Hacker shows off world’s first successful iPhone X jailbreak

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Well, that didn't take too long!
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The iPhone X is still brand new, but already a jailbreaker in South Korea has managed to figure out how to jailbreak the device.

The functional jailbreak for Apple’s brand new iOS 11.1.1 firmware on the iPhone X was shown off at the POC2017 event in Seoul, South Korea. In an video of the demonstration, hacker Liang Chen of KeenLab was shown executing a jailbreak on the iOS version which Apple made publicly available just yesterday.

The jailbreak has yet to be released publicly — and may never be — but it’s definitely promising news for anyone who considers themselves part of the Apple jailbreak community.

Even though that community is not as vibrant as it once was, the possibility of jailbreakers being able to use features like Face ID and the various gestures available on the iPhone X certainly makes this an exciting piece of hardware for would-be hackers.

Not as big as it once was

In the past, jailbreaking was a massive cottage industry on iOS — particularly in the days before the App Store launched. Today, a combination of Apple’s increased security measures, the increased risk of security vulnerabilities, and the fact that finding vulnerabilities with iOS can make good “white hat” hackers a nice chunk of change by selling it has meant there is less of a demand for it.

Nonetheless, it’s a community that Apple has had a love/hate relationship with for years. In the cat-and-mouse game Apple plays with the jailbreak community, Apple has even taken to (perhaps slightly mockingly) publicly acknowledging members of the jailbreak community when fixing vulnerabilities in versions of iOS.

Do you have any interest in new iOS 11 or iPhone X jailbreaks? Is there a reason to jailbreak your phone here in 2017? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

Via: Redmond Pie

  • Caliban10

    No, jailbreaking is less common now because you can buy unlocked iphones. That’s the primary reason people wanted to jailbreak their phones: use them with their specific (or any) carrier.

    • Ky

      No, plenty of people jailbroke their phones for added features, many of which now come standard on iPhone. Widgets, dark themes, setting new default apps, deleting stock apps like Stocks and Podcasts few people used, added customizations were big wants for people who didn’t want to jump to Android. I’m not jailbreaking mine because I’m glad I get widgets now, and most of the rarely used stock apps Apple added can be deleted. Now if only loading custom ringtones withOUT iTunes was a thing! ?

      • Konix

        iFunbox can load ringtones without iTunes, even on non-jailbroken devices. Drag and drop. Still have to edit/convert file to m4a/m4r first though.

    • bIg hIlL

      That may well be one reason but like he says in the article above, jailbreaking went on because the software was locked down, so to get the blocked functionality back jailbreaking was necessary. Over the years Apple have included all of the stuff that people wanted back then.

  • ducktails

    Really…I don’t see why anyone would want to jailbreak their iPhone now days. Previously, they did it to gain functionality and pretty much now everything you wanted before is available. Even the person who wrote all of the software basically said there’s no reason to jailbreak your iPhone anymore.

    I guess while its cool…its kinda useless in the end.

    • Nefarious420

      I did it for features still not available from Apple like call recording and scheduled text messages, Now I have to use a 3rd party calling app to record calls, and use a web app to do my scheduled text messages.

  • Bespin

    So the sapphire mix Apple uses on X’s camera easily scratches great that its protruding like a happy sailor

    Samsung charges 20 dollars for back glass Apple 549

    • Jay

      The sapphire over the cameras is not easily scratched.. It’s actually harder to stracth than the phones glass front and back.

      I do believe the glass back should be cheaper to replace, but it probably has something to do with how the iPhone is built.. instead of using glue or adhesive Apple would rather change the entire rear housing.

  • darryl

    The sapphire over the cameras is not easily scratched.. It’s actually harder to stracth than the phones glass front and back.I do believe the glass back should be cheaper to replace, but it probably has something to do with how the iPhone is built.. instead of using glue or adhesive Apple would rather change the entire rear housing.

  • Glmmortal Tran

    wrong number one reason for jailbreaking is to get the tethering hotspot without paying for it. after all you buy data, why limit to one device?

  • D. B.

    Piracy is the only reason to jailbreak now.