Once new iOS versions get released, hackers manage to find jailbreak exploits pretty fast, so people can enjoy more of the device’s features. Unfortunately for the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch users, Apple is doing its best to stop this and they’re doing it on multiple sides.
While they try to make jailbreaking illegal, and it seems like it already is on the iPad and other tablets, they also fix the exploits that allows people to jailbreak their Apple devices. The last jailbreak tool is called Evasi0n and it manages to jailbreak iPhones running iOS 6.x.x in an untethered state, which means that you don’t have to plug in the device every time you boot it.
But Apple has just released iOS 6.1.3 beta 2, which breaks the last jailbreak and it becomes harder day by day to jailbreak the new iOS versions. Fortunately Android devices can be easily rooted and nearly nobody tries to stop you from doing that. Google Nexus devices even keep their warranty while being rooted, which is an awesome thing.
Apple has always preferred a closed environment, where people aren’t allowed to do everything they want with their device. And while this should be good especially against malware and piracy, it didn’t help very much. And personally I don’t believe it’s a fair thing to do, by blocking the customer’s device features, considering that he actually owns it. And that’s why I am an Android guy, because I want to do whatever crossed through my mind with my device.
Evasi0n uses 5 bugs found in iOS in order to jailbreak the devices and researchers are worried that malware might be spread because of it. In order to jailbreak your device with Evasi0n, you have to connect your iPhone to the PC through an USB cable, which could also allow malware to be installed on your device. While this is clearly possible, I find it very hard to believe that this is the actual reason why Apple is going to patch the iOS and fix the bugs that allows jailbreaking.
In my opinion, if Apple manages to permanently fix the jailbreak vulnerabilities, some iPhone users will migrate to other mobile operating systems like Android, Windows Phone, or even the new ones: Tizen, Firefox OS, Ubuntu.