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iOS 6 untethered jailbreak controversy for iPhone 5

As the wait continues for an iOS 6 untethered jailbreak for the iPhone 5, there is a word of warning for those of you actively searching for a download, as two recent sources claiming to offer iPhone 5 jailbreak software have now been exposed as fakes.

It goes without saying that the dangers of installing unofficial software on your phone can be lethal, but especially more so if the software has come from an unknown source. It has become apparent that two individuals were previously claiming to offer an untethered jailbreak for iOS 6, but thanks to the intervention of iPhone Dev Team member Musclenerd, one of the said individuals has now owned up and admitted that his jailbreak was a fake.

However, there is still a problem at hand as the user in question, JHerthop had previously been asking for donations to contribute towards the jailbreak and as you can imagine, some rather silly consumers have already thrown their money at him thinking that it would magically speed up the process in getting a working jailbreak out to the public.

He has since said on his Twitter account that the donations will be refunded, but we’re yet to see proof of this. While he appears to be quite remorseful in his actions, the same cannot be said for the other exposed ‘hacker’, who goes by the name of Defiant6 on Twitter.

He too claims to have an untethered jailbreak in his possession and has said that he aims to charge $500 for it. He has attempted to upload a screenshot showing the jailbreak in action on his iPod Touch, but Musclenerd quickly noticed that it had actually been a very poor photoshop, with some editing errors visible on the screenshot. As a result of having been caught out, Defiant6 has took to Twitter to go on the offensive with all kinds of abuse directed at users who are calling him out as a fake.

It just gives you a little idea of the whole operation at hand here and the desperation and lengths that people will go to, to be the first person to provide an untethered jailbreak for iOS 6. We only hope that none of you have been fooled by these elaborate scams and it is always a good idea to sit back and wait until a release from either the Chronic Dev Team or the iPhone Dev Team.

What are your thoughts on unknown developers trying to dupe consumers into giving donations towards a jailbreak that is never going to release?

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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