Apple curbs jailbreaking with iBoot update

By Justin Mann on October 14, 2009, 5:15 PM
Apple has made the next move in their continued struggle against modders and other iPhone enthusiasts, by increasing the iPhone 3GS's resistance to jailbreaking. It's well known that each iteration of iPhone OS (and often the various updates in between) incorporate new measures to stop jailbreaking, and the most recent update is no exception. New iPhones are making their way into the wild with an updated version of iBoot, the bootloader for a variety of Apple devices. Because this software is invoked before the iPhone OS is actually loaded, it is a common target for jailbreaking -- and the recent update prevents many of those attempts.

It seems the latest versions of common iPhone jailbreaking tools are unable to get around the most recent update for iBoot, making it impossible (currently) to install software that Apple hasn't authorized. The article mentions that patching jailbreak "holes" could simply be an unfortunate side effect of improving security on the iPhone, which is possible -- though it's not like Apple has ever shown any love to people who want to jailbreak or otherwise mod the iPhone.

Even if Apple is not directly targeting jailbreaks with this update of iBoot, they have in the past. Jailbreaking is in high demand for iPhone enthusiasts, so as more of the newly updated phones are circulated, you can be sure that fresh jailbreaking methods will be developed.

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TorturedChaos, TechSpot Chancellor, said:

LOL! I commented earlier on the article about "Apple working on FM radio for iPhone/iPod touch" :

TorturedChaos said:

well i guess if all the hardware is there to enable these nice features and apple keeps them disabled or not releasing the apps to run them I see more and more jailbreaking of the iPhone in the future.

I think Apple is way to anal about their control of their hardware. Once I have bought the hardware, I feel I should be able to do anything I want with it.

With how restrictive they are on their apps, and how long it takes to roll out apps to run hardware that is already in the iPhone, they are asking for people to jailbreak the iPhones and run 'non-apple approved apps'.

Relic Relic, TechSpot Chancellor, said:

Rented hardware with no control is how I feel sometimes with companies like Apple .

Guest said:

Ha what a joke... George Hotz has already released instructions on how to jailbreak the iPhone with the new version if iBoot. hahahaha

Guest said:

They're never gonna be able to stop it, the ability to jailbreak is one of the reasons why they're selling so well.

I'm running Jailbroken 3.12 on my 3GS, life is good ! :))

Julio Franco Julio Franco, TechSpot Editor, said:

the ability to jailbreak is one of the reasons why they're selling so well.

Oh, absolutely. Not for the app hacks but for the ISP freedom you get. I won't quote a figure but I imagine a significant share of iPhone users (in the US, for example) are not using it in AT&T.

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