Before we formally discuss the topic at hand, let’s include a bit of history, have you ever wondered how the term jailbreak came into existence? “iPhone hackers first coined the term ‘jailbreaking’ in reference to breaking the iPhone out of Apple’s iTunes ‘jail.’”*
Looking back in June 2015, when Apple first announced the release of iOS 9 at WWDC and mentioned its features and laid special emphasis on its ‘Rootless’ security system that would make it virtually impossible for hackers and iOS jailbreakers to jailbreak. In October 2015, after a little over a month of iOS 9’s release a jailbreaking software was released.
You have to give credit to Apple, they make patches for the jailbreaks right away by launching another version – Apple has released iOS versions 9.1, 9.2, 9.2.1, and 9.3 beta till now. One of the main jailbreakers, Pangu has released the jailbreak for version 9.1. For the rest, we will have to wait and see. It is taking a bit longer than usual, but if we look back in the past there is always some loophole that hackers search out and exploit and a new jailbreak is released, let’s see how long it takes this time or if on the other hand Apple was finally able to stop the jailbreaking process.
This also brings us to another aspect of jailbreaking, is it legal? Well according to the US Government jailbreaking your own device, specifically the iPhone is legal, but for the iPad it is really not that clear. Apple is, however, trying its best to make sure that jailbreaking should be made illegal, in fact if you jailbreak your device, it voids all warranty. Other concerns that Apple gives in defense of its stance is that jailbreaking a device makes it vulnerable to malicious attacks and viruses. Device owners argue that jailbreaking a personal device should not be condemned as it’s their right to modify their things. One example a hacker gave was that it’s like buying a car with the hood sealed shut so that the engine inside cannot be modified – doesn’t make sense does it?
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Whatever the legality or philosophy, here is something that neither side can deny – ever since Apple released their iPhone lineup in 2007, hackers were at it trying to modify and get root level access (administrator rights) of their device. From George Hotz hot-wiring the first iPhone so that it would work on another carrier to the iPhone Dev Team and the making of Cydia the ‘app store’ for jailbroken iOS devices, by Jay Freemen (considered to be the father of jailbreaking). Not only has it forced Apple to rethink its strategies, but also forced it to give greater freedom to its customers and allow a larger variety of apps on its iTunes App Store. Somehow, it has turned into a weird symbiotic relationship that pushes not only hackers to test and go beyond their limits, but also allows iOS developers to evolve and at the same time improve their software and the availability of apps to better suit their customers.
For the XNSPY User:
Regardless of jailbreak or no-jailbreak, XNSPY users need not worry as the app developers will continue making sure that the app works on both versions of the iOS as well as any future versions of iOS such as the 9.2, 9.2.1, and 9.3 beta. (Although no jailbreak is available for them as yet, the XNSPY app will run on it.) You can also get more information regarding the xnspy functionality and features specifically dedicated for the iOS platform here.