Apple’s ways of Detecting Preventing Jailbroken iPhones

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jailbreak5-wk6Under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, jailbreaking an iPhone is legal; however, this did not sit well with Apple. As an essential move to limit unauthorized access to their system, they made sure that every update they release will include a patch to address this issue, making it difficult for jailbreak community.

One of the most recognizable initiatives Apple rolled out was to create apps installed via iTunes that can recognize a jailbroken handset.  Other apps, at the start of the installation, prevent the continuation of the process. For some apps, they will go through with the installation but will prevent users from running the application once installed. By doing this, they push iPhone users to choose between restoring their jailbroken iPhone to get the app they wanted or go live without it.

A small number of app developers in App Store joined in this run for a simple reason: they feel that their software is compromised or exposed to security risks. Notable with those apps are those who handle personal and banking information, as well as streaming sites who does not want to reveal their settings and location.

Fortunately, concerned hackers and app developers try to create a bypass for the said detection. They have initial success in trying to prevent apps downloaded from App Store in detecting jailbroken iPhones, but the game of cat-and-mouse is not over. Surely, Apple is now considering looking for other ways to prevent jailbreaking of iPhones, or at least, detect devices which has already been jailbroken.

Take for instance the iOS 6.1.3 update. This specific update made substantial improvements to Maps app in countries such as Japan, Turkey, Germany and Poland. It made fixes on Facebook app and security settings. Apple also found a way to fix a bug that allows someone to bypass the passcode screen enabling access to the iPhone. More importantly, they made patches to counter some established jailbreaking tools. With this update, untethered jailbreak is not possible.

Leading jailbreak programmers already declared that they will not participate in making any tool for just a small release as this will be a waste of time. They added that they are waiting for a major release before making a new jailbreak tool. As such, jailbreak programmers issued a statement advising iPhone users to stay on the lower iOS version and not to upgrade to iOS 6.1.3 if they want to stay untethered.

To clarify what an untethered jailbreak is and the difference between a tethered jailbreak: untethered jailbreak allows you to run Cydia apps and tweaks, and reboot your iPhone anytime you want. A tethered jailbreak on the other hand, requires a computer connection to help you reboot your iPhone or if the battery is drained.

It’s really a hassle to have to use a computer, especially if you do not have a quick access to one. You can still jailbreak the iPhone provided you live with this bearable consequence. If you do not want to experience this, it is advisable for iPhone devices owners not to upgrade to iOS 6.1.3.

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