The Status of iOS and Jailbreaking

Unlocking Unlock iPhoneAs we approach the end of August, things are about to heat up again in the Apple ecosystem. It will be a welcomed change, after the past couple of months came and went with a lack of big announcements or surprises. For those that haven’t been keeping tabs on the community during this less-exciting time, the current state of iOS and jailbreaking is as follows.

Apple is rumored to be hosting a September 10th media event to introduce its next-generation iPhone. As the overall design of the iPhone 5S is expected to remain the same as its predecessor — outside of a fingerprint scanner and new champagne color option — the bigger focus will be on iOS 7.

The company overhauled its iPhone, iPad and iPod touch software this summer, and it will be interesting to see how consumers react once the update is seeded to the public. Both developers — and enthusiasts — have been testing the iOS 7 beta releases over the past two months, and early reviews have been strongly opinionated. There has been very little middle ground: some hate it, and some love it.

As there is a large pool of people that are critical of the changes that have been made, the anticipation of an iOS 7 jailbreak will be stronger than ever before. At this point, however, it’s hard to gauge how much progress has been made. We’ve been hearing mixed responses from jailbreak developers recently, and have been largely teased by other groups in the meantime.

Earlier this year, I reported that the iOS 7 jailbreak had seemingly neared completion. At the time, famed hacker Joshua Hill (p0sixninja) tweeted that he simply had to finish the codesign exploit in order for iOS 7 to be his. That comment was made in late May, although, and Hill has been rather quiet ever since.

Cydia developer Ryan Petrich then tweeted the teaser image below of what appears to be his jailbreak tweak Activator running on iOS 7, and this screenshot generated quite the attention in the jailbreaking community throughout July. Petrich too has fallen quiet since this development, and told me that he was under a non-disclosure agreement when reached for comment.

Activator iOS 7

Around the same time this screenshot was tweeted, I exclusively reported that Joshua Hill was working on an open source jailbreak repository called OpenJailbreak. This initiative will benefit the broader jailbreaking community by permitting users to contribute and learn from the code, allowing for cross-collaboration that could ultimately lead to quicker discovery of future jailbreak exploits for iOS 7 and beyond.

Almost undeserving of a mention is the UnthreadedJB situation. If you’ve been following along on the blog or in the discussion forums, you know that UnthreadedJB has been nothing but confusing drama up until this point. The team claims to have an untethered jailbreak for iOS 6.1.3 – 6.1.4 and perhaps even iOS 7, but any concrete proof of this has been replaced by trolling.

At this point, it appears that we will have to wait and see what happens. The good news is that the annual Worldwide Jailbreak Conference (WWJC) kicks off this Saturday. With a number of prominent jailbreak developers in one room, I wouldn’t rule out any surprises at this point. And with our very own iFans member rmc08 attending the event, you’ll find out right here.


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