“Changing Of The Guard” At Apple Makes iOS 6.1 Much Harder To Jailbreak, Says Hacker

“Changing Of The Guard” At Apple Makes iOS 6.1 Much Harder To Jailbreak, Says Hacker

Expecting to (eventually) jailbreak iOS 6.0 on your A5 or A6 powered device? Don’t update to iOS 6.1 when it lands. Apple has ratched up the security features in the first major point release update to the latest version of iOS, making it significantly more difficult to crack than iOS 6.0.

According to iOS hacker i0n1c:

There must have been some change of guard at Apple.iOS6.1 adds again tougher protections although public JB community hasn’t broken iOS6 yet.

There’s no more details of what he means, but i0n1c is a proven talent in the jailbreak scene, and he certainly knows what he’s talking about.

There was, of course, a recent “change of the guard” when former iOS chief Scott Forstall was recently fired. The new boss of iOS at Apple, Craig Ferenghi, may have a much lower tolerance for jailbreaking Apple’s mobile operating system.

Not that jailbreaking iOS 6 has proven easy. The sophistication of security on iOS has reached the point that it takes years to get up to speed with trying to crack it, meaning that the only remaining hackers working on plausible exploits are veterans who are more likely to sell their exploits than work on a free, public jailbreak.

Either way, though, progress is reportedly being made, and iOS 6 should eventually be jailbreakable. iOS 6.1, however, is a much dicier proposition. So if you want to jailbreak, don’t update.

  • Constable_Odo

    I guess upon hearing this, all the neckbeards will be wringing their hands and shedding tears and begin extolling the wonderful hackable virtues of Android.

  • tayloradubose

    @ dude below me, I would rather have iOS not jailbroken than any version of Android. That being said I really freaking wish they would come out with a jailbreak even if I have to pay a few bucks because I would love to tether my unlimited Verizon LTE from my iphone instead of having to carry around my iPad 3 all the time to tether its AT&T unlimited LTE. At least I can tether one device for now : /

  • dcj001

    Craig Federighi

  • kevin13769

    @tayloradubose

    I can tether without a jailbreak… i was one of the lucky ones that managed to buy “TETHER” from the app store in the 30 minutes or so it was live.. ;)

    They are back though, with a slightly different format…

    http://gizmodo.com/5892137/itether-is-back-bypassing-hotspot-restrictions-and-the-app-store

  • MrsCleaver

    Thanks for the informative article. I think you meant “ratcheted.” The only “ratched” I can think of is the name of the evil nurse in “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest.” Now there’s a gal who would be using an Android over an iPad!

  • Koban4max

    End of jailbreak…. let it be..

  • technochick

    There has definitely been a changing of the guard, but it happened with the release of 6.0.

    My guess is that this is why they had that jailbreak hacker as an intern

  • GrandMasterB

    Been 3 LONG agonizing months with a stock iPhone 5 on 6.0 and I’ve got hundreds of dollars tied up in Cydia apps that I can’t even use. Guess this is the end of modding iOS…

  • lowtolerance

    There has definitely been a changing of the guard, but it happened with the release of 6.0.

    My guess is that this is why they had that jailbreak hacker as an intern

    Are you referring to Comex? His work at Apple had nothing to do with security, from what I understand. And he’s no longer worker there.

  • technochick

    Are you referring to Comex? His work at Apple had nothing to do with security, from what I understand. And he’s no longer worker there.

    What you understand might be incorrect. What other reason would they have for hiring a known and renown jailbreak hacker if not for something related to jailbreaking. Apple disdains the whole thing to the point of using legal allowances to deny warranty service if your phone is jailbroken, no matter what you installed. And he was here during the development stages of iOS 6 and apparently they wanted to keep him around (during development of point releases and iOS 7?)

    They may not have wooed him over security but once he was there, who knows what went on. The kid hasn’t really talked about it perhaps because he’s hoping despite the communication oops that cost him the remote internship he might get asked back next summer

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