Apple Accidentally Unpatches Vulnerability, Leading to New iOS 12.4 Jailbreak


lec0rsaire

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Hmm. iOS 13 which will let me use DualShock 4 to play all the Rockstar games or iOS 12.4 with the ability to run emulators and have full file system access. Tough decision.
 

germinator

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Cant figure out why anyone would need a jailbreak anymore...
Just off the top of my head: real-time current draw from battery (to diagnose apps gone awry), my name instead of the carrier's, file system, MAC-address spoofing (to work around time limits in free WiFi and for security reasons), 5 icons at the bottom, much more control over GUI tweaks, etc. etc.
 

szw-mapple fan

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I think that now is an amazing opportunity to try jailbreaking, you have nothing to lose. If anything happens (which is extremely unlikely because jailbreaks now aren't permanent/untethered) you can easily restore your device to the newest stock iOS version with iTunes and forget about everything
The extra feature would be nice for sure, but the downside is not just about bricking your phone when something goes wrong with the system. Other than open source jailbreaks, there is no telling what hidden things the add-ons will do other than the promised features. It's probably safe most of the time, but there is no guarantee, and there is nobody to hold accountable if something does happen.
 
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jakeenzo

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Clear lack of regression testing I see here. Something like that should have been part of an automated regression run. Rookie mistake i'd expect from a startup, not a multi billion dollar company. Alas, mistakes do happen!
 
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sideshowuniqueuser

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I love questions like that. Yeah, the community is quite big, the jailbreak subreddit has over 300k subscribers and after last couple of releases it seems to be gathering some popularity.

Stock iOS 12 is great, but jailbreaking it is a no-brainer for me, especially when we can jailbreak the newest and signed version (which is a very rare opportunity)
I can tell you why I jailbreak all my iOS devices (SE and two X's)

- You can get real split screen multitasking with the https://www.idownloadblog.com/2019/04/23/pullover-pro/

- You can have ANY app on the CarPlay screen with https://www.redmondpie.com/carbridge-for-ios-12-jailbreak-released-lets-you-use-any-app-with-carplay/

- You can get all iPhone X gestures on older devices without any lags, bugs, with the https://www.idownloadblog.com/2019/03/18/neptune-for-iphone/

- You can have customizable Answering machine, record messages to the device and even set different greetings for different callers with https://www.idownloadblog.com/2018/08/23/answeringmachine-x/

- You can get rid of the full screen calling screen which users have been asking for ages with https://www.idownloadblog.com/2019/03/06/callbar-xs-brings-everyones-favorite-phone-call-centric-jailbreak-tweak-to-ios-12/

- You can stack icons together instead of using folders which looks extremely cool with https://www.idownloadblog.com/2018/12/03/zenith/

- You can get amazing gestures in app switcher screen with https://www.idownloadblog.com/2019/05/04/gesto/

- You can get the grid switcher from iPad in your iPhone with https://www.idownloadblog.com/2019/03/11/newgridswitcher/

- You can have custom shortcuts on lockscreen with the https://www.idownloadblog.com/2018/04/20/jumper/

- You can write notes on your lockscreen with the https://www.idownloadblog.com/2018/08/30/notepad/

- And hundreds of small things​

Jailbreaking is not only about some themes, you can really get the 100% from your iPhones instead of the 60% or less that Apple gives you.
My jailbroken SE can do more than stock XS (without any performance issues) and that is not an exaggeration

I think that now is an amazing opportunity to try jailbreaking, you have nothing to lose. If anything happens (which is extremely unlikely because jailbreaks now aren't permanent/untethered) you can easily restore your device to the newest stock iOS version with iTunes and forget about everything
Thanks, very cool. Are there any negatives?
 

FamVR

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Clear lack of regression testing I see here. Something like that should have been part of an automated regression run. Rookie mistake i'd expect from a startup, not a multi billion dollar company. Alas, mistakes do happen!
Shht. Don’t spoil all the fun for conspiracy thinkers who will say that Cook & Co did a Cisco / Huawei aka opened a backdoor for some sleazy country. /s
 

GalileoSeven

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The extra feature would be nice for sure, but the downside is not just about bricking your phone when something goes wrong with the system. Other than open source jailbreaks, there is no telling what hidden things the add-ons will do other than the promised features. It's probably safe most of the time, but there is no guarantee, and there is nobody to hold accountable if something does happen.
This. Apple's been adding/tweaking most of the things I could think of and that's enough for me. If someone else wants to play russian roulette with their phone, more power to em.
 
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Shirasaki

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The Apple store employees literally know nothing about the software development teams.
But this management policy can certainly be translated to other parts of the company, including Apple store staff team. They do not need to know programming to understand communications between teams are not as strong, which is also what I feel when finding people to help me out.
 

Baymowe335

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But this management policy can certainly be translated to other parts of the company, including Apple store staff team. They do not need to know programming to understand communications between teams are not as strong, which is also what I feel when finding people to help me out.
AGAIN, you don’t know the policy or if the teams communicate.

Your anecdotal experience means nothing.
 

Shirasaki

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AGAIN, you don’t know the policy or if the teams communicate.

Your anecdotal experience means nothing.
I don’t know. But I don’t need to know the policy to feel something even if it is completely anecdotal as you say. Yes, my experience means nothing, but so does your comment here.

Have a nice day.
 

mi7chy

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Freedom sells so it could've been intentional to drive device sales. Foresee in the future Apple will make changes to iOS to allow more freedom.
 

kazmac

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Any place but here or there....
This is pretty ridiculous on Apple's part. I understand Apple develops parallel versions of iOS (12.3, 12.4, etc.) concurrently to reduce development time, but having one team not communicate with the other seems silly.
Just saying:
When they moved the one exec who cracked the whip on finding and fixing iOS bugs to the AR/VR team, look what happened. I am not surprised.

This isn’t the first time such moves or consolidations bit Apple in their core. When they dissolved the macOS team, the security holes and bugs popped up. It’s a pattern sadly.

Another reason why I’ll pass on these services Apple are offering now.
 

GalileoSeven

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Just saying:
When they moved the one exec who cracked the whip on finding and fixing iOS bugs to the AR/VR team, look what happened. I am not surprised.

This isn’t the first time such moves or consolidations bit Apple in their core. When they dissolved the macOS team, the security holes and bugs popped up. It’s a pattern sadly.
I'll remain loyal to iOS, sure. This right here is why I'll jump ship from MacOS once my current machines die out.