Jailbreaking your iPhone — removing Apple’s restrictions that prevent you from installing any apps on your device that you want or messing with settings Apple otherwise locks down — isn’t for everyone. It can be a risky process to begin with, and doing it voids your warranty, but it’s a great way to extend the life of an older device or something you don’t carry around for everyday use.
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Over the last 24 hours, owners of iOS devices across the globe have been compelled to take their expensive gadgets, wrap them in Glad Wrap and stick them inside their refrigerator. What on Earth would make anyone do that, short of a mental break? Well, it is because of a break of sorts — a jailbreak.
On May 30, security research Ian Beer, well-known in the industry for uncovering bugs in Apple software, announced the discovery of two new exploits in iOS — specifically 11.3.1, which until recently was the most up-to-date build. Shortly afterwards, the jailbreaking community went bonkers, the promise of an updated jailbreak for Apple gadgets, both new and old, seemingly around the corner. But, here we are, well into June, with no public jailbreak in sight. So, what's going on?
It was only a couple of weeks ago when I suggested that the age of the iOS jailbreak was coming to an end. But then, last week, a Google researcher revealed how an exploit in iOS 11.1 could be used to create a new tool for side-loading "unauthorised" apps to an iOS device. Apple promptly released a patch for that in iOS 11.2 (and then 11.2.1 to deal with a HomeKit vulnerability). But it seems Apple hasn't plugged all the jailbreakable holes.
Jailbreaking used to be pretty common amongst iPhone users, but it seems like interest has died out recently. So, we want to hear it, are you still interested in jailbreaking your iPhone?
Last week we learned you can jailbreak every current model of Kindle. Even better, while the process is a bit time-consuming, it's also pretty easy to do. The end result is a Kindle that's a little more pleasurable to use. Here's how to do it.
Pokemania has swept the nation since Pokemon GO was launched in Australia this week. Thousands of people are rushing outdoors with their phones out, trying to catch digital critters in the wild through the augmented reality (AR) interface. You have to be outside and walking around in order to find and ensnare Pokemon in the game... or do you? If you own a jailbroken iPhone or a rooted Android smartphone, you can become a well-travelled Pokemon Master on GO without taking a single step. Here's what you need to know.
Pangu, the team behind the most recent jailbreaks on iOS, have just released a jailbreak for the Apple TV. There are a lot of caveats for using it, including the fact you'll need to still be running tvOS 9.0/9.0.1.
The iOS 9 jailbreak was just released from the same team who brought us the iOS 8 jailbreak. Like last time, it's also Windows-only for the time being.
Last week we reported that Apple released iOS 9's final build to developers. It's not available to the public until Wednesday but someone has already jailbroken it.
iOS/Mac: The iOS 8.3-8.4 jailbreak as released a few weeks ago, but it was limited to Windows users. Now, there's a Mac version.
iOS: There hasn't been much in Apple's incremental updates to iOS 8, but if you updated to iOS 8.3 and lost your jailbreak, it's now available.
Pangu, the jailbreak team who brought us the iOS 8 jailbreak, has released its Mac app.
iOS 8 is already jailbroken, which means it's time to load it up with new tweaks, hacks and apps. Many classic jailbreak apps have been updated for iOS 8, and a bunch of new ones are available to take advantage of its best features. Here are some worth checking out.