iPhone and iPad users: The end is nigh for iOS jailbreaking

“The last iOS jailbreak to be made public was for iOS 9.1. That was back in March,” Adrian Kingsley-Hughes reports for ZDNet. “Now it’s June, and the latest version of iOS is iOS 9.3.2, and there doesn’t seem to be a jailbreak in sight.”

“Is the end nigh for iOS jailbreaking?” Kingsley-Hughes reports. “It sure seems like it.”

“First off, let me make it clear that I don’t consider jailbreaking to be wrong. It’s not. That iPhone or iPad you’re jailbreaking is your iPhone or iPad, and you can do with it as you wish,” Kingsley-Hughes reports. “On the other hand, Apple doesn’t owe you a jailbreak. It sees jailbreaking as undermining the security of the iOS operating system and hardware… Also, jailbreaking is used as a piracy tool – don’t pretend that some in the community don’t do this – and as such Apple has an obligation to defend developers against revenue loss arising from this.”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Yup, iOS jailbreaking is dying – luckily, so are reasons to jailbreak.

14 Comments

  1. The first and last iPhone I jail broke was the iPhone first generation.

    I see no benefit to doing this, and only harm.

    I am kinda glad they jail breaking is getting more difficult to impossible – it means the iPhone and iOS is getting more secure.

    I say continue development, but your failure is everyone else’s security. With best intentions.

  2. The reasons to jailbreak an iPhone are many and varied, and MDN is wrong, there are plenty of good reasons for doing so.

    Have you seen the list of things you can do with an ‘android’ phone that you cannot on an iPhone??
    Beyond obvious security considerations there is absolutely zero reason for Apple to restrict iOS functionality as much as it does, other than simple laziness.
    The paltry upgrades each iteration brings are a sad joke.

    Example: Why can I not disable the device lock when connected to my home network??? I’m at home. Alone. All day.

    1. I’m sure there may still be the odd merit for jailbreaking, but why on earth would you want that specific example?

      Scenario: someone breaks into your house, unlocks your phone because you’ve removed the device lock, then either steals your data, or changes the passcode and Touch ID and steals your phone.

      Alternative: continue to take literally half a second of your time to use Touch ID…

      1. Erm except that in order to change his passcode or any other data the thief would have to know the original passcode. Anyone with half a brain knows this.
        So in future when trying to put someone down check that you have your facts right.

        1. Okay, fair point, so you wouldn’t be able to change the passcode. But if the phone’s not locked to begin with – which in this example, if I’ve understood the OP correctly, it wouldn’t be because it’s logged on to your home network – then you absolutely could root around and look at photos, emails, contact details…

          Try to be a bit less snarky with your approach, and you yourself might’ve had a bit more success with ‘putting someone down’ yourself.

          Anyway, the point is, if that’s the best reason we can come up with for a jailbreak, then… is it really still necessary?

    2. Or permanently disable annoying stuff like VoiceOver & Siri. Tried them, hated them, now want them gone. But Apple won’t let the user do that.

      1. http://www.wikihow.com/Turn-Off-Voice-Control-on-Your-iPhone

        This page shows the annoying workaround using Apple’s kludged iOS settings, and it shows how the user with a jailbroken phone can regain the appropriate control of his hardware.

        It’s been two major iOS iterations and the control settings still aren’t even close to the simplicity and completeness as a normal person should expect. It takes hours of research to understand the difference between overlapping Apple functions, only to discover that the user can’t actually control them. If Apple cared about the user and listened to their inputs, there would be no need for a jailbreaking community. But no, iOS is now just a gateway drug to the iCloud, with a control panel designed by former Facebook information thieves.

      1. I agree. If you want to fiddle with the OS on your smartphone, buy an Android phone and have at it.

        I don’t understand why people buy iOS devices to jail break them. It’s your device, and that’s fine with me, but when you buy an Apple device you’re buying into, and paying for, the whole ecosystem. Why pay for all that, then throw it away? Makes no sense to me.

  3. I jailbreak all my devices including my ipod touch. That way i can remove all the Apple bloatware such as stocks, game centre, watch app etc. there’s no way ill ever run stock IOS device once you jailbreak you don’t go back

  4. I personally don’t see a reason to jailbreak. Why should I? If you find it useful, then by all means, go ahead. I personally have never had a reason to do so.

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