1. alewela's Avatar
    Hi all,

    I recently had an attempt to upgrade my iPad 2 from 4.3.3 to 6.1.2, but end up upgrading it to 5.1.1 because upgrading to 6.1.2 at this moment is impossible. During the process, I learned that there are limitations of upgrading and jailbreaking.

    I plan to buy an iPhone, and I want it to be jailbreakable and at version 5.x or higher. Is it possible?

    According to my current knowledge, I assume that it would be impossible if I get it from Apple Store because iPhone sold from Apple Store are always with latest version (6.1.3), which is not jailbreakable. Please correct me if I'm wrong. Apart from that, can buying it from other stores, including online stores like Kogan, make any difference? Can buying iPhone 4 be any different than iPhone 4S and iPhone 5? I'd prefer to have an iPhone 4S, if possible, by the way.

    Thanks.
    06-19-2013 03:51 AM
  2. wendybeee's Avatar
    It depends if you are satified with the iOS that the 4s comes with. You would have a better chance with a 4s of getting an iOS that would still be jailbreakable as long as you don't upgrade the iOS when you get it. I personally know some people that have just bought 5's and the black one came with 6.1.2 and the white one with 6.1.3 so I guess it really depends on how long the stock has been in the store.
    06-19-2013 08:47 AM
  3. natasftw's Avatar
    It depends if you are satified with the iOS that the 4s comes with. You would have a better chance with a 4s of getting an iOS that would still be jailbreakable as long as you don't upgrade the iOS when you get it. I personally know some people that have just bought 5's and the black one came with 6.1.2 and the white one with 6.1.3 so I guess it really depends on how long the stock has been in the store.
    Why would you have a better chance with the 4s? The newest manufactured iphones come with 6.1.3. Some phones in stock still have older ios versions. Yes, the 4s sells less than the 5. But you're not the only one aware of this. I know this will come as a shock, but Apple is also aware. As a result, they ship less 4s phones. The smaller shipment compensates for lack of sales rather than overloading stores with phones that aren't likely to sell. With a smaller stock, it takes fewer purchases to turn that stock over. You're equally likely to find a 4s on older versions of iOS.
    06-19-2013 09:18 AM
  4. pr1nce's Avatar
    My daughter just got a replacement 4s with iOS 6.1.3.
    06-19-2013 09:54 AM
  5. Massie's Avatar
    Best bet would be to buy a slightly used phone, and confirm that it is on 6.1.2 or below before purchasing. There are often many for sale offered by people switching carriers, upgrading, etc. Buying new is a crapshoot, but it's less likely you'll get a jailbreakable phone every day.
    06-19-2013 10:22 AM
  6. alewela's Avatar
    Best bet would be to buy a slightly used phone, and confirm that it is on 6.1.2 or below before purchasing. There are often many for sale offered by people switching carriers, upgrading, etc. Buying new is a crapshoot, but it's less likely you'll get a jailbreakable phone every day.
    Where can I buy a slightly used phone?
    06-19-2013 07:37 PM
  7. Massie's Avatar
    Where can I buy a slightly used phone?
    If you're in the US, try Craigslist or local online classifieds
    06-19-2013 09:33 PM
  8. natasftw's Avatar
    Where can I buy a slightly used phone?
    Craigslist, Ebay, Gamestop, Carrier stores often have used phones to resell. Anywhere you'd buy used goods.
    06-23-2013 01:13 PM
  9. GingerSnapsBack's Avatar
    If you do buy off eBay or CL, make sure that you verify with the carrier that the phone can be activated legally. There are phones that are being sold with stolen or bad ESNs that aren't clean and the only thing you'll wind up with is an Apple branded paperweight.

    Any reputable seller will provide photos of the ESN or give it to you to verify. I bought a Nextel phone many years ago and met the seller at a Nextel store and had them activate it before I bought it and did not hand over any money before Nextel verified that the phone was clean.
    06-24-2013 10:39 AM

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