As soon as Apple released iOS 6 for iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad, folks started trying to figure out if they could jailbreak the operating system and run unsupported code on their devices. The answer is yes… kind of.

Redmond Pie has details on how to jailbreak a device running iOS 6 — but it will only work on some devices.

iOS 6 jailbroken

That includes the iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, and 4th-generation iPod touch. As of September 20th, 2012, there’s no way to jailbreak an iPad running iOS 6 or newer iPhone or iPod touch models yet.

There’s also no way to carrier unlock an iPhone running iOS 6 yet — so if you have a jailbroken iPhone that’s been unlocked to run on a different carrier, you probably shouldn’t upgrade to iOS 6 at all yet.

One more thing to keep in mind is that this is a tethered jailbreak, which means that if you have to fully reboot your device at any time, you’ll need to connect your iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad to a computer and run the redsn0w jailbreaking utility again.

That said, Redmond Pie’s instructions will walk you through the process of jailbreaking your device, booting iOS 6 once you’re done, and installing the Cydia store for apps that run on jailbroken devices.

I wonder how long it will take for someone to port Google Maps to run on iOS 6.

Brad Linder

Brad Linder is editor of Liliputing and Mobiputing. He's been tinkering with mobile tech for decades and writing about it since...