General What does Jailbreak mean?

Discussion in 'Jailbreaks and iOS Hacks' started by XxLucyxX, Jan 3, 2014.

  1. XxLucyxX macrumors newbie

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    Sorry if this is a stupid question but what does it mean when someone jailbreaks their iPhone, iPad etc.
     
  2. oplix Suspended

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    To put it in really simple terms it basically gives the user file system write access. What this means is that it allows modifications to the file system (os) including things like tweaks.
     
  3. w0lf macrumors 65816

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  4. Applejuiced macrumors Westmere

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  5. Carlanga macrumors 604

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    Gives you open access to any file on your iOS device. Even things that were blocked by apple.
     
  6. thelatinist macrumors 603

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    The term jailbreak refers to the chroot jail Apple imposed upon the filesystem. A chroot jail uses the chroot command to create an artificial root directory other than / in which to run applications, which denies them access to the rest of the file system.
     

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