Even though Apple killed-off one hole in iOS that could be exploited for the purposes of an untethered jailbreak in iOS 5, we already have a tethered option, and dedicated developers will no doubt continue to hack away at Apple’s protections and come up with a new solution in good time. Might this future jailbreak usher in a new age for the tools, one that aims to curb rampant piracy?
Hacker i0n1c tweeted that he’s considering that his next jailbreak might contain provisions to block the use of Installous. Understandably, this has caused a bit of a tizzy, with a lot of heated emotions and accusations of betrayal. Some of these feelings mirror last week’s news of the ChevronWP7 team using their new-found legitimacy to charge Windows Phone users for the ability to sideload; does putting a restriction on jailbreaking just cut completely against what the point of such a tool was in the first place?
We may not have to find out, since there’s a good chance i0n1c won’t follow through on this idea. He admits that he enjoys goading on those who complain about his efforts – specifically, those interested in using his tools for piracy – and chooses tweets to troll those users. Even if he were to release such a jailbreak, he has no illusions that any block on Installous would last for long before someone else released a free-and-clear jailbreak.
What do you think about developers working to create tools that allow for homebrew apps but contain measures to limit piracy? Could those be an important step towards legitimizing jailbreaks, or would that fight just be a losing battle?