Wednesday, February 20, 2013

ios jailbreaking

As an avid iPhone user and a jailbreak ios user for years now, i have experienced the highs, lows, and the changes in the ios Jailbreaking world. The constant struggle between apple and the jailbreaking community in releasing new updates and better jailbreaking tools has raged on and is still on as we speak right now. In this new age of technology however, the hacker guys releasing the Jailbreaking tools has also released more sophisticated jailbreaking tools to jailbreak our ios devices such as iPhones, iPods, and iPads.

I will be sharing my thoughts and experience i have gained during these years of jailbreaking and getting bricked...

1. The version limitations

Back when I was still using my old 3g, we were still using ios 3, up until ios 4 apple made a new software policy from making us unable to downgrade our software versions in order for us to jailbreak easier or for other reasons. Apple made us upgrade and restore only to the latest ios version that is already out from apple. That means I cant Jailbreak my phone because the Jailbreaking tool i used is unable to jailbreak the phone with a newer software version.

Right now the current ios version out is 6.1.2 and luckily the current poplar jailbreak tool evasi0n is able to expose the exploit from the iphone ios. evasi0n started out as a tool made for ios 6.0, after apple released newer versions of ios 6, the hackers behind evasi0n was able to modify it in order for it to be able to jailbreak newer versions of ios. There are times when we had to wait months for a jailbreak tool to be able to jailbreak newer ios versions, but now i think we still have the upper hand.

2. Simplified procedures 


The procedures for jailbreaking the iPhone was too daunting even for me back in the old times of jailbreaking. I used to use redsn0w to jailbreak all my iDevices. The problem with that is that i need to have the iphone restore file also known as the .ipsw file, then i need to hold some buttons for a certain times and if i missed it i had to start all over again, then there was the waiting time for me to stare at a pineaple running away from apple...

But then there was absinthe, absinthe is a jailbreaking tool for ios 5. Unlike redsn0w, absinthe is able to jailbreak by itself. All we need to do is plug the iphone to a computer, start absinthe, then wait for an absinthe icon to appear in the phone, and hit the button then "swish" just like that the phone is jailbroken. Well after hitting the icon in the phone the jailbreak process takes some time to complete but we dont need to hold certain buttons, or even look for an .ipsw because absinthe does it by itself.

And absinthe's successor evasi0n is is also easy to use, and it has a better looking icon too.

3. United we stand tall

There were multiple jailbreaking tools on the internet when the jailbreaking craze boomed. There was blackra1n by Geohot, then redsn0w by the iphone dev team who also released limera1n and snowl1me I think? I forgot, but they released a lot of tools for the Jailbreaking community. Absinthe was released by Chronic_dev, and then finally evasi0n by the Evad3rs.

Okay, a lot of the names on the hacker teams of the jailbreak tools are the same and reoccuring. pod2g, Dhowett, MuscleNerd, and planetbeing are long time players in the jailbreaking community. They helped us Jailbreak by releasing wonderful tools that are easier to use and more durable in fending off new versions of ios. Lets hope they keep up their work.

So, are you an ios user? Do you jailbreak?.... well Im not saying you should, but think about it though.

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