Apple Destroyed Jailbreak Detection API in iOS 4.2

Dec 12, 2010 by

Undoubtly this was an unexpected move made by Apple – the removal of the jailbreak detection API that was introduced initially in iOS 4. Apple didn’t state the reason for this unexpected move.

Nevertheless, Apple has been always in a epic battle with iPhone hackers and modders. After everything Apple has done to prevent jailbreaking, it seems that someone is always able to find a way around it, which could be the primary reason for Apple’s move. Jeremy Allen, principal consultant with Intrepidus Group, said,

“Whatever they add to detect the jailbreak, if it is to be queried from the iOS kernel, it must be accessible and have the ability to be changed. Meaning, if it is going to be a useful detection method it can also be circumvented. It is a fairly intractable problem to solve one-hundred-percent.”

Does this mean Apple will change their policy and allow jailbreaking iDevices or is an approval for jailbreaking but in an indirect way?

With Apple’s strict policies, I guess we’ll never know.

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