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iOS 6 jailbreak out this Sunday?

The Gadget Show  Thursday 31 January 2013

iOS 6 jailbreak out this Sunday?

We heard whispers earlier this week that an iOS 6 jailbreak that would unleash the power of your iPhone 5 was on the way, and now it looks like it’s right on track. A website for the jailbreak has gone live, and all signs point to a release as soon as this Sunday.

Head on over to evasi0n.com and you’ll see the website for a new iOS 6 jailbreak that’ll let you unlock your iPhone 5, iPad mini or any other device running iOS 6. It’s not live yet, but it looks like you simply have to plug your iPhone into your computer (PC, Mac or Linux) and just hit go – the team behind it, including legendary iPhone hackers musclenerd and pod2g, are testing it right now behind closed doors before unleashing it on the masses.

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While there’s no release date on the site, we doubt it’s a coincidence that every iOS gadget featured on the homepage has the date showing 3 on it – which could well be this Sunday 3 February.

An iOS jailbreak is the holy grail for smarpthone hackers, who spend months looking for security flaws in Apple’s software that can be easily exploited. Once jailbroken, your iPhone can run apps Apple hasn’t approved, and you can even change its themes and interface in ways you couldn’t before.

Though it comes half a year after the launch of iOS 6, this marks the first time you’ll be able to easily jailbreak an iPhone 5 or iPad mini, and we’re sure plenty of people will be itching to do so.

Will you be lining up to jailbreak your iPhone? Hit the comments below with your thoughts.

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iOS 6, jailbreak, Apple, iPhone 5

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annoyeddev

Interesting. As a developer of ios games we all know that jailbreaking occurs, well we know because we sometimes have people complain about their game not working and it turns out they're on a jailbroke phone( probably better jailbreaks now though). We also can determine that people just steal our apps as for some apps we need server support and logins are more than the apps downloaded from legitimate sources. I've also had colleagues notice that people are using the IAP hacks in order to play games for free. Please explain why a commercial broadcaster feels it's acceptable to link directly to a site which lets face it , the main reason is to copy apps . Can I look forward to discussing the latest way to hack bskyb , region unlock channel5 or iplayer? ,watch channel5 without those annoying ads or maybe just how to cut and paste a website and claim it as your own? So no, I won't be itching to jailbreak my iphone.

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MARCUS

BEST NEWS EVER ON THE IOS SCENE!!!! THE PHONE ITS MINE I`VE PAID FOR IT, ITS NOT BEEN GIVEN FOR FREE TO ME AND I HAVE THE RIGHT TO DO WHATEVER I WANT TO DO WITH IT NOT WHAT APPLE WANTS ME TO DO!!! HAD IPHONE SINCE 1º ONE AND ALL JAILBROKEN HEHHEHE CANT WAIT TO JAILBREAK MY 5 ....LONG LIFE TO THE IOS HACKERS!!!

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Rob Humberstone

Is this why they just released IOS 6.1 yesterday?

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Mr Qwak

Another indie game developer here. Very alarmed to see Channel 5 and The Gadget Show support the facility to pirate software on iOS.

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CynicalDevGuy

I am sure those involved in the Gadget Show wouldn't be happy if a reasonably well regarded brand promoted a way to stop them getting paid for the work they do? Shame...!

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Ryan

@Annoyeddev - I hate that general assumption that jailbreaking is done for stealing apps. The main reason I jailbreak is for the tweaks it brings to improve my iOS experience some. Things like quick settings in notification centre, better app switching, iFile so I can delete files that clog up my device that apple don't give me a way of deleting, to mention just a few. I installed cracked apps once, because I heard about it happening and wanted to try it to see if it works. The apps I tried were ones I was planning on buying, and did end up buying still. I always like the tweaks that remove 3G restrictions - like not being able to watch TV channel's on demand content (Five included i think). Yet if I turn on the hotspot feature of my iPad, connect my iPhone to it, I can then use those same on demand apps over the same connection that they're refusing to allow on my iPad. I don't see the sense in that. So, another reason I jailbreak is to get around that stupid restriction.

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R

I like the Gadget Show but what you are doing is advocating piracy. There is only one reason why you would jailbreak an iPhone and that is to get past security, copy games and/or run games that have not passed Apples guidelines and hack the operating system resulting in bug ridden apps and games. Perhaps I can hack your prize giveaway system to make me win your prize?

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CynicalDevGuy

@Ryan - you are in the minority then if that is your reason for jailbreaking. Sure, it opens your device up a lot more but the simple fact is that the majority do it purely to download apps without paying. Ask any iOS or Android developer and they will tell you that the majority of their users haven't paid for their app. I know a local company who had to pull their game recently as over 90% of their users didn't pay and their server costs weren't being covered by the 10% of users that were paying. It isn't true that *all* jailbroken devices are used for piracy - but it is true that the majority of them are.

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Mr Qwak

@Ryan. I think in most instances, jail-breaking is done so people can download and install apps without paying for them. Sure, not all people jail-break their devices for the purpose of loading it with free apps; but those types are the minority. The fact of the matter is that if there were no jail-breaking on iOS, there would be no piracy. As a small developer myself, I get to see the piracy rates on iOS (as I collect data). I know, it hurts a lot of small business (small indie game development studios like myself). It's very alarming to see Channel 5 promote something that will damage so many struggling small businesses. They really should research these things more, before bringing them to the attention of the masses; Channel 5 are being quite reckless and irresponsible here. Very sad.

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Ryan

But really, the majority? This is like the cannabis argument. People who smoke it would say that 90% of people smoke it or have tried it. People who don't smoke it or never tried it would say they think that 90% of people don't smoke it.. Depends on which side of the fence you sit. I did hear about that company who had to shut down their app, and it's a damn shame both for the company and for the name it's given jail breakers. Thankfully, the big app that was used for app piracy has shut themselves down, so jailbreaking will generally be now just for people who want the tweaks and "freedom", like myself. This article really isn't advocating piracy. It's a nod to openness, to being able to do more with our tech.

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richard

As you are sponsored by PC world/Currys do they also now endorse jailbreaking??? I have written to DSG explaining your new position

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R

I believe that jail-breaking a tablet is illegal, at least in the US so it seems so Channel 5 need to do some research before providing links to such activities. It also breaks warranty and terms of conditions with Apple and any carrier provider. Although jail-breaking can be used to customize the operating system, it also opens the door to piracy. Advertising this on a reputable site therefore without a doubt opens the gate for more piracy. It is a bit naive to suggest that once people do hack the OS, that they will only use it to tweak the operating system. Its the same with console hacking. No one hacked an XBox to improve the operating system but to copy games.

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Ovogame

Another dev here. Off course 99.99% of jail breaking is for pirating the Apps. Like it isn't hard enough to make a living on a 1$ sale. It's disgusting that Channel 5 is advertising this.

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PeteByTheSea

Endorsing piracy? Think TGS has lost its way and it's reviews are influenced by who pays most!

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SomeGuy

Sure, I understand people may use this as a gateway to piracy, but as already mentioned, the main door to getting 'apps' has been closed with the sudden closing of that group. Therefore all that is left is tweaks such as tweaking visual properties as well as adding extra functionality. For devs complaining about this, you may well be angry about this post by TGS, but then again, you should know already are 'OTHER' ways to get these apps without even the need for a jailbreak.

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Oldgit9

For all who said that TGS is supporting jailbreaking, please read the article again. Not once in the article did TGS mention or promote downloading illegal copies of apps. So don't say they do support such actions, as I'm sure they don't. It's like saying that a tabloid paper supports murder etc just because they reported it in the papers. As for jailbreaking...yes there is a minority of people who soally jailbreak for the illegal apps. As Ryan rightly mentioned above, the main website/app where you could get illegal apps from, has been taken down and they have also disabled the app weeks ago. Making it very difficult to download & install the illegal apps. So good news for the app devs and the jailbreaking community. My reason for jailbreaking, is to personalise my phone with themes and to install tweak apps that make the iPhone experiance much better. In both of these fields (themes & tweaks) they can be free or paid for. Just like the app store. And let us not forget what the jailbreaking community has brought to the iOS devices. You may not realise this, but if it wasn't for the jailbreaking community, there would be no notifications area, app folders, FaceTime over 3G, do not disturb function etc etc. all of these (and many, many more) functions were first developed by the jailbreaking community. Apple are not stupid. They keep a close eye on what goes on and what is released. They then take that idea, re-code it and call it a brand new feature. Apple have been doing this since the beginning, for example, copy and paste, video calling just to name two. I could go on and explain what jailbreaking can and can't do, but I won't. If people want to belive in other people stereotypical views, who am I to stop them. Let them belive what they like. We know different!

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Dicobhoy

I can't wait for this ! And the reason I want this is for themes an stuff not for cracked apps .

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Alex

Love jail breaking its awsome can't wait for Apple TV3 jailbreak BUZZIN for it!!! KEEP UP WITH THE JAILBREAK HYPE!!

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jason15300

85% ONLY NEARLY DONE CANT WAIT TO JAILBREAK IPOD TOUCH 5!

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