Free In-App Purchases Hack Will Be Dead in iOS 6

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Late last week, Apple told developers that they'd have to use a workaround in their apps to prevent the in-app purchasing hack—which lets users avoid paying for in-app purchases— but that the same solution would also be rolled in iOS 6 as standard. Now, Alexey Borodin, the Russian behind the discovery, claims the workaround is impossible to hack.

The trick, which routes data through Borodin's own servers, lets users obtain in-app purchases without paying. Unless app developers update their software, the hack will continue to work in iOS 5. However, Apple's workaround will be included as standard in the soon-to-arrive system-level update of iOS 6, so the door will soon close. On his blog, Borodin explains:

By examining last apple's statement about in-app purchases in iOS 6, I can say, that currently game is over. Currently we have no way to bypass updated APIs. It's a good news for everyone, we have updated security in iOS, developers have their air-money. But, service will still remain operational until iOS 6 comes out.


On Saturday, we reported that the compromise had been extended to work with the Mac App Store—so it seems likely Apple will be shifting its attentions to that problem. [In-AppStore via The Next Web]

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Good news for everyone with a device that cannot run iOS 6, I suppose.