Six reasons why it’ll be tough to jailbreak Apple’s iOS 6

“Waiting for a jailbreak for the latest iOS 6 devices such as the iPhone 5? You might have to wait a while,” Mathew J. Schwartz writes for InformationWeek.

“With Apple’s release last month of iOS 6, iPhone hackers have, of course, set their sites on jailbreaking the new OS,” Schwartz writes. “So far no automated jailbreak is available for latest-generation iOS devices that run iOS 6.”

Schwartz writes, “Could a full iOS 6 jailbreak, including for the latest Apple devices, be just around the corner? Don’t bet on it.”

Here are six of the top challenges that would-be jailbreak developers will face:
1. Finding sufficient vulnerabilities takes smarts.
2. Vulnerability hunting takes time.
3. Website-based untethered jailbreaking is insanely difficult.
4. Apple’s update clock begins ticking after jailbreaks are released.
5. Early iOS 6 exploit was not a jailbreak.
6. Apple keeps locking down iOS.

Read more in the full article here.

24 Comments

  1. They have a tether JB. They probably have an untether JB in a while but they would be insane to release it soon. They will wait for the next one or two iOS updates to fix all the iOS6 bugs, then release.

    1. Yeah I thought I heard there was a tethered JB. (Just unreleased)

      That’s why the headline made me want to take a minute and read the article.

      I’m not going to jailbreak… I used to do so, I have no desire anymore. iOS has almost everything I want now so there is no need. Thank you apple for changing/adding things over the past two major iOS updates, most of which I jailbroke my iPhone for. Now it’s built in 😉

      1. same here

        i had a 3GS that was jailbroken a few years back
        most of the themes were crap
        installing themes made the phone SLOW
        it would crash a lot of times
        the phone would literally take like 15 minutes to boot up with stupidboard installed
        the nice JB applications like SBS settings cost money and you can’t just upgrade your phone whenever you want.

  2. jailbreaking and rooting for android are the script kiddies of this decade

    the few people that make these things are the smart ones and go to schools like MIT. everyone else thinks they are cool for following some simple instructions

  3. I think the demand for jailbreaking is dying by the day. There are so many apps which provide so much functionality that the vast, vast majority of people don’t need or want to jailbreak. I would venture to say that most people have never heard of jailbreaking these days.

    That said, it takes a very smart and resourceful person to create a jailbreak method, tethered or not. I suspect the challenge of finding the jailbreak is the real game, the earning of bragging rights among such circles, not any subsequent ability to add unsanctioned apps.

    1. It is going away.
      Sbsettings would still be nice to have, but everything I used to have on my JB iPhone.. Is now standard iOS. (Not 100% the same as the JB version, but good enough)

      Someone else mentioned the themes.. Yeah themes were horrendous. I themed my iPhone for a while.. Then went back to using the iPhone without. It DID just make the iPhone sluggish.

    2. I haven’t jailbroken since before iOS5, but there’s two things that Apple refuses to budge on:

      – quick-access to toggle or slider settings (e.g. Brightness, VPN, etc). SBSettings was handy

      – alternate keyboard input methods. Never tried any while jailbroken, but Swype looked like a valid alternative, and there’s probably others that make up for deficiencies in the default iOS keyboard… for example why the hell isn’t there forward delete (not even hidden, like shift + delete) and/or arrow keys? Right now we’re all the way back to the original Mac 128K keyboard with no arrow keys and you were forced to use mouse to re-position the cursor… except iOS is even worse, there’s a delay for the magnifying glass and fine-positioning the cursor.

  4. There’s really nothing new here that applies to iOS 6, or more specifically, the iPhone 5. They might have just as well have said, “jailbreaking is hard”.

    Ya, it is, and it always has been.

    The real reason I iOS 6/iPhone 5 might take longer (if at all), is that fewer people are left who work on this. Some of those kids who had days upon days to do nothing but work on this have grown up and moved on with no new kids emerging to take their place.

    While the jailbreak ecosystem has grown to represent a significant amount of money, the system hasn’t been structured around the person/people who create the jailbreaking tool itself, and the money they receive from donations is neither relatively significant or sustainable.

    I also have to wonder as Apple continues to improve iOS how many of those who jailbreak are willing to just accept iOS as is, or have decided to move to Android.

    For me, I absolutely love everything a jailbroken iPhone has to offer, but I’d still rather have an iPhone unjailbroken than an Android or other phone.

    1. also, the iphones were coming out in the summer… while most of the nerds were on vacation… giving them time to spend many sleepless days just working on jailbreaking the device… the past 2 have been released while school is in session… might be why its not as fast….. but Apple doesn’t want people jailbreaking their device so im sure they try locking it down as much as possible each time.

  5. Reading the article makes me think the jailbreakers are fighting a losing battle. Jailbreakers have to exploit vulnerabilities in iOS, which Apple quickly fixes. (Not because they’re a-holes, but because “vulnerabilities” are called that for a reason — it would be irresponsible for Apple to leave them unpatched.) So the jailbreakers find another way to get through, and Apple patches that, and so on and so forth, with jailbreaking getting progressively harder until eventually it just isn’t worth the effort.

    It is possible for a software manufacturer to win the cat-and-mouse game with hackers. The reason for the prevalence of trojans as malware these days is that Microsoft and Apple have done a good job of killing off the worm and the virus, forcing the malware distributors to move to other methods.

    So it will go with the jailbreakers. Eventually, the ability to forcibly modify iOS on current hardware will dry up, and another approach will have to be taken, perhaps a hacked illegal clone of iOS which would run on a small number of Android phones.

    ——RM

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