Evad3rs Hacker Planetbeing is Doing a Reddit AMA

Evad3rs Hacker Planetbeing is Doing a Reddit AMA

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Planetbeing, a member of the Evad3rs and key hacker behind the iOS 6.1 jailbreak, is currently doing a Reddit AMA (Ask Me Anything).

I'm happy to answer any questions anyone has for me, though the rest of the evad3rs seem to be asleep right now.


Q: Do you think Apple will ever just release an open iOS?

A: It's hard to say. Apple has successfully mitigated many vectors of attack in iOS 6. In this current jailbreak, we "evaded" Apple's mitigations in the userland with several vulnerabilities I would perhaps characterize as "lame", since these mistakes are a throwback to earlier days of iOS jailbreaking where we primarily used filesystem tricks. We only attacked Apple's hardened security head-on in the kernel. "Lame" vulnerabilities tend to be hard to find, however, so it's likely the next jailbreak will be tougher. That said, we also retain a few tricks that may or may not help in the future. Who knows what the weight of each factor should be when trying to determine how long the next jailbreak will take.

I think the ship has sailed for Apple to consider shipping an open iOS. The furthest they might have gone was perhaps allowing you to unlock the bootloader like the Google Nexus phones. However, I don't think they currently have a compelling reason to.

Q: What is your opinion on what future iOS versions will bring? Mainly thinking of widgets supported natively (similar to Android).

A: When I first saw the SBWeeApp interface and Notification Center, I thought for sure they'd have some way to let AppStore apps add to it. However, the primary issue is that all the widgets currently reside in a single process, which means they're very likely to be able to interfere with each other. In something like the AppStore ecosystem, the probability approaches 1 and there could be a lot of problems. Compounded with this is the fact that that process is SpringBoard, which is the entire shell for iOS, so any problems are rather catastrophic (tweaks crashing SpringBoard is never fun!). However, they are apparently working on compartmentalizing SpringBoard (it used to be the window manager for the OS as well) and perhaps there's a way to host different views that are actually controlled by separate processes, so it might be possible in the future. Another possibility is some widgets that are primarily determined by property lists or something, similar to how the Settings app works.

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Evad3rs Hacker Planetbeing is Doing a Reddit AMA
BRAD MULLINS - February 15, 2013 at 10:30am
Do you think Apple compromised the quality of the iphone 5? I feel a drastic change in how sturdy and solid the iphone 5 is compared to it's predecessors the 4s and 4. Also it seems to me that the vibrate function isn't as nearly as fluid as it was previously.
Jerry - February 15, 2013 at 3:53am
Hello is it possible to unlock my iPhone 4 with this jailbrake?If so please let me know i hate to have it with Bell.Thank you in advance Jerry
diaddio - February 15, 2013 at 4:07am
You can unlock your iphone for as low as $15 officially unlocked Just google it man..Unlocking is not the most important element . The most important element here is the jailbreak .If I want an unlocked iphone i can get one on ebay for $200-300 for 4S. So most people want the jailbreak.
Jerry - February 15, 2013 at 4:12am
Wow i wish i could find it i did try to find to unlock my phnone but can't find anything on google :-( trying to find it evry day i have the iphone4 32gig,but i can't use it in Europe when i go there .
4U - February 15, 2013 at 2:26am
Where there will be a future jailbreak ? Are we always going to be able to jailbreak our devices in the near future without waiting 3-6 months? I love Apple products but when they are not jailbroken they are crap. Freaking boring! if you ask me.