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  • Apple Officially Going to War Against Jailbreaking



    Apple is officially in the market for a new top cop on their jailbreak police force. With the booming business that is jailbreaking only growing bigger by the day, Apple is planning to seriously crack down on the ease with which hackers exploit the iPhone platform and modify their devices' operating systems.

    And Apple isn't making any secret of its intentions. In fact, a new position is posted for all to see on the company's website. They are hoping in the very near future to fill the position of "iPhone OS Platform Security Manager" - aka, a jailbreak cop.

    Apple Insider reports that "The company is looking for someone to oversee its team which ensures secure booting and installation of the iPhone OS and protecting and hardening it against outside threats."

    It's not clear whether the position is new, or if Apple is looking to replace someone on an existing team. The Santa Clara Valley job was posted on Oct. 16, 2009.
    It seems plausible that this is an entirely new position altogether at the company, as Apple is likely surprised with how easily and readily the iPhone is being jailbroken by more users than they can possibly imagine. Consequently, the obvious purpose of this position is to invent and erect as many barriers to jailbreaking as possible.

    Sounds like Apple is really going to war with jailbreakers this time.

    It has been a long back-and-forth battle between Apple and hackers since the iPhone debuted in 2007. While those working to crack the phone have, until now, been able to maintain their ability to run unauthorized code, Apple, at the moment, appears to have the upper hand. The most recently updated iPhone 3GS, released mid-cycle in October, requires what is known as a "tethered jailbreak," meaning that the iPhone must be attached to a computer via USB and have a hack applied each time it is restarted.

    Image via revolver360


    Thanks to Melech518 for the heads up!
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Apple Officially Going to War Against Jailbreaking started by Michael Essany View original post
    Comments 164 Comments
    1. organik's Avatar
      organik -
      If the new iPhone next year can't be jailbroken, it's an Android phone for me for sure. LISTEN UP APPLE! YOU WILL LOSE CUSTOMERS.
    1. ty22's Avatar
      ty22 -
      In fact, a new position is posted for all to see on the company's website. They are hoping in the very near future to fill the position of "iPhone OS Platform Security Manager" - aka, a jailbreak cop.
      Where?
    1. hollow0's Avatar
      hollow0 -
      Quote Originally Posted by jjsammy View Post
      GEOHOT/IphoneDev Team for iPhone OS Platform Security Manager position...They can fix the bugs for apple and release the hack to us the next day...apple is happy and so are we!!!!!
      Huh? That doesn't even make sense...If the hack is released to us Apple would not be happy and they would obviously have an idea that one of them is the cause of the exploit.

      Quote Originally Posted by TrippleSinner View Post
      A 100,000 apps? Big deal, Half of them are absolutely useless, Id say maybe a 100/150 of them are useful. I am running my iPhone 2G 16gb Model just fine since the day I went in and handed apple 400$ in cash. My plan on t mobile now is 79.99 Unlimited everything so it works well for me. At&t plans are horrible, there service is horrible. And it is true there 3G coverage is crappy. I know people who are flocking to t mobile now. Jailbreaking will never ceasse. Steve jobs is only a man and us people out here want options and that will never go away.
      100/150 of them are useful? How did you come up with that unproven statistic? Did you actually download all 100,000 apps to come up with that?

      You say 3g coverage is horrible. How's your 3g coverage? Oh wait..you're still on edge. Matter of fact T-Mobile is rated 4th in overall network performance and has way less 3g than at&t. And that's just facts there. T-Mobile is only good for low bills and great customer service other than that their network is poor. And this past Tuesday is a prime example of how inferior they are. Another nationwide outage..lol happens every year.

      I loved having that low bill but i got tired of using edge connections. My 3g speeds are on point where i'm at. Wish everyone else's were too.
    1. Melech518's Avatar
      Melech518 -
      Quote Originally Posted by ty22 View Post
      Where?
      Apple - Jobs at Apple - Job description
    1. dr.stevil's Avatar
      dr.stevil -
      Quote Originally Posted by Rota View Post
      As soon as iPhones can't be jailbroken, goodbye Apple, hello Android. Already have my fresh unlock from Geohot and a 3G in NIB condition ready to sell if it ever happens.
      pretty much my thoughts on it too Going with either an android phone or a next gen winmo phone if apple gets their way.

      Honestly, if not for the jailbreaking community, the iphone would be a broken piece of garbage. Apple should embrace it, not fight it. It makes the phones much much much more useful than it otherwise would be
    1. rwin84's Avatar
      rwin84 -
      they only made 50 million off apps last year... granted the app sales are increasing dramatically but so are handset sales. this is garbage and it WILL affect them
    1. JedixJarf's Avatar
      JedixJarf -
      Go mapple!
    1. hollow0's Avatar
      hollow0 -
      @Melech518
      ...Seriously man do you honestly need that many Apple products? lol. Give them up!!! :P
    1. cmwade77's Avatar
      cmwade77 -
      O.k., my wife has the MyTouch (of course the first thing I did was Root it, so that it has Tethering and multi-touch and all), I am wondering what does everyone think the iPhone can do that the myTouch can't?

      I have on both:
      • Tethering
      • Multi-Touch
      • Downloadable Apps from multiple sources
      • Email
      • True Web Browsing (Although Android has the advantage that it has additional web browsers that you can download and use and they are not just built as an add-on to the built-in browser)
      • Calendar
      • Contacts

      Now, the myTouch has the following advantages over the iPhone:
      • The ability to use any standard headphones for it's handsfree set
      • Completely customizable out of the box
      • A Memory Card
      • Runs Faster than the iPhone 3G (and just slightly faster than the 3GS)
      • Is from T-Mobile, so after three months they will unlock it if you ask them to
      • A user changeable battery
      • Larger keys on the onscreen keyboard
      • Keyboard replacements that are available through the official market place

      The only advantages that the iPhone seems to have so far is:
      • It's camera takes slightly better pictures.
      • There are more Apps (although many are useless) on the App Store
      • The iPhone has games like Scrabble and Tetris officially available, although I think we will see them on the Android platform before long, if they aren't already there, I haven't checked in a while.
    1. Melech518's Avatar
      Melech518 -
      Quote Originally Posted by hollow0 View Post
      @Melech518
      ...Seriously man do you honestly need that many Apple products? lol. Give them up!!! :P
      Oh, if I only listed all of them on here.....
    1. luvmyiPhone_la's Avatar
      luvmyiPhone_la -
      [quote=Dade Murphy;5023425]Steve jobs just doesn't like seeing anyone else make money off a product he is making billions off of. The iPod/iPhone basically brought Apple back to being a household name. I love my iphone and I love it being jailbroken mostly for the themes. The iPhone out of the box is BORING a black screen yay! Duh![/QUOTE
      TRUE!!!

      Quote Originally Posted by Dade Murphy View Post
      Steve jobs just doesn't like seeing anyone else make money off a product he is making billions off of. The iPod/iPhone basically brought Apple back to being a household name. I love my iphone and I love it being jailbroken mostly for the themes. The iPhone out of the box is BORING a black screen yay! Duh!
      TRUE!!! This is the main reason I jailbroke my iPhone!
    1. johndabrit's Avatar
      johndabrit -
      android is looking better and better.
    1. Michelebabe1234's Avatar
      Michelebabe1234 -
      Why does it seem like Apple is the only company playing this cat and mouse game. I don't see RIM or Nokia going to such great lengths to stop hacking/modding.
    1. Benzerellie's Avatar
      Benzerellie -
      Quote Originally Posted by steve-z17 View Post
      Apple can watch their sales drop as they tighten security on the iPhone. Sooo many people have jailbroken phones, its a good chunk of their business. BUT, there's always going to be hackers who will look at this as a "challenge" and invite it....and crack it.

      I guess someone just said the same thing ^^^ I agree though.
      I agree, and I love Apple products but would like to see their sales go down as a result. However,I'm a firm believer that if you buy a piece of electronic equipment and its not used maliciously than you should be able to do what you want with it. Like they need more money from the crApp store...Come on
    1. z28kid's Avatar
      z28kid -
      There is always going to be someone out there who will be able to reverse engineer the iPhone. next thing you know they will be putting trackers out on the sites you goto to acquire your cracked apps. That way they can track you down and find you. I'm not too worried about anything, the guys on here who work in these teams to provide us with the ability to jailbreak are amazingly smart. They do a great job, it just means that more time will be spent researching the new "blocks" to keep them out
    1. ihaveabu's Avatar
      ihaveabu -
      lol apple is stupid. if they really remove hackabliity, they'll loose 5-10% of their customer base who buy the iphone only cuz it can be hacked...
    1. ruben00's Avatar
      ruben00 -
      Same for me, the day i cant jailbreak, is the day i become a new android owner. The apple hardware is good, but it's not the best. What puts them above the rest is the ability to jailbreak and to load apps beyond what the phone/os was originally designed for.
    1. flintoff's Avatar
      flintoff -
      apple sucks big time

      if anything happens like that than welcome to blackberry lolzzz bye bye to apple
    1. Fallguy's Avatar
      Fallguy -
      The bottom line is , if every new iphone coming out now was Jailbreak Proof , would you go out and buy it ?
      I'm looking at about 80 percent would not.
      Do the math .
    1. davshirley's Avatar
      davshirley -
      To be honest, the ONLY reason I jailbreak is to enable tethering. If apple can get AT&T to step up and get their network in shape, I think jailbreaking will be a thing of the past for most people.