iOS 7 jailbreak: a status report

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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58 Comments

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.

15. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

Very well said! +1

16. darkkjedii

Posts: 31010; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

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

17. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

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

20. Shatter

Posts: 2036; Member since: May 29, 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.

59. theaztech unregistered

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!?

27. buccob

Posts: 2968; Member since: Jun 19, 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

34. grapeseed87

Posts: 123; Member since: Mar 13, 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.

50. rromerof

Posts: 57; Member since: Nov 28, 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).

51. azfar

Posts: 23; Member since: Jul 22, 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).

54. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

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.

56. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 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.

6. THE.DARK.KNIGHT

Posts: 269; Member since: Sep 09, 2013

Who cares? iOS 7 gave us everything we wanted

7. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Are you sure about that?

18. frydaexiii

Posts: 1476; Member since: Dec 01, 2011

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

19. Commentator

Posts: 3723; Member since: Aug 16, 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.

24. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

They didn't gave you freedom.

35. alpinejason

Posts: 262; Member since: Sep 06, 2011

you mean they didn't give you freedom

41. Quezdagreat

Posts: 428; Member since: Apr 05, 2012

i bet they say iphones need widgets lmao

60. werthedroids

Posts: 60; Member since: Sep 15, 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.

8. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 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.

21. Shatter

Posts: 2036; Member since: May 29, 2013

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

22. regkilla

Posts: 87; Member since: Sep 13, 2012

not true at all.

23. Shatter

Posts: 2036; Member since: May 29, 2013

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

25. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 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.

9. mottykels

Posts: 387; Member since: May 15, 2013

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

11. rawbow

Posts: 428; Member since: Mar 30, 2012

unGate ... just saying :P

14. no_i_dont_think_so

Posts: 9; Member since: Jan 14, 2013

Not worth the trouble.

31. noim1

Posts: 297; Member since: May 15, 2012

WindowBreak for WP !!!

40. Googler

Posts: 813; Member since: Jun 10, 2013

Blue screen of death.

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