Previous iPhone jailbreaks were resolved by releasing a new iOS update. However, hackers seemed to have found a way to make the jailbreak almost impossible to prevent. The Apple products that can undergo a jailbreak are the iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch. Every model that was shipped since last November that now runs the iOS 4.1 operating system can undergo a jailbreak.
Hackers almost immediately try to jailbreak Apple’s software so that they can run unauthorized software on the phones. The hack was first announced by a hacker named pod2g who is part of a group called the iPhone Dev-Team. Other hackers confirmed the jailbreak. The exploit targets a low-level part of the operating system and it may mean that Apple won’t be able to stop the jailbreakers without a lot of hardware changes.
Earlier today we told you that the iPhone Dev Team had discovered a new exploit in iOS 4.1, the exploit in the boot ROM of iOS devices was first announced by iPhone Dev-Team member pod2g. It was soon confirmed by other hackers, who said that because the exploit targets such a low-level part of the operating system, Apple won’t be able to stop jailbreakers without making significant hardware changes.
Dev-Team members say there is still work to be done to fine-tune the exploit technique and that would-be jailbreakers are best served by forgoing the update to 4.1 for now. The admonition comes after they called iOS 4.1 a trap designed to prevent future jailbreaking and unlocks.