iOS jailbreaking fading away

Joe Rossignol, MacRumors:

ModMy today announced it has archived its default ModMyi repository on Cydia, which is essentially an alternative App Store for downloading apps, themes, tweaks, and other files on jailbroken iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch devices.

ZodTTD/MacCiti also shut down last week, meaning that two out of three of Cydia’s major default repositories are no longer active as of this month.

And:

The closure of two major Cydia repositories is arguably the result of a declining interest in jailbreaking, which provides root filesystem access and allows users to modify iOS and install unapproved apps on an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch.

I’ve always thought of jailbreaking as a wild west frontier, with few rules, little oversight and, correspondingly, no real way to prevent malware. Jailbreaking also technically violates your iPhone warranty.

But, that said, jailbreaking also brought some interesting, experimental features to iOS. Over time, Apple caught up, bringing the more successful jailbreaking features into the fold.

We’re seeing the end of an era.



  • Jurassic

    I agree. Now that iOS has evolved into a much more powerful operating system than it was originally, there is really no incentive for anyone to jailbreak their iOS device.

    This is good because the few instances of iOS malware only hit jailbroken iOS devices. People who didn’t jailbreak their iPhones or iPads have been well protected by Apple against any possible malware attacks.

    Apple detractors used the few malware attacks on jailbroken iPhones to draw a lopsided comparison to the security of Android OS (which has had many thousands of malware incursions). With iOS jailbreaking going extinct, it will now be clear to everyone how exceedingly secure iOS really is. 👍

  • Glaurung-Quena

    Jailbreaking is not dying off because IOS now includes the most wanted tweaks. From what I have seen of the JB scene, the nerds who are interested in jailbreaking do it mostly because they want the flexibility of being able to tweak and fiddle for the sake of being able to tweak and fiddle, not because they need or want this or that specific unimplemented feature.

    The main reasons that I can discern for the slow demise of jailbreaking are, first, that Apple has finally gotten rid of nearly all the easily exploited vulnerabilities in IOS. The JB for IOS 10 stayed in beta for something like six months. That’s a long time to keep your device on an old IOS version while you wait for the JB to be fixed to the point that it’s safe to use it on your device. Meanwhile Apple continues to make updating as automatic and hard to avoid as possible.

    The second main reason is that nowadays, hackers who used to contribute to the Jailbreaking scene are submitting the vulnerabilities they discover to private spying companies, who pay huge amounts for IOS vulnerabilities so they can hack the devices of people they are paid to spy on (Apple’s bug bounty program isn’t price competitive). It used to be that finding vulnerabilities that were useful for jailbreaking was a fun hobby, now it’s like prospecting for gold. That’s sucked a lot of talent out of the JB community.

  • mostlyfreeideas

    You should not make the statement that jailbreaking voids Apple’s warranty. That is just legally untrue. While Apple may refuse warranty service while a jailbroken version of iOS is installed – forcing you to restore to an official Apple firmware – they absolutely could never deny a valid warranty claim due to the device having been jailbroken.