Hello guys! As you may all know, there is quite a lot of hoopla surrounding the up and coming jailbreak for iOS 6. This is really relevant for me, especially when I do own an iPhone, which we all know has been never seen a jailbreak all its life. As a late adopter to Apple devices (the iPhone 5 is my first Apple device), I have some questions that are somewhat "noobish." I am pretty new to the whole jailbreak scene, so kindly bear with me.
As stated, I have an iPhone 5 which has a 6.02 firmware. I really want to jailbreak it once the iOS 6 jailbreak releases but I am not sure whether its safe or not, or I am indeed qualified for the jailbreak. In my iPhone 5, I don't have any SHSH blobs saved, which is supposedly important when it comes to jailbreaking and updating. Now in my current condition, is it possible for my device to be jailbroken? Or do I need to have the necessary SHSH blobs so I can update to iOS 6.1? Thank you in advance and have a good day!
Asked by: Tyrese from New York
Good day Tyrese! SHSH blobs are important components when it comes to the world of jailbreaking but they don't work exactly as you think. To put things out of the way, SHSH blobs are not required for jailbreaking and certainly not required if you want to update to the latest firmware.
SHSH blobs are useful if you wish to downgrade to a firmware that isn't being signed by Apple anymore. For example, by default, if you are going to restore to iOS 6.0, you won't be able to do it because iTunes won't let you do so. But if have saved the SHSH blobs for iOS 6.0, then downgrading to that firmware is possible. SHSH blobs can only be fetched / saved while you are in that particular firmware. Blobs aren't something you can download off the web. For example, if you wish to grab the blobs for iOS 6.0, then you will need to be in iOS 6.0 so you can grab the blobs.
In your case as of now, you should be able to update to iOS 6.1 without a hitch. But since you want to jailbreak your device in iOS 6.1, make sure that you update by downloading the iOS 6.1 IPSW file (download links) and update via iTunes, as opposed to updating through WiFi (OTA update). This has been recommended by jailbreak developers, so it would be best if you adhere to that. So as of now, just update to iOS 6.1 and wait for the jailbreak to drop, which should release this in a few days. Make sure that you read this post on how to prepare your device for iOS 6.1 jailbreak.