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iOS6.1.2 was just issued a few days ago, and we are already seeing that iOS6.1.3 is in beta mode and may be out to iOS users sometime soon. iOS6.1.3 is partly designed to take care of the first passcode bug that allows a hacker or criminal to access a user’s smartphone phone app and contacts by way of pressing a few numbers randomly. Apple has not acknowledged the second passcode bug that allows a hacker to gain access to a user’s entire iPhone software and memory via iTunes. While it has been said that the iTunes claim is not true, it may be possible if the hacker already has access to a person’s iPhone.
The new jailbreaker team known as evad3rs worked hard to exploit new holes in Apple’s software. When they issued the new jailbreak known as evasi0n, they celebrated the fact that they had found a way to get by Apple’s security and experience iPhone customization once more.
Twitter member and jailbreak developer PlanetBeing talked with tech writers about escaping Apple’s clutches once again. He did say, however, that it would get increasingly harder to avoid Apple’s trap, that jailbreaking future iOS updates would prove far more difficult than before.
iOS6.1.3 has proven to be every jailbreaker’s nightmare. While the iOS update is in beta mode and was submitted to developers for testing, it will soon make its way to iTunes and iPhone downloads, and may prove to be irreversible for many iOS users. Without a sufficient jailbreak, those who update iOS will be forced to wait weeks before a new jailbreak is discovered. The evad3rs team will be forced to use the existing jailbreak exploits they found the last time they released the iOS6.1 jailbreak — provided that Apple has not covered the exploits with the release of its latest update.
Apple hates jailbreaking in every way that counts, but its recent attempts to secure its exploits shows that it does not take kindly to jailbreaks, nor is Apple proud of the holes in Cupertino’s Internet security. As with the recent MacBook hacker troubles, Apple must publicly admit and acknowledge that its Internet security needs some work. At the same time, the company is serious about patching the holes in its software. With every new iOS software download, the company has patched up more and more security holes. 6.1.3 is the latest in Apple’s attempts to stop jailbreakers from hacking into Apple devices without cause (according to Cupertino).
Things did not turn out so well for Apple when the Copyright Office ruled in favor of jailbreakers a few years ago and allowed them to jailbreak their devices without being accused of illegality. Apple lives by the concept of renting, which means that iDevice users are only using their devices for a limited time (not actually owning them). This is problematic for the many users that purchase their devices, particularly those who purchase unlocked iPhones directly from the Apple Store for anywhere from $500-$650. To them, purchasing the devices indicates ownership. This seems logical enough; but when you’re Apple and a company that wants to charge for new emojis that are on the next iPad, you would not be so kind to jailbreakers when company profits are made from selling the new iPad or iPhone to the same customer base.