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iOS 7 jailbreak: a status report

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iOS 7 jailbreak: a status report

When third-party customization of your smartphone's OS isconcerned, it's usually Android, iOS' archrival, that gets the spotlight, with Apple's OS usually failing to get even an honorable mention. Of course, the reality is slightly different as 'jailbreaking' has been around just as long, offering iOS users somewhat similar tools and utilities.


Walled garden


Unfortunately, as many of you will know, Apple is known for its 'walled garden' style environment that surrounds its mobile OS and the plethora of value-added services around it. This has usually meant that, unlike Android, iOS was designed to block any attempts that could lead to the user taking a fuller extent of control over the system. Depending on where you stand, that can be both good or bad, but the fact remains that there's a pretty significant jailbreaking community that simply doesn't take 'No' for an answer.


How does jailbreaking work?


This incompatibility of stances, with either sides refusing to bulge, has lead to a sort of a conflict between the two parties, as you can probably imagine. Unfortunately for those of you looking to make full use of the hardware they paid for, it's Apple that has the upper hand, and by a long margin, too. That's because the only way for hackers to gain root access is to go through the very laborious and quite frankly – pretty overwhelming – task of scanning through millions of lines of codes, searching for a string that just might lead to an exploit. And if that wasn't challenging enough, ideally, hackers are also trying to find vulnerabilities in the hardware, as well.


Moreover, Apple has become quite aggressive, with quick patches, aimed to squash exploited vulnerabilities as soon as they pop up. Not only that, but each successive iOS version comes better and better guarded from exploits, not to mention that the hardware also goes through changes, which inevitably breaks some already established exploits.


Enough lecturing, can I jailbreak my freaking iPhone already?


So you had iOS 7 for a few days now, and you're already itching to do some (sweeping, of course) changes? Unfortunately, as of this writing, there simply isn't a properly functioning jailbreak for iOS 7, no matter which particular device you use. We say properly functioning, because there is an iOS 7 jailbreak available for iPhone 4 owners, though that one is as experimental (and broken) as those get, meaning that its use is strictly limited to developers and the like.


Progress, of course, is made, with several prominent Apple hackers working hard. Alas a fully functional jailbreak is no where in sight just yet, nor are there any guarantees there will be one – after all, the latest version of iOS 6 never was properly cracked, not to mention that the Apple-designed SoCs are also proving to be quite a hurdle.

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posted on 26 Sep 2013, 06:31 25

5. ilia1986 (unregistered)


Jailbreaking an iPhone is like installing airplane wigs on a car. Regardless of how aerodynamic the car will be - it will never fly as well as an actual plane will. The plane of course being Android.

I know - I JB my iPhone 4 up until 4.3.3. Then I got frustrated by waiting for JBs after iOS 5. And 1 day after "upgrading" to iOS 6 - I sold it and bought a GS3.

posted on 26 Sep 2013, 07:03 1

15. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5458; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)


Very well said! +1

posted on 26 Sep 2013, 07:06 3

16. darkkjedii (Posts: 10103; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Planes crash, just like cars, no matter how aerodynamic the plane is. Bad analogy dude, very bad.

posted on 26 Sep 2013, 07:13 20

17. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5458; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)


Actually his analogy was very good while your interpretation about his analogy was totally off topic...

posted on 26 Sep 2013, 07:27 13

20. Shatter (Posts: 1967; Member since: 29 May 2013)


Threes 40000 people that die in car crashes every year, the plane crash death average is around 200 per year because plane crashes are rare.

posted on 27 Sep 2013, 19:43

59. theaztech (Posts: 49; Member since: 13 Sep 2013)


i hate it when people say that, "oh theres more car crashes then plane crashes every year" of course there are! how many cars are there on the roads vs the amount of airplanes in the sky!?

posted on 26 Sep 2013, 08:53

27. buccob (Posts: 1307; Member since: 19 Jun 2012)


darkkjedii There are times when post thoughtful comments with good points of view and actual value to the article or the other comments you reply... and I usually upvote you even though my preference are with Android most of the time...

This wasn't the case

posted on 26 Sep 2013, 10:48

34. grapeseed87 (Posts: 123; Member since: 13 Mar 2013)


Desperate mis-interpretation sorry. :) Planes are built to fly, cars to travel on road. Different functions. But you can't make a car fly just by forcing on similar features of a plane.

posted on 26 Sep 2013, 14:08

50. rromerof (Posts: 27; Member since: 28 Nov 2012)


And flying is still the most secure way of transportation, being only a few accidents among a lot of car crashes (A lot of them) so I can infer that Android is still way better in every aspect (This is me being like an Android fanboy although I am not one. I just don't like the way Apple say that they are better (when they are not) just for selling).

posted on 26 Sep 2013, 15:42 1

51. azfar (Posts: 14; Member since: 22 Jul 2013)


I always luagh on people comapring no of planes (fly in sky) incidents vs vehicles (on roads). Do you even know how many vahicles travel on road daily as compare to planes the difference is even in billions, similarly how wide and safe sky is compare to narrow and curving roads. Now I dont have to teach you how to calculate their ratios.

Btw I am not vouching iphone here (i just hate them).

posted on 27 Sep 2013, 05:57 1

54. RebelwithoutaClue (Posts: 480; Member since: 05 Apr 2013)


Apart from getting a migraine reading your sentence. There are roughly estimated 1 billion cars worldwide. Even if there is 1 plane in the air, the difference can't be in the billions. Even taken in account the massive numbers of cars on the road, flying is still relatively more safer.

posted on 27 Sep 2013, 06:23

56. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5458; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)


Take 1000 cars and compare this count of cars with 2000 planes and you will still get more crashes with cars than with planes.

posted on 26 Sep 2013, 06:33 4

6. THE.DARK.KNIGHT (banned) (Posts: 269; Member since: 09 Sep 2013)


Who cares? iOS 7 gave us everything we wanted

posted on 26 Sep 2013, 06:37 23

7. PapaSmurf (Posts: 7359; Member since: 14 May 2012)


Are you sure about that?

posted on 26 Sep 2013, 06:51 19

12. lyndon420 (Posts: 1687; Member since: 11 Jul 2012)


You mean apple gave you what they wanted. Submission.

posted on 26 Sep 2013, 09:30 2

32. DukeX (Posts: 327; Member since: 28 Aug 2013)


LOL SUBMISSION. More like dominatrix!

posted on 26 Sep 2013, 07:21 12

18. frydaexiii (Posts: 1176; Member since: 01 Dec 2011)


More like iOS7 gave us everything we should have had from the start.

posted on 26 Sep 2013, 07:24 12

19. Commentator (Posts: 2293; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)


I'm confused as to what iOS 7 gave us other than new icons and an animation-happy UI that's apparently causing severe vertigo in some users.

posted on 26 Sep 2013, 07:53 3

24. itsdeepak4u2000 (Posts: 2337; Member since: 03 Nov 2012)


They didn't gave you freedom.

posted on 26 Sep 2013, 11:00 1

35. alpinejason (Posts: 260; Member since: 06 Sep 2011)


you mean they didn't give you freedom

posted on 26 Sep 2013, 11:58 1

41. Quezdagreat (Posts: 411; Member since: 05 Apr 2012)


i bet they say iphones need widgets lmao

posted on 29 Sep 2013, 14:56

60. werthedroids (Posts: 60; Member since: 15 Sep 2013)


So what you're saying is that all you want is pretty colors and a couple of basic features from android? You being an iSh33p, i'm not really surprised.

posted on 26 Sep 2013, 06:40 1

8. PapaSmurf (Posts: 7359; Member since: 14 May 2012)


Jailbtraling an iPhone has become a lot more common than before. More than half the iPhone owners I know had their device jail broken on iOS 6. It's just like rooting; if you can follow directions step by step, go ahead and try it.

posted on 26 Sep 2013, 07:29 4

21. Shatter (Posts: 1967; Member since: 29 May 2013)


Except jailbreaking lowers your battery life/performance and Cydia has more malware on it then the play store.

posted on 26 Sep 2013, 07:43 4

22. regkilla (Posts: 83; Member since: 13 Sep 2012)


not true at all.

posted on 26 Sep 2013, 07:51 2

23. Shatter (Posts: 1967; Member since: 29 May 2013)


There is literally nobody checking the distros on Cydia. You can go think your iphone is safe but your not.

posted on 26 Sep 2013, 07:58 2

25. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5458; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)


"Jailbtraling an iPhone has become a lot more common than before. More than half the iPhone owners I know had their device jail broken on iOS 6."

And then such people go to the various forums and lie that iPhone just works and you don't have nothing to do differently from Android users who are rooting their phones.

posted on 26 Sep 2013, 06:43 1

9. mottykels (Posts: 364; Member since: 15 May 2013)


if jailbreak is for ios and root is for android? what kind of hacking is for wp8?

posted on 26 Sep 2013, 06:44 3

11. rawbow (Posts: 406; Member since: 30 Mar 2012)


unGate ... just saying :P

posted on 26 Sep 2013, 06:56 1

14. no_i_dont_think_so (Posts: 9; Member since: 14 Jan 2013)


Not worth the trouble.

posted on 26 Sep 2013, 09:29

31. noim1 (Posts: 297; Member since: 15 May 2012)


WindowBreak for WP !!!

posted on 26 Sep 2013, 11:57 1

40. Googler (Posts: 813; Member since: 10 Jun 2013)


Blue screen of death.

posted on 26 Sep 2013, 06:44 9

10. rawbow (Posts: 406; Member since: 30 Mar 2012)


Well if customization is what gets you going, android is your best bet, no doubting that.

posted on 26 Sep 2013, 09:03 1

29. buccob (Posts: 1307; Member since: 19 Jun 2012)


I agree.. but it does not stop in just customization, it's also about hardware choices and software freedom to do many things (including said customization).

I for once value the IP57 certification in my phone (while many others couldn't care less)... but in my city where it rains half the time is appreciated.

Other people consider a Phablet to be the perfect smartphone... for comfortable viewing, reading, battery life... etc...

Ironically with the iPhone what you CAN customize a lot are in hardware and accesories... cases, camera lenses, mounts, docks, etc...

posted on 26 Sep 2013, 06:55 5

13. no_i_dont_think_so (Posts: 9; Member since: 14 Jan 2013)


It just seems to me that if you're going to get an iPhone, just use it as is. It's a pretty good phone and jailbreaking is a hassle and slows down a good experience.

if what you want is an actual rootable pocket computer, get an Android phone. The whole thing is replaceable down to the very OS. Heck you can put Ubuntu on it if you want.

posted on 26 Sep 2013, 08:37 1

26. dreeemer (Posts: 27; Member since: 04 Sep 2012)


The best way to do it? Get android. Period.

posted on 26 Sep 2013, 08:57

28. Quezdagreat (Posts: 411; Member since: 05 Apr 2012)


The way people always bragging about customization on android, it's not really the case. I thought I would be able to change just about everything I wanted to without having to installing any apps or rooting. Installing all of those app just to "customize" your phone is going to crash your phone eventually. I'm just saying

posted on 26 Sep 2013, 09:27 1

30. dagmaar (Posts: 1; Member since: 26 Sep 2013)


Absolutely correct. I have an iPhone 5 now that gives me no problems. My Android device was rooted and crashed quite regularly. I am by no means an Apple fanboy. I miss the customization that an Android device offers but I much prefer the better battery life, better call quality, and stability that my iPhone 5 offers.

posted on 27 Sep 2013, 06:02 1

55. RebelwithoutaClue (Posts: 480; Member since: 05 Apr 2013)


Than you're in luck, iphone call quality sucks in Netherlands. They don't get a long with the network of the bigger providers over here.

posted on 26 Sep 2013, 09:37 3

33. DukeX (Posts: 327; Member since: 28 Aug 2013)


First type of comment i read from an apple user about a crashing rooted android phone. As if the iphone doesn't experience this.
http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=1552101

posted on 26 Sep 2013, 11:03 1

36. alpinejason (Posts: 260; Member since: 06 Sep 2011)


you do have a point there is no os 100% safe.and if you jailbreak or root you are more likely to experience these problems

posted on 26 Sep 2013, 11:19 1

37. av911 (Posts: 126; Member since: 19 Nov 2012)


The point is, you have that option in Android. You're not at the discretion of Apple.

posted on 26 Sep 2013, 11:56

39. Quezdagreat (Posts: 411; Member since: 05 Apr 2012)


I know more about android than you. not all companies let you access the bootloader. fyi, rooting your phone voids your warranty if they find out.

posted on 26 Sep 2013, 12:16 2

42. Reality_Check (Posts: 245; Member since: 15 Aug 2013)


"I know more about android than you" This statement just shows how ignorant you are, of others -.- You can just as unroot a device (98% of the time) and give it to the service center for warranty purposes :)

posted on 26 Sep 2013, 12:37 1

44. Quezdagreat (Posts: 411; Member since: 05 Apr 2012)


You want to know how ignorant you are? I clearly stated "if they find out"

posted on 26 Sep 2013, 13:29

46. Reality_Check (Posts: 245; Member since: 15 Aug 2013)


Ignorance is such a bliss... Meanwhile, the finding out part never comes in if you unroot your device properly. That's what I was saying :)

posted on 26 Sep 2013, 13:40

49. Quezdagreat (Posts: 411; Member since: 05 Apr 2012)


Ok genius. What if your phone is unable to turn on and you send it back to the company that made it. How would you unroot it if the phone won't power up?

posted on 26 Sep 2013, 13:34

47. DukeX (Posts: 327; Member since: 28 Aug 2013)


Which they won't if you unroot it. And i like how you keep ignoring the fact the same thing happens with the iphone when it comes to jailbreaking. You apple fans are masters at ignoring facts that can be found through a simple google search. You better hope apple has warranty for people upgrading to ios7 and thinking their phones are now waterproof
https://discussions.apple.com/thread/4229615?start=0&tstart=0

posted on 26 Sep 2013, 20:19

52. Quezdagreat (Posts: 411; Member since: 05 Apr 2012)


Wow you're not to bright. I see don't see how can someone unroot a phone that won't come on. I know that you void the warranty if you jailbreak a iPhone. They am replace a water damaged phone. Btw, apple did not make that waterproof ad

posted on 27 Sep 2013, 01:14

53. DukeX (Posts: 327; Member since: 28 Aug 2013)


You're an idiot a freaking idiot! You think i didn't know that ad was fake. How dare insult my intelligence like that. Dumbass of the day goes to you apple fan. The fact an APPLE FAN OR FANS was dumb enough to believe the ad shows how ignorant you apple fans are. Its a wonder no one liked you're comment ifan

posted on 27 Sep 2013, 17:18

58. Quezdagreat (Posts: 411; Member since: 05 Apr 2012)


U mad bro?

posted on 27 Sep 2013, 07:01

57. no_i_dont_think_so (Posts: 9; Member since: 14 Jan 2013)


Except when they find out and they still don't void the warranty, as was the case with me when I sent my phone back to Samsung for an issue. They fixed the problem, returned the phone.

The "void the warranty" thing is something the lawyers make them say. Reality is that it is a case-by-case basis.

posted on 26 Sep 2013, 11:35 2

38. ilia1986 (unregistered)


Bollocks. I have a GS3, rooted, running LiquidSmooth 2.9. 2 Launchers, tons of widgets, various tweaks and whatnot.

Phone is as stable as a rock.

posted on 26 Sep 2013, 12:21

43. Reality_Check (Posts: 245; Member since: 15 Aug 2013)


"without having to installing any apps or rooting" Any OS without any app or developer support, is like a petrol car without fuel ;)

posted on 26 Sep 2013, 12:51

45. Quezdagreat (Posts: 411; Member since: 05 Apr 2012)


Please read the whole post carefully thanks :). I was referring to adding apps just to customize and add features to the phone that was not built in

posted on 26 Sep 2013, 13:36 1

48. Reality_Check (Posts: 245; Member since: 15 Aug 2013)


You can expect basic customization. iOS doesn't even let you have that. If you're expecting ultimate customization from Android, you need to do the work. That is why they have provided you with the play store, so that you can customize it to your heart's content.

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