An iOS 11.3.1 jailbreak may be in trouble after Apple published an anti-jailbreaking post suggesting that they may stop servicing hacked devices.
iOS 11.3.1 Jailbreak
The jailbreaking community is making a lot of progress towards a full iOS 11.3.1 jailbreak. With the discovery of some key exploits, it’s looking like a release of a jailbreaking tool for this operating system may be imminent – perhaps even with releases like JailbreakMe which allow for user-friendly jailbreaking via the Safari web browser.
While the full release of iOS is 11.4 at this point, the iOS 11.3.1 jailbreak is as good as it’s going to get currently. With how difficult it has become to hack modern Apple operating systems, it’s clear that we will likely never see a jailbreak that releases fast enough to be current with the consumer release from Apple.
With an iOS 11.3.1 jailbreak in the works, many are excited about finally unlocking an operating system with major upgrades such as the battery management feature released in response to outrage regarding the artificial slowing of phones.
However, it appears as if Apple has taken steps to reaffirm their stance on the process in an anti-jailbreaking post, which could spell trouble for those who are planning on unlocking their phone’s full potential.
It’s generally accepted by taking a quick look at Apple’s actions and practices that they are against the process of jailbreaking a device, but this anti-jailbreaking post makes their feelings very clear regarding the practice.
“iOS is designed to be reliable and secure from the moment you turn on your device. Built-in security features protect against malware and viruses and help to secure access to personal information and corporate data.”
The anti-jailbreaking post goes over a number of reasons why jailbreaking may be a bad idea such as the potential for reduced battery life or decreased security due to the way these jailbreakers “bypass security features.” The post also goes over issues like instability and general disruption of service in order to paint jailbreaking in a negative light.
However, the biggest takeaway with the anti-jailbreaking post is the fact that the company may outright refuse service to those who have modified their phone – such as with the upcoming iOS 11.3.1 jailbreak.
“Apple strongly cautions against installing any software that hacks iOS. It is also important to note that unauthorized modification of iOS is a violation of the iOS end-user software license agreement and because of this, Apple may deny service for an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch that has installed any unauthorized software.”
For those of us who are already heavily involved in the jailbreaking scene, this is likely not very shocking news. It may serve as a deterrent for those who were thinking of installing an iOS 11.3.1 jailbreak, however, as Apple has taken a stand and stated pretty clearly that they will not service iOS devices that have been modified with unauthorized software.
Despite Apple’s urging of people to avoid the practice with their anti-jailbreaking post, there almost a 100% certainty that the community will continue to discover ways to lift Apple’s restrictions and make the phone a fully-featured device with the same sort of freedom that Android users enjoy.