Hackers working on a fix for the latest Apple iPhones, that would let owners install software that Apple hasn’t approved of, say that this week could be an exciting week for anyone waiting for the fix.
The fix, known as a “jailbreak”, also lets iPhone owners install pirated apps on their phones, but that is not what I am talking about in this article, because installing pirated apps is naughty, not to mention illegal and a leading cause of halitosis.
Evad3rs, the group of hackers working on the fix, say they’re 85 per cent done, and just need to do a little more testing. The fix would apply to all iPhones running version 6.0 or later of the Apple iOS operating system.
(Update: Since writing that at 7am today, the Evad3rs site has changed to say the fix is 92 per cent complete. So, it’s moving fast!)
Tweeting last week, a spokesperson for Evad3rs who goes by the name of MuscleNerd hinted that the fix could in fact come as early as today.
“Hey, did everyone know the Super Bowl is this Sunday? What will you be doing? /cc” Mr MuscleNerd wrote hint hint. (It might be Ms MuscleNerd, but there is something about the name that makes me think it’s a male persona.)
Tweeting on January 28, Mr MuscleNerd said that anyone who was following a fake version of the Evad3rs site would “miss some excitement this week”. So maybe it’s today, maybe it’s the next few days. Either way it’s exciting news for long-suffering iPhone 5 owners, who have only been able to use their phones in the fashion prescribed by Apple.
There’s reason to think the fix may not appear Monday, however. On Sunday, another member of the Evad3rs team, planetbeing, tweeted “Still need to test on many other device/firmware combos”, suggesting that MuscleNerd may have been jumping the gun a little. So, maybe not today, but soon. It seems that the fix is done, and is just being tested on older iPhones that have been updated to iOS 6.x.
The fix the hackers are working on is the good type, by the way. It’s the “untethered” type, that lets iPhone owners reboot their phones without having to take precautions ensuring the phone doesn’t revert to its pre-fixed software.
(PS: Jailbreaking an iPhone so you can install pirated apps isn’t really a leading cause of halitosis. I only wrote that because it was my reporting on jailbreaking, amongst other things, that had me banned from Apple’s product review program. Yes, Apple hates jailbreaking so much that it punishes anyone who even writes about it, let alone does it. But now that I’m banned, I’m at liberty to write about it. What more can they do to me? Take away my Mac Pro? Take away my Apple keyboard and Magic Trackpad? Have at it, Apple. I don’t even use them any more. I’ve moved to Windows 8, and for that the new Logitech keyboard and trackpad combo is much, much better.)
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