The second beta of iOS 6 has been released by Apple! iOS 6 was originally unveiled by Apple more than a week ago, on Apple’s WWDC. This long awaited software update brought a whole new slew of improvements alongside as well as the highly anticipated Maps app.
The very recently released beta of iOS 6 has also already been jailbroken thanks to Dev Team’s Redsn0w. It goes without saying that you’ll actually need to download iOS 6 Beta 2 before you can jailbreak it.
If you want to download the second beta of iOS 6, an OTA (Over The Air) update is available. Navigate to Settings > General > Software Updates. This is only for those people who have developers account and are currently running iOS 6 Beta 1. If you don’t have a developers account and would like one to be the first to get all software updates, you can get one for an annual $99.
This update from Apple does not bring anything too exciting with it. Several bug fixes and improvements are included. Apple has also added an animation to its Settings icon. When you download the latest update, the cogs of the familiar Settings icon spin. With iOS 6 Beta 2, calendar events displayed in the Notification Center show both the end and starting time now. The Twitter icon has been updated. Users get to have a little more control over what gets shared too. Formerly, users could decide whether to use your data network to sync both iCloud documents and iTunes. This excluded your Safari Reading List. iOS 6 Beta 2 includes this too. Shared Photo Streams, introduced with iOS 6, can now be turned on or off. A lot can change in the time till the final version is released, but these are the changes that have been made for now.
If you don’t have a developers account and don’t wish to try to get your hands on iOS 6 some other way, you’ll have to wait till what Apple very vaguely described as ‘autumn’. We expect the software update release to coincide with the release of iPhone 5.
If you have downloaded iOS 6 Beta 2, the good news is that you can jailbreak it too if you have an A4 device. The jailbreak is obviously tethered. This means you’ll lose the jailbreak every time you reboot your device. You will then need to connect your device to a computer that has Redsn0w installed on it.
To jailbreak iOS 6 Beta 2, you’ll need Redsn0w 0.9.13dev 2. The process will require you to point the application towards the iOS 6 Beta IPSW.
A word of warning for those with unlocked devices: updating to iOS 6 may update your iDevice to a baseband that’s not unlockable. For the moment at least, refrain from updating to iOS 6 and then subsequently jailbreaking it, if you want to keep your unlock.
Follow the extremely simple guide to achieve a tethered jailbreak on your device:
Step 1: Install iOS 6 Beta 2 on your developer-registered iDevice. This method will only work for your A4 iPhone or iPod Touch.
Step 2: Place your device in DFU mode.
Step 4: Click “Extras,” ”Select IPSW,” and then select the iOS 6 beta 1 firmware file (be sure to select the IPSW for iOS 6 beta 1, and not beta 2).
Step 5: Now head back to the main screen, and click “Jailbreak.”
Step 6: Finally, once the jailbreak has completed, boot tethered by pointing redsn0w to the iOS 6 beta 1 IPSW. Plus, remember to select this IPSW when performing all subsequent tethered-boots.
Please remember that this jailbreak will NOT install Cydia on your device, similar to the previous one for iOS 6 Beta 1. It doesn’t ‘hactivate’ the device either. You will gain root access to your device, however, and you will be able to install any app using SSH or afc2.