The Apple iPhone 5 and iOS 6 has been out for many weeks now and despite having put their best efforts into it, developers have not managed to get a jailbreak for the device and OS. It seems that hacking the OS is more complicated now thanks to Apple having made the iPhone 5 and platform features tamper proof. At the moment critical steps are missing, that are needed if developers are to release the jailbreak to owners of the device.
iPhone 5 & iOS 6 untethered jailbreak: a bridge too far
Custom code software has to be run on jailbroken handsets, which changes the original configuration of the files. This then allows users to change functions of the device.
When a jailbreak has taken place the device will have been reformatted and this allows the owners of the device to customise it by adding on 3rd party apps that cannot be found in the App Store and unlock the iPhone, which is needed if wanting to change carriers.
Small to mid-size companies often use the jailbreak so they can use in house apps of their own, without having to go through Apple and try to get acceptance to the App Store. They can also search around for the best deal with carriers. For business owners the jailbreak, or lack of it, could lead to them moving to an open source OS e.g. Android.
Some early implementations were made with the iOS 6 jailbreak, however for now the untethered jailbreak is still in the testing phase. For the moment IT firms of mid-size are left walled in when it comes to customising their iPhones. The only good thing about this is the fact that iOS 6 and the Apple iPhone 5 have better security. The downside, many business owners are thinking twice about upgrading to an iPhone 5.
Other versions of the Apple iPhone have been easy to jailbreak, however this time around Apple seem to have patched the vulnerabilities which hackers could have used to jailbreak the device. However, even with the tight security in place, Joshua Hill, aka p0sixninja of jailbreaking fame, is said to be at work on the untethered jailbreak.
Developers have been keeping in touch with fans of the jailbreak and have uploaded a video to YouTube. However the video explains that they are nowhere close to releasing an untethered jailbreak for the Apple iPhone 5 at the moment. Fans are now pinning their hopes on the WWJC 2013 and are keeping their fingers crossed that more positive news of the jailbreak will be revealed.
The Apple iPhone 5 is a testament to Apple, as experts in security of many years are at the moment beaten by the new iOS. There is little wonder that it is the preferred handset of enterprises and security agencies, thanks to the security features and reliability which have been enhanced.
Some businesses do however prefer to have a jailbroken Apple iPhone 5 so they can modify the device, this may be more important than having one of the most secure handsets on the market at the moment.
A jailbroken device could be preferred by employees who don’t access sensitive information. Firms can then make the most of a more flexible device, which could come with lower costs when taken to a carrier that is less expensive.
Of course companies who transmit data that is sensitive cannot afford to use a handset that is less secure, which is what jailbroken phones tend to be.
At the moment a jailbreak for the Apple iPhone 5 remains elusive and it could be some time before an untethered jailbreak is released. Until the jailbreak happens, people will have to make do with an older jailbroken Apple iPhone.