iOS 7 Has Already Been Jailbroken, And Here’s Proof [Image]

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Can it be jailbroken? That’s the first question a large number of iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch users ask when Apple releases a new iOS update — particularly when it’s a release as big as iOS 7. Apple attempts to block all the vulnerabilities that make jailbreaking possible with iOS updates, so there’s always a concern that the next will kill jailbreaking once and for all.

Thankfully, it doesn’t look like that will be the case with iOS 7, which has already been jailbroken.

iOS developer Ryan Petrich, who is responsible for popular tweaks like Activator, DietBar, FullForce, and LiveClock, posted a picture of his jailbroken iPod touch, which is running the iOS 7 beta, on Twitter last night.

He didn’t say too much about it. In fact, he didn’t acknowledge the jailbreak at all. He simply wrote “System version too new?” in reference to an error he received when attempting to run Activator.

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Clearly iOS 7 is jailbreakable, then, but it’s strange that this hasn’t really been mentioned at all yet. Hackers are typically keen to boast about breaking into Apple’s latest iOS release as soon as they can — it happened within 24 hours when the iOS 6 beta was release last year — but we’re yet to hear anything about an early iOS 7 jailbreak.

It’s possible the team or individual behind the exploit wants to keep it quiet for now to save too many questions ahead of the update’s public release. There’s also a chance that Apple could patch more vulnerabilities before then, which could render early jailbreaks useless.

This is certainly a promising sign for those who want an iOS jailbreak, though.

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  • tool022611

    I would imagine apple has yet to put in all the security for ios7 considering this is just beta 2. Look how long it took to jailbreak iOS 6, I highly doubt they don’t have something in the works for security in the final release.

  • rigit_digit

    I don’t get the big deal about jailbreaking, and I don’t think Apple does either. Apple actually gets some great ideas from “allowing” this practice. I guess it makes people feel good that they believe they are doing something they shouldn’t be doing. If Apple really wanted to lock it down and put a stop to it, they could and would. Allowing people to feel important about these accomplishments sits high on the value scale for many individuals. Apple uses the jailbreaking community to help push innovation. It let’s them be “open” but not open. It allows the hackers to feel they are getting over on the system and break the rules.

  • DJBabyBuster

    I don’t get the big deal about jailbreaking, and I don’t think Apple does either. Apple actually gets some great ideas from “allowing” this practice. I guess it makes people feel good that they believe they are doing something they shouldn’t be doing. If Apple really wanted to lock it down and put a stop to it, they could and would. Allowing people to feel important about these accomplishments sits high on the value scale for many individuals. Apple uses the jailbreaking community to help push innovation. It let’s them be “open” but not open. It allows the hackers to feel they are getting over on the system and break the rules.

    If you don’t get “the big deal,” then jailbreaking is probably not for you. Many people that like apple products or the iOS experience, also want to tweak it just a bit to suit their needs. For me, iOS 7 has addressed almost all my tweaking needs, but the reason I’ll always continue to jb can be summed up in two words:

    Free Tethering.

    I’ve had an unlimited data plan for years, and it is absurd that I have to pay AT&T an additional fee to to access tethering, which has been baked into the iPhone by apple since near the beginning. MiFi is the most important reason to jb, but if you’re without an unlimited plan then I can see it not mattering to you.

  • rigit_digit

    “For me, iOS 7 has addressed almost all my tweaking needs, but the reason I’ll always continue to jb can be summed up in two words:

    Free Tethering.”

    I used to be with ATT and had an unlimited plan – and I did jb for the exact same reason you did. Then ATT started to throttle me so it was pointless. Once they catch on to your usage and they see it as excessive (in their minds), they will throttle you as well.

    After that pissed me off, I left ATT and tried Sprint since they had unlimited, but their network is slower than a dial up modem from 1994. I finally ended up with Verizon and we share a 4GB data plan. Since we are mainly on wifi and do not stream when we are not on wifi, we usually have 1GB left over each month we didn’t use – and that’s 3 people.

    Everyone has a diff situation though. I’m just saying I don’t think jb’ing is as big of a deal to Apple as people think it is. Apple gets free beta and r&d out of it, and it appeases those who want more than the “out of the box” experience.

  • technochick

    And now, if they didn’t already know, Apple will be aware there is a jail breakable hole and will find and fix it.

    Nice work

  • Anthony M Perez

    @right_digit Quote: “I used to be with ATT and had an unlimited plan – and I did jb for the exact same reason you did. Then ATT started to throttle me so it was pointless. Once they catch on to your usage and they see it as excessive (in their minds), they will throttle you as well.”

    Can you please cite how ATT throttles you? I’m very curious, as I’ve personally jailbroken over 20 devices (most of them on ATT), where no sign of data stream restrictions were detected. I’d like to see your proof, as I guess they’re doing something I’m not aware of, or able to track as well as you.

  • rigit_digit

    @right_digit Quote: “I used to be with ATT and had an unlimited plan – and I did jb for the exact same reason you did. Then ATT started to throttle me so it was pointless. Once they catch on to your usage and they see it as excessive (in their minds), they will throttle you as well.”

    Can you please cite how ATT throttles you? I’m very curious, as I’ve personally jailbroken over 20 devices (most of them on ATT), where no sign of data stream restrictions were detected. I’d like to see your proof, as I guess they’re doing something I’m not aware of, or able to track as well as you.

    Sure, they use some widget on their end that slows the data going to/from my device. It’s nothing new…I got a SMS message from ATT that said I was using a lot of data and for the last week of my cycle, my BW was sllooooowwww. Here, maybe this will help – http://usatoday30.usatoday.com/tech/news/story/2012-03-01/att-data-usage/53319770/1

    For the record, the reason I used a lot of data is because I used my iPhone as a hotspot so my kid could watch netflix on her ipad while we were driving. And for a while, it worked great – then I saw the news come out last year, and actually got a SMS from them.

    For you unlimited data folks, unlimited data was promised but not unlimited speeds…

  • Silverrune
    @right_digit Quote: “I used to be with ATT and had an unlimited plan – and I did jb for the exact same reason you did. Then ATT started to throttle me so it was pointless. Once they catch on to your usage and they see it as excessive (in their minds), they will throttle you as well.”

    Can you please cite how ATT throttles you? I’m very curious, as I’ve personally jailbroken over 20 devices (most of them on ATT), where no sign of data stream restrictions were detected. I’d like to see your proof, as I guess they’re doing something I’m not aware of, or able to track as well as you.

    Sure, they use some widget on their end that slows the data going to/from my device. It’s nothing new…I got a SMS message from ATT that said I was using a lot of data and for the last week of my cycle, my BW was sllooooowwww. Here, maybe this will help – http://usatoday30.usatoday.com/tech/news/story/2012-03-01/att-data-usage/53319770/1

    For the record, the reason I used a lot of data is because I used my iPhone as a hotspot so my kid could watch netflix on her ipad while we were driving. And for a while, it worked great – then I saw the news come out last year, and actually got a SMS from them.

    For you unlimited data folks, unlimited data was promised but not unlimited speeds…

    Then it’s not unlimited. Technically it is impossible to have unlimited data. What ever speed you have, multiplied by time will give your actual available data. The thing is, you turn down the speed, same data over more time. Stalling is a strategy for them to get their way. That is the outrage. They are not giving what they are/had offering/offered.

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