The exploits that the Evasi0n jailbreak uses has been patched by Apple, signaling yet another victory for Apple and it’s campaign for the end of jail breaking. This comes six weeks after the Evad3rs released the Evasi0n tool and it comes a few months after the end of Installous, the largest source of cracked applications. It is uncertain that as Apple continues securing it’s mobile operating system if jail breakers will be able to continue finding exploits. It took creators of the Evasi0n jailbreak months to find exploits and to take advantage of them. The search for a jailbreak for iOS 5 for the iPad 2 was about the same amount of time. A time progresses it gets harder for jail breakers to find exploits and to release a working jailbreak tool. The Evasi0n jailbreak tool wasn’t without purpose though. According to Saurik, creator of Cydia, there were 18 million devices running that evasi0n jailbreak connecting to Cydia. That is a lot of jailbroken devices. The jailbreak community is as strong as ever and they will find a way to keep the cat and mouse game going even if it seems as though the cat will win. How long can the jail breaking community stay around? This can only be answered with time.
Why would Apple want to end jail breaking? People upload some very interesting tweaks to Cydia that Apple has picked up along the way. Offline reading lists were around long before Apple put it in iOS 6. The full screen mode in iOS 6 was once a jailbreak-only feature. Apple takes ideas from tweaks in Cydia or at least it’s ideas are largely influenced by those tweaks, influenced enough that you would think would make Apple want to keep these great ideas around. This question of why Apple wants to stop jail breaking has puzzled many and we may never know exactly why they want to stop jail breaking.
We can only hope that the jail breaking community can stand tall in the face of Apple’s anti-jailbreak policies. Live strong jail breaking community.
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