Earlier this week the new evasi0n Jailbreak was released for Apple devices running iOS 6.0 to 6.1 and it is very simple to use. It’s an untethered jailbreak which is the sort you want, as you won’t lose it whenever you reboot your device. The evasi0n tool works on iPods, iPads and iPhones and I have successfully tested it on iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4S, iPhone 5 and iPad2.
Ensure you have a backup of your iOS 6.1 device in iTunes. If you backup to your local computer, instead of to iCloud you will need to ensure it is an unencrypted backup (i.e. turn off Password Protection for the backup). I am using iTunes 11.0.1
Turn off your iOS device lockscreen passcode in Settings> General> Passcode Lock> Turn Passcode Off> You can go and set it back on afterwards.
With this done, shut down iTunes and unplug your iOS device and close any other applications you have running on your laptop, and go and get the actual evasi0n jailbreak download. Install it and run it before plugging in your iOS device, then simply follow the on screen instructions.
Once completed, click on Exit and unplug your iOS device from your laptop – you need to now complete the process on the device. Find the Cydia app and open it to complete it’s installation on the handset. (See step four of this guide)
If it shows any available updates under the ‘Changes’ tab at the bottom then ensure you click through and apply them. The installation will reboot your device several times. (Note: most new Cydia App installations will need the device rebooted or ‘re-sprung’ to take effect).
Once completed you will find you still have full access to all your Apple apps, your iTunes and iCloud accounts still work fine (Apple hasn’t banished you), but now the wonderful world of juicy jailbroken Apps are also available through Cydia too!
It’s not 100% perfect – for example, Skype flashed up a warning that it was ‘unsupported’ on unlocked devices, but continued working as before, and one or two Cydia App downloads needed my phone to be rebooted after crashing, but this is a minor price to pay for the increased functionality. (If you want to remove downloads any you don’t like, you can unload them from the Manage tab at the bottom, and then choosing Packages).
If you do not like being jailbroken, simply restore your device back to it’s locked down Apple state from within iTunes (remember that backup we made first?).