Jailbreaking pioneers say iPhone jailbreaking is dead


Cydia creator Jay Freeman says he doesn't recommend jailbreaking your iPhone anymore.
Photo: Jim Merithew/Cult of Mac
  • macguy59

    Admittedly, I stopped jailbreaking around iOS 7. Mainly due to Apple adding features to the OS (that I was using tweaks to get). Hadn’t really thought about it much but I would do it again to get the iOS 11 iPad dock on my 7 Plus (and soon to be iPhone 8)

  • mrmike1972

    Without the Jailbreakers I don’t think the iPhone would be as secure as it is today.

    • digitaldumdum

      Neither would it have as many features, since most came directly from the jailbreak community.

  • digitaldumdum

    “Jailbreaking pioneers say iPhone jailbreaking is dead”

    The full article on Motherboard, which is six months old, has some very valid points. That said—and even though no less than Jay “Saurik” Freeman (my hero) weighs in toward the negative of a future jailbreak—the death of jailbreaking Apple devices is hardly a forgone conclusion. It depends on how interested and motivated hackers and developers are in doing it. Apple may continue to make it harder, but this has often driven clever code-writers and exploit-finders to look even closer and make clever jailbreaks and tweaks.

    I’m happily running several iPads and iPhones, all jailbroken, and never plan to go back to stock unless it’s absolutely necessary. I have too many great features that will NEVER show up in an non-jailbroken Apple device.

  • Are we not counting the iOS 10.1 and 10.2 jailbreaks as jailbreaks? It’s been a while, yes, but not over 11 months like you say.

    • :)

      That’s the problem when you don’t know what you’re talking about and you don’t bother to verify anything from your source article by someone else who doesn’t fully know what they’re talking about.

      • Steve Harvey

        Also the source article is VERY dated

    • 5723alex .

      These are not real jailbreak as they last for 1 week being tethered.

      • Same as the iOS 9 jailbreaks.

      • Matthew Felix

        There are tweaks like Ext3nder to make it an actual untethered jailbreak, my friend.

  • The Zlatan

    Yeah, no.

  • D. B.

    The basis for guys like saurik and comex jailbreaking was to provide an open source and opportunity to change the look/feel and provide access for 3rd party apps. However, they maintained that they were against piracy and illegal functions that jailbreaking provided for. I think if jailbreaking is going to continue, its going to be more centered around piracy and being able to obtain paid media, apps and services for free- which is problematic for obvious reasons. Free movies, music, movies, apps, tethering and other seedy abilities like call/text/location spoofing, download/exporting capabilities and IP Masking are really the only things one would jailbreak for now other than theming. Growing up with the iPhone/Jailbreak cat-and-mouse was a lot of fun, but for me personally, jailbreaking Is dead.

    • I don’t think it really is that way. The interest in jailbreaking for piracy has dwindled; there’s plenty of services out there that sign apps for you (whether with a stolen or paid-for developer account), and Cydia Impactor if you don’t want to go through someone else. You can also integrate tweaks into a resigned app; it seems to be popular with apps like Snapchat and Pokemon Go. There’s still an interest in tweaks adding various useful features to the OS, but whether that percentage of people is significantly lower than a few years ago I don’t really know.

  • bIg hIlL

    Paid off and happy the jailbreakers retire. Big business wins another round yet again. Lemmings enter the porthole to oblivion.

  • BusterH

    Technically, you’d didn’t say you don’t recommend people not jailbreak either. But i’ve changed the wording to be more satisfactory to you.

    • Cristian

      You’re an idiot. Do some research before putting false information on a site that people go through.

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  • This comment needs more upvotes. It clearly points out that cultofmac misquoted in the article, and it shatters one of the main basis for their argument.

  • andrew

    Dear cultofmac,
    this article contains more BS than actual facts and words please remove it due to false quotes and information. This article is a disgrace, it discredits all the efforts of the hard-working jailbreak community and gives a false vision to the future.
    All the best,

  • I’m Right You’re Wrong

    Geesh, I’d expect this type of Fake News against Trump, from CNN, MSNBC & The NY Times, but against a respected and highly renowned developer like Freeman? WOW, never thought Fake News would infect CultofMac.”

    BTW, just wanted to say thanks for all your hard work Jay. As a former iPhone owner (stopped with the iPhone 4 since I discovered and liked Android better), I really appreciated all the hard work you and your team put into JailBreaking. I would claim that many of the features you provided via Cydia, were eventually copycatted into iOS. I doubt Apple gave you any credit or even royalties for your ideas, but I know for a fact, that you and your fellow developers ideas were basically poached and builded todays iOS.