In response to the news that former iOS hacker Nicholas Allegra has left Apple and will not be focusing on jailbreaking methods for iOS devices in the foreseeable future, I wanted to firmly state that the jailbreaking community is not dead. Allegra leaving the jailbreak scene along with the departure of George “Geohot” Hotz and Joshua Hill stepping down from the Chronic-Dev Team are three major blows to the jailbreaking landscape, indeed, but the community is still out there and thriving. We’ll take this time to highlight some of the ongoing developments and progress in the jailbreaking community.
The iPhone Dev-Team is still going strong, having just recently released a significantly revamped version of redsn0w for jailbreaking the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad. In fact, MuscleNerd and another Dev-Team member spoke at a conference in Melbourne, Australia just this week. Then there is Grant Paul, or chpwn, who was able to jailbreak the iPhone 5 in less than 24 hours. Yiduo David Wang, or planetbeing, is also making solid progress towards an iPhone 5 jailbreak. Last, iOS hackers pod2g and iOPK among others are still active within the community and could play a pivotal role in releasing future jailbreaks. What do you think about the current state of the jailbreaking community?