As we get prepared for tomorrow's iOS 6.1 jailbreak release, we look back on over five-and-a-half years iOS jailbreaking. It wasn't extremely popular by any means back then, but that was because it required a bit of actual hacking that not many people would be willing to do today. The first-ever public jailbreak for the iPhone and iPod touch required 74 steps.
Cult of Mac ended up stumbling upon an old MacRumors forum post that gives a step-by-step guide on how to jailbreak iOS 1.1.1 (back then it was called iPhone OS). In total, there are 74 steps, and each one is more daunting than the last. In short, the guide is chock full of confusing terminal commands, and the shuffling around of .dll files.
This original jailbreak guide comes from PlanetBeing, who is actually a part of the Evad3rs dev team working on the iOS 6.1 jailbreak that's releasing tomorrow. We've certainly come a long way when it comes to jailbreaking, and even if today's jailbreaking methods are still not for the faint of heart, we're a lot better off than where we were over five years ago.
The most recent jailbreak for iOS 5.1.1 was fairly straightforward, only involving a few steps that mostly required jailbreakers to tap a few buttons. Even a couple of years ago, a version of JailbreakMe was literally a one-click process. Come tomorrow, we'll see how easy it is to jailbreak the latest iOS 6.1. From the FAQs and the subtle hints from the dev team, it should be a fairly easy jailbreak for those who have the guts to go for it.
[via Cult of Mac]