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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. niZmo v2's Avatar
      niZmo v2 -
      Yea if they stop jailbreaking I am going to android most likely.
    1. Sandrunner's Avatar
      Sandrunner -
      Quote Originally Posted by dq13 View Post
      If they finally come out with a way that the iPhone can not be jailbroken and unlocked, they are only affecting themselves since the sales are gonna drop. A s**t load of iPhones out there were purchased ONLY because they can be jailbroken and unlocked to use on another network, if that wasn't possible, at least me (on t-mo) would have never gotten our two iPhones (me and my wife)
      Ain't that the truth and we even added an iTouch for those long airport waits. ebay the lot...
    1. jOnGarrett's Avatar
      jOnGarrett -
      instead of trying to stop jailbreaking, Apple should embrace it !! If I was in charge at Apple, I would try to understand WHY people jailbreak their devices in the first place and simple add to the next firmware the things users want. whats wrong with wanting themes on your phone? whats wrong with widgets on your lockscreen? why cant we have (VERY POPULAR) apps that were rejected by the app store?

      Apple is a tyrant. they spend lots of money trashing MS but file lawsuits against other carriers who trash the iDont phone.
    1. NegativeBeef's Avatar
      NegativeBeef -
      To be honest, this type of crap is what makes me glad that Bill Gates ripped off Steve Jobs of his Operating System. Can you imagine if Apple was in Microsoft's position today? it would probably be frightening.
    1. Shanteeman's Avatar
      Shanteeman -
      If the the Dev Team cannot JB any new update they (apple) come up with, just don't update. No update they come up with (most likely in the near future anyway) will convience me to update if I cannot JB my phone...What they're going to offer me something that I cannot get through a JB app anyway?
    1. ipoong's Avatar
      ipoong -
      Well, then I'd be glad to get a phone with better reception, better voice quality and a speakerphone that actually works well enough to be heard outside of a library.

      This is so absurd and paranoid. I've enjoyed Macs since the 80s but I'd be glad to dump my jailbroken (T-Mo) iPhone.

      btw, I buy all my apps through the app store and don't have any "stolen" apps on there, so up yours, Apple. Your finger-pointing is lame.
    1. Channan's Avatar
      Channan -
      Quote Originally Posted by cmwade77 View Post
      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.
      I can give you 100,000 reasons why the iPhone is better.
    1. Backslash786's Avatar
      Backslash786 -
      Is there realli a secret file in iTunes 9 to change somthing in the iPhone
    1. hotman's Avatar
      hotman -
      All apple has to prove is that jailbreak is illegal. Most of people will stop jailbreaking if they believe it breaks the law. Apple will never ever stop jailbreaking technically, because there are lot of people who smarter than apple's engineers out there; Dev Team and Geohot are only some of them. Jailbreaking is like an idea of getting rid off the unfreedom and unfairness.
    1. ifonemaniac's Avatar
      ifonemaniac -
      Quote Originally Posted by €hR!$ View Post
      I can give you 100,000 reasons why the iPhone is better.
      ...and out of those 100,000 reasons i bet 99,990 of them are bullsh!t and so removed to the point it makes them invalid.
    1. confucious's Avatar
      confucious -
      Quote Originally Posted by DRFP View Post

      So yes Itunes 9 is the problem

      SO for At&T US customers you have to jailbreak and unlock to insure that Itunes 9 will not reset the carrier file.
      The problem is 3.12 does not allow unsigned ipcc files - iTunes 9 will npt allow you to select ipcc files until you hack it but even if you do 3.12 will not accept unsigned files unless you use BlackRa1n which removes the necessity.
    1. metaserph's Avatar
      metaserph -
      Personally, I became so disgusted with the "carrier file swapping" method which Apple/ATT will continue messing with, so I bought MyWi, a modest $10.00. Regardless of the carrier file it enables tethering through USB, Bluetooth AND Wifi. Done.

      Something that comes from way back when, regarding Apple and it's hardware. For years their hardware came with the "potential" for doing much more than the advertised features or capabilities. I remember when the PPC processor was introduced. The first few machines with the 601 processor were running at 50-60 mhz, while their demo machines exibited the 120 mhz speed but not the production models. This was because there were no apps developed yet to take advantage of the speeds, so no need to overclock. And they kept this same model of business to ensure more customer satisfaction. Us geeks want the fastest and greatest, the majority of the marketplace just wants the basics to work smoothly.

      Same with the iPhone. We can multi-task (albeit through j'braking) but this can also bring the device to a screeching halt if overdone, like most of us are likely to do. Check other devices, Droid included according to late reports. They all suffer from the same. If Apple offered multi-tasking through it's native OS and the device crashed a few times, we'd be all up in arms saying they suck. These are all business decisions, we need to understand the concept of business better to understand why decisions are made. Who cares to have the most features if they are not stable in daily use? It has nothing to do with Steve Jobs being possesed by the Devil or Apple being an evil empire. Has everything to do with being a smart business company. Apple stock was trading around 5 points in the 90's. Check where it's at now. Just saying...
    1. goodgod2's Avatar
      goodgod2 -
      Quote Originally Posted by metaserph View Post
      Personally, I became so disgusted with the "carrier file swapping" method which Apple/ATT will continue messing with, so I bought MyWi, a modest $10.00. Regardless of the carrier file it enables tethering through USB, Bluetooth AND Wifi. Done.

      Something that comes from way back when, regarding Apple and it's hardware. For years their hardware came with the "potential" for doing much more than the advertised features or capabilities. I remember when the PPC processor was introduced. The first few machines with the 601 processor were running at 50-60 mhz, while their demo machines exibited the 120 mhz speed but not the production models. This was because there were no apps developed yet to take advantage of the speeds, so no need to overclock. And they kept this same model of business to ensure more customer satisfaction. Us geeks want the fastest and greatest, the majority of the marketplace just wants the basics to work smoothly.

      Same with the iPhone. We can multi-task (albeit through j'braking) but this can also bring the device to a screeching halt if overdone, like most of us are likely to do. Check other devices, Droid included according to late reports. They all suffer from the same. If Apple offered multi-tasking through it's native OS and the device crashed a few times, we'd be all up in arms saying they suck. These are all business decisions, we need to understand the concept of business better to understand why decisions are made. Who cares to have the most features if they are not stable in daily use? It has nothing to do with Steve Jobs being possesed by the Devil or Apple being an evil empire. Has everything to do with being a smart business company. Apple stock was trading around 5 points in the 90's. Check where it's at now. Just saying...
      Well said
    1. GIRLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL's Avatar
      GIRLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL -
      That is such a lame excuse. I have a 3G and it's never crashed when multitasking, besides the 3G S is fully capable of running multiple apps at once. That's no excuse. Other way less capable devices can run apps in the background. Apple is just overbearing. I don't see how replacing the home screen wallpaper will cause device instability either or poor customer satisfaction.
    1. unlockme's Avatar
      unlockme -
      If I can't jailbreak my iPhone then it will be my last iPhone. My 2 cents.
    1. pgnas's Avatar
      pgnas -
      Funny how the famous 1984 spinoff AD campaign which declared embracing change and breaking barriers is so fitting.. It's almost sickly entertaining, it is ridiculously applicable, only the "jailbreakers" are the outcry of oppressed customers.

      It's funny, Microsoft, is more open, this coming from a person who switched to Linux long ago, and only look back when I absolutely have to, but I digress.

      The market is responding to a need, this is the fundamental basis of change and the fundamental element of a free market. Of course, we are free to buy another device and I think this IS the turning point.

      Up until reading this, I beleived that apple had it a hold on the market that could really not be broken, however, ultimately, they are playing from the same playbook that IBM played from and we all know how that ended. FAIL and back to the drawing board.

      Apple needs to figure out a way to embrace this, or they will find their market slipping.
    1. metaserph's Avatar
      metaserph -
      For the record I am not laying any excuses for Apple, I don't make a damned dime from them, though I make plenty off them. I'm just clarifying what a business decision is, all they are doing is delaying having to "give in" to the JB community, "forcing" users to buy from them or through them until they cannot anymore. Same thing any other company run by businessmen does. These are business principles, not to give away any perceived advantage you may have.
      ******** about it in forums does nothing. Real change comes when the masses "put their money where their mouth is". Until there is another device as enticing as the iPhone has been, change is unlikely to come quickly.
    1. Benzerellie's Avatar
      Benzerellie -
      Agreed!!
    1. thevmax's Avatar
      thevmax -
      I agree. I've had the same history as noralmike. All my motorola cell phones worked much better than my iphone.