means that they can now focus solely on the iPhone 5 jailbreak, but it still doesn’t answer the question on whether developers are waiting for Apple to make the first move on a new version of iOS 6 yet.

If you are interested to read through the whole thing, you can do so by viewing the official PDF file from the DMCA here. As a consumer who has previously pondered the idea of jailbreaking an iPad device – what are your thoughts and reaction to the fact that it will now be illegal to jailbreak an iPad in the future?

For now, you can kiss goodbye to any hopes of a swift iPad Mini jailbreak or iPad 4 jailbreak when both devices release on November 2nd. There will probably be cases where developers still attempt to unlock a new iPad device, but good luck if Apple’s team of lawyers manage to hunt them down.

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Written by Alan Ng

Alan has been working for Product-Reviews since 2009 and became the Editor-in-chief in 2014. He has a passion for technology, the latest mobile phones and gadgets, and the gaming industry. Alan is a graduate of Canterbury Christ Church University and completed a B.A in Commercial Music in 2008. While expressing a keen interest in all areas that PR cover, you'll usually find Alan in the gaming section, where he'll be keeping enthusiasts up to date on all the latest news and reviews for consoles and PC.

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