It took a week—eons in the world of consumer tech hacks—but the Switch, Nintendo’s new handheld hybrid, looks like it’s finally been cracked, and it’s thanks to Apple.
Jailbreaking isn’t the hot topic it once was. All the new features in iOS, plus the iPhone’s availability on all the major US carriers means it’s no longer such a compelling proposition (especially given the drawbacks). But is the golden era of jailbreaking truly over? Here are 5 reasons why it’s still worth cracking…
The iPhone, especially the latest and greatest iPhone 6s, is an incredibly fast machine. But unless you jailbreak your iPhone, you don’t really understand just how fast it can be.
The government would love to get its hands on a foolproof way to break into the new highly encrypted iPhone. And it looks like some clever hackers just gave it to them.
Think twice before jailbreaking your iPhone. A recent rash of malware has helped hackers steal over 250,000 Apple accounts, the largest theft of its kind. The malware only affects jailbroken devices, but if you get pwned, hackers can not only peek your password but also make App Store purchases without your permission.
Your smartphone may be as powerful as a computer, but it's also hobbled. You can only install apps on it from the walled garden of the official app store. Your options are limited to the small, vetted collection of "approved" apps as opposed to the unlimited options available for PCs. That's where jailbreaking comes…
If you own a phone or a tablet, you should be able to run whatever software you want on it. It seems like a simple truth, but there are a surprising number of hurdles in the way.
Can you spot anything amiss in today's Best Buy Deal of the Day page? Anything out of the ordinary? Look a little closer. Still don't see it? Here's a better look:
To root or not to root? That is the question. Rooting your Android device definitely pushes you up a level or two in your geekdom. It requires a certain level of commitment, at least a little savvy, and even a modicum of risk. So, why would you want to bother?
Jailbreaking is not a crime, but the special legal exemptions that make it legal have to me made and re-made every couple of years. As the EFF notes, a deadline is fast approaching, and unless the Librarian of Congress makes a special explicit call that jailbreaking is still OK, it could fall into the realm of…
If you're at all up on the whole jailbreaking scene, you know that the long-awaited iPhone 5 jailbreak is
probably maybe definitely coming today, finally. And even though there's been a long wait, the exploit is definitely going to be a hell of a lot better than the first ones were. Jailbreaking used to take 74 steps.
iPhone 5 users have been waiting a long, long time for a jailbreak. Sure, the current versions of iOS have been opened, but unlucky kids with A6 chips and the fancy new Apple devices they come in have been out of luck. But no longer! Probably.
Really it was only a matter of time, but this was still surprisingly fast. What you see above is the iOS 5.1 version of Google Maps running—albeit a little jankily—in iOS 6. The porting was done by one Ryan Petrich, who says the port is working pretty well, but isn't quite ready for release to the public yet. Yet.
Jailbreaking your iPhone is a glorious process that opens your phone to a brave new world of features and apps. But with iOS 5, the process has only worked with your phone tethered (or semi-tethered) to your computer. Until right now.
CutYourSim sounds too good to be true—but as BGR and other people have confirmed it works, we'll go with them on this. It permanently unlocks iPhone 4s, 3GSs and 3Gs, without the need to jailbreak and wait for unlock versions to be released. There is a catch, though—it costs $169.