Apple Removes Jailbreak API From iOS 4.2

Apple Removes Jailbreak API From iOS 4.2

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Apple has removed its built in methods to help developers detect jailbroken devices from iOS 4.2, according to NetworkWorld.

This detection API let the MDM applications in effect ask the operating system if it had been compromised. Jailbreak exploits typically change a number of operating system files, and exploit one or another low-level OS features to let users directly load their own or third-party applications.

Previously, developers had created their own series of operating system checks to detect jailbreak.

"We used it when it was available, but as an adjunct," says Joe Owen, vice president of engineering at Sybase, which offers the Afaria device management software. "I’m not sure what motivated their removing that….I’ve not had anyone [at enterprise customer sites] talk to me about this API being present or being removed."

In July of this year the Library of Congress deemed that jailbreaking your iPhone in order to install applications not approved by Apple and/or to unlock is legal.

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Apple Removes Jailbreak API From iOS 4.2

JDavila - December 11, 2010 at 2:34pm
Are we about to se the dawn of an all-ever-unlocked iPhone era? It will only make sense, since Apple will be then able to grab an even bigger market share, and since the 3rd party developers are so concerned with quality, we can rest assure we get our money\'s worth with them. Besides, the fact of being able to use a world phone on any network, makes it more interesting and useful.
John - December 11, 2010 at 3:50pm
Maybe, although I doubt it. I certainly do not see what that has to do with jailbreaking, which is the subject of this article.
John - December 11, 2010 at 7:46pm
ASSMAN, you really need to take your medicine on a regular basis. Don\'t leave home without it.
Gerard - December 12, 2010 at 6:17am
Assman, (1) Apple does not own Cydia, Saurik (Jay Freeman) does. (2) There is a 4.2 jailbreak - check out the tutorials on this site (3) Currently there is not a 4.2 unlock for the iPhone 4 (as far as I am aware) although perhaps other users could elaborate - the unlock depends on the baseband, which in turn depends on your phone model and firmware type (4) I have jailbroken and unlocked 5 devices of my own (and had to return 2 phones due to warrantee issues) and Apple has been none the wiser (5) Jailbreaking is LEGAL - anyone that says otherwise is subscribing to Apples patch protection propaganda (6) Yo mama likes it durty...
Nobody - December 12, 2010 at 7:57am
Anything that is locked can be unlocked.
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