iOS 6 jailbreak gets full, built-in support for Cydia store

The updated Redsn0w also includes support for re-restoring devices to previous versions of iOS 5.

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A hacking group has updated its iOS jailbreak, Redsn0w, with full support for an unauthorized app store and the ability to re-restore a device to an older version of Apple's mobile operating system.

The updated Redsn0w jailbreak hit the Web yesterday, enabling iOS 6 users to get full access to the third-party application store Cydia. Previously, Redsn0w users were forced to install Cydia manually. Now, they will find the app marketplace -- which includes programs that are not authorized for Apple's official App Store -- built in.

The hacking group, which calls itself the iPhone Dev-Team, announced its iOS 6 jailbreak less than a day after the latest Apple operating system launched last month. Apple frowns on users jailbreaking devices. The company argues that it eliminates some security features and leaves users open to potentially malicious programs prowling unauthorized app stores. Jailbreakers, however, view the activity as a fine way to take control over a device they own.

In addition to built-in Cydia support, the updated Redsn0w now lets users re-restore their devices to one of Apple's iOS 5 distributions. However, that feature is limited to iPhones and iPads that are currently running iOS 5.

The Redsn0w iOS 6 features are available only on those Apple devices running the A4 processor -- the iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS, and fourth-generation iPod Touch. In addition, the jailbreak is only possible through tethering.

Apple launched iOS 6 last month as an over-the-air update. The operating system comes with over 200 improvements, including revamped Mail, new calling-response features, and iCloud Tabs support in Safari.

(Via Redmond Pie)