The main difference between Android and iOS is that, while the former is a more open system, the Apple proposal is much more closed. We cannot change the layout of the icons, change the system font and install a better launcher or talk. And not like that.
The secrecy of iOS led to what we know as jailbreak, a process whereby we can skip the limitations imposed by Apple to open the door to a world of customization that otherwise would be impossible. However, although the jailbreak was a very popular method, since a few years it has been losing bellows. What did the jailbreak?
What do I want to install the jailbreak?
The simplest answer would be pure nonconformity. As I said, Apple bets on a closed environment that does not allow that the users are modifying the system, even for something as seemingly innocent as install a custom theme that changes the design of the platform.
In iOS, you can change the bottom of home screen, the screen lock and little else. Apple also subject to review each and every one of the apps entering in the App Store and if it does not comply with its policy, do not approve it. For example in iOS we never see an application that allows us to use the gestures of the iPad multitasking on the iPhone. In the Apple-controlled environment, multitasking gestures are iPad and there should be.
The user experience is the Apple argument to justify so much control over what we can and what we cannot do
For most users it is not a problem since all they want is a functioning system and in the case of iOS, whether we like it or not, the user experience is careful to maximize. In fact, the user experience is the excuse with which Apple justifies so much control over what we can and what we cannot do.
But so much control do not like everyone, There are also users who like to do with our mobile what we want, so we paid them. What is that of not being able to add more than four icons in the dock? And what not to remove apps from the system?
The jailbreak is the answer to all these questions. When we make the jailbreak process on an iPhone or iPad We skip the restrictions imposed by Apple and we can access a huge and varied universe of unofficial apps that take full advantage of our iPhone and iPad.
And where I download those apps? You can install manually, almost like when we install an APK Android, but most users jailbreak it turns to Cydia, a kind of App Store alternative where to find plenty of themes, add-ons and tweaks for iOS.
In short, the jailbreak is a way to avoid the barriers that puts us Apple and, although it is not illegal, Yes is true that to the Apple brand make it very funny customers self-funds the sacred temple that is iOS. In addition, if you have your iPhone repaired and have installed jailbreak may have trouble with the warranty, but is nothing that a reset may not prevent because Yes, the jailbreak is fully reversible.
The dev-teams and Apple: the eternal game of cat and mouse
All this would not be possible without the support of the jailbreak community. Some call them hackers, but they prefer to be known as security experts or developers. Names aside, are these heroes and heroines anonymous thanks to whom it is possible to ‘tune’ an iPhone or iPad.
But get create a jailbreak is no simple task. Developers have to work hard to find a crack that sneak into the system and then create an executable tool for the users, all of that unused code copyrighted.
For Apple, the fact that the jailbreak means that your system has cracks and his answer is always the same: close them
In addition, as I said the jailbreak it is legal and Apple can do nothing against those who install it even those who create it. Your only weapon is to block it with updates. Each jailbreak is compatible with a particular version of iOS, but it is a matter of time until the company ends up instead patched with an update. Ultimately, for Apple, the fact that the jailbreak means that your system has cracks and his answer is always the same: close them.
But there is not the thing, for years the developers and Apple have been playing the game of cat and mouse. What do you parcheas my exploits? As I find new ones, and so on. However, with the passage of time, iOS has been complicating things and becoming increasingly more difficult to find that crack.
This is not what was
At first, iOS was not a so solid system as it is now and get the jailbreak was relatively simple. The first jailbreak came in the summer of 2007, almost immediately after Apple launched the first iPhone and was conducted by the iPhone Dev Team, one of the best-known groups of dedicated to the development of the jailbreak.
During the following years different solutions created by this team, were rivals of the Chronic Dev Team, the mythical Geohot or Comex, the wunderkind creator of Jailbreakme that ended up being hired by the own Apple.
Later collected witness Pod2G and created the Group Evad3rs, responsible for the creation of the jailbreak during 2012 and 2013, and finally It was the turn of Pangu and TaiG, two groups of hackers from China that have been the main responsible for the development of the latest jailbreak solutions.
With the passage of the years, Apple has not only added new features and redesigned its system, has also strengthened it. As a result the jailbreak solutions are more scarce and sometimes take months. For example 10 iOS came in September and today no dev-team has released the jailbreak. This in turn causes the loss of interest from users, who can not upgrade the system until there is a new jailbreak if they don’t want to lose the privileges granted.
Nor should we forget that the jailbreak scene has changed a lot. At the beginning they were a few anonymous young people that were organized with his talent as a unique weapon to evade the defenses of a company the size of Apple, without charging one euro to change except the donations of his most faithful followers.
The jailbreak is and has always been free for users, but with the passage of the years has become a business
But that spirit of struggle as romantic is has been diluted with the passage of time, and with it the hard core of the jailbreak community. Obviously, the developers have to eat, but it’s charge for creating an jailbreak has never been well seen. Already with the jailbreak of iOS 7 the Evad3rs faced a barrage of criticism for having allegedly accepted one million dollars in return, and step strain for the first time the Chinese Taig apps store.
The jailbreak is and has always been free for the end user, but all this controversy marked a before and after: from kids that they organized to mock Apple became a business. It is today by all known hackers to obtain benefits with the creation of a jailbreak, something which of course is completely lawful.
In addition, the exploits of iOS market is very lucrative and many end up being sold by billions instead of being transformed into a new jailbreak. There are security companies like Zerodium who are dedicated to providing rewards those who get the jailbreak. IOS 9 was a million dollars and in iOS 10 price amounted to $ 1.5 million. Even the own Apple offers rewards for those who help in the search for bugs.
Against this background, it is not surprising that the interest of the community hacker by offering a solution to the general public working ‘for art’s sake’ has declined.
But what is killing the jailbreak are not the millions offered by an exploit or making the system stronger. The real reason for their decline is that iOS has been opening with successive updates and, although it is still a closed environment, increasingly gives us more possibilities, many of them inspired by tools that traditionally only could have installed the jailbreak, which leads us to ask the following question.
You have felt the Jailbreak in 2016?
The jailbreak is a pretty ‘underground’ practice, hence there is too much data on its use as it is the case with certain apps or mobile systems. We know that when Pod2g released the jailbreak of iOS 6 in 2013, its calculations indicated that it had been installed in no less than 14 million devices, but the total number of active users of Cydia amounted to 23 million.
They are high numbers, but although the jailbreak has had its glory years, it has always been a minority tendency. At the time had about 500 million of outstanding iOS devices, which means less than the 5% of the entire platform, and that at a time when the jailbreak was much more popular.
What has most undermined the interest by the jailbreak has been the evolution of iOS
Delays in updates and the loss of interest of hackers have taken a toll, but what has most affected has been the evolution of the platform. IOS was a much more rudimentary system, had much to improve and the jailbreak was the only way out.
Notifications with OmniStat, SBSettings and WeeBackgroundKill Center
At the beginning of the jailbreak there were mythical tools like SBSettings, It allowed us to enable or disable features such as Wi-Fi access, the mobile network or airplane mode quickly.
This application It became obsolete when Apple introduced the control center IOS 7, and the same has happened with many other options such as the tools of battery-saving, the widgets from the center of notifications, the split of the iPad screen mode, the possibility of installing keyboard or function ‘stand for awakening’ which premiered recently.
The list of jailbreak tweaks that have finished coming to iOS is virtually endless. Perhaps customization remains an argument in favor of the jailbreak, but I think that in this users have matured enough and already do not dazzle us themes Winterboard or functions as a Barrel, the app from Cydia that added those as crazy animations to pass the home screen pages.
An iOS that increasingly opens its doors to more functions, reduces the possibilities that offers the jailbreak, and with them attractive to users. Obviously still opens up many possibilities for the most eager for change, but it is undeniable that the jailbreak is not what it was and, although won’t disappear permanently, It is doomed to be an increasingly minority tendency.
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