Less than a day after Apple released iOS 6 beta to developers, iPhone hacker MuscleNerd has announced that he’s jailbroken an iPod touch running the operating system.
This is still a work in progress, and not everything works. The Cydia app store for jailbreak apps, for instance, doesn’t work yet. It’s also a tethered jailbreak, which means that if you need to reboot your device you’ll need to connect to a PC via a USB cable and run the jailbreaking software again.
Update Redsn0w 0.9.13dev1 is now available for developers looking to jailbreak supported devices running iOS 6.
But this is the first indication that hackers have found a way to circumvent the security in Apple’s latest version of iOS, making it possible to run code that’s not officially supported by Apple.
It could be a while before tools are released to the public. If nothing else, releasing jailbreaking tools while iOS 6 is still in beta makes it easier for Apple to clean up any security holes used by the jailbreak utility before iOS 6 is released to the public this fall.
Apple iOS 6 includes a number of new features such as Facebook integration, a new Maps app with turn-by-turn navigation, Siri improvements, and new Phone features such as Do Not Disturb and additional options for responding to phone calls.