On Monday afternoon, after 5 beta versions. iOS 6.1 was released by Apple. The update brings more carrier support for 4G LTE and includes a new featurethat allows Siri to buy your movie tickets using Fandango. The update also returns the ability of iTunes Match subscribers to download individual songs from iCloud. This function had been removed in a previous update. 36 new carriers have 4G LTE support for the Apple iPhone and 23 now have it for the Apple iPad following the update. These carriers are in countries and regions like Italy, Denmark, Finland, Switzerland, the Philippines and the Middle East.
Apple iOS 6.1 also makes some minor changes in how boarding passes are stored in Passbook and some adjustments are made to Safari. As we told you previously, the music controls on the lock screen are set up differently to make them easier to use. Apple’s mapping software will also be the subject of some much needed improvements as well.
The update to iOS was the first one since iOS 6.0.2 in the middle of last month. That update removed the static lines from the virtual QWERTY, killed a bug that prevented the Apple iPhone from receiving OTA updates, and one that deleted meetings from calendars. Today’s update was pushed out OTA and also via iTunes. To see if you have received it, go to Settings > General > Software Update. The update is about 107MB in size although Apple suggests that you have 1GB of storage available, and takes 30 minutes to install using Wi-Fi. Once you install it, you will have to re-boot and re-enter some passwords for features like iCloud, iMessage, and FaceTime.
How To Jailbreak iOS 6.1 :
First, it must be mentioned that this is a tethered jailbreak for pre-A5 devices only. That means only the iPhone 4, the iPhone 3GS, and the iPod touch 4th generation are supported. If you want something a bit more robust, I suggest waiting until Sunday.
Step 1: Upgrade your device to iOS 6.1. Since this is now public firmware, all users will be able to do this.
Step 2: Download the iOS 6.0 firmware for your device. The reason we need to do this is because RedSn0w 0.9.13b5 doesn’t support iOS 6.1 as of yet. We’re expecting the iPhone Dev team to update this after the untethered jailbreak releases.
Step 3: Download RedSn0w 0.9.15b3 .
Step 4: Connect your eligible device to your computer and place the device into DFU mode.
Step 5: Open RedSn0w, and click Extras > Select IPSW > and select the iOS 6.0 IPSW for your device as mentioned in Step 2 above. Click OK, and RedSn0w should successfully identify your iOS 6.0 firmware. If not, you are using the wrong firmware, or you downloaded the wrong version of RedSn0w.
Step 6: Click back, and then click the Jailbreak button. After a brief load, ensure Install Cydia is selected and then click Next. The jailbreak will commence, and eventually you should see your iPhone come alive.
Step 7: Once your device is back to the Lock screen, place it back into DFU mode.
Step 8: Click back in RedSn0w, and again, use Select IPSW to identify the 6.0 firmware as we did in Step 5. Once this is completed, click Just boot at the top of the Extras menu. This will perform a tethered boot on your device. As your device boots, you should notice a pwnapple logo that replaces the traditional Apple logo as you boot up.
Step 9: Once your device is back at the Lock screen, swipe to the second Home screen page, and you should see the Cydia app icon. Open Cydia, select Developer, and start using it.
Keep in mind, that again, this is a tethered jailbreak only. Hence, every time you want to reboot, you will have to perform the tethered boot portion of this tutorial to get back to the Home screen.
If this doesn’t sound like your idea of a good time, then by all means, wait a few days, and the real untethered jailbreak should be released.